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1939 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1939 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Oregon

MOP: Jimmy Hull, Ohio State

Final Four: Oregon, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Villanova

Location: Evanston, Illinois

Shining Moments

  • Well, itís the first one, so that in itself is pretty noteworthy. And Iíve always thought it surprising that the NCAA didnít have an organized tournament any sooner than this for hoops. Also remember, for nearly the first two decades of existence it was the NIT that was considered the big dog, not the NCAAs.
  • Long Island, undefeated at the time, bypassed the chance to play in this one, opting for the NIT instead.
  • Youíll notice, despite Oregon winning, Ohio State had the MOP. But it was thanks to the ďTall Firs,Ē comprised of center Slim Wintermute, Laddie Gal and John Dicke, that gave Oregon the first NCAA banner in history.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Evanston, Ill.

Oregon (46)
Player FG FT-A PF. PTS.
Laddie Gale 2 4-5 1 8
John Dick 5 5-5 3 15
Slim Wintermute 2 0-1 1 4
Bobby Anet 4 2-3 3 10
Wally Johansen 4 1-2 1 9
Ford Mullen 0 0-0 0 0
Matt Pavalunas 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 17 12-16 9 46

Ohio State (33)
Player FG FT-A PF. PTS.
Jimmy Hull 5 2-2 2 12
Richard Baker 0 0-1 0 0
John Schick 1 0-0 1 2
Jack Dawson 1 0-0 4 2
Robert Lynch 3 1-3 3 7
Charles Maag 0 0-0 0 0
Don Scott 0 1-1 1 1
Richard Boughner 1 0-0 0 2
William Sattler 3 1-2 0 7
Gilbert Mickelson 0 0-0 2 0
Robert Stafford 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 14 5-9 13 33

  • Scoring Leader: Jimmy Hull, Ohio State (58 points, 19.3 ppg).

    1939 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Villanova 42, Brown 30
    Ohio State 64, Wake Forest 52

    West
    Oklahoma 50, Utah State 39
    Oregon 56, Texas 41

    WESTERN REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Utah State 51, Texas 49

    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Ohio State 53, Villanova 36

    West
    Oregon 55, Oklahoma 37

    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Oregon 46, Ohio State 33
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