1948–49 William & Mary Indians men's basketball team

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1948–49 William & Mary Indians men's basketball
Cincinnati Invitational Tournament
Conference Southern Conference
1948–49 record 24–10 (10–3 SoCon)
Head coach Barney Wilson (2nd season)
Home arena Blow Gymnasium
Seasons

The 1948–49 William & Mary Indians men's basketball team represented the College of William & Mary in intercollegiate basketball during the 1948–49 NCAA men's basketball season. Under the second year of head coach Barney Wilson, the team finished the season 24–10 and 10–3 in the Southern Conference, the most number of wins in program history, this was the 44th season of the collegiate basketball program at William & Mary, whose nickname is now the Tribe. William & Mary played its home games at Blow Gymnasium.[1]

The Indians finished in 2nd place in the conference and qualified for the 1949 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, hosted by Duke University at the Duke Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina, where the Indians defeated Davidson in the quarterfinals before losing a triple overtime game against George Washington in the semifinals.

However, William & Mary was invited to participate in the 1949 Cincinnati Invitational Tournament, where the Indians lost against both Xavier and La Salle.

Program notes[edit]

  • With 24 wins, 1948–49 remains William & Mary's winningest season in program history. The next best seasons for the Indians/Tribe came in 1949–50 (23 wins) and 2009–10 (22 wins).
  • This was the first 20 win season in program history. The Indians would record 20 wins again during both subsequent seasons under head coach Barney Wilson. Wilson would go on to record the highest career winning percentage of any William & Mary men's basketball coach.
  • The Indians played six teams for the first time this season: Milligan, Albright, Rider, Towson, Baltimore, and La Salle.
  • The Indians played their first ever game against a ranked opponent when they lost to #17 NC State on February 5, 1949.
  • William & Mary's triple overtime loss to George Washington in the Southern Conference tournament remains tied with 6 other games (from 1958, 1961, 1981, 2008, and 2009) for the longest game in school history.
  • William & Mary's appearance in the Cincinnati Invitational Tournament was the program's first ever postseason tournament bid.

Schedule[edit]

1948–49 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Carolina State 14 1   .933     25 8   .758
William & Mary 10 3   .769     24 10   .706
North Carolina 13 5   .722     20 8   .714
George Washington 9 4   .692     18 8   .692
Davidson 11 6   .647     18 8   .692
South Carolina 7 6   .538     10 12   .455
Wake Forest 7 7   .500     11 13   .458
Maryland 7 7   .500     9 17   .346
Virginia Tech 6 8   .429     10 13   .435
Duke 5 7   .417     13 9   .591
Clemson 6 9   .400     10 11   .476
Washington and Lee 5 9   .357     10 12   .455
Richmond 5 10   .333     8 15   .348
Furman 4 11   .267     8 14   .364
VMI 3 8   .273     3 16   .158
The Citadel 0 11   .000     1 17   .056
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1949; Rankings from AP Poll
Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
*
Langley Field W 80–29  1–0
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Quantico Marines W 55–50  2–0
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Norfolk NAS W 68–46  3–0
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Milligan W 55–45  4–0
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at VMI W 77–54  5–0 (1–0)
Cormack Field House 
Lexington, VA
*
Norfolk Naval Base W 75–46  6–0
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

Wake Forest W 52–47  7–0 (2–0)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
at Rider W 52–37  8–0
 
Lawrenceville, NJ
*
at Villanova L 48–70  8–1
Villanova Field House 
Villanova, PA
*
at Albright W 73–54  9–1
 
Reading, PA
12/23/1948*
at Seton Hall L 55–59  9–2
Walsh Gymnasium 
South Orange, NJ
*
MSTC at Towson W 94–31  10–2
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Georgetown W 69–58  11–2
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

VMI W 75–37  12–2 (3–0)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
1/11/1949*
Baltimore W 96–28  13–2
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at Washington & Lee W 42–39  14–2 (4–0)
Doremus Gymnasium 
Lexington, VA

at VPI L 52–54  14–3 (4–1)
War Memorial Gymnasium 
Blacksburg, VA
*
Hampden–Sydney W 67–56  15–3
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

at North Carolina L 61–69  15–4 (4–2)
Woollen Gymnasium 
Chapel Hill, NC
*
Little Creek W 70–26  16–4
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA

VPI W 62–47  17–4 (5–2)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/2/1949
No. 17 NC State L 52–66  17–5 (5–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/7/1949
Furman W 73–60  18–5 (6–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/9/1949
Richmond W 61–47  19–5 (7–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
Roanoke W 77–45  20–5
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
at Quantico Marines L 36–42  20–6
 
Quantico, VA
2/18/1949
The Citadel W 57–39  21–6 (8–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
2/24/1948
Washington & Lee W 89–46  22–6 (9–3)
Blow Gymnasium 
Williamsburg, VA
*
at Virginia L 44–58  22–7
Memorial Gymnasium 
Charlottesville, VA
2/26/1949
at Richmond W 82–53  23–7 (10–3)
Blues Armory 
Richmond, VA
1949 Southern Conference Tournament
3/2/1949
vs. Davidson
Quarterfinals
W 54–50  24–7
Duke Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
3/3/1949
vs. George Washington
Semifinals
L 74–78 3OT 24–8
Duke Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
1949 Cincinnati Invitational Tournament
3/7/1949
vs. Xavier L 65–82  24–9
 
Cincinnati, OH
3/9/1949
vs. La Salle L 51–63  24–10
 
Cincinnati, OH
*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 February 1, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2013–14 William & Mary Tribe Men's Basketball Media Guide". Year-by-year records. College of William & Mary. 2013. Retrieved February 1, 2015.