1940 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1940 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Indiana (1st title)
Runner-up Kansas (1st title game)
Semifinalists Duquesne (1st Final Four)
USC (1st Final Four)
Winning coach Branch McCracken (1st title)
MOP Marvin Huffman Indiana
Attendance 36,880
Top scorer Howard Engleman Kansas
(39 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1939 1941»

The 1940 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the participating champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 20, 1940, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 8 games were played, including a single third place game in the West region.

Indiana, coached by Branch McCracken, won the tournament title with a 60-42 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Phog Allen. Marvin Huffman of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1940 tournament:


March 20 and 21
East Regional, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 30
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Duquesne Chick Davies Independent National Semifinals Indiana L 39-30
East n/a Indiana Branch McCracken Big Ten Champion Kansas W 60-42
East n/a Springfield Ed Hickox Independent Quarterfinals Indiana L 48-24
East n/a Western Kentucky Ed Diddle SIAA Elite Eight Duquesne L 30-29
West n/a Colorado Frosty Cox Mountain States Regional Fourth Place Rice L 60-56
West n/a Kansas Phog Allen Big Six Runner-up Indiana L 60-42
West n/a Rice Buster Brannon Southwest Regional Third Place Colorado W 60-56
West n/a USC Sam Barry Pacific Coast National Semifinals Kansas L 43-42


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Indiana 48
  Springfield 24
  Indiana 39
  Duquesne 30
  Duquesne 30
  Western Kentucky 29
  Indiana 60
  Kansas 42
  USC 38
  Colorado 32
  USC 42
  Kansas 43
  Kansas 50
  Rice 44

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