1946 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1946 (1946) NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Southern Illinois
(1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-Up Indiana State
(1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists Pepperdine
(2nd Final Four)
Loyola (La.)
(2nd Final Four)
Chuck Taylor MVP Gene Stotlar
(Southern Illinois)
NAIA Men's Division I Tournaments
← 1945 1947 →

The 1946 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 9th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] The championship game was won by Southern Illinois University when the Salukis defeated the Indiana State University Sycamores 49-40.

1946 would see the departure of the third team of the eight originating teams from the 1937 tournament. After this year, Central Missouri State left to join the NCAA, and to date has not returned. The original National Champions, and first back to back National Champions, the Mules of Central Missouri State, left the tournament with seven career appearances, and an overall record of 13 wins and 6 loses, becoming the winnest team of the eight original teams. The Mules won two National Championships in 1937 and 1938 and finishing in 4th place in 1942.

Awards and honors[edit]

Many of the records set by the 1945 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder est. 1963
  • Charles Stevenson Hustle Award est. 1958
  • Coach of the Year est. 1954
  • Player of the Year est. 1994.[2]

1946 NAIA bracket[edit]

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
                             
- Loyola 76
- Hastings 48
- Loyola 50*
- Arizona State 56
- Arizona State-Flagstaff 45
- Rockhurst 37
- Loyola 54
TOP TIER
- Drury 43
- Drury 51
- Eastern Kentucky 47
- Drury 55
- Augsburg 47
- Augsburg 64
- Washburn 36
- Loyola 37
- Southern Illinois 53
- Southern Illinois 49
- Central Missouri 39
- Southern Illinois 58
- Loras 55
- Loras 57
- Panzer 43
- Southern Illinois 66
TOP TIER
- Nevada 58
- West Texas State 71
- Wisconsin–Eau Claire 47
- West Texas State 46
- Nevada 60
- Nevada 56
- Morningside 40
- Southern Illinois 49
- Indiana State 48
- Pepperdine 63
- Arkansas State 37
- Pepperdine 64
- Iowa State Teachers 22
- Iowa State Teachers 58
- Montana State 42
- Pepperdine 46
BOTTOM TIER
- Eastern Washington 42
- Eastern Washington 66
- Louisiana Tech 44
- Eastern Washington 45
- Southeastern Oklahoma 37
- Southeastern Oklahoma 50
- Peru State 36
- Indiana State 56
- Pepperdine 43
- Houston 63
- High Point 34
- Indiana State 62
- Houston 43
- Indiana State 62
- St. Cloud State 51
- Indiana State 55
BOTTOM TIER
- Dakota Wesleyan 34
- Culver–Stockton 55
- Wichita 51
- Culver-Stockton 40
- Dakota Wesleyan 41
- Dakota Wesleyan 39
- New Mexico Mines 36
  •  * denotes overtime.

3rd place game[edit]

The third place game featured the losing teams from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988.

NAIA Third Place Game
     
- Pepperdine 82
- Loyola 55

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