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University of Cincinnati 1960-61

University of Cincinnati Men, 1961 & 1962 National Champions

Charter Class of 2006

2006 Charter Class

University of Cincinnati ’61-’62

Over the years the Bearcats have earned much recognition for being among the nation’s elite in college basketball. Under a rookie head coach and without the famed Oscar Robertson, the undeterred Bearcats delved into the 1960-61 season determined to dominate the court. And a success it was. University of Cincinnati proudly claimed its first national title in 1960-61. As though to show this win was no fluke, the Bearcats captured the championship once again in 1961-62.

Cincinnati made a then unprecedented fifth straight trip to the Final Four in 1962-63, and narrowly missed capturing a third-straight national crown when Loyola ( Ill.) overcame a 15-point deficit and defeated the Bearcats by a basket, 60-58, in overtime.

During those five seasons, the Bearcats recorded a 37-game win streak and posted a 161-16 ledger. The five straight Final Four appearances is a feat topped only by UCLA.

University of Cincinnati 1961 NCAA Champions
1961 NCAA National Champions

Front Row -- Jim Calhoun, Tony Yates, Carl Bouldin, Paul Hogue, Bob Wiesenhahn, Tom Thacker, Tom Sizer.
Back Row -- Head coach Ed Jucker, Larry Shingleton, Fred Dierking, Ron Ries, Dale Heidotting, Mark Altenau, assistant coach Tay Baker.

1962 NCAA National Champions
1962 NCAA National Champions

Front Row -- Larry Shingleton, Tony Yates, Larry Elsasser, Tom Thacker, Tom Sizer, Jim Calhoun.
Back Row -- Assistant coach Tay Baker, Bill Abernathy, Fred Dierking, George Wilson, Ron Reis, Paul Hogue, Dale Heidotting, Ron Bonham, Head coach Ed Jucker.