1948 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament
The 1948 NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament was held in March at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. The 11th annual NAIA basketball tournament featured 32 teams playing in a single-elimination format. The championship game featured Louisville beating Indiana State 82-70.
|1948NAIA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Champions||Louisville (Ky.) |
(1st title, 1st title game,
1st Fab Four)
|Runner-Up||Indiana State |
(2nd title game,
2nd Fab Four)
|Chuck Taylor MVP||Duane Klueh |
The only school to have won national titles in both the NAIA and NCAA Division I is Louisville. Uniquely, Indiana State has finished as the National Runner-up in the NAIA (1946 and 1948), the NCAA Division I (1979) and the NCAA Division II (1968) tournaments. Indiana State won the NAIA in 1950.
The tournament was the first intercollegiate postseason to feature a black student-athlete, Clarence Walker of Indiana State under coach John Wooden. Wooden had withdrawn from the 1947 tournament because the NAIB would not allow Walker to play.
Awards and honorsEdit
Many of the records set by the 1948 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
- All-time scoring leader; second 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.
1948 NAIA bracketEdit
|First Round||Second Round||Elite Eight||NAIA National Semifinals||NAIA National Championship|
|-||Peru State (Neb.)||53|
|-||San Jose State||74|
|-||San Jose State (Calif.)||64|
|-||Iowa State Teachers||58|
|-||San Jose State||52|
|-||Brigham Young (Utah)||66|
|-||Delta State (Miss.)||61*|
|-||St. Francis (Pa.)||40|
|-||Southern Oregon State||50|
|-||Arkansas State Teachers||60|
|-||South Dakota State||60|
|-||Emporia State (Kan.)||65|
|-||Lawrence Tech (Mich.)||76|
|-||Appalachian State (N.C.)||48|
|-||East Central State (Okla.)||60|
|-||Northwestern State (La.)||43|
|-||Mankato State (Minn.)||49|
|-||Northeast Missouri State||66|
- * 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