1954 National Invitation Tournament

The 1954 National Invitation Tournament was the 1954 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition.

1954 National Invitation Tournament
Teams12
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsHoly Cross Crusaders (1st title)
Runner-upDuquesne Dukes (2nd title game)
Semifinalists
Winning coachLester Sheary (1st title)
MVPTogo Palazzi (Holy Cross)
National Invitation Tournaments
«1953 1955»

Selected teamsEdit

Below is a list of the 12 teams selected for the tournament.[1] There were 4 seeded teams, which received a bye in the first round, (1) Duquesne, (2) Western Kentucky, (3) Holy Cross, and (4) Niagara.[2]

Participants Seed
Duquesne 1
Western Kentucky State 2
Holy Cross 3
Niagara 4
Bowling Green
BYU
Dayton
Louisville
Manhattan
St. Francis (NY)
Saint Francis (PA)
Wichita State

BracketEdit

Below is the tournament bracket.[1]

  First round Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                     
Bowling Green 88  
Wichita State 64  
  Bowling Green 81  
    2 Western Kentucky 95  
     
       
  2 Western Kentucky 69  
  3 Holy Cross 75  
       
       
  3 Holy Cross 93
    St. Francis (NY) 69  
St. Francis (NY) 60
Louisville 55  
  3 Holy Cross 71
  1 Duquesne 62
Saint Francis (PA) 81  
BYU 68  
  Saint Francis (PA) 63
    1 Duquesne 69  
     
       
  1 Duquesne 66
  4 Niagara 51  
       
       
  4 Niagara 77
    Dayton 74  
Dayton 90
Manhattan 79  
Third place game
   
2 Western Kentucky 66
4 Niagara 71

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Tournament Results (1950's) at nit.org, URL accessed December 8, 2009. Archived 11/7/09
  2. ^ "ST. FRANCIS BEATS LOUISVILLE, 60-55". New York Times. Retrieved 13 January 2020.