1946 NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
|1946NAIA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament|
|Finals Site||Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
(1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
(1st title game,
1st Final Four)
(2nd Final Four)
(2nd Final Four)
|Chuck Taylor MVP||Gene Stotlar
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. 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
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.
1946 NAIA bracket
|First Round||Second Round||Elite Eight||NAIA National Semifinals||NAIA National Championship|
|-||West Texas State||71|
|-||West Texas State||46|
|-||Iowa State Teachers||22|
|-||Iowa State Teachers||58|
|-||St. Cloud State||51|
|-||New Mexico Mines||36|
- * denotes overtime.
3rd place game
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|