1945 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 1945 NCAA Basketball Tournament was an eight-team single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college basketball. It began on March 22, 1945, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in New York City. A total of nine games were played, including a third place game in each region.

1945 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsOklahoma State Cowboys (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upNew York Violets (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachHenry Iba (1st title)
MOPBob Kurland (Oklahoma A&M)
Top scorerBob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
(65 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1944 1946»

Oklahoma A&M, coached by Henry Iba, won the national title with a 49–45 victory in the final game over NYU, coached by Howard Cann. Bob Kurland of Oklahoma A&M was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1945 tournament:


March 22 and 24
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 23 and 24
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship GameEdit

March 27
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East Kentucky Adolph Rupp SEC Regional Third Place Tufts W 66–56
East NYU Howard Cann Middle Atlantic Runner Up Oklahoma A&M L 49–45
East Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten National Semifinals NYU L 70–65
East Tufts Richard Cochran New England Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 66–56
West Arkansas Eugene Lambert Southwest National Semifinals Oklahoma A&M L 68–41
West Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Missouri Valley Champion NYU W 49–45
West Oregon John A. Warren Pacific Coast Regional Third Place Utah W 69–66
West Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Regional Fourth Place Oregon L 69–66


* – Denotes overtime period

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
NYU 59
Tufts 44
NYU 70
Ohio State 65*
Ohio State 45
Kentucky 37
NYU 45
Oklahoma A&M 49
Arkansas 79
Oregon 76
Arkansas 41
Oklahoma A&M 68
Oklahoma A&M 62
Utah 37

Regional Third PlaceEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1945 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.