1957 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1957 NCAA Division I
Men's 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 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It 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]


Region Site Other Locations
East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania New York City, New York
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Columbus, Ohio
Midwest Dallas, Texas Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
West Corvallis, Oregon Pocatello, Idaho
Finals Kansas City, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Canisius Joseph Curran Regional Third Place Lafayette W 82-76
East n/a Connecticut Hugh Greer First round Syracuse L 82-76
East n/a Lafayette George Davidson Regional Fourth Place Canisius L 82-76
East n/a North Carolina Frank McGuire Champion Kansas W 54-53
East n/a Syracuse Marc Guley Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 67-58
East n/a West Virginia Fred Schaus First round Canisius L 64-56
East n/a Yale Joe Vancisin First round North Carolina L 90-74
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Michigan State L 80-68
Mideast n/a Miami (OH) Bill Rohr First round Notre Dame L 89-77
Mideast n/a Michigan State Forddy Anderson Fourth Place San Francisco L 67-60
Mideast n/a Morehead State Bobby Laughlin First round Pittsburgh L 86-85
Mideast n/a Notre Dame John Jordan Regional Third Place Pittsburgh W 86-85
Mideast n/a Pittsburgh Bob Timmons Regional Fourth Place Notre Dame L 86-85
Midwest n/a Kansas Dick Harp Runner Up North Carolina L 54-53
Midwest n/a Loyola (LA) Jim McCafferty First round Oklahoma City L 76-55
Midwest n/a Oklahoma City Abe Lemons Regional Runner-up Kansas L 81-61
Midwest n/a SMU Doc Hayes Regional Third Place Saint Louis W 78-68
Midwest n/a Saint Louis Eddie Hickey Regional Fourth Place SMU L 78-68
West n/a BYU Stan Watts Regional Third Place Idaho State W 65-54
West n/a California Pete Newell Regional Runner-up San Francisco L 50-46
West n/a Hardin-Simmons Bill Scott First round Idaho State L 68-57
West n/a Idaho State John Grayson Regional Fourth Place BYU L 65-54
West n/a 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 St. 85  
       Kentucky 68
     Michigan St. 80
     Notre Dame 89  
   Miami-OH 77  
   Notre Dame 83
       Michigan St. 85  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     St. 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 St. 68  
   Hardin-Simmons 57  
   Idaho St. 51
       San Francisco 66  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E North Carolina 74
ME Michigan St. 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 St. 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.