Men's Basketball

Feb 23, 2019

Over the past couple of years I have assisted the Notre Dame Sports Information Departmentin updating their Media Guide.

When these record books were first created, it was much more difficult to locate sources to compile and check information.

When I noticed that there were more than 300 players who were not properly identified, I started using on-line sources (e.g. SCHOLASTIC Magazines and on-line newspaper services I subscribe to).

Here’s a few additional things I’m recommending get added to the Guide.

We used 19 players, in the December 7, 1929, 49-21 win over Lake Forest College.

NOTRE DAME (49) G F P 

Newbold, rf 2 1 2

Gavin, rf 3 1 1

Heenan, rf 2 0 1

Forsee, rf 0 0 0

Crowe, If 0 0 0

J. McCarthy, If 6 3 1

Host, If 1 1 1

McNally, If 0 0 0

DeCook, c 0 1 0

Busch, c 0 0 1

Duwan, c 0 0 0

O'Connell, c 1 1 1

Smith, Ig 5 0 1

Burns, Ig 0 0 0

W. McCarthy, Ig 0 0 1

Carideo, Ig 0 0 0

Donovan, rg 0 1 2

Johnson, rg 0 0 1

Kizer, rg 0 0 0

Totals 20 9 13

And used 20 (!) in the November 30, 1935, 62-26 win over Albion!

Notre Dame 

Moir, f

Hopkins, f

Crowe, f

Borowski, f

Meyer, f

Ford, f

Carson, f

Gleason, f

Novak, e

DeMotts, c

Moritz, c

O'Connor, c

Ireland, g

Jordan, g

Allen, g

Sweeney, g .

Wade, g

Wukovits, g

Bonner, g

Jackowski, g.

From this second game, four ND players would later go on to have fine careers as college coaches:  

George Ireland, Johnny Jordan, Clem Crowe, and Ray Meyer.

And George Keogan, ND’s Coach is still the greatest coach in ND basketball history, by winning percentage and 

TWO retroactive National Championships:

George Keogan Coaching Record

·         

Season

School

Conf

G

W

L

W-L%

SRS

SOS

AP Pre

AP High

AP Final

Notes

Adjusted

1915-16

Saint Louis

Ind

19

13

6

.684

             
                           

1919-20

Valparaiso

Ind

20

12

8

.600

             

1920-21

Valparaiso

Ind

24

19

5

.792

             
                           

1923-24

Notre Dame

Ind

23

15

8

.652

             

1924-25

Notre Dame

Ind

22

11

11

.500

             

1925-26

Notre Dame

Ind

20

19

1

.950

             

1926-27

Notre Dame

Ind

20

19

1

.950

         

Helms Foundation Champ

 

1927-28

Notre Dame

Ind

22

18

4

.818

             

1928-29

Notre Dame

Ind

20

15

5

.750

             

1929-30

Notre Dame

Ind

20

14

6

.700

             

1930-31

Notre Dame

Ind

20

12

8

.600

             

1931-32

Notre Dame

Ind

20

18

2

.900

             

1932-33

Notre Dame

Ind

22

16

6

.727

             

1933-34

Notre Dame

Ind

24

20

4

.833

             

1934-35

Notre Dame

Ind

22

13

9

.591

             

1935-36

Notre Dame

Ind

25

22

2

.917

         

Helms Foundation Champ

 

1936-37

Notre Dame

Ind

23

20

3

.870

             

1937-38

Notre Dame

Ind

23

20

3

.870

             

1938-39

Notre Dame

Ind

21

15

6

.714

             

1939-40

Notre Dame

Ind

21

15

6

.714

             

1940-41

Notre Dame

Ind

22

17

5

.773

             

1941-42

Notre Dame

Ind

22

16

6

.727

             

1942-43

Notre Dame

Ind

13

12

1

.923

             

Career

Overall

 

488

371

116

.762

             
 

Saint Louis

 

19

13

6

.684

             
 

Valparaiso

 

44

31

13

.705

             
 

Notre Dame

 

425

327

97

.771

             

 

Clem Crowe Coaching Record

·         

Season

School

Conf

G

W

L

W-L%

SRS

SOS

AP Pre

AP High

AP Final

Notes

Adjusted

1933-34

Xavier

Ind

10

9

1

.900

             

1934-35

Xavier

Ind

18

14

4

.778

             

1935-36

Xavier

Ind

15

8

7

.533

             

1936-37

Xavier

Ind

14

7

7

.500

             

1937-38

Xavier

Ind

19

10

9

.526

             

1938-39

Xavier

Ind

20

13

7

.650

             

1939-40

Xavier

Ind

23

6

17

.261

             

1940-41

Xavier

Ind

22

13

9

.591

             

1941-42

Xavier

Ind

18

10

8

.556

             

1942-43

Xavier

Ind

16

6

10

.375

             
                           

1944-45

Notre Dame

Ind

20

15

5

.750

             

Career

Overall

 

195

111

84

.569

             
 

Xavier

 

175

96

79

.549

             
 

Notre Dame

 

20

15

5

.750

             

 

