1940 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1940 (1940) NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Tarkio (Mo.)
(1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-Up San Diego State
(2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Semifinalists Delta State (Miss.)
(1st Final Four)
Hamline (Minn.)
(1st Final Four)
Chuck Taylor MVP Mel Waits
(Tarkio (Mo.))
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The 1940 NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 4th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] This year the National College Basketball Tournament (NCBT) changed its name to the National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB).[2]

The championship game featured Tarkio College (Mo.) beating the Aztecs of San Diego State 52-42. San Diego State became the first team to lose back-to-back title games.

Awards and honors[edit]

Many of the records set by the 1940 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
  • Coach of the Year est. 1954
  • Player of the Year est. 1994[3]

1940 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
- Kansas Wesleyan 45
- Arkansas State Teachers 33
- Kansas Wesleyan 50
- Hamline 61
- Hamline (Minn.) 47
- Pacific (Ore.) 26
- Southwestern 33
TOP TIER
- Hamline 38
- Southwestern (Kan.) 36
- Columbia (Iowa) 30
- Southwestern 38
- Glenville State 37
- Glenville State (W.Va.) 50
- Wayne State (Neb.) 38
- Hamline 34
- Tarkio 48
- Southeastern Oklahoma State 33
- Northwestern State (La.) 27
- Southeastern Oklahoma State 39
- Texas Wesleyan 40
- Texas Wesleyan 40
- Central Missouri State 36
- Texas Wesleyan 25
TOP TIER
- Tarkio 37
- Tarkio (Mo.) 54
- Alfred Holbrook (Ohio) 37
- Tarkio 50
- West Texas State 49
- West Texas State 60
- Northern State (S.D.) 52
- Tarkio 52
- San Diego State 42
- East Texas State 49
- Ripon (Wis.) 39
- East Texas State 33
- Pittsburg State 55
- Pittsburg State (Kan.) 47
- St. Joseph’s (Ind.) 26
- Pittsburg State 30
BOTTOM TIER
- San Diego State 32
- San Diego State (Calif.) 36
- Central State (Okla.) 35
- San Diego State 48
- Appalachian State 46
- Appalachian State (N.C.) 43
- Bemidji State (Minn.) 34
- San Diego State 30
- Delta State 28
- Northwest Missouri State 45
- Simpson (Iowa) 44
- Northwest Missouri State 43
- Peru State 41
- Peru State (Neb.) 49
- Augustana (Ill.) 45
- Northwest Missouri State 30
BOTTOM TIER
- Delta State 44
- Superior State (Wis.) 55
- Upper Iowa 42
- Superior State 40
- Delta State 57
- Delta State (Miss.) 43
- Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 31

Third place game[edit]

The third place game featured the losing team from the national semifinalist to determine third and fourth places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.

NAIA Third Place Game
     
- Hamline 26
- Delta State 45

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