1950 NCAA basketball tournament

The 1950 NCAA basketball tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA college basketball. It began on March 23, 1950, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in New York City, New York. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

1950 NCAA basketball tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsCCNY Beavers (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-upBradley Braves (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachNat Holman (1st title)
MOPIrwin Dambrot (CCNY)
Top scorerSam Ranzino NC State
(75 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1949 1951»

CCNY, coached by Nat Holman, won the national title with a 71–68 victory in the final game over Bradley, coached by Forddy Anderson. Irwin Dambrot of CCNY was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. CCNY became the only team to ever win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. Because of participation changes, this currently cannot happen. CCNY is also the only championship team which is not currently a member of Division I. They dropped down to the NCAA College Division in the 1963–64 season. The CCNY point shaving scandal of 1950–51 had hit the program hard, and they had 12 sub-par seasons from 1951–52 through 1962–63 before dropping down to the College Division.

The 1950 tournament was the last tournament to feature eight teams. The field would expand to sixteen teams the next year.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1950 tournament:


March 23, 24, and 25
East Regional, Madison Square Garden, New York, New York
March 23 and 25
West Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Championship GameEdit

March 28
Madison Square Garden, New York, New York

For the seventh and final time, Madison Square Garden hosted the National Championship game. This would be the last final held in the New York metropolitan area until 1996, and the last final to date held in New York City itself. This was the seventh time in eight years that this particular venue arrangement would be used; both buildings would host the regionals for one more year.


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East Ohio State Tippy Dye Big Ten Regional third place Holy Cross W 72–52
East Holy Cross Buster Sheary Independent Regional Fourth Place Ohio State L 72–52
East North Carolina State Everett Case Southern Third Place Baylor W 53–41
East CCNY Nat Holman Metro NY Champion Bradley W 71–68
West Baylor Bill Henderson Southwest Fourth Place North Carolina State L 53–41
West Bradley Forddy Anderson Missouri Valley Runner Up CCNY L 71–68
West BYU Stan Watts Mountain States Regional third place UCLA W 83–62
West UCLA John Wooden Pacific Coast Regional Fourth Place BYU L 83–62


Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  CCNY 56
  Ohio State 55
  CCNY 78
  NC State 73
  NC State 87
  Holy Cross 74
  CCNY 71
  Bradley 68
  Baylor 56
  BYU 55
  Baylor 66 Third place
  Bradley 68
  Bradley 73 NC State 53
  UCLA 59 Baylor 41

Regional third place gamesEdit


Point shaving scandalEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Cohen, Stanley (2001). The Game They Played. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0821-2.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1950 NCAA basketball tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 4 April 2018.