1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

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1959 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Teams 23
Finals site Freedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
Champions California (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up West Virginia (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Pete Newell (1st title)
MOP Jerry West West Virginia
Attendance 161,809
Top scorer Jerry West West Virginia
(160 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1958 1960»

The 1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 23 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball in the United States. It began on March 7, 1959, and ended with the championship game on March 21 in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of 27 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

California, coached by Pete Newell, won the national title with a 71–70 victory in the final game over West Virginia, coached by Fred Schaus. Jerry West of West Virginia was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


Region Site Other Locations
East Charlotte, North Carolina New York City, New York
Mideast Evanston, Illinois Lexington, Kentucky
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Portland, Oregon
West San Francisco, California Las Cruces, New Mexico
Finals Louisville, Kentucky


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Boston University Matt Zunic Regional Runner-up West Virginia L 86–82
East Connecticut Hugh Greer First round Boston University L 60–58
East Dartmouth Doggie Julian First round West Virginia L 82–68
East Navy Ben Carnevale Regional Third Place Saint Joseph's W 70–56
East North Carolina Frank McGuire First round Navy L 76–63
East Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Fourth Place Navy L 70–56
East West Virginia Fred Schaus Runner Up California L 71–70
Mideast Bowling Green Harold Anderson First round Marquette L 89–71
Mideast Eastern Kentucky Paul McBrayer First round Louisville L 77–63
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Third Place Marquette W 98–69
Mideast Louisville Peck Hickman Fourth Place Cincinnati L 98–85
Mideast Marquette Eddie Hickey Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 98–69
Mideast Michigan State Forddy Anderson Regional Runner-up Louisville L 88–81
Midwest Cincinnati George Smith Third Place Louisville W 98–85
Midwest DePaul Ray Meyer Regional Fourth Place TCU L 71–65
Midwest Kansas State Tex Winter Regional Runner-up Cincinnati L 85–75
Midwest Portland Al Negratti First round DePaul L 57–56
Midwest TCU Buster Brannon Regional Third Place DePaul W 71–65
West California Pete Newell Champion West Virginia W 71–70
West Idaho State John Grayson Regional Third Place Utah W 71–65
West New Mexico State Presley Askew First round Idaho State L 62–61
West Saint Mary's James Weaver Regional Runner-up California L 66–46
West Utah Jack Gardner Regional Fourth Place Idaho State L 71–65


East region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Saint Joseph's 92  
       West Virginia 95  
   West Virginia 82
     Dartmouth 68  
       West Virginia 86
     Boston University 82
     Boston University 60  
   Connecticut 58  
   Boston University 62
       Navy 55  
   Navy 76
     North Carolina 63  

Mideast region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kentucky 61  
       Louisville 76  
   Louisville 77
     Eastern Kentucky 63  
       Louisville 88
     Michigan State 81
   Michigan State 74
       Marquette 69  
   Marquette 89
     Bowling Green 71  

Midwest region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kansas State 102  
       DePaul 70  
   DePaul 57
     Portland 56  
       Kansas State 75
     Cincinnati 85
   Cincinnati 77
       TCU 73  

West region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Saint Mary's 80  
       Idaho State 71  
   Idaho State 62
     New Mexico State 61  
       Saint Mary's 46
     California 66
   California 71
       Utah 53  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Finals
E West Virginia 94
ME Louisville 79
E West Virginia 70
W California 71
MW Cincinnati 58
W California 64

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game [1]
MW Cincinnati 98
ME Louisville 85

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

See also[edit]


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