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THE NATION'S TOP 20 COLLEGE TEAMS
March 16, 1959
If they all played in the same conference, they might finish in the order below
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March 16, 1959

The Nation's Top 20 College Teams

If they all played in the same conference, they might finish in the order below

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KANSAS STATE
Big Eight
W 23, L 1
Coach Winter
Boozer, averaging 25 points, one of nation's best. Over-all shooting percentage (.386) just fair, however. Tough under pressure, the Wildcats have won half a dozen games by three points or less.

MICHIGAN STATE
Big Ten
W 18, L 3
Coach Anderson
Great board control by Green, Walker and Anderegg is key to strength of team which shoots poorly from floor and foul line and fields no player over 6 feet 5. Bench is adequate, but defense so-so.

NORTH CAROLINA
Atlantic Coast
W 20, L 4
Coach McGuire
Probably best-balanced team in the country. All starters scoring in double figures, shooting over .400, and pulling down more than 100 rebounds. Larese tops in point production and accuracy.

KENTUCKY
Southeastern
W 23, L 2
Coach Rupp
Balanced scoring, strong bench and Cox's shooting and rebounding are assets Rupp brings to NCAA title defense. Kentucky always rough on boards, and this club upholds the tradition.

CINCINNATI
Missouri Valley
W 22, L 3
Coach Smith
Second in field-goal accuracy and points per game, with Robertson nation's top scorer. Lack standout big man and balance in rebounding department. Fine guard, Mendenhall, is ineligible for NCAA tournament.

MISSISSIPPI STATE
Southeastern
W 24, L 1
Coach McCarthy
Among nation's leaders in defense, shooting and rebounding, Howell is fourth in scoring, second on boards. Team margin over all opponents is 300 rebounds and close to 400 points for season.

BRADLEY
Missouri Valley
W 23, L 3
Coach Orsborn
Speed, good ball handling and accurate shooting offset lack of big man and barely adequate rebounding. Four of balanced first five hitting in double figures. McDade best on boards and averaged 12 points.

N. CAROLINA STATE
Atlantic Coast
W 22, L 4
Coach Case
Fine first five led by high-scoring, strong-rebounding Richter and slick playmaker Pucillo, but are short on reserve strength. Use variety of tenacious zone defenses with exceptional skill.

AUBURN
Southeastern
W 20, L 2
Coach Eaves
Good defense and the best field-goal percentage among major colleges helped compensate for only fair rebounding. Lee top scorer with 13.1 average. All starters shooting better than .420 from floor.

ST. LOUIS
Missouri Valley
W 20, L 4
Coach Benington
Tall, strong combination of powerful rebounders who often tip in shots that have missed. Ferry (21-point average) hooks, shoots well. A bit slower than traditional Billiken crews, but control boards.

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