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1949 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1949 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Kentucky

Most Outstanding Player: Alex Groza, Kentucky

Final Four: Kentucky, Oklahoma A&M, Illinois, Oregon State

Shining Moments

  • The two men who coached in the title game -- Adolph Rupp and Henry Iba -- both retired in the 1970s as icons of the sport. Both now have arenas named in their honor.
  • This tournament represented Adolp Rupp's second NCAA title. He went on to win two more and retired with four.
  • Alex Groza scored 82 points in Kentucky's three NCAA tournament games and was generally awesome. But he's best known for later getting caught in a point-shaving scandal.
- Gary Parrish

Championship Game

Location: Seattle

Kentucky (46)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Wallace Jones 1 1-3 3 3
Jim Line 2 1-2 3 5
Alex Groza 9 7-8 5 25
Ralph Beard 1 1-2 4 3
Cliff Barker 1 3-3 4 5
Dale Barnstable 1 1-1 1 3
Walter Hirsch 1 0-0 1 2
Totals 16 14-19 21 46

Oklahoma A&M (36)
Player FG FT-A PF. Pts.
Vernon Yates 1 0-0 1 2
Jack Shelton 3 6-7 4 12
Bob Harris 3 1-1 5 7
Joe Bradley 0 3-6 3 3
J.L. Parks 2 3-4 5 7
Tom Jaquet 0 1-2 0 1
Gale McArthur 0 2-2 1 2
Norman Pilgrim 0 2-2 1 2
Keith Smith 0 0-0 1 0
Totals 9 18-24 21 36

  • Scoring Leader: Alex Groza, Kentucky (82 points, 27.3 ppg).
  • Most Outstanding Player: Alex Groza, C, Sr., Kentucky (52 points in final two games).

    1949 Tournament Scores

    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Illinois 71, Yale 67
    Kentucky 85, Villanova 72

    West
    Oklahoma St. 40, Wyoming 39
    Oregon St. 56, Arkansas 38


    REGIONAL THIRD PLACE
    East
    Villanova 78, Yale 67

    West
    Arkansas 61, Wyoming 48


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Kentucky 76, Illinois 47

    West
    Oklahoma St. 55, Oregon St. 30


    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Illinois 57, Oregon St. 53

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Kentucky 46, Oklahoma St. 36
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