1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Patten Gymnasium
Evanston, Illinois
Champions Oregon (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Ohio State (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Howard Hobson (1st title)
MOP Jimmy Hull, Ohio State
Attendance 15,025
Top scorer Jimmy Hull, Ohio State
(58 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments

The 1939 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. It was the first NCAA basketball national championship tournament, although it was operated by the NABC at the time.

The tournament began on March 17 and ended with the championship game on March 27 on Northwestern University's campus in Evanston, Illinois.[1][2][3][4] A total of 8 games were played, including a single third place game in the West region. The East region did not hold a third place game until 1941, and there was no national third place game until 1947.

Oregon, coached by Howard Hobson, won the national title with a 46–33 victory in the final game over Ohio State, coached by Harold Olsen. Jimmy Hull of Ohio State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Despite their success in this first tournament, Oregon would not make another Final Four until 2017.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1939 tournament:


March 17 and 18
East Regional, The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 20 and 21
West Regional, California Coliseum, San Francisco, California

Championship Game[edit]

March 27
Patten Gymnasium, Evanston, Illinois


East Regional - Philadelphia
School Coach Conference Record
Brown Eck Allen Independent 16–3
Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten 14–6
Villanova Alex Severance Independent 19–4
Wake Forest Murray Greason Southern 18–5
West Regional - San Francisco
School Coach Conference Record
Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six 11–8
Oregon Howard Hobson Pacific Coast 26–5
Texas Jack Gray Southwest 19–4
Utah State Dick Romney Mountain States 16–6


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Villanova 42
Brown 30
Villanova 36
Ohio State 53
Ohio State 64
Wake Forest 52
Ohio State 33
Oregon 46
Oregon 56
Texas 41
Oregon 55
Oklahoma 37
Utah State 39
Oklahoma 50

Regional Third Place[edit]

West Regional Third Place
Texas 49
Utah State 51

See also[edit]

The official site of the NCAA: http://www.ncaa.com/sports/basketball-men/d1


  1. ^ "Giant Oregon five defeats Ohio for U.S. title, 46–33". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. March 28, 1939. p. 12. 
  2. ^ Kuechle, Oliver (March 28, 1939). "Oregon beats Ohio State easily for national title". Milwaukee Journal. p. 12, part 2. 
  3. ^ "Oregon tops Bucks, 46–33". Toledo Blade. Ohio. United Press. March 28, 1939. p. 11. 
  4. ^ Strite, Dick (March 28, 1939). "Mighty Oregons scramble Ohio State to take hoop title of all America". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1.