1940 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1940 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Indiana (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Kansas (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Branch McCracken (1st title)
MOP Marvin Huffman Indiana
Attendance 36,880
Top scorer Howard Engleman Kansas
(39 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1939 1941»

The 1940 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the participating champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 20, 1940, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 8 games were played, including a single third place game in the West region.

Indiana, coached by Branch McCracken, won the tournament title with a 60-42 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Phog Allen. Marvin Huffman of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Locations[edit]

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1940 tournament:

Regionals[edit]

March 20 and 21
East Regional, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 30
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Teams[edit]

East Regional - Indianapolis
School Coach Conference Record
Duquesne Chick Davies Independent 19-2
Indiana Branch McCracken Big Ten 17-3
Springfield Ed Hickox Independent 16-2
Western Kentucky Ed Diddle SIAA 24-5
West Regional - Kansas City
School Coach Conference Record
Colorado Frosty Cox Mountain States 17-2
Kansas Phog Allen Big Six 17-5
Rice Buster Brannon Southwest 21-2
USC Sam Barry Pacific Coast 19-2

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
1 Indiana 48
8 Springfield 24
1 Indiana 39
4 Duquesne 30
4 Duquesne 30
5 Western Kentucky 29
  Indiana 60
  Kansas 42
3 USC 38
6 Colorado 32
3 USC 42
2 Kansas 43
2 Kansas 50
7 Rice 44

Regional Third Place[edit]

West Regional Third Place
     
Colorado 56
Rice 60

See also[edit]