1952 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1952 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Season 1951–52
Teams 16
Finals site Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, Washington
Champions Kansas (1st title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up St. John's (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Phog Allen (1st title)
MOP Clyde Lovellette Kansas
Attendance 115,712
Top scorer Clyde Lovellette Kansas
(141 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1951 1953»

The 1952 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 21, 1952, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in Seattle, Washington. A total of 20 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Kansas, coached by Phog Allen, won the national title with an 80-63 victory in the final game over St. John's, coached by Frank McGuire. Clyde Lovellette of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This tournament was the first to have a true "Final Four" format, with the winners at four regional sites advancing to the final site—although the four regionals did not receive distinct names until the 1956 tournament. It was also the first to have regional television coverage.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1952 tournament:


March 21 and 22
East-1 Regional, Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, North Carolina
East-2 Regional, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois
West-1 Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
West-2 Regional, Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

Final Four[edit]

March 25 and 26
Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Dayton Tom Blackburn Regional Third Place Princeton W 77-61
East n/a Duquesne Dudey Moore Elite Eight Illinois L 74-68
East n/a Illinois Harry Combes Third Place Santa Clara W 67-64
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Elite Eight St. John's L 64-57
East n/a NC State Everett Case Regional Third Place Penn State W 69-60
East n/a Penn State Elmer Gross Regional Fourth Place NC State L 69-60
East n/a Princeton Franklin Cappon Regional Fourth Place Dayton L 77-61
East n/a St. John's Frank McGuire Runner-up Kansas L 80-63
West n/a Kansas Phog Allen Champion St. John's W 80-63
West n/a New Mexico State George McCarty Regional Fourth Place TCU L 61-44
West n/a Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack Regional Third Place UCLA W 55-53
West n/a Santa Clara Bob Feerick Fourth Place Illinois L 67-64
West n/a Saint Louis Eddie Hickey Elite Eight Kansas L 74-55
West n/a TCU Buster Brannon Regional Third Place New Mexico State W 61-44
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Regional Fourth Place Oklahoma City L 55-53
West n/a Wyoming Everett Shelton Elite Eight Santa Clara L 56-53


First round Second round National Semifinals National Final
  Kentucky 82
  Penn St. 54
  Kentucky 57
  St John's 64
  St John's 60
  N.C. State 49
  St John's 61
  Illinois 59
  Illinois 80
  Dayton 61
  Illinois 74
  Duquesne 68
  Duquesne 60
  Princeton 49
  St John's 63
  Kansas 80
  Kansas 68
  TCU 64
  Kansas 74
  St. Louis 55
  St. Louis 62
  New Mexico St 53
  Kansas 74
  Santa Clara 55
  Santa Clara 68
  UCLA 59
  Santa Clara 56
  Wyoming 53
  Wyoming 54
  Oklahoma City 48

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place
Illinois 67
Santa Clara 64

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

See also[edit]