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1946 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1946 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Oklahoma A&M

Most Outstanding Player: Bob Kurland, Oklahoma A&M

Final Four: Oklahoma A&M, North Carolina, Ohio State, California

Shining Moments

  • Kurland, that beast. He goes back-to-back MOPs and becomes the first player to do so. Iba gets another title and establishes himself as the first coach since Naismith to flirt with the “legend” territory.
  • This was the first true “Final Four” in that from ‘39-45 only the two remaining teams played at the championship site.
  • The game is also notable for the fact it is the first televised game in NCAA tournament in history. It only goes out to the greater NYC area, but estimates were a half-million people tuned in, which is significantly better than a St. John’s-Rutgers game draws today.
  • North Carolina advanced to the title game thanks to a 35-foot prayer that falls in to send its semi against Ohio State into OT. It ends 60-57, UNC.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: New York

Oklahoma A&M (43)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Sam Aubrey 0 1-2 1 1
A.L. Bennett 3 0-0 4 6
Weldon Kern 3 1-3 2 7
Joe Bradley 1 1-2 1 3
Bob Kurland 9 5-9 5 23
Joe Halbert 0 0-0 0 0
Blake Williams 0 2-4 2 2
Eugene Bell 0 1-1 1 1
J.L. Parks 0 0-1 2 0
Totals 16 11-22 18 43

North Carolina (40)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
John Dillon 5 6-6 5 16
Don Anderson 3 2-3 3 8
Bob Paxton 2 0-0 4 4
Horace McKinney 2 1-3 5 5
Jim White 0 1-1 0 1
Taylor Thorne 1 0-0 2 2
Jim Jordan 0 4-8 3 4
Totals 13 14-21 22 40

  • Scoring Leader: Bob Kurland, Oklahoma A&M (72 points, 24 ppg).
  • Most Outstanding Player: Bob Kurland, C, Sr., Oklahoma A&M (52 points in final two games).

    1946 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Ohio State 46, Harvard 38
    North Carolina 57, New York University 49

    West
    Oklahoma A&M 44, Baylor 29
    California 50, Colorado 44


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    New York Univ. 67, Harvard 61

    West
    Colorado 59, Baylor 44


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    North Carolina 60, Ohio State 57

    West
    Oklahoma A&M 52, California 35


    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Ohio State 63, California 45

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Oklahoma A&M 43, North Carolina 40
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