1949-50 Bradley University Men’s Team

Year Inducted: 1979

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations: Bradley University

Biography: The 1949-50 Bradley Braves remain the only team in NCAA history to finish 2nd in both the NCAA and the NIT tournaments. The Braves were ranked as the number one team in the nation for the entire season. In the NCAA tournament, they beat Kansas, Baylor, and UCLA before losing the championship game to CCNY 71-68. The same two teams met in the NIT with a similar result. Bradley also won the Missouri Valley Conference Championship with an overall season record or 32-5.

Team Members in the Picture:

Back Row (L to R): Tom Peterson, trainer; Dave Humerickhouse; Paul Unruh; Elmer Behnke; Jim Kelly; Aaron Preece; Clarence Christie; George Chianakas; and Coach Forddy Anderson.

Front Row (L to R): Don Schnacke; Jack Hills; Joe Stowell; Billy Mann; Budd Grover; Fred Schlictman; Gene Melchiorre; Don Alford; and Dick Mize.