1943 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1943 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Wyoming (1st title, 1st title game)
Runner-up Georgetown (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Everett Shelton (1st title)
MOP Ken Sailors Wyoming
Attendance 56,876
Top scorer John Hargis Texas
(59 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1942 1944»

The 1943 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 24, 1943, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in New York City. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region. Top-ranked Illinois declined to participate in the NCAA Tournament or NIT after three of its starters were drafted into the Army.

Wyoming, coached by Everett Shelton, won the national title with a 46-34 victory in the final game over Georgetown, coached by Elmer Ripley. Ken Sailors of Wyoming was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1943 tournament:


March 24 and 25
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 26 and 27
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 30
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


East Regional - New York City
School Coach Conference Record
Dartmouth Osborne Cowles EIBL 19-2
DePaul Ray Meyer Independent 18-4
Georgetown Elmer Ripley Independent 20-4
NYU Howard Cann Metropolitan New York 16-4
West Regional - Kansas City
School Coach Conference Record
Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six 17-8
Texas Bully Gilstrap Southwest 18-6
Washington Hec Edmundson Pacific Coast 24-5
Wyoming Everett Shelton Mountain States 28-2


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Georgetown 55
  NYU 36
  Georgetown 53
  DePaul 49
  DePaul 46
  Dartmouth 35
  Georgetown 34
  Wyoming 46
  Texas 59
  Washington 53
  Texas 54
  Wyoming 58
  Wyoming 55
  Oklahoma 50

Regional Third Place[edit]

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