Saturday, December 23, 2023

Chamberlain (25 pts, 9 blks) & Kansas Beats Donovan (8 Stls) & Providence; Russell Next

In a defensive war, Kansas could barely get the ball down the court against Cinderella 1987 Final 4 team Providence, which turned them over 20 times including 8 steals by Billy Donovan in the Value Add Basketball Game. For the account of Bill Russell's 73-60 San Francisco over Vanderbilt win in the other semifinal, click here. Here are the updated all-time rankings of all 200 teams in the game broken down by their 2024-25 conference (regardless of what conference they played in during the year in the game).

We have added a post on the result of the game here.

However, when Providence's normally high powered offense got to the rim they were shut down by Wilt Chamberlain, who had nine of Kansas 12 blocked shots to allow only 19 field goals by Providence in a 69-55 win. Kansas did have one 3-pointer, from John Parker, among their 29 field goals and both teams were almost perfect from the line - 13 of 14 by Providence and 10 of 11 by Kansas - or it could have been a very low scoring game.

Chamberlain advances to face his long-time NBA rival Bill Russell. Both the 1957 Kansas team and the 1956 San Francisco team were added because we had just updated the block range for the four top shot blockers of all time including Russell and Chamberlain (see updated cards of them and  David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwan here) so wanted to play their new cards. The other teams in this tournament were the last six teams we created when we realized we had missed a couple of schools in trying to have a team created for each school in a power conference.

Kansas moves up to #34 on our all-time list with the win, and will place #26 ranked San Francisco for the title. Providence drops to #66 of our 200 all-time great teams. The overall rankings and scores of all games played to date are on this google link.
Pos     Providence 1987        Pts  3pt  2pt FTAttRebStl BlkFlHtSummary                                
1-PGBilly Donovan12125628016'020.6 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 7.1 Ast-NBA
2-SGPop Lewis9114414016'411.8 Pts, 4.2 Reb, 2.6 Ast
3-SFDelray Brooks10220051026'414.4 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 2.6 Ast
4-PFJacek Duda2010020016'113.4 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 0.2 Ast
5-CDave Kipfer6022261336'711.7 Pts, 5.3 Reb, 1.0 Ast
1-PGCarlton Screen4020010016'05.2 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 2.4 Ast
2-SGDarryl Wright2010010026'56.1 Pts, 2.2 Reb, 0.9 Ast
3-SFMarty Conlon4012210016'104.4 Pts, 2.9 Reb, 0.5 Ast-NBA
4-PFAbdul Shamsid-Deen4020010016'113.5 Pts, 2.5 Reb, 0.0 Ast
5-CSteve Wright2010050036'97.9 Pts, 4.8 Reb, 0.2 Ast
 13 Turnovers5541513142514316 12 Turnovers
PosKansas 1957Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFl Actual Season
1-PGJohn Parker9122234036'05.5 Pts, 2.0 Reb
2-SGMaurice King6030021036'29.7 Pts, 4.5 Reb-NBA
3-SFGene Elstun17073350116'311.3 Pts, 5.3 Reb
4-PFRon Loneski4020070216'49.6 Pts, 6.8 Reb
5-CWilt Chamberlain2501056130927'129.6 Pts, 18.9 Reb-NBA
1-PGJohn Cleland2010010026'32.0 Pts, 0.7 Reb
2-SGBob Billings0000011015'112.2 Pts, 0.9 Reb
3-SFLarry Kelley2010010016'02.0 Pts, 2.0 Reb
4-PFMonte Johnson2010020026'51.1 Pts, 1.5 Reb
5-CLew Johnson2010010016'63.0 Pts, 3.9 Reb
 Jayhawks Totals6912810113661217 20 Turnovers

As the scoresheet below shows, the game was tied 42-42 with 13:50, or 23 possessions left to play, and Providence cut it to 53-49 on a Billy Donovan steal, fast break basket, and free throw after being fouled.

However, Wilt Chamberlain responded with a basket and drew a foul, hitting the free throw to make it 56-49 with 5:49 (10 possessions) to play. Kansas got their one 3-point shot of the day from John Parker with five minutes to play to make it 59-51 and start a 9-0 run to make it 65-51 with 2:07 (4 possessions) to play.

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