List of Premo-Porretta National Champions

List of Premo-Porretta National Champions

The Premo-Porretta Power Poll was founded by Patrick Premo, professor emeritus in accounting at St. Bonaventure, and Phil Porretta, a computer programmer, combining years of independent and collaborative  research and analysis from the early years of college basketball. Their goal was to retroactively name a National Champion for every season before the NCAA Tournament began, as well as recognize the top teams from each season before formal Polls began in the sport.

The two men first published their results in 1995. In 2009, they published full season-ending rankings (ranging from a Top 15 from the earliest years to a Top 25 in the 1910s and beyond) for each season from 1895-96 through 1947-48 (the last season before the AP Poll began).

For the other major retroactive national champion organization, see: Helms Foundation National Champions

Below is a full list of retroactively-named National Champions, broken out in the pre- and post-NCAA Tournament sections.

◊ Premo-Porretta (post-Tournament) selection differs from that season’s NCAA Tournament champion

Season Pre-Tournament National Champion Head Coach
1895-96 Yale Dr. Henry S. Anderson
1896-97 Yale (2) Dr. Henry S. Anderson (2)
1897-98 Mount Union Wilson
1898-99 Yale (3) none
1899-1900 Yale (4) none
1900-01 Bucknell none
1901-02 Minnesota Louis Cooke
1902-03 Minnesota (2) Louis Cooke (2)
1903-04 Columbia none
1904-05 Columbia (2) none
1905-06 Wabash Ralph Jones
1906-07 Williams unknown
1907-08 Wabash (2) Ralph Jones (2)
1908-09 Chicago Joseph Raycroft
1909-10 Williams (2) unknown
1910-11 St. John’s Claude Allen
1911-12 Wisconsin Walter Meanwell
1912-13 Navy Louis Wenzell
1913-14 Wisconsin (2) Walter Meanwell (2)
1914-15 Illinois Ralph Jones (3)
1915-16 Wisconsin (3) Walter Meanwell (3)
1916-17 Washington State J. Fred Bohler
1917-18 Syracuse Edmund Dollard
1918-19 Navy (2) Billy Lush
1919-20 Penn Lon Jourdet
1920-21 Missouri Craig Ruby
1921-22 Missouri (2) Craig Ruby (2)
1922-23 Army Harry Fisher
1923-24 North Carolina Bo Shepard
1924-25 Princeton Albert Wittmer
1925-26 Syracuse (2) Lew Andreas
1926-27 California Nibs Price
1927-28 Pittsburgh Doc Carlson
1928-29 Montana State Schubert Dyche
1929-30 Alabama Hank Crisp
1930-31 Northwestern Dutch Lonborg
1931-32 Purdue Ward “Piggy” Lambert
1932-33 Texas Ed Olle
1933-34 Kentucky Adolph Rupp
1934-35 NYU Howard Cann
1935-36 Long Island Clair Bee
1936-37 Stanford John Bunn
1937-38 Temple James Usilton

 

Season Post-Tournament National Champion Head Coach
1938-39 Long Island (2) ◊ Clair Bee (2)
1939-40 Indiana Branch McCracken
1940-41 Long Island (3) ◊ Clair Bee (3)
1941-42 Stanford (2) Everett Dean
1942-43 Illinois (2) ◊ Douglas Mills
1943-44 Army (2) ◊ Edward Kelleher
1944-45 Iowa Pops Harrison
1945-46 Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba
1946-47 Kentucky (2) ◊ Adolph Rupp (2)
1947-48 Kentucky (3) Adolph Rupp (3)

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