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1951-52 Season Summary

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National Champion: Kansas
Final Four: Illinois, Kansas, Santa Clara and St. John's (NY)

Consensus Player of the Year: Clyde Lovellette

AP First #1: KentuckyAP Final #1: Kentucky

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Conference Summary

Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games ▪ Sorted by SRS
Rk Conference Schls W L W-L% SRS SOS AP NCAA FF Regular Season Champ Tournament Champ
1 Ohio Valley Conference 2 39 16 .709 8.83 6.32 0 0 0 Western Kentucky Western Kentucky
2 Western New York Little Three Conference 3 44 36 .550 5.82 4.64 1 0 0 Canisius
St. Bonaventure
3 Big Ten Conference 10 125 99 .558 5.61 4.88 2 1 1 Illinois
4 Pacific Coast Conference 9 157 118 .571 5.57 5.22 2 1 0 UCLA (South)
5 Missouri Valley Conference 6 88 71 .553 4.11 3.43 1 1 0 Saint Louis
6 Big Seven Conference 7 93 79 .541 3.74 3.34 2 1 1 Kansas
7 Metropolitan New York Conference 6 102 50 .671 3.09 3.25 1 1 1 St. John's (NY)
8 Mountain States Athletic Conference 8 120 103 .538 0.58 1.11 1 1 0 Wyoming
9 Independent 42 641 418 .605 0.04 1.55 7 5 1 Seton Hall
10 Southwest Conference 7 85 87 .494 -1.70 -0.37 0 1 0 Texas Christian
11 Southeastern Conference 12 168 129 .566 -1.91 -1.79 1 1 0 Kentucky Kentucky
12 Ivy Group 7 95 88 .519 -3.00 -2.10 0 1 0 Princeton
13 Mid-American Conference 7 93 86 .520 -4.10 -1.79 0 0 0 Miami (OH)
Western Michigan
14 Yankee Conference 2 30 20 .600 -7.07 -6.41 0 0 0 Connecticut
15 Southern Conference 17 220 219 .501 -9.82 -7.66 2 1 0 West Virginia North Carolina State
16 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 8 103 117 .468 -10.70 -7.94 0 1 0 New Mexico State
West Texas A&M
17 Middle Three Conference 3 28 34 .452 -10.97 -5.55 0 0 0 Lafayette

AP Poll Summary

School Conf 12/10 12/17 12/25 1/1 1/8 1/15 1/22 1/29 2/5 2/12 2/19 2/26 Final
Kentucky SEC 1 2 1 4 3 3 3 1 1 1 1 1 1
Illinois Big Ten 3 3 2 2 2 2 1 3 3 6 5 2 2
Kansas State Big 7 5 5 8 9 7 9 7 2 2 2 2 3 3
Duquesne Ind         16 7 10 7 5 3 3 4 4
Saint Louis MVC 4 4 12 7 5 5 8 6 7 7 9 5 5
Washington PCC 6 8 3 3 6 8 6 9 8 8 6 6 6
Iowa Big Ten       12 10 4 4 8 9 5 4 7 7
Kansas Big 7 8 7 4 1 1 1 2 4 6 9 7 8 8
West Virginia Southern         11 10 9 10 12 14 12 10 9
St. John's (NY) Metro NY 2 1 7 8 12   15 15 10 10 8 9 10
Dayton Ind         20 19 16 14 11 11 11 11 11
Duke Southern 12 19                   15 12
Holy Cross Ind   17       20 11 17   19 17 17 13
Seton Hall Ind 7 10 10 11 9 12 13 11 17 12 14 14 14
St. Bonaventure WNY3       10 8 6 5 5 4 4 10 12 15
Wyoming MSAC   14                 19 16 16
Louisville Ind 17       15 13 14 12 13 15 15 13 17
Seattle Ind                     16   18
UCLA PCC     16                   19
Texas State Ind                         20
School Conf 12/10 12/17 12/25 1/1 1/8 1/15 1/22 1/29 2/5 2/12 2/19 2/26 Final
DePaul Ind               19   18      
Eastern Kentucky OVC 19                        
Fordham Metro NY               20          
Indiana Big Ten 11 6 5 5 4 14 20 13 18 20      
La Salle Ind 9 12 17 13   15 18   19   20    
Michigan State Big Ten       20 19                
Minnesota Big Ten   15                      
Murray State OVC     18 16                  
New York University Metro NY 20 11 6 6 13                
North Carolina State Southern 10 9 19 17   17              
Notre Dame Ind 14 20 9 14                  
Oklahoma City Ind       15 18 18   16 15 13      
Oklahoma State MVC 13 13             16        
Penn State Ind                 14 17 13    
Siena Ind         17 11 19 18   16 18 20  
Stanford PCC 16   13                    
Syracuse Ind     20 19 14                
Texas Christian SWC           15 12            
Utah MSAC     15 18     17            
Vanderbilt SEC 18                        
Villanova Ind 15 18 14                 19  
Western Kentucky OVC   16 11           20     18  

Award Winners

Helms Foundation Player of the Year: Clyde Lovellette (Kansas)
NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player: Clyde Lovellette (Kansas)
NIT Most Valuable Player: Tom Gola (La Salle) Norm Grekin (La Salle)

Consensus All-America Teams

1st Team
Chuck Darling (Iowa)
Cliff Hagan (Kentucky)
Clyde Lovellette (Kansas)
Dick Groat (Duke)
Rod Fletcher (Illinois)
2nd Team
Bob Houbregs (Washington)
Bob Zawoluk (St. John's (NY))
Don Meineke (Dayton)
Johnny O'Brien (Seattle)
Mark Workman (West Virginia)