1941 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1941 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Wisconsin (1st title)
Runner-up Washington State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Arkansas (1st Final Four)
Pittsburgh (1st Final Four)
Winning coach Bud Foster (1st title)
MOP John Kotz Wisconsin
Attendance 48,055
Top scorer John Adams Arkansas
(48 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1940 1942»

The 1941 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 21, 1941, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.

Wisconsin, coached by Bud Foster, won the national title with a 39-34 victory in the final game over Washington State, coached by Jack Friel. John Kotz of Wisconsin was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1941 tournament:


March 21 and 22
East Regional, Wisconsin Field House, Madison, Wisconsin
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 29
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Dartmouth Osborne Cowles EIBL Regional Third Place North Carolina W 60-59
East n/a North Carolina Bill Lange Southern Regional Fourth Place Dartmouth L 60-59
East n/a Pittsburgh Doc Carlson Independent National Semifinals Wisconsin L 36-30
East n/a Wisconsin Bud Foster Big Ten Champion Washington State W 39-34
West n/a Arkansas Glen Rose Southwest National Semifinals Washington State L 64-53
West n/a Creighton Eddie Hickey Independent Regional Third Place Wyoming W 45-44
West n/a Washington State Jack Friel Pacific Coast Runner Up Wisconsin L 39-34
West n/a Wyoming Everett Shelton Skyline Regional Fourth Place Creighton L 45-44


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Wisconsin 51
  Dartmouth 50
  Wisconsin 36
  Pittsburgh 30
  Pittsburgh 26
  North Carolina 20
  Wisconsin 39
  Washington St 34
  Arkansas 52
  Wyoming 40
  Arkansas 53
  Washington St 64
  Washington St 48
  Creighton 39

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