NCAA Champion Hoosiers Head Final AP Poll

NCAA Champion Hoosiers Head Final AP Poll

Given 128 Of 159 Votes; Irish 10th

by Orlo Robertson, Associated Press

March 20, 1953

From the March 20, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

NEW YORK (AP) – Indiana University’s Hoosiers, champions of the NCAA, capped their most successful season in more than a decade by being named the No. 1 college team of the nation.

In the Associated Press’ 14th and final weekly poll, the Hoosiers compiled 1,476 points from the 159 ballots sent in by sports writers and sportscasters.

They were named first on 128 ballots to outdistance Seton Hall, winner of the National Invitation Tournament, and Kansas University, which bowed to Indiana by one point, 69-68, in the finals of the NCAA.

Seton Hall, with 27 first place votes, received 1,357 points and Kansas, 1,212, on the basis of 10 points for first, nine for second and etc.

Washington, third place winner in the NCAA picked up 1,041.

The first ten in order was completed by, Louisiana State, LaSalle, St. John’s of Brooklyn, Oklahoma A. & M., Duquesne, and Notre Dame.

From the March 20, 1953 Bloomington Daily Herald-Telephone

“I am very happy. I think it is right,” said Coach Branch McCracken on being informed his Hoosiers had been honored by the writing and broadcasting fraternity. It was the second time since the pool was inaugurated in 1949 the Hoosiers gained a spot in the top ten. The Big Ten champons were rated No. 7 in 1951.

McCracken may be able to gather similar success next year. The only senior on the squad is Jim Schooley, a substitute forward. The starting five, including giant Don Schlundt, Bobby Leonard, Dick Farley, Charlie Kraak, and Burke Scott, returns intact. Schlundt, in fact, is only a sophomore.

The Hoosiers easily outdistanced the field in the Western Conference race. They won the league with a 17-1 record; second-place Illinois finished with a 14-4 mark.

IU’s record may stand for all time as the best in Big Ten history. The 18-game schedule, adopted experimentally by the Midwest loop, has been junked. The Big Ten reverts to a 14-game schedule next year.

Indiana was required to chop down some rugged clubs to gain its second NCAA title in history. (McCracken guided the 1940 unit to the crown, Kansas falling in the final game at Kansas City). IU’s NCAA victims included DePaul, Notre Dame, Louisiana State, and Kansas. The latter three are in the top Ten; DePaul is ranked 19th.

The top ten teams with points on a 10-9-8 etc., basis, (first place votes and season records, including tournament games, in parentheses):

1. INDIANA (128) 23-3 1,4762. Seton Hall (27) 33-2 1,3573. Kansas 19-6 1,2124. Washington 29-3 1,0415. Louisiana State 24-3 6326. LaSalle (4) 25-3 4847. St. John's 17-6 4498. Oklahoma A&M 23-7 3169. DuQuesne 21-8 23510. Notre Dame 19-5 196

The Second Team11. Illinois 18-4 19112. Kansas State 17-4 16813. Holy Cross 20-6 13414. Seattle 29-4 11915. Wake Forest 22-7 8016. Santa Clara 20-7 6416. Western Kentucky 25-6 6418. North Carolina St. 26-6 5519. DePaul 19-9 5220. Southwest Missouri 24-4 47