The season began with the elimination of the center jump after each basket and ended with Temple winning the first National Invitation Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.
In between, Hank Luisetti closed out his sensational four-year career at Stanford with a season that featured an unheard of 50point game against Duquesne and a third straight Pacific Coast Conference championship. After a 918 record his freshman year, Luisetti and Stanford went 6812 over the next three seasons under coach John Bunn.
The Indians were 213 in 1938, but did not play in the inaugural NIT. Temple, at 202 the top team in the East, did play and trounced all three Midwestern teams in the tournamentBradley, Oklahoma A&M and Coloradoto win the title.
One of the Colorado starters was football hero and future Supreme Court Justice Byron Whizzer White, who had led the nation in scoring and total offense in the fall. He joined the basketball team in January after taking the football team to the Cotton Bowl.
Men's Division 1 National Champion:
|1938||Temple||23-2||NIT||James Usilton||Meyer Bloom, G|
All games at Madison Sq. Garden, New York
|Quarterfinals||Temple 53, Bradley 40|
|NYU 39, LIU 37|
|Semifinals||Temple 54, Oklahoma A&M 44|
|Colorado 48, NYU 47|
|Third Place||Oklahoma A&M 37, NYU 24|
|Championship||Temple 60, Colorado 36|
|Most Valuable Player||Don Shields, Temple|
|Before NIT||Head Coach||Final Record|
|Okla. A&M||242||Hank Iba||253|
Center jump after every basket is rescinded.
** Meyer Bloom, Temple
** Hank Luisetti, Stanford*** John Moir, Notre Dame
** Paul Nowak, Notre Dame
** Fred Pralle, Kansas
** Jewell Young, Purdue
Bonnie Graham, Mississippi
Hubert Kirkpatrick, Baylor
John O'Brien, Columbia
Ignatius Volpi, Manhattan
|Big 6||Kansas (91)|||
|Big 7||Colorado/Utah (102)|||
|Big 10||Purdue (102)|||
|Missouri Valley||Oklahoma A&M (131)|||
|New England||Rhode Island St. (80)|||
|PCC North||Oregon (146)|||
|PCC South||Stanford (102)*|||
|SEC||Kentucky (60)||Ga. Tech|
|Southern||N. Carolina (133)||Duke|