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1939 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals Site Patten Gymnasium
Evanston, Illinois
Champions Oregon (1st title)
Runner-Up Ohio State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Oklahoma (1st Final Four)
Villanova (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 Men's Division I Tournaments

The 1939 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 was the first NCAA basketball national championship tournament. It began on March 17, 1939, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in Evanston, Illinois. 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 the 1941 tournament, and there was no national third place game until the 1947 tournament.

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.



Region Site Other Locations
East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
West San Francisco, California
Finals Evanston, Illinois


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Brown George Allen Ivy League Elite Eight Villanova L 42-30
East n/a Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten Runner Up Oregon L 46-33
East n/a Villanova Alex Severance Independent National Semifinals Ohio State L 53-36
East n/a Wake Forest Murray Greason Southern Elite Eight Ohio State L 64-52
West n/a Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six National Semifinals Oregon L 55-37
West n/a Oregon Howard Hobson Pacific Coast Champion Ohio State W 46-33
West n/a Texas Jack Gray Southwest Regional Fourth Place Utah State L 51-49
West n/a Utah State Dick Romney Skyline Regional Third Place Texas W 51-49


  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  
   Oklahoma 50
     Utah State 39  

External links

See also

  • 1939 NAIA Division 1 Men's Tournament


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