George Ireland Coaching Record

·         

Season

School

Conf

G

W

L

W-L%

SRS

SOS

AP Pre

AP High

AP Final

Notes

 

1951-52

Loyola (IL)

Ind

25

17

8

.680

4.00

5.72

         

1952-53

Loyola (IL)

Ind

23

8

15

.348

-1.81

4.64

         

1953-54

Loyola (IL)

Ind

22

7

15

.318

-4.88

1.57

         

1954-55

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

13

11

.542

-0.31

0.99

         

1955-56

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

10

14

.417

-2.96

2.60

         

1956-57

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

14

10

.583

-6.69

1.71

         

1957-58

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

16

8

.667

0.74

0.24

         

1958-59

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

11

13

.458

-5.33

-0.11

         

1959-60

Loyola (IL)

Ind

22

10

12

.455

-7.88

-2.16

         

1960-61

Loyola (IL)

Ind

23

15

8

.652

1.84

3.17

         

1961-62

Loyola (IL)

Ind

27

23

4

.852

13.92

4.60

 

10

     

1962-63

Loyola (IL)

Ind

31

29

2

.935

21.43

3.74

4

2

3

NCAA Tournament; NCAA FF; NCAA Champion

 

1963-64

Loyola (IL)

Ind

28

22

6

.786

14.82

2.22

1

1

8

NCAA Tournament

 

1964-65

Loyola (IL)

Ind

25

11

14

.440

-0.22

4.04

         

1965-66

Loyola (IL)

Ind

25

22

3

.880

16.21

3.32

 

3

6

NCAA Tournament

 

1966-67

Loyola (IL)

Ind

22

13

9

.591

5.63

5.32

         

1967-68

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

15

9

.625

9.38

5.78

     

NCAA Tournament

 

1968-69

Loyola (IL)

Ind

23

9

14

.391

-2.99

3.66

         

1969-70

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

13

11

.542

2.28

3.02

         

1970-71

Loyola (IL)

Ind

24

4

20

.167

-7.91

4.62

         

1971-72

Loyola (IL)

Ind

22

8

14

.364

-4.77

5.58

         

1972-73

Loyola (IL)

Ind

23

8

15

.348

-6.25

3.10

         

1973-74

Loyola (IL)

Ind

26

12

14

.462

-1.37

2.63

         

1974-75

Loyola (IL)

Ind

14

8

6

.571

-7.04

2.90

         

Career

Loyola (IL)

 

573

318

255

.555

1.24

3.04

         

 

Ray Meyer Coaching Record

 

Season

School

Conf

G

W

L

W-L%

SRS

SOS

AP Pre

AP High

AP Final

Notes

 

1942-43

DePaul

Ind

24

19

5

.792

         

NCAA Tournament; NCAA FF

 

1943-44

DePaul

Ind

26

22

4

.846

             

1944-45

DePaul

Ind

24

21

3

.875

         

NIT Champ

 

1945-46

DePaul

Ind

24

19

5

.792

             

1946-47

DePaul

Ind

25

16

9

.640

             

1947-48

DePaul

Ind

30

22

8

.733

             

1948-49

DePaul

Ind

25

16

9

.640

     

16

     

1949-50

DePaul

Ind

25

12

13

.480

6.79

9.34

         

1950-51

DePaul

Ind

25

13

12

.520

8.88

9.68

         

1951-52

DePaul

Ind

27

19

8

.704

8.47

11.39

 

18

     

1952-53

DePaul

Ind

28

19

9

.679

7.32

8.00

 

7

19

NCAA Tournament

 

1953-54

DePaul

Ind

21

11

10

.524

4.27

16.00

         

1954-55

DePaul

Ind

22

16

6

.727

6.11

7.86

         

1955-56

DePaul

Ind

24

16

8

.667

7.69

9.26

     

NCAA Tournament

 

1956-57

DePaul

Ind

22

8

14

.364

0.75

6.38

         

1957-58

DePaul

Ind

20

8

12

.400

0.82

6.22

         

1958-59

DePaul

Ind

24

13

11

.542

-0.22

3.08

     

NCAA Tournament

 

1959-60

DePaul

Ind

24

17

7

.708

7.43

5.33

 

20

 

NCAA Tournament

 

1960-61

DePaul

Ind

25

17

8

.680

6.44

6.05

 

7

     

1961-62

DePaul

Ind

23

13

10

.565

2.61

3.33

         

1962-63

DePaul

Ind

23

15

8

.652

2.93

4.35

         

1963-64

DePaul

Ind

25

21

4

.840

8.87

1.62

 

8

9

   

1964-65

DePaul

Ind

27

17

10

.630

11.44

4.09

20

20

 

NCAA Tournament

 

1965-66

DePaul

Ind

26

18

8

.692

10.09

-0.06

         

1966-67

DePaul

Ind

25

17

8

.680

6.36

2.52

         

1967-68

DePaul

Ind

25

13

12

.520

-1.01

4.25

         

1968-69

DePaul

Ind

25

14

11

.560

-0.80

4.38

         

1969-70

DePaul

Ind

25

12

13

.480

-2.18

2.66

         

