Saturday, December 23, 2023

Russell 4 "and-ones" dominate Vandy; Chamberlain Other Semifinal

The 2-time champion San Francisco Dons did not hit a single 3-pointer (the line wasn't there in 1956, but we do estimate some on the cards), and Bill Russell shot his average 50 percent from the free throw line.

And none of that mattered as they dominated start to finish to pull away to a 67-46 lead with five minutes to play before Vanderbilt 1997 finally hit a few threes at the end to make it look a little closer than it was at 73-60. A potential Chamberlain vs. Russell match-up looms if Kansas 1957 can beat Billy Donovan's Providence in a second matchup of a great center from the 1950s against a great point guard.

While the Dons hit no modern 3-pointers, Russell drew four basket and one on his card - a line that centers of old have in our game in the days before the stretch big men shot threes. He only made 3 of 6 free throws, consistent with his card of 1-10 made free throw, 11-20 missed free throw, but that didn't matter since four occurred after he had scored and in one case he missed the "and one" but teammate Mike Farmer scored on the rebound for a 4-point play.

San Francisco improved to #25 of the all-time great teams in our game, while Vanderbilt fell to #84 after winning their first game against VCU 1985. Bill McCaffrey, the brother of Superbowl Champ Ed McCaffrey, was held without a bucket until 8:17 left in the game (14 possessions) remaining. He finished with 9 points after scoring 23 in the win against VCU. 


Russell led the way with 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, but KC Jones was almost as strong with 15, 7, 4.

San Francisco started ranked as the 25th best team in the game, but opened with an upset loss to Arizona 2015, which was ranked No. 5 that season, to fall in the rankings. However, double digit wins in this tournament to two SEC schools (Mississippi before Vanderbilt) have them back within one spot of their original ranking at No. 26.

Pos      Vanderbilt 1993       Pts  3pt 2pt FT  Att  Reb Stl  Blk  Fl Ht    Actual Season                 
1-PGBill McCaffrey9130033016'420.6 Pts, 2.6 Reb, 3.6 Ast
2-SGKevin Anglin15233322046'410.7 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 3.2 Ast
3-SFRonnie McMahan6022231026'511.1 Pts, 2.4 Reb, 2.3 Ast
4-PFBruce Elder4020070016'511.4 Pts, 6.1 Reb, 2.6 Ast
5-CChris Lawson2010040156'1011.5 Pts, 5.5 Reb, 1.4 Ast
1-PGDan Hall6022310016'86.0 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 1.1 Ast
2-SGFrank Seckar5110020016'14.5 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 1.6 Ast
3-SFBryan Milburn4020040016'73.7 Pts, 3.6 Reb, 0.6 Ast
4-PFChad Sheron7120020016'72.0 Pts, 0.7 Reb, 0.5 Ast
5-CChris Woods2010010026'112.2 Pts, 1.6 Reb, 0.1 Ast
  6051978296119 11 Turnovers
PosSan Francisco 1956Pts3pt2ptFTAttRebStlBlkFlHtActual Season
1-PGHal Perry6030042015'109.1 Pts, 2.0 Reb
2-SGCarl Boldt10034551056'48.6 Pts, 5.0 Reb
3-SFK.C. Jones15071281326'19.8 Pts, 5.2 Reb
4-PFMike Farmer6030070016'78.4 Pts, 7.8 Reb
5-CBill Russell2301036101416'920.6 Pts, 21.0 Reb
1-PGHarold Payne2010000015'111.0 Pts, 0.1 Reb
2-SGJohn Koljian3011201016'31.0 Pts, 1.0 Reb
3-SFMike Preaseau2010030016'54.1 Pts, 3.1 Reb
4-PFBill Mallen2010020016'44.2 Pts, 3.5 Reb
5-CGene Brown4012220116'37.1 Pts, 4.4 Reb
  730311117416815 15 Turnovers

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