1944 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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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, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-up Dartmouth (2nd title game,
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. Utah became the first team to play in both the NIT and NCAA tournament in the same season. Utah was given a second chance to play in the NCAA Tournament after a March 1944 automobile accident killed a coaching aide and seriously injured two players on the Arkansas team.[1]


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1944 tournament:


March 24 and 25
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship Game

March 28
Madison Square Garden, 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 EIBL 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 W 55-35
West n/a Iowa State Louis Menze Big Six National Semifinals Utah L 40-31
West n/a Missouri George Edwards Big Six Regional Third Place Pepperdine W 61-46
West n/a Pepperdine Al Duer Independent Regional Fourth Place Missouri L 61-46
West n/a Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Champion Dartmouth W 42-40


* – Denotes overtime period

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

Regional Third Place

East Regional Third Place
Catholic 35
Temple 55
West Regional Third Place
Pepperdine 46
Missouri 61


  1. Chipman, Kit (April 30, 2010). "University of Utah 1944 National Basketball Championship". University of Utah Department of Communication. Retrieved 22 October 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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