1950 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1950 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions CCNY (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up Bradley (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Nat Holman (1st title)
MOP Irwin Dambrot CCNY
Attendance 75,464
Top scorer Sam Ranzino NC State
(75 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1949 1951»

The 1950 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 23, 1950, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in New York City, New York. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

CCNY, coached by Nat Holman, won the national title with a 71–68 victory in the final game over Bradley, coached by Forddy Anderson. Irwin Dambrot of CCNY was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. CCNY became the only team to ever win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. Because of participation changes, this currently cannot happen. CCNY is also the only championship team which is not currently a member of Division I. They dropped down to Division III in the 1963-64 season. The CCNY point shaving scandal of 1950–51 had hit the program hard, and they had 12 sup-par seasons from 1951-52 through 1962-63 before dropping down to Division III.

The 1950 tournament was the last tournament to feature eight teams. The field would expand to sixteen teams the next year.

Locations[edit]

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1950 tournament:

Regionals[edit]

March 23, 24, and 25
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 23 and 25
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 28
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Teams[edit]

Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East Ohio State Tippy Dye Regional Third Place Holy Cross W 72–52
East Holy Cross Buster Sheary Regional Fourth Place Ohio State L 72–52
East North Carolina State Everett Case Third Place Baylor W 53–41
East CCNY Nat Holman Champion Bradley W 71–68
West
West Baylor Bill Henderson Fourth Place North Carolina State L 53–41
West Bradley Forddy Anderson Runner Up CCNY L 71–68
West BYU Stan Watts Regional Third Place UCLA W 83–62
West UCLA John Wooden Regional Fourth Place BYU L 83–62

Bracket[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
    CCNY 56  
  Ohio State 55  
    CCNY 78  
    NC State 73  
  NC State 87
    Holy Cross 74  
      CCNY 71
    Bradley 68
    Baylor 56  
  BYU 55  
    Baylor 66 Third place
    Bradley 68  
  Bradley 73 NC State 53
    UCLA 59   Baylor 41

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

Point shaving scandal[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Cohen, Stanley (2001). The Game They Played. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0821-2. 

See also[edit]