1946 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1946 NCAA Division I
Men's 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)
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 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.


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


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


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
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 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


* – 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]