1943 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1943 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Wyoming (1st title, 1st title game)
Runner-up Georgetown (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Everett Shelton (1st title)
MOP Ken Sailors Wyoming
Attendance 56,876
Top scorer John Hargis Texas
(59 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1942 1944»

The 1943 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 24, 1943, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in New York City. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region. Top-ranked Illinois declined to participate in the NCAA Tournament or NIT after three of its starters were drafted into the Army.

Wyoming, coached by Everett Shelton, won the national title with a 46–34 victory in the final game over Georgetown, coached by Elmer Ripley. Ken Sailors of Wyoming was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following were the sites selected to host each round of the 1943 tournament:


March 24 and 25
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 26 and 27
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game[edit]

March 30
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

For the third straight year, the Municipal Auditorium was the site of the West regional games, but unlike the previous two years, it was not the site of the championship game, this honor fell for the first time to the Madison Square Garden in New York, the country's most prestigious arena at the time. The Garden also hosted the East Regional for the first time, ending a streak of three straight years of it being west of the Appalachians and four straight years of being on a college campus (although the arena did, at the time, host many of the local college teams as an alternate venue), this marked the first of seven times in eight years that the tournament did not feature any college arenas, the only seven times to date for this to happen. The same span saw the same venues used every year except 1949, when Hec Edumndson Pavilion in Seattle would host the Championship Game.


East Regional - New York City
School Coach Conference Record
Dartmouth Osborne Cowles EIBL 19–2
DePaul Ray Meyer Independent 18–4
Georgetown Elmer Ripley Independent 20–4
NYU Howard Cann Metropolitan New York 16–4
West Regional - Kansas City
School Coach Conference Record
Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six 17–8
Texas Bully Gilstrap Southwest 18–6
Washington Hec Edmundson Pacific Coast 24–5
Wyoming Everett Shelton Mountain States 28–2


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Georgetown 55
NYU 36
Georgetown 53
DePaul 49
DePaul 46
Dartmouth 35
Georgetown 34
Wyoming 46
Texas 59
Washington 53
Texas 54
Wyoming 58
Wyoming 55
Oklahoma 50

Regional Third Place[edit]

See also[edit]