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1947 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1947 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Holy Cross

Most Outstanding Player: George Kaftan, Holy Cross

Final Four: Holy Cross, Oklahoma, CCNY, Texas

Shining Moments

  • Holy Cross wins it -- with Bob Cousy spending most of his time on the bench. HCís win signals the first time a team from the East Coast takes an NCAA title. At the time, the Crusaders players played home games at the Boston Garden.
  • Oklahoma reaches the title game thanks to a 40-foot heave that falls from Ken Pryor. Itís his only points of the game. Madness has been part of this bracket practically since its inception, folks.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: New York

Holy Cross (58)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
George Kaftan 7 4-9 4 18
Dermie O'Connell 7 2-4 3 16
Frank Oftring 6 2-3 5 14
Joe Mullaney 0 0-0 2 0
Ken Haggerty 0 0-0 0 0
Andy Laska 0 0-0 0 0
Bob Curran 0 0-1 2 0
Jim Riley 0 0-0 1 0
Bobbie McMullen 2 4-4 0 8
Bob Cousy 0 2-2 1 2
Charlie Bollinger 0 0-0 0 0
Charles Graver 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 22 14-23 18 58

Oklahoma (47)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Dick Reich 3 2-2 3 8
Paul Courty 3 2-3 4 8
Gerry Tucker 6 10-12 3 22
Allie Paine 2 2-2 0 6
Jack Landon 1 0-1 4 2
Bill Waters 0 0-0 0 0
Harly Day 0 0-0 0 0
Ken Pryor 0 1-1 2 1
Paul Merchant 0 0-0 1 0
Totals 15 17-21 17 47

  • Scoring Leader: George Kaftan, Holy Cross (63 points, 21 ppg).
  • Most Outstanding Player: George Kaftan, F-C, Soph., Holy Cross (48 points in final two games).

    1947 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Holy Cross 55, Navy 47
    City College of New York 70, Wisconsin 56

    West
    Texas 42, Wyoming 40
    Oklahoma 56, Oregon State 54


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    Wisconsin 50, Navy 49

    West
    Oregon State 63, Wyoming 46


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Holy Cross 60, CCNY 45

    West
    Oklahoma 55, Texas 54


    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Texas 54, CCNY 50

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Holy Cross 58, Oklahoma 47
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