1955 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1955 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: San Francisco

Most Outstanding Player: Bill Russell, San Francisco

Final Four: Iowa, La Salle, Colorado, San Francisco

Shining Moments

  • Russell and San Francisco did it with defense. The Dons held teams to just 52.1 points per game during the regular season, and no team eclipsed 66 in the NCAA tournament. Russell had 23 points and 25 rebounds in the title game, outplaying Gola.
  • Bradley made a Cinderella run to the title game in 1954, and the Braves were an upset pick yet again in 1955. They were just 7-19 during the regular season, yet managed to win two games in the NCAA tournament.
  • Fun fact: Because Russell was such a dominant force in the NCAA tournament and throughout the 1954-55 season, the NCAA widened the lane from six feet to 12 feet.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

San Francisco (77)
Player FG FT-A PF Pts.
Jerry Mullen 4 2-5 5 10
Stan Buchanan 3 2-2 1 8
Bill Russell 9 5-7 1 23
K.C. Jones 10 4-4 2 24
Hal Perry 1 2-2 4 4
Bob Wiebusch 2 0-0 0 4
Rudy Zannini 1 0-0 0 2
Dick Lawless 1 0-0 0 2
Gordon Kirby 0 0-0 1 0
Totals 31 15-20 14 77

La Salle (63)
Player FG FT-A PF Pts.
Fran O'Malley 4 2-3 1 10
Charley Singley 8 4-4 1 20
Tom Gola 6 4-5 4 16
Alonzo Lewis 1 4-9 1 6
Charles Greenberg 1 1-2 4 3
Frank Blatcher 4 0-0 1 8
Bob Maples 0 0-0 0 0
Walt Fredricks 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 24 15-23 12 63

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Carl Cain F Jr. Iowa (31 pts)
Tom Gola C Sr. La Salle (39 pts)
K.C. Jones G Jr. San Francisco (32 pts)
Jim Ranglos F Jr. Colorado (22 pts)
Bill Russell C Jr. San Francisco* (47 pts, 34 rebds)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Bill Russell, San Francisco (118 points, 23.6 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Bob Patterson, Tulsa (57 points, 28.5 ppg).
  • 1955 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    Marquette 90, Miami (Ohio) 79
    Penn St. 59, Memphis St. 55
    La Salle 95, West Virginia 61
    Canisius 73, Williams 60
    Villanova 74, Duke 73

    West
    Bradley 69, Oklahoma City 65
    Seattle 80, Idaho St. 63
    San Francisco 89, West Texas St. 66


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Marquette 79, Kentucky 71
    Iowa 82, Penn St. 53
    La Salle 73, Princeton 46
    Canisius 73, Villanova 71

    West
    Bradley 81, SMU 79
    Colorado 69, Tulsa 59
    Oregon St. 83, Seattle 71
    San Francisco 78, Utah 59


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    Kentucky 84, Penn St. 59
    Villanova 64, Princeton 57

    West
    Tulsa 68, SMU 67
    Utah 108, Seattle 85


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Iowa 86, Marquette 81
    La Salle 99, Canisius 64

    West
    Colorado 93, Bradley 81
    San Francisco 57, Oregon St. 56


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    La Salle 76, Iowa 73
    San Francisco 62, Colorado 50

    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Colorado 75, Iowa 54

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    San Francisco 77, La Salle 63

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