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1952 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Season 1951–52
Teams 16
Finals Site Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, Washington
Champions Kansas (1st title)
Runner-Up St. John's (1st title game)
Semifinalists Illinois (3rd Final Four)
Santa Clara (1st Final Four)
Winning Coach Phog Allen (1st title)
MOP Clyde Lovellette Kansas
Attendance 115,712
Top scorer Clyde Lovellette Kansas
(141 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1951  1953»

The 1952 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 21, 1952, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in Seattle, Washington. A total of 20 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Kansas, coached by Phog Allen, won the national title with a 80-63 victory in the final game over St. John's, coached by Frank McGuire. Clyde Lovellette of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This tournament was the first to have a true "Final Four" format, with the winners at four regional sites advancing to the final site—although the four regionals did not receive distinct names until the 1956 tournament. It was also the first to have regional television coverage.



Region Site Other Locations
East Seattle, Washington Chicago, Illinois, Raleigh, North Carolina
West Seattle, Washington Corvallis, Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri
Finals Seattle, Washington


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Dayton Tom Blackburn Regional Third Place Princeton W 77-61
East n/a Duquesne Dudey Moore Elite Eight Illinois L 74-68
East n/a Illinois Harry Combes Third Place Santa Clara W 67-64
East n/a Kentucky Adolph Rupp Elite Eight St. John's L 64-57
East n/a NC State Everett Case Regional Third Place Penn State W 69-60
East n/a Penn State Elmer Gross Regional Fourth Place NC State L 69-60
East n/a Princeton Franklin Cappon Regional Fourth Place Dayton L 77-61
East n/a St. John's Frank McGuire Runner Up Kansas L 80-63
West n/a Kansas Phog Allen Champion St. John's W 80-63
West n/a New Mexico State George McCarty Regional Fourth Place TCU L 61-44
West n/a Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack Regional Third Place UCLA W 55-53
West n/a Santa Clara Bob Feerick Fourth Place Illinois L 67-64
West n/a Saint Louis Eddie Hickey Elite Eight Kansas L 74-55
West n/a TCU Buster Brannon Regional Third Place New Mexico State W 61-44
West n/a UCLA John Wooden Regional Fourth Place Oklahoma City L 55-53
West n/a Wyoming Everett Shelton Elite Eight Santa Clara L 56-53


  First round Second round National Semifinals National Final
   Kentucky 82  
   Penn St. 54  
     Kentucky 57  
     St John's 64  
   St John's 60
   N.C. State 49  
     St John's 61  
     Illinois 59  
   Illinois 80  
   Dayton 61  
     Illinois 74
     Duquesne 68  
   Duquesne 60
   Princeton 49  
     St John's 63
     Kansas 80
   Kansas 68  
   TCU 64  
     Kansas 74
     St. Louis 55  
   St. Louis 62
   New Mexico St 53  
     Kansas 74
     Santa Clara 55  
   Santa Clara 68  
   UCLA 59  
     Santa Clara 56
     Wyoming 53  
   Wyoming 54
   Oklahoma City 48  

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