1956–57 NCAA University Division men's basketball season
|1956–57 NCAA University Division men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Kansas|
|Tournament dates||March 11, 1957 – |
March 23, 1957
|National Championship||Municipal Auditorium|
Kansas City, Missouri
|NCAA Champions||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|Helms National Champions||North Carolina Tar Heels|
|Other champions||Bradley Braves (NIT)|
|Player of the Year|
|Lennie Rosenbluth, North Carolina|
- 1 Season headlines
- 2 Season outlook
- 3 Regular season
- 4 Post-Season Tournaments
- 5 Award winners
- 6 References
- This was the first year where NCAA basketball was split into two levels of play – the University and College divisions.
The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.
Conference winners and tournaments
|Grady Wallace||S. Carolina||31.2||Elgin Baylor||Seattle||.235||Bailey Howell||Mississippi St.||56.8||Ernie Wiggins||Wake Forest||87.7|
|Joe Gibbon||Mississippi||30.0||Boo Ellis||Niagara||.234||Alvin Innis||St. Francis (NY)||56.1||Jackie Murdock||Wake Forest||87.5|
|Elgin Baylor||Seattle||29.7||Charlie Tyra||Louisville||.229||Dennis Roth||Muhlenberg||54.4||Bob Seitz||NC State||87.2|
|Wilt Chamberlain||Kansas||29.6||Wilt Chamberlain||Kansas||.227||Bob Holtsma||William & Mary||54.2||Dave Ricketts||Duquesne||86.2|
|Chet Forte||Columbia||28.9||Gene Guarilia||G. Washington||.218||Boo Ellis||Niagara||53.7||Bobby Plump||Butler||86.0|
Frank McGuire brought the ACC its first National Championship as his undefeated North Carolina Tar Heels defeated Wilt Chamberlain and the Kansas Jayhawks in what is considered one of the best games in NCAA history – a 54–53 triple–overtime thriller. Chamberlain was named tournament Most Outstanding Player.
|National Semifinals||National Championship Game|
- Third Place – San Francisco 67, Michigan State 60
National Invitation Tournament
Bradley won its first NIT title, defeating Memphis State in a one-point contest. Memphis State's Win Wilfong won the MVP in a losing cause as he poured in 89 points in the Tigers' four games, including 31 in the final.
NIT Semifinals and Final
- Third Place – Temple 67, St. Bonaventure 50
Consensus All-American teams
|Rod Hundley||G/F||Senior||West Virginia|
|Jim Krebs||F/C||Senior||Southern Methodist|
|Lennie Rosenbluth||F||Senior||North Carolina|
|Frank Howard||F||Junior||Ohio State|
|Gary Thompson||G||Senior||Iowa State|
|Grady Wallace||F||Senior||South Carolina|
Major player of the year awards
- Helms Foundation Player of the Year: Lennie Rosenbluth, North Carolina
- UPI Player of the Year: Chet Forte, Columbia
Major coach of the year awards
Other major awards
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Guy Rodgers, Temple
- NIT/Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC): Chet Forte, Columbia
- "History of the NCAA". NCAA.org. National Collegiate Athletic Association. Archived from the original on 24 September 2010. Retrieved 14 August 2010.
- *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
- "2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Record Book – Conferences Section" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-14.
- 2008–09 ACC Men's Basketball Media Guide – Year by Year section, retrieved 2010-08-14
- Iowa State Athletic Site – Cyclone Tradition Archived 2010-04-08 at the Wayback Machine, Iowa State University, retrieved 2010-08-14
- 2008–09 SoCon Men's Basketball Media Guide – Honors Section, Southern Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
- 2008–09 SoCon Men's Basketball Media Guide – Postseason Section, Southern Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
- 2008–09 WCC Men's Basketball Media Guide, West Coast Conference, retrieved 2010-08-14
- The National Invitation Tournament. Arcadia Publishing. 2005. ISBN 0-7385-3904-X.