1947 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1947 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Holy Cross Crusaders (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Oklahoma Sooners (1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Doggie Julian (1st title)
MOP George Kaftan (Holy Cross)
Attendance 72,959
Top scorer George Kaftan Holy Cross
(63 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1946 1948»

The 1947 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 19, 1947, and ended with the championship game on March 25 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.

Holy Cross, coached by Doggie Julian, won the national title with a 58–47 victory in the final game over Oklahoma, coached by Bruce Drake. George Kaftan of Holy Cross was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1947 tournament:


March 19 and 22
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
March 20 and 22
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Championship Game[edit]

March 25
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East CCNY Nat Holman MNYC Fourth Place Texas L 54–50
East Holy Cross Doggie Julian Independent Champion Oklahoma W 58–47
East Navy Ben Carnevale Independent Regional Fourth Place Wisconsin L 50–49
East Wisconsin Bud Foster Big Ten Regional Third Place Navy W 50–49
West Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six Runner-up Holy Cross L 58–47
West Oregon State Slats Gill Pacific Coast Regional Third Place Wyoming W 63–46
West Texas Jack Gray Southwest Conference Third Place CCNY W 54–50
West Wyoming Everett Shelton Skyline Conference Regional Fourth Place Oregon State L 63–46


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Holy Cross 55  
  Navy 47  
    Holy Cross 60  
    CCNY 45  
  CCNY 70
    Wisconsin 56  
      Holy Cross 58
    Oklahoma 47
    Texas 42  
  Wyoming 40  
    Texas 54 Third place
    Oklahoma 55  
  Oklahoma 56 CCNY 50
    Oregon State 54   Texas 54

Regional Third Place Games[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1947 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.