1955 NCAA Basketball Tournament

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1955 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Teams 24
Finals site Municipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
Champions San Francisco (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up La Salle (2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Phil Woolpert (1st title)
MOP Bill Russell San Francisco
Attendance 116,983
Top scorer Bill Russell San Francisco
(118 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1954 1956»

The 1955 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 24 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 8, 1955, and ended with the championship game on March 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 28 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

San Francisco, coached by Phil Woolpert, won the national title with a 77–63 victory in the final game over La Salle, coached by Ken Loeffler. Bill Russell of San Francisco was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1955 tournament:

East-1 Region[edit]

First Round (March 8)
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
East-1 Regional (March 11 and 12)
The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

East-2 Region[edit]

First Round (March 9)
Memorial Coliseum, Lexington, Kentucky
East-2 Regional (March 11 and 12)
McGaw Hall, Evanston, Illinois

West-1 Region[edit]

First Round (March 8)
Thunderbird Coliseum, El Reno, Oklahoma
West Regional (March 11 and 12)
Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas

West-2 Region[edit]

First Round (March 8)
Cow Palace, San Francisco, California
West-2 Regional (March 11 and 12)
Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

Final Four[edit]

March 18 and 19
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Canisius Joseph Curran Regional Runner-up La Salle L 99–64
East Duke Harold Bradley First round Villanova L 74–73
East Iowa Bucky O'Connor Fourth Place Colorado L 75–54
East Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Third Place Penn State W 84–59
East La Salle Ken Loeffler Runner Up San Francisco L 77–63
East Marquette Jack Nagle Regional Runner-up Iowa L 86–81
East Memphis State Eugene Lambert First round Penn State L 59–55
East Miami (OH) Bill Rohr First round Marquette L 90–79
East Penn State John Egli Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 84–59
East Princeton Franklin Cappon Regional Fourth Place Villanova L 64–57
East Villanova Alex Severance Regional Third Place Princeton W 64–57
East West Virginia Fred Schaus First Round La Salle L 95–61
East Williams Alex Shaw First Round Canisius L 73–60
West Bradley Bob Vanatta Regional Runner-up Colorado L 93–81
West Colorado Bebe Lee Third Place Iowa W 75–54
West Idaho State Steve Belko First round Seattle L 80–63
West Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack First round Bradley L 69–65
West Oregon State Slats Gill Regional Runner-up San Francisco L 57–56
West San Francisco Phil Woolpert Champion La Salle W 77–63
West Seattle Al Brightman Regional Fourth Place Utah L 108–85
West SMU Doc Hayes Regional Fourth Place Tulsa L 68–67
West Tulsa Clarence Iba Regional Third Place SMU W 68–67
West Utah Jack Gardner Regional Third Place Seattle W 108–85
West West Texas State Gus Miller First round San Francisco L 89–66


East region[edit]

East-1 Region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Princeton 46  
      La Salle 73  
  La Salle 95
    West Virginia 61  
      La Salle 99
    Canisius 64
    Canisius 73  
  Williams 60  
  Canisius 73
      Villanova 71  
  Villanova 74
    Duke 73  

East-2 Region[edit]

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Finals
      Kentucky 71  
  Marquette 90     Marquette 79    
  Miami-OH 79         Marquette 81
      Iowa 86
      Iowa 82    
  Penn St. 59     Penn St. 53  
  Memphis St. 55  

West-1 Region[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    SMU 79  
      Bradley 81  
  Bradley 69
    Oklahoma City 65  
      Bradley 81
    Colorado 93
  Colorado 69
      Tulsa 59  

West-2 Region[edit]

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Finals
      Oregon St. 83  
  Seattle 80     Seattle 71    
  Idaho St. 63         Oregon St. 56
      San Francisco 57
      Utah 59    
  San Francisco 89     San Francisco 78  
  West Texas St. 66  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinal National Championship
Iowa 73
La Salle 76
La Salle 63
San Francisco 77
Colorado 50
San Francisco 62

National Third Place Game[edit]

National Third Place Game[1]
  Iowa 54
  Colorado 75

Regional Third Place Games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.