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A decade of records
Compiled by Les Woodcock
December 08, 1958
A unique collection of figures reveals the best major-college coaches, teams and players of the past 10 years
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December 08, 1958

A Decade Of Records

A unique collection of figures reveals the best major-college coaches, teams and players of the past 10 years

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THEY DO THE COACHING
Rather than limit the evaluation of currently active coaches to their records over the past decade, this listing of master coaches is based on career achievement. These 16, then, have three things in common: longevity, more than 200 victories each and a .700 winning percentage.

COACH, SCHOOL

CONF.

YEARS

WON

LOST

PCT.

Rupp, Kentucky

Southeastern

28

584

103

.850

Case, North Carolina State

Atlantic

12

298

77

.795

Iba, Oklahoma State

Big Eight

29

619

182

.773

Hickman, Louisville

Independent

14

290

95

.753

Greer, Connecticut

Yankee

12

222

74

.750

Lapchick, St. John's

Independent

13

213

71

.750

Diddle, Western Kentucky

Ohio Valley

36

677

235

.742

Blackburn, Dayton

Independent

11

242

87

.736

Vanatta, Memphis State

Independent

12

236

85

.735

Wooden, UCLA

Pacific Coast

12

249

90

.734

McGuire, North Carolina

Atlantic Coast

11

210

78

.729

Bradley, Duke

Atlantic Coast

11

201

83

.708

McCracken, Indiana

Big Ten

25

357

149

.706

Anderson, Bowling Green

Mid-American

24

426

178

.705

Russell, Seton Hall

Independent

17

279

118

.703

Cowles, Minnesota

Big Ten

29

409

175

.700

These past 10 years were unquestionably the golden decade of college basketball, and this despite the famous scandals of 1951 which almost ruined the game. It is a tribute to the appeal of basketball that the sport has rebounded to a new peak of popularity, prosperity and performance. Attendance, which dropped off a million and a half the year of the scandals, has climbed steadily back up. Ten years ago there were only 24 college field houses and gyms capable of seating over 6,500 people. That number has been doubled since then. The game is much faster. Thirteen years ago the average number of points scored in a college game by both teams was 91.8. In 1956 it was over 50 points higher. During this decade Frank Selvy became the first player ever to score more than 1,000 points in a single season. But it was also the decade in which a tall center named Bill Russell made defensive play glamorous. When point production fell off the last two seasons, it marked the first real decline in 34 years. Russell's San Francisco team won an unprecedented 60 games in a row. Kentucky was voted the No. 1 team four times within a six-year period. It was a decade in which names like Gola, Cousy, Lovellette, Pettit and Wilt the Stilt became famous.

ELGIN BAYLOR
He ranked as the Most Valuable Player in the two seasons he played college ball.

TOM GOLA
He is the only player to be voted MVP in both the NCAA and NIT tournaments.

FRANK SELVY
He established the single-season record for goals, free throws, points and average.

BILL MLKVY
In 1951 he led the nation in scoring, was second in assists, second in rebounding.

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

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