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The 1943 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 7th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format.[1] The championship game featured Southeast Missouri State University defeating Northwest Missouri State University 34 to 32. This was the first tournament to feature a championship game between two teams from the same state, Missouri, playing in Missouri. The 3rd place game featured the first overtime in the NAIA Final Four history when North Texas State University defeated Murray State College 59 to 55 in one overtime.

1943 (1943) NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams32
ChampionsSoutheast Missouri State
(1st title, 1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
Runner-UpNorthwest Missouri State
(1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
SemifinalistsNorth Texas State
Murray State (Ky.)
Chuck Taylor MVPBelus Smawley
(Appalachian State (N.C.))
← 1942 NAIA Division I
Men's Tournaments
1945 →

Awards and honorsEdit

Many of the records set by the 1943 tournament have been broken, and many of the awards were established much later:

  • Leading scorer est. 1963
  • Leading rebounder est. 1963
  • Charles Stevenson Hustle Award est. 1958
  • Coach of the Year est. 1954
  • Player of the Year est. 1994[2]

1943 NAIA bracketEdit

First Round Second Round Elite Eight NAIA National Semifinals NAIA National Championship
               
- Southeast Missouri State 50
- Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) 30
- Southeast Missouri State 56
- Westminster 33
- Westminster (Mo.) 48
- Loyola (Ill.) 45*
- Southeast Missouri State 57
TOP TIER
- Eastern Washington State 51
- Eastern Washington State 54
- Valparaiso (Ind.) 42
- Eastern Washington State 54
- St. Cloud State 41
- St. Cloud State (Minn.) 59
- Texas Wesleyan 54
- Southeast Missouri State 38
- Murray State 36
- Murray State (Ky.) 72
- Southwest Missouri State 44
- Murray State 44
- Southwestern 42
- Southwestern (Kan.) 70
- Ouachita Baptist (Ark.) 36
- Murray State 44
TOP TIER
- George Pepperdine 38
- George Pepperdine (Calif.) 50
- Kearney State (Neb.) 45
- George Pepperdine 43
- Luther 38
- Luther (Iowa) 31
- Southwestern Oklahoma State 29
- Southeast Missouri State 34
- Northwest Missouri State 32
- York (Neb.) 52
- Akron (Ohio) 49
- York 49
- North Texas State 51
- North Texas State 60
- Stout Institute (Wisc.) 37
- North Texas State 45
BOTTOM TIER
- Hamline 41
- East Central State (Okla.) 53
- South Dakota State 47
- East Central State 39
- Hamline 41
- Hamline (Minn.) 65
- Central College(Mo.) 38
- North Texas State 31
- Northwest Missouri State 47
- Kansas Wesleyan 43
- Lawrence Tech (Mich.) 42
- Kansas Wesleyan 40
- Appalachian State 54
- Appalachian State (N.C.) 48
- Simpson (Iowa) 31
- Appalachian State 34
BOTTOM TIER
- Northwest Missouri State 46
- Eastern Oregon State 45
- Illinois Wesleyan 40
- Eastern Oregon State 24
- Northwest Missouri State 61
- Northwest Missouri State 37
- Indiana State 28

3rd place gameEdit

The third place game featured the losing teams from the national semifinalist to determine 3rd and 4th places in the tournament. This game was played until 1988. This game would be the first 3rd place game to enter into overtime.

NAIA Third Place Game
   
- Murray State 55*
- North Texas State 59
  •  * denotes overtime.

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