1950 NCAA Basketball Tournament
|1950 NCAA Basketball Tournament|
|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)
|Winning coach||Nat Holman (1st title)|
|MOP||Irwin Dambrot CCNY|
|Top scorer||Sam Ranzino NC State
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.
The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1950 tournament:
- 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
For the seventh and final time, Madison Square Garden hosted the National Championship game. This would be the last final held in the New York metropolitan area until 1996, and the last final to date held in New York City itself. This was the seventh time in eight years that this particular venue arrangement would be used; both buildings would host the regionals for one more year.
|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||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|
Regional Third Place Games