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Miami University Men's Teams - 1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59


Miami University, 1957, '58, '59

Mid American Conference Champions
1956-57, 1957-58, 1958-59

Miami University's 1957-58 men's basketball team, coached by Dick Shrider and featuring veterans Wayne Embry, John Powell and Jim Thomas, remains the only team ever to go through its Mid-American Conference schedule undefeated. The Redskins were 18-9 overall and 12-0 in the MAC.

They were among three straight Miami teams that won or shared the league championship. The 1956-57 squad, coached by Bill Rohr, had a 17-8 mark and finished 11-1 in the MAC before losing to Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament.

Dick Shrider was head coach for that special 1957-58 season when Embry and Powell were seniors and Thomas was a junior. Miami secured its first NCAA Tournament victory when in knocked off Pittsburgh, 82-77, in a first-round game at Evanston, Ill. Then the Redskins lost to eventual champion Kentucky in Lexington.

Seniors Thomas, Eddie Wingard and Bill Brown joined with junior Jim Hamilton and sophomore Dave Zeller in 1958-59 when Miami (14-11, 9-3) shared the MAC title with Bowling Green. That MU team did not get an NCAA berth but won the Hurricane Classic in Miami by upsetting nationally-ranked New York University and the host University of Miami Hurricanes. 

Miami University 1956-57
Miami University Men, 1956-57

Back Row (L-R) - Bob Miller, Curt Gentry, Jim Thomas, Bill Brown, Wayne Embry, Ron Alberts, Ron “Buzz” Ellis, Ed Wingard, Ken Babbs, Larry Crist.

Front Row (L-R) Harlan Knosher, John Powell

Miami University 1957-58
Miami University Men, 1957-58

Front Row (L-R) - Bob Miller, Jim Thomas, Bill Brown, Wayne Embry, John Powell, Ken Babbs, Ed Wingard, Larry Crist

Back Row (L-R) Head Coach Dick Shrider, Athletic Director John Brickels, John Buhl, Manager; Jim Hamilton, Ron Puterbaugh, Herb Rowan, Jerry Higgins, Robert Bader, Manager; Darrell Hedric, Assistant Coach; Mike Mecca, Sports Info

Miami University 1958-59
Miami University Men, 1958-59

Front Row (L-R) - Jim Hamilton, Herb Rowan, Ed Wingard, Bill Brown, Jim Thomas, Bob Miller

Middle Row (L-R) - John Buhl, Manager; Dave Zeller, Terry Marty, Rick Ryan, Ted Garrison, Dick Miller, Vern Lawson, John Powell, Freshman Coach.

Back Row (L-R) Athletic Director John Brickels, Assistant Coach Carmen Cozza, Dick Shrider, Head Coach; E. Jay Colville, Athletic Trainer; Watson Kruzeski, Equipment Manager; Bob Kurz, Sports Information

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