1940 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 1940 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the participating champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 20, 1940, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 8 games were played, including a single third place game in the West region.

1940 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMunicipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
ChampionsIndiana Hoosiers (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upKansas Jayhawks (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachBranch McCracken (1st title)
MOPMarvin Huffman (Indiana)
Top scorerHoward Engleman Kansas
(39 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1939 1941»

Indiana, coached by Branch McCracken, won the tournament title with a 60–42 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Phog Allen. Marvin Huffman of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1940 tournament:


March 20 and 21
East Regional, Butler Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship GameEdit

March 30
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

The 1940 tournament saw only two venues in use. Butler Fieldhouse, the largest college basketball arena in the country at the time, hosted the East regional on the campus of Butler University. In Kansas City, the Municipal Auditorium hosted both the West Regional and the Championship Game. The Auditorium would go on to host another nine finals, nine regionals and two early rounds by 1964. The tournament would not return to Indianapolis again until 1978, when Market Square Arena hosted first-round games.


East Regional - Indianapolis
School Coach Conference Record
Duquesne Chick Davies Independent 19–2
Indiana Branch McCracken Big Ten 17–3
Springfield Ed Hickox Independent 16–2
Western Kentucky Ed Diddle SIAA 24–5
West Regional - Kansas City
School Coach Conference Record
Colorado Frosty Cox Mountain States 17–2
Kansas Phog Allen Big Six 17–5
Rice Buster Brannon Southwest 21–2
USC Sam Barry Pacific Coast 19–2


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
1 Indiana 48
8 Springfield 24
1 Indiana 39
4 Duquesne 30
4 Duquesne 30
5 Western Kentucky 29
1 Indiana 60
2 Kansas 42
3 USC 38
6 Colorado 32
3 USC 42
2 Kansas 43
2 Kansas 50
7 Rice 44

Regional Third PlaceEdit

West Regional Third Place
6 Colorado 56
7 Rice 60


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1940 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 3 April 2018.