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1940 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1940 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Indiana

Most Outstanding Player: Marvin Huffman, Indiana

Final Four: Indiana, Kansas, Duquesne, Southern Cal

Shining Moments

  • From a tournament standpoint, the legend and lore of Indiana and Kansas’ programs begin here, as both teams met in the championship game.
  • James Naismith died during the start of the 1939-40 season (Nov. 28, 1939) and before IU and KU played the ultimate game that year, there was a ceremony that paid tribute to the man. I’d love for him to know what the game’s become today. How it’s changed. How he totally and legitimately changed the world and altered -- no exaggeration -- millions of lives by creating “Basket Ball.”
  • Fitting that in the year Naismith left, the city he created the game in made its only NCAA tournament appearance. Springfield College fell to the eventual champs.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Kansas City

Indiana (60)
Player FG FT-A PF. PTS.
Herman Schaefer 4 1-1 1 9
Jay McCreary 6 0-0 2 12
Bill Menke 2 1-2 3 5
Marv Huffman 5 2-3 4 12
Bob Dro 3 1-1 4 7
Paul Armstrong 4 2-3 3 10
James Gridley 0 0-0 0 0
Bob Menke 0 0-0 0 0
Harold Zimmer 2 1-1 1 5
Ralph Dorsey 0 0-0 0 0
Chet Francis 0 0-0 1 0
Totals 26 8-11 19 60

Kansas (42)
Player FG FT-A PF. PTS.
Don Ebling 1 2-5 0 4
Howard Engleman 5 2-3 3 12
Bob Allen 5 3-4 3 13
Ralph Miller 0 2-2 4 2
Dick Harp 2 1-3 1 5
T.P. Hunter 0 1-1 0 1
William Hogben 2 0-0 0 4
John Kline 0 0-0 0 0
Bruce Voran 0 1-2 0 1
Jack Sands 0 0-0 0 0
Bob Johnson 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 15 12-20 11 42

  • Scoring Leader Howard Engleman, Kansas (39 points, 13 ppg).

    1940 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Duquesne 30, Western Kentucky 29
    Indiana 48, Springfield (Mass.) 24

    West
    Kansas 50, Rice 44
    Southern Cal 38, Colorado 32


    WESTERN REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Rice 60, Colorado 56 (OT)

    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Indiana 39, Duquesne 30

    West
    Kansas 43, Southern Cal 42


    CHAMPIONSHIP
    Indiana 60, Kansas 42
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