1954 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1954 (1954) NAIA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions St. Benedict's (Kan.) (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-Up Western Illinois (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists Southwest Missouri State (3rd Final Four)
Arkansas Tech (1st Final Four)
Coach of the Year Sam Hindsman (Arkansas Tech)
Chuck Taylor MVP Jerry Anderson (Southwest Missouri State)
Attendance unknown
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1953  1955»

The 1954 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 17th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] The Southwest Missouri State University Bears were out to claim an unprecedented three straight national title. But Western Illinois handed them an upset in the National Semifinals, and the Bears had to settle for 3rd place. This left the title open for a new champion. It was the first time two new teams met in the championship game since 1947. The teams that played in the national championship game, were Western Illinois, and St. Benedict's (Kan.). St. Benedict's would defeat Western Illinois by a score of 62 to 56. It was the first time these two teams had played in tournament history.

Southwest Missouri State, now Missouri State and the previous two time champion would settle for a third place victory over Arkansas Tech 75 to 61.

The 1954 tournament would see the beginning of one of the best players the NAIA had ever seen. Jim Spivey of Southeastern Oklahoma would begin his journey to most all time free throws made, and 4th on the all time scoring list. It would also be the first year for the awarding of the Coach of the Year Award. This award goes to the best coach in the NAIA over the past year, which is not necessarily the tournament winning coach. The first award went to Sam Hindsman of Arkansas Tech.

Awards and honors[edit]

Many of the records set by the 1954 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder est. 1963
  • Charles Stevenson Hustle Award est. 1958
  • Player of the Year est. 1994
  • Most free throws made; career: 120 free throws made by Jim Spivey of Southeastern Oklahoma State (1954,55,56,57). In 1954, Spivey began his four year trek to tournament record.
  • Most tournament appearances: Georgetown (Ky.) 1954 would be the first of 28, as of 2009, appearances to the NAIA Tournament
  • All-time scoring leader; first appearance: James Spivey, 4th Southeastern Oklahoma State (1954,55,56,57), 13 games, 133 field goals, 120 free throws, totaling 386 points, 29.7 average per game.
  • All-time scoring leader; second appearance: James Miller, 18th, East Texas State (1953,54,55), 13 games, 103 field goals, 40 free throws, totaling 246 points, 18.9 average per game.
  • All-time scoring leader; third appearance: E.C. O’Neal, 9th, Arkansas Tech (1952,53,54,55), 13 games, 122 field goals, 43 free throws, totaling 287 points, 22.1 average per game.[2]

1954 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
- Southwest Missouri State 77
- East Tennessee State 72
- Southwest Missouri 66
- Gustavus Adolphus 57
- Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 104
- Mississippi Southern 64
- Southwest Missouri 65
TOP TIER
- East Texas State 59*
- East Texas State 72
- Portland (Ore.) 59
- East Texas State 79
- Geneva 52
- Geneva (Pa.) 88
- Indiana State 82
- Southwest Missouri 75
- Western Illinois 78
- Rio Grande (Ohio) 90
- Arizona State-Flagstaff 74
- Western Illinois 79
- Southeastern Oklahoma 74*
- Southeastern Louisiana 77
- Georgetown (Ky.) 76
- Western Illinois 84
TOP TIER
- Southeastern Louisiana 79*
- Southeastern Oklahoma State 68
- Montana State 62
- Southeastern Louisiana 78
- Rio Grande 65
- Western Illinois 84
- Morris Harvey (W.Va.) 68
- Western Illinois 56
- St. Benedict's 62
- St. Peter's (N.J.) 76
- Wayland (Texas) 63
- St. Peter's 63
- Regis 58
- Regis (Colo.) 61
- Tennessee A&I 58
- Arkansas Tech 81
BOTTOM TIER
- St. Peter's 77
- Arkansas Tech 100
- Mercer (Ga.) 72
- Arkansas Tech 85
- Lawrence Tech 72
- Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 75
- Carroll (Wis.) 70
- Arkansas Tech 59
- St. Benedict's 63
- St. Benedict's (Kan.) 68
- East Carolina (N.C.) 61
- St. Benedict's 74
- St. Ambrose 50
- St. Ambrose (Iowa) 77
- North Dakota 70
- Pasadena 61
BOTTOM TIER
- St. Benedict's 62
- Nebraska Wesleyan 58
- Whitworth (Wash.) 54*
- Pasadena 81
- Nebraska Wesleyan 74
- Pasadena (Calif.) 79
- Bridgeport (Conn.) 60
  •  * denotes overtime.

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
     
- Southwest Missouri 75
- Arkansas Tech 61

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