1938 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1938 (1938) NAIA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Central Missouri State (2nd title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-Up Roanoke (Va.) (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists Murray State (Ky.) (1st Final Four)
Washburn (Kan.) (1st Final Four)
Attendance unknown
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1937  1939»

The 1938 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 2nd annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] This was the first tournament to expand to 32 teams.[2] The tournament featured the only forfeit in tournament history when Western Kentucky University forfeited to Simpson College (Iowa). The first round game between Delta State University (Miss.) and Drury College (Mo.) gave the first overtime in tournament history. Delta State beat Drury College 52 to 51 in one overtime.

The championship game featured Central Missouri State University defending their first national championship over Roanoke College (Va.), making them the first team to win back to back titles.

Awards and honors[edit]

Many of the records set by the 1938 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder est. 1963
  • Chuck Taylor Most Valuable Player est. 1939
  • Charles Stevenson Hustle Award est. 1958
  • Coach of the Year est. 1954
  • Player of the Year est. 1994 [3]

1938 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Quarterfinals NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
- Marshall (W.Va.) 67
- Peru State (Neb.) 60
- Marshall 51
- Washburn 53
- Washburn (Kan.) 37
- Winona State (Minn.) 36
- Washburn 44
TOP TIER
- Jordan 21
- Jordan (Mich.) 32
- Ottawa (Kan.) 31
- Jordan 31
- Simpson 29
- Simpson (Iowa) 2
- Western Kentucky 0†
- Washburn 24 24
- Central Missouri 44
- Delta State (Miss.) 52
- Drury (Mo.) 51*
- Delta State 48
- North Texas State 39
- North Texas State 31
- Morningside (Iowa) 29
- Delta State 35
TOP TIER
- Central Missouri 48
- Valparaiso (Ind.) 57
- Oregon College 48
- Valparaiso 24
- Central Missouri 44
- Central Missouri State 36
- Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 33
- Central Missouri 45
- Roanoke 30
- Roanoke (Va.) 45
- Nebraska Wesleyan 20
- Roanoke 38
- West Texas State 34
- West Texas State 35
- Westminster (Mo.) 34
- Roanoke 46
BOTTOM TIER
- St. Ambrose 43
- St. Ambrose (Iowa) 50
- Kansas Wesleyan 35
- St. Ambrose 38
- Central Oklahoma 36
- Central Oklahoma 43
- Arkansas State Teachers 34
- Roanoke 35
- Murray State 29
- Idaho State 41
- Manchester (Ind.) 38
- Idaho State 40
- New Mexico State 56
- New Mexico State 53
- McPherson (Kan.) 37
- New Mexico State 29
BOTTOM TIER
- Murray State 30
- Northwest Missouri 39
- Sioux Falls (S.D.) 27
- Northwest Missouri 30
- Murray State 38
- Murray State (Ky.) 47
- Drake (Iowa) 40
  •  * denotes overtime.
  •  † denotes forfeit.

3rd place game[edit]

The third place game featured the losing team from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.

NAIA Third Place Game
     
- Murray State 33
- Washburn 24

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