1958–59 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team

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1958-59 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball
Southern Conference champions
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 10
1958-59 record 29–5 ( SoCon)
Head coach Fred Schaus
Home arena WVU Field House
Seasons
← 1957-58
1959-60 →
1958–59 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
West Virginia 11 0   1.000     29 5   .853
Virginia Tech 10 2   .833     16 5   .762
The Citadel 7 4   .636     15 5   .750
William & Mary 7 7   .500     13 11   .542
Richmond 6 8   .429     11 11   .500
Furman 5 7   .417     14 12   .538
George Washington 4 7   .364     14 11   .560
Davidson 2 8   .200     9 15   .375
VMI 2 11   .154     5 13   .278
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1959; Rankings from AP Poll

The 1958–59 West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team represented West Virginia University in NCAA competition in the 1958–59 season. Coached by Fred Schaus and led by Hall of Fame guard Jerry West, the Mountaineers, then a member of the Southern Conference, lost in the final of that year's NCAA tournament to California.

Season Summary[edit]

West Virginia wasn’t a one-man team, far from it, but guard Jerry West was the star of the show, as he proved after leading the mountaineers to the final four. He scored 38 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a semifinal win over Louisville, then scored 28 points and snared 11 boards against California in the title game. That effort wasn’t enough to prevent the bears from winning, by a single point, 71-70.

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • East
    • West Virginia 82, Dartmouth 68
    • West Virginia 95, St. Joseph’s, Pennsylvania 92
    • West Virginia 86, Boston 82
  • Final Four
    • West Virginia 94, Louisville 79
    • California 71, West Virginia 70

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
3 20 Bob Smith Minneapolis Lakers

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1959
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 

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