Remember Them Days - Elgin Baylor Drops 25 points & 17 Rebounds In The 58 NCAA Championship
As the second leading scorer in the nation with 32.5 points per game, Seattle junior forward Elgin Baylor season long impact wasn't a surprise. Leading unheralded Seattle to the 1958 NCAA Championship against powerhouse Kentucky sure was. Playing the game in front of an all white crowd of 18,803 in Louisville, Kentucky in what was basically a home game for the Wildcats, Baylor rose to the occasion. Baylor finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds before Kentucky pulled away late to win 84-72. Baylor was known regionally as a big time prospect, however after his performance against Kentucky, he would be known as arguably the best player in the country. Baylor would go on to be selected No. 1 overall by the Minneapolis Lakers later that year and develop into a hall of fame basketball player. Baylor had many brilliant performances throughout his career, but the 58 NCAA Championship game can indeed be seen as the beginning of what was to come. Check out the rare footage below.
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