1947 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1947 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Holy Cross (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Oklahoma (1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
  • CCNY (1st Final Four)
  • Texas (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 Men's Division I Tournaments
«1946 1948»

The 1947 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 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 Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a CCNY Nat Holman MNYC Fourth Place Texas L 54-50
East n/a Holy Cross Doggie Julian Independent Champion Oklahoma W 58-47
East n/a Navy Ben Carnevale Independent Regional Fourth Place Wisconsin L 50-49
East n/a Wisconsin Bud Foster Big Ten Regional Third Place Navy W 50-49
West n/a Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six Runner-up Holy Cross L 58-47
West n/a Oregon State Slats Gill Pacific Coast Regional Third Place Wyoming W 63-46
West n/a Texas Jack Gray Southwest Conference Third Place CCNY W 54-50
West n/a 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]