Originally Posted by tenplay
So were you a Cal student back then? I remember the Wilt game because it was a huge sports event for Berkeley and the Bay Area. I was a 9th grader at Willard Jr. HS at the time. My best friend and I were going to skip the 9th grade prom to go to the game. I remember the principal pulling us into the office and threatening us with suspension and F's for the week if we chose to go to the game and skip the prom. What a downer for us. I know that Kansas won but do you remember the final score and totals for Wilt?
Proms in Jr High? Yikes. That principal sure had his priorities wrong.
I went to the Cal-Kansas game. I was a sophomore in high school at the time. Kansas was ranked #1 in the country, and beat Cal 66-56. Wilt was a sophomore, and got about 20 points, which was well below his season average of 30. That was a real accomplishment, considering Cal’s center, Duane Asplund, was only 6’-7”. Cal had a good team that year, and won the conference, but Kansas was better. They won their league, and finished ranked #2 in the country, losing to North Carolina in the NCAA final. Cal lost only 5 games that year, one to Kansas, and two to USF.
In the following year, 1957, Cal went back to Kansas for a rematch. Kansas was ranked #2, and Wilt was a junior. Kansas won that game, 58-52, and I don’t remember how many points Wilt scored, but you can bet it wasn’t anywhere near his season average, which was again 30 points. Cal’s center in that game, Don McIntosh, was even shorter than Asplund. He was 6’-6”. Cal ended up winning the conference, and losing to Seattle and Elgin Baylor in the NCAA Western Regional. The next year, Wilt left school early to join the Harlem Globetrotters. Cal would go on that same year to make history by winning the NCAA championship.