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The 1944 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 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.

1944 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsUtah Utes (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upDartmouth Big Green (2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coachVadal Peterson (1st title)
MOPArnie Ferrin (Utah)
Top scorerAudley Brindley Dartmouth
(52 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1943 1945»

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 GameEdit

March 28
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East Catholic John Long Independent Regional Fourth Place Temple L 55–35
East Dartmouth Earl Brown EIBL Runner Up Utah L 42–40
East Ohio State Harold Olsen Big Ten National Semifinals Dartmouth L 60–53
East Temple Josh Cody Middle Atlantic Regional Third Place Catholic W 55–35
West Iowa State Louis Menze Big Six National Semifinals Utah L 40–31
West Missouri George R. Edwards Big Six Regional Third Place Pepperdine W 61–46
West Pepperdine Al Duer Independent Regional Fourth Place Missouri L 61–46
West Utah Vadal Peterson Skyline Champion Dartmouth W 42–40


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 PlaceEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Chipman, Kit (April 30, 2010). "University of Utah 1944 National Basketball Championship". University of Utah Department of Communication. Retrieved 22 October 2013.
  2. ^ "1944 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.