1946 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1946 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Oklahoma A&M (2nd title)
Runner-up North Carolina (1st title game)
Semifinalists California (1st Final Four)
Ohio State (4th Final Four)
Winning coach Henry Iba (2nd title)
MOP Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
Attendance 73,116
Top scorer Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
(72 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1945 1947»

The 1946 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 21, 1946, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in New York City. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Oklahoma A&M, coached by Henry Iba, won the national title with a 43-40 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Ben Carnevale. Bob Kurland of Oklahoma A&M was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This was the first tournament to have four teams advance to the final site, though not the first to have a true "Final Four" format (that would not occur until 1952). The two regional losers played in the national third-place game, while the two winners played for the championship. The third place game would continue through the 1981 tournament.

Locations[edit]

The following were the sites which hosted each round of the 1946 tournament:

Regionals[edit]

March 21 and 23
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 22 and 23
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 26
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East n/a Harvard Floyd Stahl EIBL Regional Fourth Place NYU L 67-61
East n/a NYU Howard Cann Middle Atlantic Regional Third Place Harvard W 67-61
East n/a North Carolina Ben Carnevale Southern Conference Runner Up Oklahoma A&M L 43-40
East n/a Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten Third Place California W 63-45
West
West n/a Baylor Bill Henderson Southwest Regional Fourth Place Colorado L 59-44
West n/a California Nibs Price Pacific Coast Fourth Place Ohio State L 63-45
West n/a Colorado Frosty Cox Skyline Regional Third Place Baylor W 59-44
West n/a Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Missouri Valley Champion North Carolina W 43-40

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
     Ohio State 46  
   Harvard 38  
     Ohio State 57*  
     North Carolina 60  
   North Carolina 57
     NYU 49  
       North Carolina 40
     Oklahoma A&M 43
     Oklahoma A&M 44  
   Baylor 29  
     Oklahoma A&M 52 Third place
     California 35  
   California 50  Ohio State 63
     Colorado 44    California 45

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

Third place East
     
NYU 67
Harvard 61
Third place West
     
Colorado 59
Baylor 44

See also[edit]