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1945 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1945 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Oklahoma A&M

Most Outstanding Player: Bob Kurland, Oklahoma A&M

Final Four: Oklahoma A&M, NYU, Ohio State, Arkansas

Shining Moments

  • Great nugget: Kurland was a 7-footer, which meant he was actually too tall for the war. So with him, A&M was a juggernaut in 45. A 7-footer in those days was equivalent to a 7-5 guy today. Kurland was the first player who developed a reputation/was known for his dunking.
  • Legendary hoops coach Hank Iba is the one who guided A&M to the title.
  • Eventual NBA great Dolph Schayes played for NYU in this tournament -- as a 16-year-old.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: New York

Oklahoma A&M (49)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Cecil Hankins 6 3-6 3 15
J.L. Parks 0 0-0 3 0
Weldon Kern 3 0-4 3 6
John Wylie 0 0-0 0 0
Bob Kurland 10 2-3 3 22
Doyle Parrack 2 0-1 3 4
Blake Williams 1 0-1 1 2
Totals 22 5-15 16 49

New York U. (45)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Al Grenert 5 2-3 3 12
Don Forman 5 1-2 1 11
Marty Goldstein 0 2-2 2 2
Dolph Schayes 2 2-6 2 6
Herbert Walsh 0 0-0 2 0
Sid Tanenbaum 2 0-0 2 4
Frank Mangiapane 2 2-4 3 6
Alvin Most 1 2-3 2 4
Totals 17 11-20 17 45

  • Scoring Leader: Bob Kurland, Oklahoma A&M (65 points, 21.7 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Dick Wilkins, Oregon (44 points, 22 ppg).
  • Most Outstanding Player: Bob Kurland, C, Jr., Oklahoma A&M (37 points in final two games).

    1945 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    New York Univ. 59, Tufts (Mass.) 44
    Ohio State 45, Kentucky 37

    West
    Arkansas 79, Oregon 76
    Oklahoma A&M 62, Utah 37


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    Kentucky 66, Tufts (Mass.) 56

    West
    Oregon 69, Utah 66


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    NYU 70, Ohio State 65 (OT)

    West
    Oklahoma A&M 68, Arkansas 41


    Championship
    Oklahoma A&M 49, New York Univ. 45
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