1946 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1946 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Oklahoma A&M (2nd title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up North Carolina (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists
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 Division I Men's Tournaments
«1945 1947»

The 1946 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 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 Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East Harvard Floyd Stahl EIBL Regional Fourth Place NYU L 67–61
East NYU Howard Cann Middle Atlantic Regional Third Place Harvard W 67–61
East North Carolina Ben Carnevale Southern Conference Runner Up Oklahoma A&M L 43–40
East Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten Third Place California W 63–45
West
West Baylor Bill Henderson Southwest Regional Fourth Place Colorado L 59–44
West California Nibs Price Pacific Coast Fourth Place Ohio State L 63–45
West Colorado Frosty Cox Skyline Regional Third Place Baylor W 59–44
West 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]

See also[edit]