1950 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
NAIA Men's Division I|
|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)|
|NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
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. 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
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.
1950 NAIA bracket
|First Round||Second Round||Elite Eight||NAIA National Semifinals||NAIA National Championship|
|-||Central Methodist (Mo.)||68|
|-||Murray State (Ky.)||55|
|-||Appalachian State (N.C.)||75|
|-||Puget Sound (Wash.)||70|
|-||East Central (Okla.)||70|
|-||Davis & Elkins||85|
|-||Davis & Elkins (W.Va.)||79|
|-||St. Thomas (Minn.)||55|
|-||Davis & Elkins||69|
|-||New Mexico A&M||75|
|-||East Texas State||55|
|-||East Texas State||62|
|-||Delta State (Miss.)||59|
- * Denotes overtime.
3rd place game
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|