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1948 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 8
Finals Site Madison Square Garden
New York City
Champions Kentucky (1st title)
Runner-Up Baylor (1st title game)
Semifinalists Holy Cross (2nd Final Four)
Kansas State (1st Final Four)
Winning Coach Adolph Rupp (1st title)
MOP Alex Groza Kentucky
Attendance 72,523
Top scorer Alex Groza Kentucky
(54 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1947  1949»

The 1948 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 19, 1948, and ended with the championship game on March 23 in New York City. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Kentucky, coached by Adolph Rupp, won the national title with a 58-42 victory in the final game over Baylor, coached by Bill Henderson. Alex Groza of Kentucky 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 Columbia Gordon Ridings Ivy League Regional Fourth Place Michigan L 66-49
East n/a Holy Cross Doggie Julian Independent Third Place Kansas State W 60-54
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp SEC Champion Baylor W 58-42
East n/a Michigan O. B. Cowles Big Ten Regional Third Place Columbia W 66-49
West n/a Baylor Bill Henderson Southwest Runner Up Kentucky L 58-42
West n/a Kansas State Jack Gardner Big Eight Fourth Place Holy Cross L 60-54
West n/a Washington Art McLarney PCC Regional Third Place Wyoming W 57-47
West n/a Wyoming Everett Shelton Skyline Regional Fourth Place Washington L 57-47


  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Kentucky 76  
   Columbia 53  
     Kentucky 60  
     Holy Cross 52  
   Holy Cross 63
     Michigan 45  
       Kentucky 58
     Baylor 42
     Kansas State 58  
   Wyoming 48  
     Kansas State 52
     Baylor 60  
   Baylor 64
     Washington 62  

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