1944 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1944 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Utah (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Dartmouth (2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Vadal Peterson (1st title)
MOP Arnie Ferrin Utah
Attendance 59,369
Top scorer Audley Brindley Dartmouth
(52 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1943 1945»

The 1944 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 24, 1944, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in New York City. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.

Utah, coached by Vadal Peterson, won the national title with a 42–40 victory in the final game over Dartmouth, coached by Earl Brown. Arnie Ferrin of Utah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Utah became the first team to play in both the NIT and NCAA tournament in the same season. Utah was given a second chance to play in the NCAA Tournament after a March 1944 automobile accident killed a coaching aide and seriously injured two players on the Arkansas team.[1]

Locations[edit]

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1944 tournament:

Regionals[edit]

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

Championship Game[edit]

March 28
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 8th Catholic John Long Independent Regional Fourth Place Dartmouth L 55–35
East 1st Dartmouth Earl Brown EIBL Runner Up Utah L 42–40
East 4th Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten National Semifinals Dartmouth L 60–53
East 5th Temple Josh Cody Middle Atlantic Regional Third Place Temple W 55–35
West
West 3rd Iowa State Louis Menze Big Six National Semifinals Utah L 40–31
West 7th Missouri George Edwards Big Six Regional Third Place Pepperdine W 61–46
West 6th Pepperdine Al Duer Independent Regional Fourth Place Missouri L 61–46
West 2nd Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Champion Dartmouth W 42–40

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
Dartmouth 63
Catholic 38
Dartmouth 60
Ohio State 53
Ohio State 57
Temple 47
Dartmouth 40
Utah 42
Iowa State 44
Pepperdine 39
Iowa State 31
Utah 40
Utah 45
Missouri 35

Regional Third Place[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chipman, Kit (April 30, 2010). "University of Utah 1944 National Basketball Championship". University of Utah Department of Communication. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 

See also[edit]