1970-71

DePaul

Ind

25

8

17

.320

-10.42

6.25

         

1971-72

DePaul

Ind

23

12

11

.522

-3.50

4.93

         

1972-73

DePaul

Ind

25

14

11

.560

1.38

3.43

         

1973-74

DePaul

Ind

25

16

9

.640

0.12

3.79

         

1974-75

DePaul

Ind

25

15

10

.600

4.17

2.12

         

1975-76

DePaul

Ind

29

20

9

.690

10.52

5.48

 

17

17

NCAA Tournament

 

1976-77

DePaul

Ind

27

15

12

.556

5.13

2.33

18

18

     

1977-78

DePaul

Ind

30

27

3

.900

14.27

2.27

 

3

3

NCAA Tournament

 

1978-79

DePaul

Ind

32

26

6

.813

10.10

2.49

 

6

6

NCAA Tournament; NCAA FF

 

1979-80

DePaul

Ind

28

26

2

.929

14.10

4.57

9

1

1

NCAA Tournament

 

1980-81

DePaul

Ind

29

27

2

.931

15.47

2.64

2

1

1

NCAA Tournament

 

1981-82

DePaul

Ind

28

26

2

.929

14.73

2.80

8

2

2

NCAA Tournament

 

1982-83

DePaul

Ind

33

21

12

.636

9.43

4.22

         

1983-84

DePaul

Ind

30

27

3

.900

16.68

5.54

18

2

4

NCAA Tournament

 

Career

DePaul

 

1078

724

354

.672

5.86

5.10

         

 

John Jordan Head coaching record

Season

Team

Overall

Conference

Standing

Postseason

Loyola Ramblers(Independent)(1950–1951)

1950–51

Loyola (IL)

15-14

           

Loyola (IL):

15–14 (.517)

   

Notre Dame Fighting Irish(Independent)(1951–1964)

1951–52

Notre Dame

16-10

           

1952–53

Notre Dame

19-5

   

NCAA Elite Eight

     

1953–54

Notre Dame

22-3

   

NCAA Elite Eight

     

1954–55

Notre Dame

14-10

           

1955–56

Notre Dame

9-15

           

1956–57

Notre Dame

20-8

   

NCAA Sweet Sixteen

     

1957–58

Notre Dame

24-5

   

NCAA Elite Eight

     

1958–59

Notre Dame

12-13

           

1959–60

Notre Dame

17-9

   

NCAA First Round

     

1960–61

Notre Dame

12-14

           

1961–62

Notre Dame

7-16

           

1962–63

Notre Dame

17-9

   

NCAA First Round

     

1963–64

Notre Dame

10-14

           

Notre Dame:

199–131 (.603)

   

Total:

214–145 (.596)

           

 

And, an additional player on this team, John Moir, was one of ND’s all-time greats!

Moir decided to enroll at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Back then, NCAA rules prohibited freshmen from playing varsity sports, so it was not until Moir's sophomore year of 1935–36 that he was able to play basketball for coach George Keogan.[1]

Despite having not played basketball until the interim period between high school graduation and college, Moir led the Fighting Irish to a 22–2–1 record and the Helms Athletic Foundation NCAA National Championship in his first season of eligibility.[1] He played the forward position and led the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game (ppg).[1] Moir was also named the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year. Over the next two seasons, he led the team in scoring at 13.2 and 10.5 ppg, respectively, while also being named a consensus All-America selection in each of his three years playing for Notre Dame.[2] Moir had broken every single school scoring record that Edward "Moose" Krause* had set during his three-time All-American career earlier that decade.[1][2]

*Many ND fans think of Moose as a football guy…….and he was……..but it was as a basketball player that he earned his greatest collegiate fame.  Like Wilt Chamberlain, 30 years later, Moose was responsible for changes in officiating to eliminate the advantage that a big man had in defending the “paint”.

 

After graduating from Notre Dame, Moir played professionally in the National Basketball League. In his first two seasons in the league, he won two NBL championships as a member of the Akron Firestone Non-Skids in 1938–39 and 1939–40.[1] Over the course of those two championship seasons Moir averaged 7 ppg, and in the 1940 playoffs he led all players with an 11 ppg average.[1] He spent one more season playing for Akron before joining the Rochester Seagrams in 1942. However, World War II suspended Rochester's ability to play.

When Moir resumed play in 1945–46, he joined the Cleveland Allmen Transfers for whom he played his final season. When his NBL career ended, he had played for four years, won two league championships and scored 562 points in 89 total games.[1]

Here’s another item which might be worthy of our Basketball Media Guide:

Monogram Winner Dies In South Pacific Zone

 

The first major monogram winner among Notre Dame athletes to be killed in World War No. II was Lieut. Robert G. Smith, age 24, a marine corps flyer, who was killed in action in the southwest Pacific.  Smith was a star guard on the Notre Dame basketball teams of 1940 and 1941 and was one of the highest scoring

guards in Notre Dame basketball history. In his senior year he scored 134 points.  (This was published 3/17/1944.  Smith was ND’s 85th man “who have perished in the cause of God, Country, and Notre Dame”.) 

 

Go Irish!!


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