1953 NCAA Basketball Tournament

The 1953 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 22 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of NCAA college basketball. It began on March 10, 1953, and ended with the championship game on March 18 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 26 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

1953 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteMunicipal Auditorium
Kansas City, Missouri
ChampionsIndiana Hoosiers (2nd title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-upKansas Jayhawks (3rd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Winning coachBranch McCracken (2nd title)
MOPB. H. Born (Kansas)
Top scorerBob Houbregs Washington
(139 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1952 1954»

Indiana, coached by Branch McCracken, won the tournament title with a 69–68 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Phog Allen. B. H. Born of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1953 tournament:

East-1 RegionEdit

First Round (March 10)
The Palestra, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
East-1 Regional (March 13 and 14)
Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, North Carolina

East-2 RegionEdit

First Round (March 10)
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, Fort Wayne, Indiana
East-2 Regional (March 12 and 13)
Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois

West-1 RegionEdit

West-1 Regional (March 12 and 13)
Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, Kansas

West-2 RegionEdit

First Round (March 10)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington
Stanford Pavilion, Palo Alto, California
West-2 Regional (March 13 and 14)
Oregon State Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon

Final FourEdit

March 17 and 18
Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

For the fourth time, Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium was the host of the National Championship, its first as a full-fledged Final Four site. With the expansion of the field, the number of host venues also expanded, with three of the nine venues being new to the tournament. Both venues in the East-1 region were repeat venues, with Reynolds Coliseum hosting for the third straight year and the Palestra returning to the tournament for the first time since the inaugural year of 1939. In the East-2 region, Chicago Stadium once again hosted the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight. For the first time, the city of Fort Wayne hosted tournament games, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum, home to the Fort Wayne Pistons of the NBA. The West-1 regional had no first-round games, with the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight held at then-Kansas State College and Ahearn Field House. In the West-2 region, Oregon State Coliseum again hosted, with first-round games held at both Hec Edmundson Pavilion and, for the first time, at the Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University, the first games held in California since the 1939 tournament.

This would be the only tournament ever hosted on the Stanford campus, and the last time Chicago Stadium would be used as a venue, with various other sites used around the area since.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East DePaul Ray Meyer Regional Fourth Place Penn L 90–70
East Eastern Kentucky Paul McBrayer First round Notre Dame L 72–57
East Fordham Johnny Bach First round Lebanon Valley L 80–67
East Holy Cross Buster Sheary Elite Eight LSU L 81–73
East Indiana Branch McCracken Champion Kansas W 69–68
East Lebanon Valley Rinso Marquette Regional Fourth Place Wake Forest L 91–71
East LSU Harry Rabenhorst Fourth Place Washington L 88–69
East Miami (OH) Bill Rohr First round DePaul L 74–72
East Navy Ben Carnevale First round Holy Cross L 87–74
East Notre Dame John Jordan Elite Eight Indiana L 79–66
East Penn Howie Dallmar Regional Third Place DePaul W 90–70
East Wake Forest Murray Greason Regional Third Place Lebanon Valley W 91–71
West Hardin–Simmons Bill Scott First round Santa Clara L 81–56
West Idaho State Steve Belko First round Seattle L 88–77
West Kansas Phog Allen Runner Up Indiana L 69–68
West Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack Regional Fourth Place TCU L 58–56
West Oklahoma A&M Henry Iba Elite Eight Kansas L 61–55
West Santa Clara Bob Feerick Elite Eight Washington L 74–62
West Seattle Al Brightman Regional Third Place Wyoming W 80–64
West TCU Buster Brannon Regional Third Place Oklahoma City W 58-56
West Washington Tippy Dye Third Place LSU W 88–69
West Wyoming Everett Shelton Regional Fourth Place Seattle L 80–64


East-1 RegionEdit

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Finals
      LSU 89  
  Lebanon Valley 80     Lebanon Valley 76    
  Fordham 67         LSU 81
      Holy Cross 73
      Wake Forest 71    
  Holy Cross 87     Holy Cross 79   Third place
  Navy 74   Lebanon Valley 71
  Wake Forest 91

East-2 RegionEdit

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Finals
      Penn 57  
  Notre Dame 72     Notre Dame 69    
  Eastern Kentucky 57         Notre Dame 66
      Indiana 79
      Indiana 82    
  DePaul 74     DePaul 80   Third place
  Miami (OH) 72   Penn 90
  DePaul 70

West-1 RegionEdit

  Regional Semifinals     Regional Final
  Oklahoma A&M 71  
  TCU 54    
      Oklahoma A&M 55
      Kansas 61
  Kansas 73    
  Oklahoma City 65   Third place
TCU 58
  Oklahoma City 56

West-2 RegionEdit

  First Round     Regional Semifinals     Regional Final
      Washington 92  
  Seattle 88     Seattle 70    
  Idaho State 77         Washington 74
      Santa Clara 62
      Wyoming 52    
  Santa Clara 81     Santa Clara 67   Third place
  Hardin–Simmons 56   Seattle 80
  Wyoming 64

Final FourEdit

  National Semifinal     National Championship
  LSU 67  
  Indiana 80    
      Indiana 69
      Kansas 68
  Kansas 79    
  Washington 53   National Third Place
LSU 69
  Washington 88


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "1953 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 5 April 2018.