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1961–62 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team

The 1961–62 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team represented University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati successfully defended its national championship with a 71–59 defeat of top-ranked Ohio State before 18,469 at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky.[1] The head coach was Ed Jucker.

1961–62 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball
1962 Cincinnati Bearcats.jpg
NCAA champion
MVC champion
NCAA Tournament, Champions
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1961–62 record29–2 (10–2 MVC)
Head coachEd Jucker (2nd season)
Assistant coachTay Baker
Home arenaArmory Fieldhouse
Seasons

Season SummaryEdit

Cincinnati played its way out from under the shadow of in-state rival Ohio State by winning two straight National Championships in 1961 and 1962, each time beating the Buckeyes in the title game. In 1962, the Bearcats were a deep, balanced team led by leading scorer and rebounded Paul Hogue, a 6-foot-9 center. Five other player averaged between 8.2 and 14.3 points per game, and the Bearcats played stifling defense.

Regular seasonEdit

NCAA basketball tournamentEdit

  • Mideast
    • Cincinnati 66, Creighton 46
    • Cincinnati 73, Colorado 46
  • Final Four

[2]

  • Cincinnati led 37–29 at half-time.
  • Twice in the final period, the Bearcats were ahead by 18 points.

Awards and honorsEdit

NBA DraftEdit

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 2 Paul Hogue New York Knicks

[3]

  • In the spring of 1962, Cleveland Pipers owner George Steinbrenner signed Jerry Lucas to a player-management contract worth forty thousand dollars.[4] With the Lucas signing, Steinbrenner had a secret deal with NBA commissioner Maurice Podoloff. The Pipers would merge with the Kansas City Steers and join the NBA. A schedule was printed for the 1963–64 NBA season with the Pipers playing the New York Knicks in the first game.[5] Steinbrenner and partner George McKean fell behind in payments to the NBA and the deal was cancelled.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Joseph M. Sheehan, Ohio State Bows, Bearcats Win, 71-59, for 2d N.C.A.A. Title -- Hogue Is Star, New York Times, March 24, 1962
  2. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1962
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2009-04-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p.42, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0
  5. ^ Steinbrenner: The Last Lion of Baseball, p.42, Bill Madden, Harper Collins Publishing, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-06-169031-0