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1955 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

1955 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 24
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions San Francisco (1st title)
Runner-up La Salle (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Colorado (2nd Final Four)
Iowa (1st Final Four)
Winning coach Phil Woolpert (1st title)
MOP Bill Russell San Francisco
Attendance 116,983
Top scorer Bill Russell San Francisco
(118 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1954 1956»

The 1955 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 24 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1955, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 28 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

San Francisco, coached by Phil Woolpert, won the national title with a 77-63 victory in the final game over La Salle, coached by Ken Loeffler. Bill Russell of San Francisco was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


  • Locations 1
    • East-1 Region 1.1
    • East-2 Region 1.2
    • West-1 Region 1.3
    • West-2 Region 1.4
    • Final Four 1.5
  • Teams 2
  • Bracket 3
    • East region 3.1
    • West region 3.2
    • National Championship 3.3
  • See also 4


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1955 tournament:

East-1 Region

First Round (March 8)
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
East-1 Regional (March 11 and 12)
The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

East-2 Region

First Round (March 9)
Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Kentucky
East-2 Regional (March 11 and 12)
McGaw Hall, Evanston, Illinois

West-1 Region

First Round (March 8)
Thunderbird Coliseum, El Reno, Oklahoma
West Regional (March 11 and 12)
Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas

West-2 Region

First Round (March 8)
Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
West-2 Regional (March 11 and 12)
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

Final Four

March 18 and 19
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Canisius Joseph Curran Regional Runner-up La Salle L 99-64
East n/a Duke Harold Bradley First round Villanova L 74-73
East n/a Iowa Bucky O'Connor Fourth Place Colorado L 75-54
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Third Place Penn State W 84-59
East n/a La Salle Ken Loeffler Runner Up San Francisco L 77-63
East n/a Marquette Jack Nagle Regional Runner-up Iowa L 86-81
East n/a Memphis State Eugene Lambert First round Penn State L 59-55
East n/a Miami (OH) Bill Rohr First round Marquette L 90-79
East n/a Penn State John Egli Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 84-59
East n/a Princeton Franklin Cappon Regional Fourth Place Villanova L 64-57
East n/a Villanova Alex Severance Regional Third Place Princeton W 64-57
East n/a West Virginia Fred Schaus First Round La Salle L 95-61
East n/a Williams Alex Shaw First Round Canisius L 73-60
West n/a Bradley Bob Vanatta Regional Runner-up Colorado L 93-81
West n/a Colorado Bebe Lee Third Place Iowa W 75-54
West n/a Idaho State Steve Belko First round Seattle L 80-63
West n/a Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack First round Bradley L 69-65
West n/a Oregon State Slats Gill Regional Runner-up San Francisco L 57-56
West n/a San Francisco Phil Woolpert Champion La Salle W 77-63
West n/a Seattle Al Brightman Regional Fourth Place Utah L 108-85
West n/a SMU Doc Hayes Regional Fourth Place Tulsa L 68-67
West n/a Tulsa Clarence Iba Regional Third Place SMU W 68-67
West n/a Utah Jack Gardner Regional Third Place Seattle W 108-85
West n/a West Texas State Gus Miller First round San Francisco L 89-66


East region

  First round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Final Four
     Kentucky 71  
       Marquette 79  
   Marquette 90
   Miami-OH 79  
     Marquette 81  
     Iowa 86  
     Iowa 82
       Penn St. 53  
   Penn St. 59
   Memphis St. 55  
     Iowa 73
     La Salle 76
     Princeton 46
       La Salle 73  
   La Salle 95
   West Virginia 61  
     La Salle 99
     Canisius 64  
   Canisius 73  
   Williams 60  
     Canisius 73
       Villanova 71  
   Villanova 74
   Duke 73  

West region

  First round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Final Four
     SMU 79  
       Bradley 81  
   Bradley 69
   Oklahoma City 65  
     Bradley 81  
     Colorado 93  
     Colorado 69
       Tulsa 59  
     Colorado 50
     San Francisco 62
     Oregon St. 83
       Seattle 71  
   Seattle 80
   Idaho St. 63  
     Oregon St. 56
     San Francisco 57  
     Utah 59
       San Francisco 78  
   San Francisco 89
   West Texas St. 66  

National Championship

National Championship Game
  La Salle 63
  San Francisco 77

See also

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