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1955-56 Season Summary

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National Champion: San Francisco
Final Four: Iowa, San Francisco, Southern Methodist and Temple

Consensus Player of the Year: Bill Russell

AP First #1: San Francisco ▪ AP Final #1: San Francisco

Conference Summary

Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games
Rk Conference Schls W L W-L% AP NCAA FF Regular Season Champ Tournament Champ
1 Atlantic Coast Conference 8 122 83 .595 4 1 0 North Carolina
North Carolina State
North Carolina State
2 Big Seven Conference 7 86 74 .538 0 1 0 Kansas State
3 Big Ten Conference 10 124 100 .554 2 1 1 Iowa
4 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association 7 82 87 .485 0 1 0 Texas Tech
5 Independent 43 627 443 .586 5 6 1 Temple
6 Ivy Group 8 97 104 .483 0 1 0 Dartmouth
7 Metropolitan New York Conference 5 70 46 .603 0 1 0 St. Francis (NY)
8 Mid-American Conference 7 77 76 .503 0 1 0 Marshall
9 Missouri Valley Conference 7 111 70 .613 1 1 0 Houston
10 Mountain States Athletic Conference 8 105 99 .515 1 1 0 Utah
11 Ohio Valley Conference 5 73 55 .570 0 1 0 Morehead State
Tennessee Tech
Western Kentucky
12 Pacific Coast Conference 9 115 117 .496 1 1 0 UCLA
13 Southeastern Conference 12 148 135 .523 3 1 0 Alabama
14 Southern Conference 10 122 139 .467 1 1 0 George Washington
West Virginia
West Virginia
15 Southwest Conference 7 83 86 .491 1 1 1 Southern Methodist
16 West Coast Conference 8 107 99 .519 1 1 1 San Francisco
17 Western New York Little Three Conference 3 50 26 .658 0 1 0 Canisius
18 Yankee Conference 2 28 25 .528 0 1 0 Connecticut

AP Poll Summary

School Conf 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3 1/10 1/17 1/24 1/31 2/7 2/14 2/21 2/28 3/6 Final
San Francisco WCC 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
North Carolina State ACC 3 2 2 3 2 3 3 4 4 4 5 6 5 2 2
Dayton Ind 7 7 4 2 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 3
Iowa Big Ten 4 4 10 6     20 13 19 17 15 13 10 5 4
Alabama SEC 6 5 16 19 17 19 13 12 12 10 8 7 4 4 5
Louisville Ind       11   13 10 9 5 5 4 3 6 6 6
Southern Methodist SWC             19 18 17 15 12 12 9 8 7
UCLA PCC 16           18   20 18 20 15 13 10 8
Kentucky SEC 2 12 9 13 6 5 4 3 8 7 7 8 12 9 9
Illinois Big Ten 8   17 9 9 8 6 5 6 6 3 2 2 7 10
Oklahoma City Ind 12 20 15 10   16 14 16 15 14 14 18 16 16 11
Vanderbilt SEC   9 8 5 4 4 5 7 3 3 6 5 7 11 12
North Carolina ACC   16 6 4 5 9 9 8 9 12 10 9 8 15 13
Holy Cross Ind 11 10 7 14 14 11 12 11 14 13 16 17 15 12 14
Temple Ind   11 12 17 16 10 8 6 7 9 9 10 14 13 15
Wake Forest ACC           18             20 18 16
Duke ACC     14 8 11 6 7 10 10 8 11 11 11 19 17
Utah MSAC 5 3 3 7   20 16             20 18
Oklahoma State MVC             20 20             19
West Virginia Southern 14 15     19                 14 20
School Conf 12/6 12/13 12/20 12/27 1/3 1/10 1/17 1/24 1/31 2/7 2/14 2/21 2/28 3/6 Final
Brigham Young MSAC 10 8 5 20                      
Cincinnati Ind   14       20   14   20          
Duquesne Ind 9 6 20                        
George Washington Southern 13 13 11 12 7 14       19   19      
Houston MVC                     18 14 18 17  
Indiana Big Ten   19 18   13 12                  
Iowa State Big 7         8 15           20      
Kansas Big 7   18                          
Kansas State Big 7                         17    
La Salle Ind 18                            
Marquette Ind 14   13                        
Marshall MAC                 18            
Memphis Ind     18   12 17 15 19 16   19        
Michigan State Big Ten       16 20                    
Minnesota Big Ten 20                            
Ohio State Big Ten 16     15 10 7 11                
Rice SWC       17 18                    
Saint Louis MVC   17         17 17 11 11 17   19    
St. Francis (NY) Metro NY               15 13 16 13 16      
Stanford PCC 19                            
Tulsa MVC         15                    

Consensus All-America Teams

1st Team
Bill Russell (San Francisco)
Robin Freeman (Ohio State)
Ron Shavlik (North Carolina State)
Sihugo Green (Duquesne)
Tom Heinsohn (Holy Cross)
2nd Team
Bill Uhl (Dayton)
Bob Burrow (Kentucky)
Darrell Floyd (Furman)
K.C. Jones (San Francisco)
Rod Hundley (West Virginia)
Willie Naulls (UCLA)