1940–41 William & Mary Indians men's basketball team

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1940–41 William & Mary Indians men's basketball
Conference Southern Conference
1940–41 record 15–10 (8–3 SoCon)
Head coach Dwight Steussey (2nd season)
Home arena Blow Gymnasium
Seasons

The 1940–41 William & Mary Indians men's basketball team represented the College of William & Mary in intercollegiate basketball during the 1940–41 season. Under the second year of head coach Dwight Steussey, the team finished the season 15–10 and 8–3 in the Southern Conference. This was the 36th season of the collegiate basketball program at William & Mary, whose nickname is now the Tribe.[1]

The Indians finished in a tie for 2nd place in the conference and qualified for the 1941 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at Thompson Gym in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was the Indians' first-ever conference tournament appearance. Additionally, the team recorded the program's first-ever conference tournament victory with a win over Wake Forest in the first round. However, the Indians lost to Duke, the eventual champions, in the semifinals.

The Indians played several teams for the first time this season, including Xavier, Miami (OH), and Bradley.

Schedule[edit]

1940–41 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Carolina 14 1   .933     19 9   .679
South Carolina 8 3   .727     15 9   .625
William & Mary 8 3   .727     15 10   .600
Washington and Lee 9 4   .692     11 11   .500
Duke 8 4   .667     14 8   .636
VMI 8 4   .667     10 6   .625
Richmond 7 5   .583     11 10   .524
Wake Forest 7 6   .538     9 9   .500
Clemson 7 8   .467     8 14   .364
Davidson 5 7   .417     11 12   .478
North Carolina State 6 9   .400     6 9   .400
Virginia Tech 4 8   .333     8 13   .381
The Citadel 1 8   .111     5 13   .278
Furman 1 10   .091     4 13   .235
Maryland 0 13   .000     1 21   .045
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1941; Rankings from AP Poll
Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
*
at Langley Field W 36–33  1–0
 
Hampton, VA
*
at Apprentice School W 47–33  2–0
 
Newport News, VA
12/17/1940
Clemson W 33–22  3–0 (1–0)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Xavier L 50–61  3–1
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
12/20/1940*
at Miami (OH) L 40–43  3–2
Withrow Court 
Oxford, OH
*
at Bradley L 36–59  3–3
 
Peoria, IL
*
Randolph–Macon W 63–46  4–3
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

VMI W 43–35  5–3 (2–0)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at VPI W 54–51  6–3 (3–0)
War Memorial Gymnasium 
Blacksburg, VA

at Washington and Lee L 29–35  6–4 (3–1)
Doremus Gymnasium 
Lexington, VA
*
Hampden–Sydney W 44–26  7–4
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
at Virginia L 32–48  7–5
Memorial Gymnasium 
Charlottesville, VA

VMI L 36–43  7–6 (3–2)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
at Randolph–Macon W 43–36  8–6
 
Ashland, VA
2/3/1941
Richmond W 37–32  9–6 (4–2)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/7/1941
Furman W 47–37  10–6 (5–2)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

VPI W 52–50  11–6 (6–2)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Virginia L 40–41  11–7
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/14/1941
at Maryland W 58–40  12–7 (7–2)
Ritchie Coliseum 
College Park, MD
2/15/1941*
at Navy L 32–51  12–8
 
Annapolis, MD
*
Hampden–Sydney W 47–39  13–8
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/20/1941
at Richmond L 41–46  13–9 (7–3)
Millhiser Gymnasium 
Richmond, VA

Washington and Lee W 34–32 OT 14–9 (8–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
Southern Conference Tournament
2/27/1941
vs. Wake Forest
Quarterfinals
W 52–34  15–9
Thompson Gym 
Raleigh, NC
2/28/1941
vs. Duke
Semifinals
L 42–57  15–10
Thompson Gym 
Raleigh, NC
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Source[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William & Mary season-by-season results". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2014. Retrieved January 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2013–14 William & Mary Tribe Men's Basketball Media Guide". Year-by-year records. College of William & Mary. 2013. Retrieved December 22, 2014.