1949 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1949 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, Washington
Champions Kentucky (2nd title, 2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-up Oklahoma A&M (3rd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Winning coach Adolph Rupp (2nd title)
MOP Alex Groza Kentucky
Attendance 72,523
Top scorer Alex Groza Kentucky
(82 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1948 1950»

The 1949 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 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


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


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     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]