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1951 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 16
Finals Site Williams Arena
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Champions Kentucky Wildcats (3rd title)
Runner-Up Kansas State (1st title game)
Semifinalists Illinois (2nd Final Four)
Oklahoma A&M (4th Final Four)
Winning Coach Adolph Rupp (3rd title)
MOP Bill Spivey Kentucky
Attendance 110,645
Top scorer Don Sunderlage Illinois
(83 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1950  1952»

The 1951 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 20, 1951, and ended with the championship game on March 27 at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A total of 18 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 68-58 victory in the final game over Kansas State, coached by Jack Gardner.

The tournament was the first to introduce a 16-team field. Only the championship and third place games were held in Minneapolis, while the semifinals were held in the respective regional sites. In this sense, the 1951 tournament did not feature a true "Final Four." This would have to wait until the 1952 tournament.



Region Site Other Locations
East New York City, New York Raleigh, North Carolina
West Kansas City, Missouri
Finals Minneapolis, Minnesota


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Columbia Lou Rossini Sweet Sixteen Illinois L 79-71
East n/a UConn Hugh Greer Sweet Sixteen St. John's L 63-52
East n/a Illinois Harry Combes Third Place Oklahoma A&M W 61-46
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Champion Kansas State W 68-58
East n/a Louisville Peck Hickman Sweet Sixteen Kentucky L 79-68
East n/a North Carolina State Everett Case Regional Fourth Place St. John's L 71-59
East n/a St. John's Frank McGuire Regional Third Place North Carolina State W 71-59
East n/a Villanova Alex Severance Sweet Sixteen North Carolina State L 67-62
West n/a Arizona Fred Enke Sweet Sixteen Kansas State L 61-59
West n/a BYU Stan Watts Regional Fourth Place Washington L 80-67
West n/a Kansas State Jack Gardner Runner Up Kentucky L 68-58
West n/a Montana State John Breeden Sweet Sixteen Oklahoma A&M L 50-46
West n/a Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Fourth Place Illinois L 61-46
West n/a San José State Walter McPherson Sweet Sixteen BYU L 68-61
West n/a Texas A&M John Floyd Sweet Sixteen Washington L 62-40
West n/a Washington Tippy Dye Regional Third Place BYU W 80-67


  First round Second round National Semifinals National Final
   Illinois 79  
   Columbia 71  
     Illinois 84  
     N.C. State 70  
   N.C. State 67
   Villanova 62  
     Illinois 74  
     Kentucky 76  
   Kentucky 79  
   Louisville 68  
     Kentucky 59
     St John's 43  
   St John's 63
   Connecticut 52  
     Kentucky 68
     Kansas State 58
   Kansas State 61  
   Arizona 59  
     Kansas State 64
     BYU 54  
   BYU 68
   San Jose State 61  
     Kansas State 68
     Oklahoma A&M 44  
   Oklahoma A&M 50  
   Montana State 46  
     Oklahoma A&M 61
     Washington 57  
   Washington 62
   Texas A&M 40  

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