1960 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team

Games of the XVIIth Olympiad -- 1960

  • Date:
    Jun 10, 2010

Rome, Italy - August 26 - September 10, 1960


Touted as the greatest basketball team in Olympic history, the 1960 U.S. squad was so perfectly balanced that, unlike previous USA Olympic cage teams, no one player emerged as a dominant star.

1960 USA RESULTS (8-0)
USA 88 Italy 54
USA 125 Japan 66
USA 107 Hungary 63
USA 104 Yugoslavia 42
USA 108 Uruguay 50
USA 81 USSR 57
USA 112 Italy 81
USA 90 Brazil 63

1960 OLYMPIC GAMES FINAL STANDINGS

1. USA (8-0) 9. Hungary (4-3)
2. Soviet Union (6-2) 10.France (4-3)
3. Brazil (6-2) 11.Phillippines (4-3)
4. Italy (4-4) 12.Mexico (4-3)
5. Czechoslovakia (5-3) 13. Puerto Rico
(3-5)
6. Yugoslavia (4-4) 14.Canada (1-8)
7. Poland (2-5) 15.Japan (0-7)
8. Uruguay (4-5) 16. Bulgaria (1-5)

Five USA players finished the Olympic competition averaging in double figures, paced by Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas who both averaged 17.0 points a game. Proof of the wealth of talent available to 1960 USA Olympic coach Pete Newell is found in the fact that 10 members of the 1960 12-man roster went on to play professionally in the NBA.

Opening against host Italy, the Americans posted an 88-54 win as Adrian Smith and Robertson each tallied 16 points. Japan was thumped 125-66 as Lucas scored 28 points, and the U.S. qualified for the semifinals with a 107-63 victory over Hungary as Robertson scored 22 and Lucas added 21 points.

Opening against Yugoslavia in the semifinal round, Terry Dischinger scored 12 points as the USA took command 32-1, and the U.S. went on to record a 104-42 win with Dischinger and Robertson each scoring 16. The USA surpassed the century mark for the fourth straight time when they dashed past Uruguay 108-50 and Smith finished as high scorer with 15 points.

With an overflow crowd in attendance, the USA closed out the semifinal action against the Soviet Union, which boasted a 7'3', 320-pound center named Jan Kruminsh. Leading 35-28 at half, the U.S. offense scored 20 points in the first five minutes of the second half to put the game out of reach as the U.S. went on to claim an 81-57 win. Jerry West paced the Americans to the win with 19 points.

In the final round, led by Lucas' 25 points, six U.S. players reached double figures as the Americans routed Italy 112-81 Only a victory over Brazil stood in the way of the U.S. and another Olympic title, and thanks to a strong Lucas performance, 25 points, the Americans recorded a 90-63 win to earn the Olympic gold.

Posting an 8-0 record and extending the USA Olympic winning streak to 36 games, how dominating was this USA team? Averaging 101.9 points a game, the USA average margin of victory in the 1960 Olympics was a whopping 42.4 points a game while opponents managed to average just 59.5 points a game.

1960 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM ROSTER

NAME
POS
HGT
WGT
AGE
SCHOOL HOMETOWN
Jay Arnette
F
6-2
175
21
University of Texas Austin, TX
Walter Bellamy
C
6-11
217
21
Indiana University Baltimore, MD
Robert Boozer
F
6-8
220
23
Peoria Caterpillars (Kansas St.) Omaha, NE
Terry Dischinger
F
6-6
190
19
Purdue University Terry Haute, IN
Burdette Haldorson
F
6-7
207
26
Phillips 66ers (Colorado) Austin, MN
Darrall Imoff
C
6-11
220
21
University of California Berkeley, CA
Allen Kelley
G
5-11
164
27
Peoria Caterpillars (Kansas) McCune, KS
Lester Lane
G
5-11
165
28
Wichita Vickers (Oklahoma) Purcell, OK
Jerry Lucas
F
6-8
220
20
Ohio State University Middletown, OH
Oscar Robertson
F
6-5
220
21
University of Cincinnati Indianapolis, IN
Adrian Smith
G
6-0
175
23
U.S. Armed Forces (Kentucky) Farmington, KY
Jerry West
G
6-2
185
22
West Virginia University Chelyan, WV
HEAD COACH: Pete Newell, University of California
ASSISTANT COACH: Warren Womble, Peoria Caterpillars)
MANAGER: Arthur Lonborg, University of Kansas
ATHLETIC TRAINER:Dean Nesmith, University of Kansas

1960 U.S. MEN'S OLYMPIC TEAM CUMULATIVE STATISTICS

NAME G FGM-FGA PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
PF
PTS/AVG
Oscar Robertson 8 51-
34- 50
.680
24
136/ 17.0
Jerry Lucas 8 66-
4- 6
.667
23
136/ 17.0
Jerry West 8 46-
18- 27
.667
19
110/ 13.8
Terry Dischinger 8 37-
20- 29
.690
23
94/ 11.8
Adrian Smith 8 30-
27- 32
.844
19
87/ 10.9
Walter Bellamy 8 25-
13- 19
.684
22
63/ 7.9
Robert Boozer 8 23-
8- 13
.615
18
54/ 6.8
Lester Lane 8 20-
7- 9
.778
18
47/ 5.9
Darrall Imoff 8 18-
2- 7
.286
20
38/ 4.8
Jay Arnette 8 9-
5- 6
.833
16
23 / 2.9
Burdette Haldorson 8 11-
1- 4
.250
12
23/ 2.9
Allen Kelley 5 2-
0- 0
.000
7
4/ 0.8
USA 8 338-
139-202
.688
221
815/101.9
OPP. 8 179-
118-205
.576
221
476/ 59.5

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