The Greatest Series: Top Performance No. 7

Two-time Big Ten MVP and two-time All-American Archie Dees had an impressive 20-20 day back in 1956 in the season opener against Valparaiso. It was good enough to crack the top 10 individual performances of all-time by

Each day, has a new installment in "The Greatest" series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana basketball history.

The first top 10 countdown will look at some of the top individual performances in IU history. Go to the premium message board and weigh in with your own votes for what some of the top individual efforts have been in IU history.


Archie Dees had an impressive Indiana basketball career. In three seasons with the Hoosiers, his career average was 22.7 points per game. He had multiple 30 point plus games, was a two-time Big Ten most valuable player and a two-time All-American as well. As a senior, he won the Big Ten scoring title with a 25.5 points per game average. He also averaged an impressive 14.4 rebounds per game.

Dees had several games that were worthy of top performance recognition.

But one game, early in his junior season, stands out. Indiana played host to Valparaiso in the season opener of the 1956-57 season. The team, coached by Branch McCracken, would go on to win the Big Ten title and Dees would earn All-American, Big Ten MVP and all-Big Ten honors.

Against Valpo that day, Dees was a beast on both ends of the floor. The 6-8 center from Mt. Carmel, Ill. scored 28 points, which in and of itself was pretty much what you expected from Dees. But he also had a career-high 25 rebounds and six blocked shots. Only five other players in Indiana history have had 25 or more rebounds in a game, and the school record for blocked shots is 10. Six ranks tied for 10th all-time.

Stay tuned for the No. 6 selection in "The Greatest" series tomorrow at

In order to stay up with previous installments in the series, here are the links to previous stories in the countdown:

Top Performances: No. 10

Top Peformances: No. 9

Top Performances: No. 8

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