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1944 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Utah (1st title)
Runner-Up Dartmouth (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Iowa State (1st Final Four)
Ohio State (2nd Final Four)
Winning Coach Vadal Peterson (1st title)
MOP Arnie Ferrin Utah
Attendance 59,369
Top scorer Audley Brindley Dartmouth
(52 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1943  1945»

The 1944 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 24, 1944, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in New York City. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.

Utah, coached by Vadal Peterson, won the national title with a 42-40 victory in the final game over Dartmouth, coached by Earl Brown. Arnie Ferrin of Utah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.



Region Site Other Locations
East New York, New York
West Kansas City, Missouri
Finals New York, New York


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Catholic John Long Independent Regional Fourth Place Temple L 55-35
East n/a Dartmouth Earl Brown Ivy League Runner Up Utah L 42-40
East n/a Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten National Semifinals Dartmouth L 60-53
East n/a Temple Josh Cody Middle Atlantic Regional Third Place Catholic L 35-55
West n/a Iowa State Louis Menze Big Eight National Semifinals Utah L 40-31
West n/a Missouri George Edwards Big Eight Regional Third Place Pepperdine L 46-61
West n/a Pepperdine Al Duer CCAA Regional Fourth Place Missouri L 61-46
West n/a Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Champion Dartmouth W 42-40


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Dartmouth 63  
   Catholic 38  
     Dartmouth 60  
     Ohio State 53  
   Ohio State 57
     Temple 47  
       Dartmouth 40
     Utah 42*
     Iowa State 44  
   Pepperdine 39  
     Iowa State 31
     Utah 40  
   Utah 45
     Missouri 35  

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