|14||1960 Ohio State|
By Jeff Goodman | CBSSports.com College Basketball Insider
There were four Hall of Famers on the 1960 Ohio State squad. Jerry Lucas and John Havlicek both earned a spot as players while the team's head man, Fred Taylor, and reserve Bob Knight both got in as coaches. Ohio State dominated in the NCAA tournament, winning every game by at least 15 points. The Buckeyes, led by a couple of homegrown products in Lucas and Havlicek, entered the national title game as the nation's highest-scoring team while Pete Newell's Cal team was built on defense and held teams to an average of fewer than 50 points. Ohio State led 37-19 at the half and wound up cruising to a 75-55 victory. Lucas finished with 16 points and 10 boards in a game that was played down the road from Cal's campus in San Francisco. While it was Lucas and Havlicek who receive most of the accolades, this was a team that wound up with all five starters averaging in double figures. Junior guards Larry Siegfried (13.3 ppg) and Mel Nowell (13.1 ppg) and junior forward Joe Roberts (11.0 ppg) all wound up playing in the NBA.
Coach: Fred Taylor
Primary starters: Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, Larry Siegfried, Joe Roberts, Mel Nowell
NCAA tournament final result: Defeated California 75-55 to win the national title.
Best player: Jerry Lucas. The 6-foot-8 big man and Ohio native had a sensational sophomore season, averaging 26.3 points and 16 boards while shooting 63.7 percent from the floor to help lead the Buckeyes to the national title. Lucas came out of Middletown High in Ohio as the national player of the year and broke Wilt Chamberlain's scoring record. He opted to stay close to home despite being recruited by all the big boys and it paid off with a national championship. Lucas left as a three-time All-American and was also the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA tournament twice.
Another worth noting: John Havlicek. "Hondo" was best-known for his success with the Boston Celtics, winning eight NBA titles, but he also won a national championship as a sophomore on this team. He was overshadowed playing on the same team as Lucas but averaged 12.2 points and 7.3 boards per game. Another in-state kid, Havlicek started all three years -- and was an All-American his senior season in 1962.
This team is one of the best of all-time because ... They had two big-time stars in Lucas and Havlicek, rolled through the NCAA tournament and earned the school's first-ever national title. The odds were against them as they were led by a pair of sophomores and had to win the championship in the backyard of their opponent.
Did you know ... Havlicek was a three-sport star coming out of Bridgeport High. He was also recruited to play quarterback by Woody Hayes at Ohio State, but his mother preferred he play basketball instead of football.