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1948 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament


1948 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

1948 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Kentucky (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up Baylor (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Adolph Rupp (1st title)
MOP Alex Groza Kentucky
Attendance 72,523
Top scorer Alex Groza Kentucky
(54 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1947 1949»

The 1948 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 19, 1948, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in New York City. 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 58-42 victory in the final game over Baylor, coached by Bill Henderson. Alex Groza of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1948 tournament:


March 19 and 20
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game

March 23
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Columbia Gordon Ridings EIBL Regional Fourth Place Michigan L 66-49
East n/a Holy Cross Doggie Julian Independent Third Place Kansas State W 60-54
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp SEC Champion Baylor W 58-42
East n/a Michigan Ozzie Cowles Big Ten Regional Third Place Columbia W 66-49
West n/a Baylor Bill Henderson Southwest Runner-up Kentucky L 58-42
West n/a Kansas State Jack Gardner Big Six Fourth Place Holy Cross L 60-54
West n/a Washington Art McLarney PCC Regional Third Place Wyoming W 57-47
West n/a Wyoming Everett Shelton Skyline Regional Fourth Place Washington L 57-47


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kentucky 76  
   Columbia 53  
     Kentucky 60  
     Holy Cross 52  
   Holy Cross 63
     Michigan 45  
       Kentucky 58
     Baylor 42
     Kansas State 58  
   Wyoming 48  
     Kansas State 52 Third place
     Baylor 60  
   Baylor 64  Holy Cross 60
     Washington 62    Kansas State 54

Regional Third Place Games

East Regional Third Place
Columbia 49
Michigan 66
West Regional Third Place
Wyoming 47
Washington 57

See also

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