1941 NCAA Basketball Tournament
|1941 NCAA Basketball Tournament|
|Finals site||Municipal Auditorium|
Kansas City, Missouri
|Champions||Wisconsin Badgers (1st title, 1st title game,|
1st Final Four)
|Runner-up||Washington State Cougars (1st title game,|
1st Final Four)
|Winning coach||Bud Foster (1st title)|
|MOP||John Kotz (Wisconsin)|
|Top scorer||John Adams Arkansas|
The 1941 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 21, 1941, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.
Wisconsin, coached by Bud Foster, won the national title with a 39–34 victory in the final game over Washington State, coached by Jack Friel. John Kotz of Wisconsin was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1941 tournament:
- March 21 and 22
- East Regional, Wisconsin Field House, Madison, Wisconsin
- West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
For the second straight year, the Municipal Auditorium hosted both the West Regional games and the Championship game, making it the first arena to repeat as host. The East Regional was held on a different college campus for the third straight year, this time at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. This marked the first of two times the Wisconsin Field House hosted games, and first of three times the University has, hosting at its replacement, the Kohl Center, in 2002.
|East Regional - Madison|
|North Carolina||Bill Lange||Southern||19–7|
|Wisconsin||Bud Foster||Big Ten||17–3|
|West Regional - Kansas City|
|Creighton||Eddie Hickey||Missouri Valley||17–6|
|Washington State||Jack Friel||Pacific Coast||24–5|
|Wyoming||Everett Shelton||Mountain States||14–4|
Regional Third Place
- "1941 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 3 April 2018.