1949 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1949 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, Washington
Champions Kentucky (2nd title)
Runner-up Oklahoma A&M (3rd title game)
Semifinalists Illinois (1st Final Four)
Oregon State (1st Final Four)
Winning coach Adolph Rupp (2nd title)
MOP Alex Groza Kentucky
Attendance 72,523
Top scorer Alex Groza Kentucky
(82 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1948 1950»

The 1949 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 18, 1949, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in Seattle, Washington. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp, won the national title with a 46-36 victory in the final game over Oklahoma A&M, coached by Henry Iba. Alex Groza of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Locations

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1949 tournament:

Regionals

March 18 and 19
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
March 21 and 22
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Championship Game

March 26
Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington

Teams

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East n/a Illinois Harry Combes Third Place Oregon State W 57-53
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Champion Oklahoma A&M W 46-36
East n/a Villanova Alex Severance Regional Third Place Yale W 78-67
East n/a Yale Howard Hobson Regional Fourth Place Villanova L 78-67
West
West n/a Arkansas Eugene Lambert Regional Third Place Wyoming W 61-48
West n/a Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Runner Up Kentucky L 46-36
West n/a Oregon State Slats Gill Fourth Place Illinois L 57-53
West n/a Wyoming Everett Shelton Regional Fourth Place Arkansas L 61-48

Bracket

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                           
     Illinois 71  
   Yale 67  
     Illinois 47  
     Kentucky 76  
   Kentucky 85
     Villanova 72  
       Kentucky 46
     Oklahoma A&M 36
     Oklahoma A&M 40  
   Wyoming 39  
     Oklahoma A&M 55 Third place
     Oregon State 30  
   Oregon State 56  Illinois 57
     Arkansas 38    Oregon State 53

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