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