1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament
|1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament|
|Finals site||Patten Gymnasium
|Champions||Oregon (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
|Runner-up||Ohio State (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
|Winning coach||Howard Hobson (1st title)|
|MOP||Jimmy Hull, Ohio State|
|Top scorer||Jimmy Hull, Ohio State
The 1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. It was the first NCAA basketball national championship tournament, although it was operated by the NABC at the time.
The tournament began on March 17 and ended with the championship game on March 27 on Northwestern University's campus in Evanston, Illinois. A total of 8 games were played, including a single third place game in the West region. The East region did not hold a third place game until 1941, and there was no national third place game until 1947.
Oregon, coached by Howard Hobson, won the national title with a 46–33 victory in the final game over Ohio State, coached by Harold Olsen. Jimmy Hull of Ohio State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1939 tournament:
- March 17 and 18
- East Regional, The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- March 20 and 21
- West Regional, California Coliseum, San Francisco, California
|East Regional - Philadelphia|
|Ohio State||Harold Olsen||Big Ten||14–6|
|Wake Forest||Murray Greason||Southern||18–5|
|West Regional - San Francisco|
|Oklahoma||Bruce Drake||Big Six||11–8|
|Oregon||Howard Hobson||Pacific Coast||26–5|
|Utah State||Dick Romney||Mountain States||16–6|
Regional Third Place
|West Regional Third Place|
The official site of the NCAA: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/basketball-men/d1
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- "Oregon tops Bucks, 46–33". Toledo Blade. Ohio. United Press. March 28, 1939. p. 11.
- Strite, Dick (March 28, 1939). "Mighty Oregons scramble Ohio State to take hoop title of all America". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1.