1947 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament
The 1947 National Association for Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB) National Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 10th annual men's basketball tournament of what is now the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format. It would be the first time since 1945 the NAIA Semifinalist would feature four new teams. Becoming the 3rd tournament to do so, and a feat that would not be repeated until 1965.
|1947NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament|
(1st title, 1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
|Runner-Up||Mankato State |
(1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
|Chuck Taylor MVP||Irvin Leifer |
The championship game featured Marshall University (W. Va.) defeating Mankato State (Minn.) by a score of 73 to 59. The third place game featured Arizona State-Flagstaff, now Northern Arizona University, defeating Emporia State University by a score of 47 to 38.
1947 kicks off the "golden age" of NAIA National Tournaments. Harold Haskins became the first of 16 all-time leading scorers. Coach John Wooden withdrew Indiana State from the tournament because the NAIB would not allow black student-athlete Clarence Walker to play. The NAIB changed in time for Walker to play for Indiana in the 1948 tournament.
Awards and honorsEdit
Many of the records set by the 1947 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
- Top single-game scoring performances: 2nd by Nate DeLong, Wisconsin-River Falls vs. Marshall (W.Va.). Delong scored 22 field goals had 12 free throws totaling 56 points.
- All-time scoring leader; first appearance: Harold Haskins, 12th, Hamline (Minn.) (1947,48,49,50), 14 games, 104 field goals, 72 free throws, 280 total points, 20.0 average per game.
1947 NAIA bracketEdit
|First Round |
|Second Round |
|Elite Eight||NAIA National Semifinals||NAIA National Championship|
|-||Western Carolina (N.C.)||55|
|-||Emporia State (Kan.)||78|
|-||Lawrence Tech (Mich.)||54|
|-||Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.)||44|
|-||Eastern Washington State||62|
|-||Eastern Washington State||51|
|-||Eastern Washington State||48|
|-||River Falls State (Wisc.)||80|
|-||Northwestern State (La.)||56|
|-||Northeast Missouri State||51|
|-||Northeast Missouri State||76|
|-||Delta State (Miss.)||58|
|-||Northeast Missouri State||55|
|-||Southeastern Oklahoma State||48|
|-||Southeastern Oklahoma State||53|
|-||Eastern Illinois State||42|
|-||Southeastern Oklahoma State||44|
|-||Mankato State (Minn.)||71|
- * denotes overtime.
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.
|NAIA Third Place Game|
- Keefer, Zak (March 16, 2017). "Indiana basketball player broke racial barrier, changed game forever". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- NAIA Championship History Archived 2008-05-15 at the Wayback Machine