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1945 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Oklahoma A&M (1st title)
Runner-Up NYU (1st title game)
Semifinalists Arkansas (2nd Final Four)
Ohio State (3rd Final Four)
Winning Coach Henry Iba (1st title)
MOP Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
Attendance 67,780
Top scorer Bob Kurland Oklahoma A&M
(65 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1944  1946»

The 1945 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 22, 1945, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in New York City. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.

Oklahoma A&M, coached by Henry Iba, won the national title with a 49-45 victory in the final game over NYU, coached by Howard Cann. Bob Kurland of Oklahoma A&M 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 Kentucky Adolph Rupp SEC Regional Third Place Tufts W 66-56
East n/a NYU Howard Cann Middle Atlantic Runner Up Oklahoma A&M L 49-45
East n/a Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten National Semifinals NYU L 70-65
East n/a Tufts Richard Cochran New England Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 66-56
West n/a Arkansas Eugene Lambert Southwest National Semifinals Oklahoma A&M L 68-41
West n/a Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Missouri Valley Champion NYU W 49-45
West n/a Oregon John Warren Pacific Coast Regional Third Place Utah W 69-66
West n/a Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Regional Fourth Place Oregon L 69-66


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     NYU 59  
   Tufts 44  
     NYU 70  
     Ohio State 65*  
   Ohio State 45
     Kentucky 37  
       NYU 45
     Oklahoma A&M 49
     Arkansas 79  
   Oregon 76  
     Arkansas 41
     Oklahoma A&M 68  
   Oklahoma A&M 62
     Utah 37  

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