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1942 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 1942 NCAA 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 20, 1942, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.

1942 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMunicipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
ChampionsStanford Cardinal (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upDartmouth Big Green (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachEverett Dean (1st title)
MOPHowie Dallmar (Stanford)
Top scorersChet Palmer Rice
Jim Pollard Stanford
(43 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1941 1943»

Stanford, coached by Everett Dean, won the national title with a 53–38 victory in the final game over Dartmouth, coached by O. B. Cowles. Howie Dallmar of Stanford was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Everett Dean is the only coach to have never lost an NCAA tournament game. Dean was 3–0 in his lone appearance.


The following were the sites selected to host each round of the 1942 tournament:


March 20 and 21
East Regional, Tulane Gym, New Orleans, Louisiana
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship GameEdit

March 28
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

For the third straight year, the Municipal Auditorium hosted both the West regionals and the championship game, making it one of two cities (along with its successor, New York City) to host more than two years in a row. For the fourth straight year, the East Regional was held on a college campus, this time on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. This would be the only time prior to the construction of the Louisiana Superdome that the tournament would be held in the Crescent City, now a regular tournament site.


East Regional - New Orleans
School Coach Conference Record
Dartmouth Osborne Cowles EIBL 20–3
Illinois Doug Mills Big Ten 18–3
Kentucky Adolph Rupp SEC 18–5
Penn State John Lawther Independent 17–2
West Regional - Kansas City
School Coach Conference Record
Colorado Frosty Cox Mountain States 15–1
Kansas Phog Allen Big Six 16–4
Rice Buster Brannon Southwest 22–3
Stanford Everett Dean Pacific Coast 25–4


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Dartmouth 44
Penn State 39
Dartmouth 47
Kentucky 28
Kentucky 46
Illinois 44
Dartmouth 38
Stanford 53
Stanford 53
Rice 47
Stanford 46
Colorado 35
Colorado 46
Kansas 44

Regional Third PlaceEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1942 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 3 April 2018.