1941 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1941 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Wisconsin (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Washington State (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Bud Foster (1st title)
MOP John Kotz Wisconsin
Attendance 48,055
Top scorer John Adams Arkansas
(48 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1940 1942»

The 1941 NCAA Men's Division I 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

Championship Game[edit]

March 29
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri


East Regional - Madison
School Coach Conference Record
Dartmouth Osborne Cowles EIBL 18-4
North Carolina Bill Lange Southern 19-7
Pittsburgh Doc Carlson Independent 12-5
Wisconsin Bud Foster Big Ten 17-3
West Regional - Kansas City
School Coach Conference Record
Arkansas Glen Rose Southwest 19-2
Creighton Eddie Hickey Missouri Valley 17-6
Washington State Jack Friel Pacific Coast 24-5
Wyoming Everett Shelton Mountain States 14-4


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Wisconsin 51
  Dartmouth 50
  Wisconsin 36
  Pittsburgh 30
  Pittsburgh 26
  North Carolina 20
  Wisconsin 39
  Washington State 34
  Arkansas 52
  Wyoming 40
  Arkansas 53
  Washington State 64
  Washington State 48
  Creighton 39

Regional Third Place[edit]

See also[edit]