1950 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1950 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions CCNY (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-up Bradley (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coach Nat Holman (1st title)
MOP Irwin Dambrot CCNY
Attendance 75,464
Top scorer Sam Ranzino NC State
(75 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1949 1951»

The 1950 NCAA Men's Division I 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 23, 1950, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in New York City, New York. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

CCNY, coached by Nat Holman, won the national title with a 71-68 victory in the final game over Bradley, coached by Forddy Anderson. Irwin Dambrot of CCNY was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. CCNY became the only team to ever win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. Because of participation changes, this currently cannot happen. CCNY is also the only championship team which is not currently a member of Division I, having dropped down to Division III following the CCNY point shaving scandal of 1950-51.

The 1950 tournament was the last tournament to feature eight teams. The field would expand to sixteen teams the next year.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1950 tournament:


March 23, 24, and 25
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 23 and 25
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game

March 28
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Ohio State Tippy Dye Regional Third Place Holy Cross W 72-52
East n/a Holy Cross Buster Sheary Regional Fourth Place Ohio State L 72-52
East n/a North Carolina State Everett Case Third Place Baylor W 53-41
East n/a CCNY Nat Holman Champion Bradley W 71-68
West n/a Baylor Bill Henderson Fourth Place North Carolina State L 53-41
West n/a Bradley Forddy Anderson Runner Up CCNY L 71-68
West n/a BYU Stan Watts Regional Third Place UCLA W 83-62
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Regional Fourth Place BYU L 83-62


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     CCNY 56  
   Ohio St 55  
     CCNY 78  
     N.C. State 73  
   N.C. State 87
     Holy Cross 74  
       CCNY 71
     Bradley 68
     Baylor 56  
   BYU 55  
     Baylor 66 Third place
     Bradley 68  
   Bradley 73  N.C. State 53
     UCLA 59    Baylor 41

Regional Third Place Games

East Regional Third Place
Ohio St 72
Holy Cross 52
West Regional Third Place
BYU 83

Point shaving scandal

Further reading

  • Cohen, Stanley (2001). The Game They Played. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0821-2.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

See also