1945 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1945 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Oklahoma A&M (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up NYU (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Henry Iba (1st title)
MOP Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
Attendance 67,780
Top scorer Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
(65 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1944 1946»

The 1945 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 22, 1945, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in New York City. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.

Oklahoma A&M, coached by Henry Iba, won the national title with a 49-45 victory in the final game over NYU, coached by Howard Cann. Bob Kurland of Oklahoma A&M was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1945 tournament:


March 22 and 24
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 23 and 24
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 27
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp SEC Regional Third Place Tufts W 66-56
East n/a NYU Howard Cann Middle Atlantic Runner Up Oklahoma A&M L 49-45
East n/a Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten National Semifinals NYU L 70-65
East n/a Tufts Richard Cochran New England Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 66-56
West n/a Arkansas Eugene Lambert Southwest National Semifinals Oklahoma A&M L 68-41
West n/a Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Missouri Valley Champion NYU W 49-45
West n/a Oregon John Warren Pacific Coast Regional Third Place Utah W 69-66
West n/a Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Regional Fourth Place Oregon L 69-66


* – Denotes overtime period

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  NYU 59
  Tufts 44
  NYU 70
  Ohio State 65*
  Ohio State 45
  Kentucky 37
  NYU 45
  Oklahoma A&M 49
  Arkansas 79
  Oregon 76
  Arkansas 41
  Oklahoma A&M 68
  Oklahoma A&M 62
  Utah 37

Regional Third Place[edit]

See also[edit]