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Six decades later, rare video emerges of Wilt Chamberlain’s NCAA tourney exploits at KU

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, July 15, 2013, at 11:38 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, July 15, 2013, at 7:06 p.m.

— It’s been nearly 60 years since Wilt Chamberlain arrived on the campus of KU, an athletic phenom and grand curiosity from the Philadelphia basketball scene.

After sitting out his freshman year, in accordance with the rules of the day, Chamberlain averaged 29.6 points and 18.9 rebounds during the 1956-57 season, leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA title game, where they would lose in triple overtime to North Carolina at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

Still considered one of the greatest college games of all time, Chamberlain would wear the scars of that game for the rest of his life. He’d play just one more season at Kansas before leaving school a year early. Nearly six decades later, most of Chamberlain’s legendary college exploits are just that — legend, without video to prove how dominant he was in his two seasons at Kansas.

But late last week, the YouTube user “Wilt Chamberlain Archive” posted a nearly 20-minute video of Chamberlain highlights from the Jayhawks’ NCAA tournament run in 1957. By Monday morning, the video had gone viral, recording thousands of hits in the process.

On a Monday morning in mid-July, it’s worth a watch.

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