1958–59 California Golden Bears men's basketball team

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1958–59 California Golden Bears men's basketball
Conference Pacific Coast Conference
Coaches No. 9
AP No. 11
1958–59 record 24–4 (14-2) ( PCC)
Head coach Pete Newell
Assistant coach Rene Herrerias
Home arena Men's Gym

The 1958–59 California Golden Bears men's basketball team represented the University of California, Berkeley in NCAA University Division (now known as Division I) men's basketball competition. The head coach was Pete Newell, he led the Golden Bears to their only NCAA Basketball Championship.

Season Summary[edit]

Cal wasn’t a team that thrilled many people beyond its own fans. One writer described the bears as “ just a bunch of guys named Joe.” but cal was coached by one of the greats, Pete Newell, and his team-oriented, defensive style won the national championship as the bears beat two teams in the final four that featured two of the best guards in history, Cincinnati (Oscar Robertson) and West Virginia (Jerry West).

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • West
    • California 71, Utah 53
    • California 66, St. Mary’s, California 46
  • Final Four
    • California 64, Cincinnati 58
    • California 71, West Virginia 70


Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1959 6 45 Bob Dalton Syracuse Nationals
1960 1 3 Darrall Imhoff New York Knicks



  1. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1959
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2009-05-04.