1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team

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1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball
National Champions
SEC Regular Season Champions
Conference Southeast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 14
AP No. 9
1957–58 record 23–6 (12–2 SEC)
Head coach Adolph Rupp
Assistant coach Harry Lancaster
Captain Ed Beck
Home arena Memorial Coliseum
Seasons

The 1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented University of Kentucky. The Head Coach was Adolph Rupp. The team was a member of the Southeast Conference and played their home games at Memorial Coliseum. This squad was often nicknamed the "Fiddlin' Five".

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
December 2*
Duke W 78–74  1–0
Memorial Coliseum 
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December 4*
at Ohio St W 61–54  2–0
Columbus, OH 
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December 7*
Temple W 85–83 3OT 3–0
Memorial Coliseum 
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December 9*
at Maryland L 62–71  3–1
College Park, MD 
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December 14*
No. 3 at No. 9 St. Louis W 73–60  4–1
Kiel Auditorium 
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December 16*
No. 3 at SMU L 64–65  4–2
Dallas, TX 
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December 20*
No. 5 No. 8 West Virginia
UK Invitation Tournament
L 70–77  4–3
Memorial Coliseum 
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December 21*
No. 5 No. 10 Minnesota
UK Invitation Tournament
W 78–58  5–3
Memorial Coliseum 
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December 23*
No. 5 Utah St W 92–64  6–3
Memorial Coliseum 
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December 30*
No. 9 Loyola-Chicago W 75–42  7–3
Memorial Coliseum 
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January 4
No. 10 Georgia Tech W 76–60  8–3
(1–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
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January 6
No. 10 at Vanderbilt W 86–81  9–3
(2–0)
Nashville, TN 
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January 11
No. 9 LSU W 97–52  10–3
(3–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
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January 13
No. 9 Tulane W 86–50  11–3
(4–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
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January 18
No. 9 No. 13 Tennessee W 77–68  12–3
(5–0)
Memorial Coliseum 
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January 27
No. 9 at Georgia Tech L 52–71  12–4
(5–1)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum 
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January 29
No. 8 at Georgia W 74–55  13–4
(6–1)
Alexander Memorial Coliseum 
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January 31
No. 8 at Florida W 78–56  14–4
(7–1)
 35  Hatton              Florida Gymnasium (7,000)
Gainesville, FL
February 8
No. 12 Ole Miss W 96–65  15–4
(8–1)
Memorial Coliseum 
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February 10
No. 12 No. 17 Mississippi St W 72–62  16–4
(9–1)
Memorial Coliseum 
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February 15*
No. 12 at Loyola-Chicago L 56–57  16–5
 
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February 17
No. 12 Vanderbilt W 65–61  17–5
(10–1)
Memorial Coliseum 
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February 22
No. 13 at Alabama W 45–43 OT 18–5
(11–1)
Garrett Coliseum 
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February 24
No. 13 at Auburn L 63–64  18–6
(11–2)
Birmingham City Auditorium 
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March 1
No. 12 at Tennessee W 77–66  19–6
(12–2)
Knoxville, TN 
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March 14*
No. 9 vs. Miami (OH)
NCAA Tournament
W 94–70  20–6
Lexington, KY 
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March 15*
No. 9 vs. No. 8 Notre Dame
NCAA Tournament
W 89–56  21–6
Lexington, KY 
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March 21*
No. 9 vs. No. 5 Temple
NCAA Tournament
W 61–60  22–6
Freedom Hall 
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March 22*
No. 9 vs. No. 18 Seattle
NCAA Tournament
W 84–72  23–6
Freedom Hall 
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*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. ME=Mideast.

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Roster[edit]

1957–58 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 40 Adkins, EarlEarl Adkins 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Ashland, KY
C 34 Beck, EdEd Beck (C) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Sr Fort Valley, GA
G/F 12 Cassady, Billy RayBilly Ray Cassady 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Sr Inez, KY
G 10 Collinsworth, LincolnLincoln Collinsworth 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Salyersville, KY
F 24 Cox, JohnnyJohnny Cox 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Hazard Hazard, KY
F 32 Crigler, JohnJohn Crigler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Hebron Hebron, KY
G 52 Hatton, VernonVernon Hatton 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Lafayette Lexington, KY
F/C 20 Howe, DickDick Howe 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Carbondale, IL
G 10 Hughes, LowellLowell Hughes 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Prestonburg, KY
F/C 14 Johnson, PhilPhil Johnson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr University Lexington, KY
C 54 Mills, DonDon Mills 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Berea Berea, KY
G/F 33 Ross, HaroldHarold Ross 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Hickman, KY
G 50 Smith, AdrianAdrian Smith 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 178 lb (81 kg) Sr Farmington, KY
F 88 Smith, BillBill Smith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Walton, KY
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2016-Jan-22

NCAA Championship[edit]

The 1958 NCAA Championship game was played in Louisville, Kentucky, before a then NCAA finals record crowd of 18,803, at the newly completed Freedom Hall. Seattle was Kentucky's opponent, led by the great Elgin Baylor. Baylor, a Consensus First Team All-American, was the nation's second-leading scorer (32.5) behind Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson.

The Chieftains led Kentucky by 11 points in the first half on two occasions. In fact, Seattle was still leading by a score of 60–58 with seven minutes to go in the game. However, led by the sharp shooting of Vernon Hatton and Johnny Cox, Kentucky mounted a strong rally at the end, eventually winning the game by a final score of 84-72. Hatton led Kentucky with 30 points, Cox followed him with 24 points for the Wildcats, while Seattle was led by Baylor, who scored 25 points before fouling out. The victory sealed Kentucky's 4th NCAA Championship.

Statistics[edit]

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Awards and honors[edit]

Johnny Cox

  • All-SEC (1st Team – Coaches, 2nd Team – AP)
  • All-NCAA Regional Team
  • All-NCAA Final Four Team

John Crigler

  • All-SEC (3rd Team – AP)

Adrian Smith

  • All-American (1st Team – Converse, Helms)
  • All-SEC (1st Team – Coaches, 2nd Team – AP)
  • All-NCAA Regional Team
  • All-NCAA Final Four Team

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
2 10 Vernon Hatton Cincinnati Royals
3 28 Johnny Cox New York Knicks
15 85 Adrian Smith Cincinnati Royals

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Apr-11.
  2. ^ College Basketball @ Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2015-Apr-11.
  3. ^ 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball media guide. Retrieved 2015-Apr-11.
  4. ^ BigBlueHistory.net. Retrieved 2016-Jan-22.
  5. ^ "1958 NBA Draft on". Databasebasketball.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03.