1947 NCAA basketball tournament

The 1947 NCAA basketball tournament involved eight schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 19, 1947, and ended with the championship game on March 25 in New York City. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

1947 NCAA basketball tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsHoly Cross Crusaders (1st title, 1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Runner-upOklahoma Sooners (1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coachDoggie Julian (1st title)
MOPGeorge Kaftan (Holy Cross)
Top scorerGeorge Kaftan Holy Cross
(63 points)
NCAA Division I men's tournaments
«1946 1948»

Holy Cross, coached by Doggie Julian, won the national title with a 58–47 victory in the final game over Oklahoma, coached by Bruce Drake. George Kaftan of Holy Cross was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1947 tournament:


March 19 and 22
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri
March 20 and 22
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

Championship GameEdit

March 25
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East CCNY Nat Holman MNYC Fourth Place Texas L 54–50
East Holy Cross Doggie Julian Independent Champion Oklahoma W 58–47
East Navy Ben Carnevale Independent Regional Fourth Place Wisconsin L 50–49
East Wisconsin Bud Foster Big Ten Regional third place Navy W 50–49
West Oklahoma Bruce Drake Big Six Runner-up Holy Cross L 58–47
West Oregon State Slats Gill Pacific Coast Regional third place Wyoming W 63–46
West Texas Jack Gray Southwest Conference Third Place CCNY W 54–50
West Wyoming Everett Shelton Skyline Conference Regional Fourth Place Oregon State L 63–46


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  Holy Cross 55
  Navy 47
  Holy Cross 60
  CCNY 45
  CCNY 70
  Wisconsin 56
  Holy Cross 58
  Oklahoma 47
  Texas 42
  Wyoming 40
  Texas 54 Third place
  Oklahoma 55
  Oklahoma 56 CCNY 50
  Oregon State 54 Texas 54

Regional third place gamesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1947 NCAA basketball tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.