1957 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1957 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Season 1956–57
Teams 23
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions North Carolina (1st title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up Kansas (4th title game,
4th Final Four)
Winning coach Frank McGuire (1st title)
MOP Wilt Chamberlain Kansas
Attendance 108,891
Top scorer Lennie Rosenbluth North Carolina
(140 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1956 1958»

The 1957 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's college basketball in the NCAA University Division, known since 1973 as NCAA Division I. The 1956–57 school year was the first in which NCAA members were formally divided into separate competitive levels, with larger and more competitive athletic programs placed in the University Division and smaller programs placed in the College Division (which would itself be divided into Divisions II and III in 1973). The tournament began on March 11, 1957, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 27 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

North Carolina, coached by Frank McGuire, won the national title with a 54–53 triple-overtime victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Dick Harp. Wilt Chamberlain of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Tournament notes[edit]

North Carolina won two consecutive triple overtime games to win the championship. The North Carolina - Michigan State semi final game and North Carolina - Kansas final game both made USA Today's list of the greatest NCAA tournament games of all time at 11 and 6 respectively.[1]


Round Region Site Venue
First Round East New York, New York Madison Square Garden
Mideast Columbus, Ohio St. John Arena
Midwest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Capitol Hill High School Arena
West Pocatello, Idaho ISU Gymnasium
Regionals East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Memorial Coliseum
Midwest Dallas, Texas SMU Coliseum
West Corvallis, Oregon Oregon State Coliseum
Final Four Kansas City, Missouri Municipal Auditorium

For the seventh time, Kansas City and the Municipal Auditorium hosted the Final Four. This tied the record, with Madison Square Garden, of hosting the most Final Fours in a single arena all-time, a record it would break in 1961 and which it still holds today. Once again, four new sites were used for the tournament. In the Midwest Regional, Southern Methodist University and the city of Dallas hosted tournament games for the first time at the SMU Coliseum, in its first year of operation. This marked the first games ever in the state of Texas, and the first in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Three of the first round sites were also new. In Columbus, another new building, St. John Arena on the campus of Ohio State University, hosted games for the first time, the first games held in the state of Ohio. The state of Idaho became the first of the western mountain states to host games, at Reed Gymnasium on the campus of Idaho State College in Pocatello. And for the second time in three years, Oklahoma City University hosted the first round at a high school gymnasium, this time at the Capitol Hill High School Gym, a 4,000 seat gym in the southern part of the city. The city would not host games again for twenty years, until the Myriad Convention Center began hosting tournament games. This would also be the only time Reed Gym would host games; subsequent games in Pocatello would be hosted at the Minidome, its successor as home to the Bengals men's basketball team.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Canisius Joseph Curran Regional Third Place Lafayette W 82–76
East Connecticut Hugh Greer First round Syracuse L 82–76
East Lafayette George Davidson Regional Fourth Place Canisius L 82–76
East North Carolina Frank McGuire Champion Kansas W 54–53
East Syracuse Marc Guley Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 67–58
East West Virginia Fred Schaus First round Canisius L 64–56
East Yale Joe Vancisin First round North Carolina L 90–74
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Michigan State L 80–68
Mideast Miami (OH) Bill Rohr First round Notre Dame L 89–77
Mideast Michigan State Forddy Anderson Fourth Place San Francisco L 67–60
Mideast Morehead State Bobby Laughlin First round Pittsburgh L 86–85
Mideast Notre Dame John Jordan Regional Third Place Pittsburgh W 86–85
Mideast Pittsburgh Bob Timmons Regional Fourth Place Notre Dame L 86–85
Midwest Kansas Dick Harp Runner Up North Carolina L 54–53
Midwest Loyola (LA) Jim McCafferty First round Oklahoma City L 76–55
Midwest Oklahoma City Abe Lemons Regional Runner-up Kansas L 81–61
Midwest SMU Doc Hayes Regional Third Place Saint Louis W 78–68
Midwest Saint Louis Eddie Hickey Regional Fourth Place SMU L 78–68
West BYU Stan Watts Regional Third Place Idaho State W 65–54
West California Pete Newell Regional Runner-up San Francisco L 50–46
West Hardin–Simmons Bill Scott First round Idaho State L 68–57
West Idaho State John Grayson Regional Fourth Place BYU L 65–54
West San Francisco Phil Woolpert Third Place Michigan State W 67–60


* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Lafayette 71  
      Syracuse 75  
  Syracuse 82
    Connecticut 76  
      Syracuse 58
    North Carolina 67
    Canisius 64  
  West Virginia 56  
  Canisius 75
      North Carolina 87  
  North Carolina 90
    Yale 74  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kentucky 98  
      Pittsburgh 92  
  Pittsburgh 86
    Morehead State 85  
      Kentucky 68
    Michigan State 80
    Notre Dame 89  
  Miami (OH) 77  
  Notre Dame 83
      Michigan State 85  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Saint Louis 66  
      Oklahoma City 75  
  Oklahoma City 76
    Loyola (LA) 55  
      Oklahoma City 61
    Kansas 81
  Kansas 73
      SMU 65*  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    California 86  
      BYU 59  
      California 46
    San Francisco 50
    Idaho State 68  
  Hardin–Simmons 57  
  Idaho State 51
      San Francisco 66  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E North Carolina 74
ME Michigan State 70***
E North Carolina 54
MW Kansas 53***
MW Kansas 80
W San Francisco 56

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [2]
W San Francisco 67
ME Michigan State 60

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mike Douchant - Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002
  2. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.