1949 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1949 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteHec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, Washington
ChampionsKentucky Wildcats (2nd title, 2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-upOklahoma State Cowboys (3rd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Winning coachAdolph Rupp (2nd title)
MOPAlex Groza (Kentucky)
Top scorerAlex Groza Kentucky
(82 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1948 1950»

The 1949 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 18, 1949, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in Seattle, Washington. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp, won the national title with a 46–36 victory in the final game over Oklahoma A&M, coached by Henry Iba. Alex Groza of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1949 tournament:


March 18 and 19
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
March 21 and 22
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Championship Game[edit]

March 26
Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington

The city of Seattle became the fourth host city, and Hec Edmundson Pavilion the fourth host venue, to host the National Championship game. The arena, on the campus of the University of Washington, broke the six-year streak of Madison Square Garden hosting the National Championship, though for only one year, as the National Championship game would move back once more in 1950. In fact, it was the only arena other than MSG or the Municipal Auditorium to host any tournament games between 1943 and 1950. It would go on to host the first true Final Four in 1952, and host four more tournaments afterwards before being succeeded by the Kingdome in 1984 and KeyArena in 1999.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Illinois Harry Combes Third Place Oregon State W 57–53
East Kentucky Adolph Rupp Champion Oklahoma A&M W 46–36
East Villanova Alex Severance Regional Third Place Yale W 78–67
East Yale Howard Hobson Regional Fourth Place Villanova L 78–67
West Arkansas Eugene Lambert Regional Third Place Wyoming W 61–48
West Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Runner Up Kentucky L 46–36
West Oregon State Slats Gill Fourth Place Illinois L 57–53
West Wyoming Everett Shelton Regional Fourth Place Arkansas L 61–48


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
    Illinois 71  
  Yale 67  
    Illinois 47  
    Kentucky 76  
  Kentucky 85
    Villanova 72  
      Kentucky 46
    Oklahoma A&M 36
    Oklahoma A&M 40  
  Wyoming 39  
    Oklahoma A&M 55 Third place
    Oregon State 30  
  Oregon State 56 Illinois 57
    Arkansas 38   Oregon State 53

Regional Third Place Games[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1949 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.