1957-58 National Champions

NCAA Championship #4
KENTUCKY 84, SEATTLE 72
March 22, 1958
Louisville

Senior Vernon Hatton scored 30 points and the Wildcats overcame a 25-point, 19-rebound performance by Elgin Baylor to capture their fourth NCAA championship. Led by Hatton and Johnny Cox, who finished with 24 points, the Wildcats twice battled back from 11-point deficits to gain the victory. Trailing for much of the game, UK grabbed its first lead with 6:08 left when Don Mills hit a hook shot to give the Wildcats a 6 1-60 lead. Moments later, Cox hit a jump shot to make it 63-60 and UK never trailed again. John Crigler added 14 points and 14 rebounds for the victors. Mills and Adrian Smith finished with nine and seven points, respectively. Aside from Baylor, Seattle received 17 points from Charley Brown and 16 from Jerry Frizzell.

 

Sports Illustrated article from 1958 regarding Kentucky’s 4th national title here.

 

KENTUCKY

PLAYER    FG  FGA  FTM  FTA  REB  PF  TP
Crigler    5   12    4    7   14   4  14
Cox       10   23    4    4   16   3  24
Beck       0    1    0    1    3   4   0
A.Smith    2    8    3    5    6   4   7
Hatton     9   20   12   15    3   3  30
Mills      4    9    1    4    5   3   9

TOTALS    30   73   24   36   47  21  84

SEATTLE

PLAYER    FG  FGA  FTM  FTA  REB  PF  TP
Prizzell   4    6    8   11    5   3  16
Brown      6   17    5    7    5   5  17
Baylor     9   32    7    9   19   4  25
Harney     2    5    0    1    1   1   4
Saunders   0    2    0    0    2   3   0
Ogorek     4    7    2    2   11   5  10
Plasecki   0    0    0    0    0   0   0

TOTALS    25   69   22   30   43  21  72

HALFTIME:
Seattle 39, UK 36

 

1958 NCAA Men’s Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 24
Finals Site Freedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
Champions Kentucky (4th title)
Runner-Up Seattle (1st title game)
Semifinalists Kansas State (3rd Final Four)
Temple (2nd Final Four)
Winning Coach Adolph Rupp (4th title)
MOP Elgin Baylor Seattle
Top scorer Elgin Baylor Seattle
(135 points)

 

To view the 1958 NCAA Tournament bracket go here.

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