1955 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1955 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 24
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions San Francisco (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up La Salle (2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Phil Woolpert (1st title)
MOP Bill Russell San Francisco
Attendance 116,983
Top scorer Bill Russell San Francisco
(118 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1954 1956»

The 1955 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 24 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1955, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 28 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

San Francisco, coached by Phil Woolpert, won the national title with a 77-63 victory in the final game over La Salle, coached by Ken Loeffler. Bill Russell of San Francisco was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1955 tournament:

East-1 Region[edit]

First Round (March 8)
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
East-1 Regional (March 11 and 12)
The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

East-2 Region[edit]

First Round (March 9)
Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Kentucky
East-2 Regional (March 11 and 12)
McGaw Hall, Evanston, Illinois

West-1 Region[edit]

First Round (March 8)
Thunderbird Coliseum, El Reno, Oklahoma
West Regional (March 11 and 12)
Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas

West-2 Region[edit]

First Round (March 8)
Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
West-2 Regional (March 11 and 12)
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

Final Four[edit]

March 18 and 19
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Canisius Joseph Curran Regional Runner-up La Salle L 99-64
East n/a Duke Harold Bradley First round Villanova L 74-73
East n/a Iowa Bucky O'Connor Fourth Place Colorado L 75-54
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Third Place Penn State W 84-59
East n/a La Salle Ken Loeffler Runner Up San Francisco L 77-63
East n/a Marquette Jack Nagle Regional Runner-up Iowa L 86-81
East n/a Memphis State Eugene Lambert First round Penn State L 59-55
East n/a Miami (OH) Bill Rohr First round Marquette L 90-79
East n/a Penn State John Egli Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 84-59
East n/a Princeton Franklin Cappon Regional Fourth Place Villanova L 64-57
East n/a Villanova Alex Severance Regional Third Place Princeton W 64-57
East n/a West Virginia Fred Schaus First Round La Salle L 95-61
East n/a Williams Alex Shaw First Round Canisius L 73-60
West n/a Bradley Bob Vanatta Regional Runner-up Colorado L 93-81
West n/a Colorado Bebe Lee Third Place Iowa W 75-54
West n/a Idaho State Steve Belko First round Seattle L 80-63
West n/a Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack First round Bradley L 69-65
West n/a Oregon State Slats Gill Regional Runner-up San Francisco L 57-56
West n/a San Francisco Phil Woolpert Champion La Salle W 77-63
West n/a Seattle Al Brightman Regional Fourth Place Utah L 108-85
West n/a SMU Doc Hayes Regional Fourth Place Tulsa L 68-67
West n/a Tulsa Clarence Iba Regional Third Place SMU W 68-67
West n/a Utah Jack Gardner Regional Third Place Seattle W 108-85
West n/a West Texas State Gus Miller First round San Francisco L 89-66


East region[edit]

East-1 Region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Princeton 46  
       La Salle 73  
   La Salle 95
     West Virginia 61  
       La Salle 99
     Canisius 64
     Canisius 73  
   Williams 60  
   Canisius 73
       Villanova 71  
   Villanova 74
     Duke 73  

East-2 Region[edit]

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Finals
       Kentucky 71  
   Marquette 90      Marquette 79    
   Miami-OH 79          Marquette 81
       Iowa 86
       Iowa 82    
   Penn St. 59      Penn St. 53  
   Memphis St. 55  

West-1 Region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     SMU 79  
       Bradley 81  
   Bradley 69
     Oklahoma City 65  
       Bradley 81
     Colorado 93
   Colorado 69
       Tulsa 59  

West-2 Region[edit]

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Finals
       Oregon St. 83  
   Seattle 80      Seattle 71    
   Idaho St. 63          Oregon St. 56
       San Francisco 57
       Utah 59    
   San Francisco 89      San Francisco 78  
   West Texas St. 66  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinal National Championship
Iowa 73
La Salle 76
La Salle 63
San Francisco 77
Colorado 50
San Francisco 62

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [1]
  Iowa 54
  Colorado 75

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

East-1 Regional Third Place
Kentucky 84
Penn St. 59
East-2 Regional Third Place
Villanova 64
Princeton 57
West-1 Regional Third Place
Tulsa 68
SMU 67
West-2 Regional Third Place
Utah 108
Seattle 85

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.