The championship game would take place on March 25, with the Crusaders taking on Oklahoma. The 1947–48 Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball team represented University of Kentucky.The head coach was Adolph Rupp.The team was a member of the Southeast Conference and played their home games at Alumni Gymnasium. Surrounded by his team, Coach Alvin 'Doggie' Julian accepts the 1947 NCAA championship trophy at Madison Square Garden. Find out more. "Foothills" Kurland, with the score 47-45, (Kentucky), dumped in three quick goals while the scrapping Cats hit for one. Logos were compiled by the amazing SportsLogos.net. In the finals, Kentucky met the winners of the opposite bracket, the Phillips Oilers of Bartlettsville, Oklahoma, who had clipped the National YMCA champ, Prospect Park of Brooklyn, and then the Denver Nuggets, to move into the title game with Kentucky. The team entered the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournamentas the last seed in the 8-team tournament. The 1947 NCAA Tournament took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the Crusaders opened the tournament by facing Navy in the quarterfinals. College More 1947 Holy Cross Pages Photo courtesy of Holy Cross. Record: 4-4-2 (62nd of 120) (Schedule & Results). The Fayette County Felines started the season taking seven consecutive wins, then dropped a one-point decision to Temple in Philadelphia. The State of Kentucky is famous for its thoroughbreds and tobacco, for its hillbillies and sugar-cured hams, for its colonels and corn, for its beautiful belles and, probably most of all for its basketball teams. Post all while operating his own dental practice on Long Island. College basketball; crowd applauding. “He said, ‘We’re in the process of building a gymnasium.’ They built it (25) years later when I was coaching (at BC).”. Copyright © 2000-2020 Sports Reference LLC. A City College player draws a foul as he tries to stop George Kaftan from scoring during the Eastern Regional Final. In 1947, New Yorkers George Kaftan and Bob Cousy shocked the basketball world by taking the little Jesuit school Holy Cross to the NCAA championship, winning three straight games at Madison Square Garden. As the Daily News observed: “Kaftan was the principal culprit in this erasure of City’s fat margin, meshing a rebound, a dribble-in layup, another rebound, and finally a pivot.”. Utah is the other team. Cousy’s legacy, much of it as a Hall of Famer and six-time champion with the Celtics, is forever shaped at Holy Cross in a lifesize bronze statue in front of the school’s Hart Recreation Center. Kaftan and his neighborhood pals played every game there was to play in the playground at PS 189 or in the local streets: softball, football, stickball, curve ball, stoop ball, Johnny Ride the Pony, Three Steps to Germany. He sought not only New York City high-schoolers but local Worcester stars — as well as players from other colleges who had been in the military during the War.
After seven lead changes, buoyed by Mullaney’s 18 points and Kaftan’s 15, the Crusaders dispatched Navy, 55-47, in the Eastern Regional semifinal, setting up a matchup with one of Nat Holman’s signature CCNY teams, featuring freshman Irwin Dambrot, who would go on to be the Most Oustanding Player of the 1950 tournament, in the regional final. Six decades later, he recalls the road to glory.
Soon his roster of recruits included: George Kaftan, Dermie O'Connell, Joe Mullaney, Bob McMullan, Matt Formon and Frank Oftring from New York City and Charlie Bollinger from New Jersey.
Led by the phenomenal guard, Ralph Beard, the Cats nearly upset the AAU champions, winners of 62 games in 65 contests for the season, but it was sevenfooter Bob Kurland who turned the tide in the dying minutes of the unforgettable fracas. Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, October 26, 10:28AM. He was drafted into the Air Force and served at Mitchell Air Force Base on Long Island, coaching the base basketball team.