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POINT OF FACT
Maury Allen
December 25, 1961
A college basketball quiz to excite the memory and increase the knowledge of fans and armchair experts
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December 25, 1961

Point Of Fact

A college basketball quiz to excite the memory and increase the knowledge of fans and armchair experts

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? What five players scored the most points in their varsity basketball careers (the questions in this quiz refer only to major-college records)?

? Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson was far and away the most prolific scorer in college history. In three varsity years (1958-60) he scored 2,973 points in 88 games (33.8 average) on a record 1,052 field goals and 869 free throws. Dickie Hemric of Wake Forest ranks second with 2,587 points in four varsity years (1952-55), followed by Frank Selvy of Furman with 2,538 points in three seasons (1952-54). Fourth on the alltime list is Elgin Baylor, who scored 2,500 points in three years at Idaho and Seattle, and fifth is Tom Gola of La Salle with 2,462 points in four varsity seasons (1952-55).

? What player holds the record for the best single-season scoring average?

? Frank Selvy in his senior year (1954) averaged 41.7 points a game. He totaled a record 1,209 points (first player to go over 1,000 points in a season) on a record 427 field goals and a record 355 free throws in 29 games.

? Has any player scored over 1,000 points in a season since Selvy did it?

?Only Oscar Robertson, who scored 1,011 points in the 1960 season.

? Oscar Robertson was the national scoring leader (based on average per game) three years in a row—1958 (35.1), 1959 (32.6) and 1960 (33.7). Has any other player repeated as scoring champion?

? George Mikan of DePaul was the leader in 1945 (23.9) and 1946 (23.1), Frank Selvy in 1953 (29.5) and 1954 (41.7) and Darrell Floyd, also of Furman, in 1955 (35.9) and 1956 (33.8).

? Jerry Lucas of Ohio State had the highest field goal percentage last season (.623). Was this the best ever?

?No. In 1956 Joe Holup of George Washington made 200 of his 309 field goal attempts for a .647 average. In four varsity seasons Holup sank a record .583 of his field goal attempts.

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