1957–58 NCAA University Division men's basketball season
|1957–58 NCAA University Division men's basketball season|
|Tournament dates||March 11, 1958 –
March 22, 1958
|National Championship||Freedom Hall
|NCAA Champions||Kentucky Wildcats|
|Helms National Champions||Kentucky Wildcats|
|Other champions||Xavier Musketeers (NIT)|
|Player of the Year
|Elgin Baylor, Seattle|
- 1 Season headlines
- 2 Major rule changes
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Polls
- 5 Post-Season Tournaments
- 6 Award winners
- 7 Coaching changes
- 8 References
- Adolph Rupp won his fourth championship as he led the Kentucky Wildcats to an 84–72 win over the Seattle Chieftains and their star, Elgin Baylor. The starting unit was nicknamed the "Fiddlin' Five," after a quip by Rupp that his team were fiddlers when he really needed violinists. The Wildcats fought back from two 11-point deficits to gain the victory.
- Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson became the first player to lead the nation is scoring in his first varsity season. The sophomore (freshmen were ineligible) averaged 35.1 points per game for the Bearcats.
- Dom Flora, a senior point guard at Washington and Lee University, finished his college career with 2,310 points and 696 free throws made, both of which were ranked fifth in their respective categories in college basketball history at the end of the 1957–58 season.
- Future Hall of Fame coach Howard Cann of NYU retired at the conclusion of the season, after 35 years at the helm.
Major rule changes
Beginning in 1957–58, the following rules changes were implemented:
- Offensive goaltending was banned so that no player from either team could touch the ball or basket when the ball was on the basket’s rim or above the cylinder. The only exception was the shooter in the original act of shooting.
- One free throw for each common foul was taken for the first six personal fouls by one team in each half, and the one-and-one was used thereafter.
- On uniforms, the use of the single digit numbers one and two and any digit greater than five was prohibited.
- A ball that passed over the backboard—either front to back or back to front—was considered out of bounds.
Conference winners and tournaments
|Oscar Robertson||Cincinnati||35.1||Boo Ellis||Niagara||.262||Ralph Crosthwaite||W. Kentucky St.||61.0||Semi Mintz||Davidson||88.2|
|Elgin Baylor||Seattle||32.5||Al Inniss||St. Francis (NY)||.248||Oscar Robertson||Cincinnati||57.1||Gerald Myers||Texas Tech||87.0|
|Wilt Chamberlain||Kansas||30.1||Elgin Baylor||Seattle||.235||Pete Brunone||Manhattan||56.2||Arlen Clark||Oklahoma St.||86.5|
|Bailey Howell||Mississippi St.||27.8||Wilt Chamberlain||Kansas||.216||Bob Goodall||Tulsa||55.7||Joe Hobbs||Florida||86.0|
|Red Murrell||Drake||26.7||Joe Cincebox||Syracuse||.206||Hal Greer||Marshall||54.6||Hub Reed||Oklahoma City||85.1|
The final top 20 from the AP and Coaches Polls.
Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats won their fourth National Championship by defeating the Seattle Chieftains 84–72 on March 22 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky . Seattle's Elgin Baylor led all tournament scorers and was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player.
|National Semifinals||National Championship Game|
- Third Place – Temple 67, Kansas State 57
National Invitation Tournament
The Xavier Musketeers entered the National Invitation Tournament with a 15–11 record, but surprised the field, defeating fellow Ohio school Dayton 78–74 to win the NIT. The Musketeers' Hank Stein was named tournament MVP.
NIT Semifinals and Final
- Third Place – St. Bonaventure 84, St. John's 69
Consensus All-American teams
|Bob Boozer||F||Junior||Kansas State|
|Pete Brennan||F||Senior||North Carolina|
|Mike Farmer||F||Senior||San Francisco|
|Dave Gambee||F||Senior||Oregon State|
|Bailey Howell||F||Junior||Mississippi State|
Major player of the year awards
- Helms Foundation Player of the Year: Elgin Baylor, Seattle
- UPI Player of the Year: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati
Major coach of the year awards
Other major awards
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Guy Rodgers, Temple
- NIT/Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC): Jim Cunningham, Fordham
A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended.
|Columbia||Lou Rossini||Archie Oldham|
|Drake||John E. Benington||Maury John|
|Duquesne||Dudey Moore||Red Manning|
|Iowa||Bucky O'Connor||Sharm Scheuerman||O'Connor died in an auto accident on April 22, 1958|
|La Salle||Jim Pollard||Dudey Moore|
|Marquette||Jack Nagle||Eddie Hickey|
|Memphis State||Eugene Lambert||Bob Vanatta|
|New Mexico||Bill Stockton||Bob Sweeney|
|NYU||Howard Cann||Lou Rossini|
|Ohio State||Floyd Stahl||Fred Taylor|
|Saint Louis||Eddie Hickey||John E. Benington|
|Seattle||John Castellani||Vincent Cazzetta||After taking the Chieftains to the NCAA title game, Castellani resigned amid recruiting violations that resulted in a two-year post-season ban for the University.|
|South Carolina||Frank Johnson||Walt Hambrick|
|Vanderbilt||Bob Polk||Roy Skinner (interim)||Assistant coach Skinner served as interim for the season as Polk suffered a heart attack in the Fall|
|Western Michigan||Joe Hoy||Don Boven|
- '58 The Fiddlin' Five Make Sweet Music
- "Dominick A. (Dom) Flora '58". Washington and Lee University. Archived from the original on 2 June 2010. Retrieved 2 June 2010.
- 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Records Book – Playing-Rules History section, NCAA, retrieved 2009-05-09. Archived 2009-05-13.
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- Frank "Bucky" O'Connor, Monroe, 1967[permanent dead link]
- Where Are They Now? John Castellani, Seattle U basketball coach
- Bob Polk: Vandy Coaching Legend