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1961 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

1961 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 24
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions Cincinnati (1st title)
Runner-up Ohio State (3rd title game)
Semifinalists Saint Joseph's (1st Final Four)
Utah (2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Ed Jucker (1st title)
MOP Jerry Lucas Ohio State
Attendance 169,520
Top scorer Billy McGill Utah
(119 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1960 1962»

The 1961 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 in the United States. It began on March 14, 1961, and ended with the championship game on March 25 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.

Cincinnati, coached by Ed Jucker, won the national title with a 70-65 victory in the final game over state rival Ohio State, coached by Fred Taylor. Jerry Lucas of Ohio State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The national third place game, won by St. Joseph's over Utah by the score of 127-120 in four overtimes, tied the record for the longest game in NCAA Division I tournament history, set in 1956 in a first-round game between Canisius and North Carolina State. As of the regional finals of the 2009 tournament, no NCAA Division I tournament games since then have gone to a fourth overtime period.[1] Saint Joseph's victory was later vacated because of a gambling scandal. [2]


Region Site Other Locations
East Charlotte, North Carolina New York City, New York
Mideast Louisville, Kentucky
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Houston, Texas
West Portland, Oregon
Finals Kansas City, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a George Washington Bill Reinhart First round Princeton L 84-67
East n/a Princeton Jake McCandless Regional Fourth Place St. Bonaventure L 85-67
East n/a Rhode Island Ernie Calverley First round St. Bonaventure L 86-76
East n/a St. Bonaventure Eddie Donovan Regional Third Place Princeton W 85-67
East n/a St. John's Joe Lapchick First round Wake Forest L 97-74
East n/a Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Third Place Utah W 127-120 (4OT)
East n/a Wake Forest Bones McKinney Regional Runner-up Saint Joseph's L 96-86
Mideast n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Runner-up Ohio State L 87-74
Mideast n/a Louisville Peck Hickman Regional Third Place Morehead State W 83-61
Mideast n/a Morehead State Robert Laughlin Regional Fourth Place Louisville L 83-61
Mideast n/a Ohio James Snyder First round Louisville L 76-70
Mideast n/a Ohio State Fred Taylor Runner Up Cincinnati L 70-65
Mideast n/a Xavier Jim McCafferty First round Morehead State L 71-66
Midwest n/a Cincinnati Ed Jucker Champion Ohio State W 70-65
Midwest n/a Houston Guy Lewis Regional Fourth Place Texas Tech L 69-67
Midwest n/a Kansas State Tex Winter Regional Runner-up Cincinnati L 69-64
Midwest n/a Marquette Eddie Hickey First round Houston L 77-61
Midwest n/a Texas Tech Polk Robison Regional Third Place Houston W 69-67
West n/a Arizona State Ned Wulk Regional Runner-up Utah L 88-80
West n/a Loyola, Los Angeles William Donovan Regional Third Place USC W 69-67
West n/a Oregon Steve Belko First round USC L 81-79
West n/a Seattle Vince Cazzetta First round Arizona State L 72-70
West n/a USC Forrest Twogood Regional Fourth Place Loyola, Los Angeles L 69-67
West n/a Utah Jack Gardner Fourth Place Saint Joseph's L 127-120 (4OT)


* – Denotes overtime period

East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     St. Joseph's 72  
       Princeton 67  
   Princeton 84
     George Washington 67  
       St. Joseph's 96
     Wake Forest 86
     St. Bonaventure 86  
   Rhode Island 76  
   St. Bonaventure 73
       Wake Forest 78  
   Wake Forest 97
     St. John's 74  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Ohio State 56  
       Louisville 55  
   Louisville 76
     Ohio 70  
       Ohio State 87
     Kentucky 74
   Kentucky 71
       Morehead State 64  
   Morehead State 71
     Xavier 66  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kansas State 75  
       Houston 64  
   Houston 77
     Marquette 61  
       Kansas State 64
     Cincinnati 69
   Cincinnati 78
       Texas Tech 55  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Utah 91  
       Loyola-CA 75  
       Utah 88
     Arizona State 80
     Arizona State 72  
   Seattle 70  
   Arizona State 86
       Southern California 71  
   Southern California 81
     Oregon 79  

Final Four

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E St. Joseph's 69
ME Ohio State 95
ME Ohio State 65*
MW Cincinnati 70
MW Cincinnati 82
W Utah 67

See also


  1. ^ The Sports Network. "The Sports Network - Men's College Basketball". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-04-02. 
  2. ^
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