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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 AFFILIATION (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 State) 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 .--- 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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