1950 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1950 (1950) NAIA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Indiana State (1st title, 3rd title game,
4th Final Four)
Runner-Up East Central (Okla.) (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists Central Methodist (Mo.) (1st Final Four)
Tampa (Fla.) (1st Final Four)
Chuck Taylor MVP Clemens "Lenny" Rzeszewski (Indiana State)
Attendance unknown
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1949  1951»

The 1950 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 13th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] The championship game featured Indiana State University and East Central University (Okla.). It was the first time these two teams had met in the tournament history. The Sycamores defeated the Tigers 61-57.

This would be Indiana State's highest finish in their 12 career appearances in the NAIA tournament. Winning the championship puts them in a unique group to place 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. Also Indiana State finally gets a win after 2 times as runner-up. Uniquely, Indiana State has finished as the National Runner-up in the NAIA (1946 and 1948), the NCAA Division I (1979) and the NCAA Division II (1968) tournaments.

Awards and honors[edit]

Many of the records set by the 1950 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder est. 1963
  • Chuck Taylor Award: est. 1939 Len Rzeszewski
  • Charles Stevenson Hustle Award est. 1958
  • All-Tournament Team: Len Rzeszewski, Dan Dimich, Don McDonald - Indiana State; Stacey Howell, Claude Overton - East Central (Okla)
  • Coach of the Year est. 1954
  • Player of the Year est. 1994
  • All-time scoring leaders; first appearance: Lloyd Thorgaard, 10th, Hamline (Minn.) (1950,51,52,53), 15 games, 111 field goals, 61 free throws, 283 total points, 18.9 average per game; James Fritsche, 14th, Hamline (Minn.) (1950,51,52,53), 15 games, 113 field goals, 46 free throws, 272 total points, 18.1 average per game.
  • All-time scoring leader; final appearance: Harold Haskins, 12th, Hamline (Minn.) (1947,48,49,50), 14 games, 104 field goals, 72 free throws, 280 total points, 20.0 average per game.[2]

1950 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
- Hamline (Minn.) 74
- Regis (Colo.) 66
- Hamline 66
- Central Methodist 76
- Central Methodist (Mo.) 68
- Peru (Neb.) 59
- Central Methodist 65
TOP TIER
- Central Washington 55
- Portland (Ore.) 48
- Montana State 47
- Portland (Ore.) 43
- Central Washington 51
- Central Washington 61
- Murray State (Ky.) 55
- Central Methodist 54
- East Central 57
- Brooklyn (N.Y.) 79
- Appalachian State (N.C.) 75
- Brooklyn 64
- Puget Sound 47
- Puget Sound (Wash.) 70
- Southeastern Louisiana 68*
- Brooklyn 52
TOP TIER
- East Central 84
- East Central (Okla.) 70
- Kansas Wesleyan 68
- East Central 75
- Wisconsin-River Falls 64
- Wisconsin-River Falls 80
- Eastern Illinois 68
- East Central 57
- Indiana State 61
- Westminster (Pa.) 70
- Central Connecticut 62
- Westminster 75
- Davis & Elkins 85
- Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) 79
- St. Thomas (Minn.) 55
- Davis & Elkins 69
BOTTOM TIER
- Tampa 81
- Tampa (Fla.) 85
- New Mexico A&M 75
- Tampa 69
- Pepperdine 61
- Pepperdine (Calif.) 54
- American (D.C.) 53
- Tampa 69
- Indiana State 73
- East Texas State 55
- South Dakota 54
- East Texas State 62
- Baldwin-Wallace 82
- Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) 84
- Kalamazoo (Mich.) 83
- Baldwin-Wallace 39
BOTTOM TIER
- Indiana State 61
- Arkansas Tech 75
- Morningside (Iowa) 74
- Arkansas Tech 79
- Indiana State 87
- Indiana State 65
- Delta State (Miss.) 59
  •  *  Denotes overtime.

3rd place game[edit]

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

NAIA Third Place Game
     
- Central Methodist 80
- Tampa 67

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