The 1960 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 25 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division Icollege basketball in the United States. It began on March 7, 1960, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in Daly City, California (immediately south of San Francisco). A total of 29 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.
For the first and only time, the Cow Palace was the host venue, and the city of San Francisco the host city, of the Final Four, making them the 8th and 7th respectively. San Francisco was the first host city to only host the Final Four once, something 12 of the 30 host cities has done. The tournament featured two new venues. Chicago became a host city city for the third straight year, but with its fourth venue in twenty-one years, Alumni Hall on the campus of DePaul University. And the state of Utah became a host for the first time, when the George Albert Smith Fieldhouse on the campus of Brigham Young University hosted games in the West regional quarterfinals. The 1960 tournament would be the only time for Alumni Hall to host games, and the last for the Cow Palace; it would be thirty years before the tournament would return to the Bay Area, and, if the schedule holds, the city of San Francisco will host games again in 2022.