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THE NATION'S TOP TWENTY COLLEGE TEAMS
Jeremiah Tax
March 10, 1958
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED picks the best in basketball without regard to conference standings
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March 10, 1958

The Nation's Top Twenty College Teams

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MARYLAND
Atlantic Coast
Coach
Bud Millikan
John Nacincik
Fine floor club, well-drilled defensively and deliberate on offense. Hampered by midseason injuries. Could still take ACC title.

MICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten
Coach
Forddy Anderson
John Green
Superb rebounders despite only fair height. Well-poised first five but weak bench. Green most improved first-rank player anywhere.

NORTH CAROLINA
Atlantic Coast
Coach
Frank McGuire
Tommy Kearns
Still to be reckoned with in ACC and tournament play. Brennan top scorer in league. Kearns fine playmaker. Poised, smart, deep.

N. CAROLINA ST.
Atlantic Coast
Coach
Everett Case
John Richter
Four talented veterans and one sophomore have surprised ACC favorites. Evenly balanced scoring punch, only fair bench, height.

NOTRE DAME
Independent
Coach
John Jordan
Tom Hawkins
Despite weak spots in schedule rates NCAA bid on high scoring and rebounding led by Hawkins. Only fair over-all height, bench.

OKLAHOMA ST.
Independent
Coach
Hank Iba
Aden Clark
Excellent floor and free-throw shooting, near best in nation, plus typical Iba ball control and tight defense. Reserves green.

PURDUE
Big Ten
Coach
Ray Eddy
Harvey Austin
Iron-man, all-junior first five led by the brilliant Austin. Medium height, only fair shooters, great speed but little in reserve.

SAN FRANCISCO
West Coast
Coach
Phil Woolpert
Mike Farmer
Nation's best defensively in ball-control league. Well-balanced scoring, Farmer fine on defense. Seasoned, deep, just fair shooters.

SEATTLE
Independent
Coach
John Castellani
Elgin Baylor
Among the top five in rebounds, which explains success of great fast break. When high-scoring Baylor is hot can match best anywhere.

TEMPLE
Mid-Atlantic
Coach
Harry Litwack
Guy Rodgers
Possibly best-coached team on list. Power at every position but center. Strong zone defense. Rodgers nation's best playmaker.

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