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1958 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament

The 1958 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 24 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball in the United States. It began on March 11, and ended with the championship game on Saturday, March 22, in Louisville, Kentucky.[1][2] A total of 28 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

1958 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteFreedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
ChampionsKentucky Wildcats (4th title, 4th title game,
5th Final Four)
Runner-upSeattle Chieftains (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachAdolph Rupp (4th title)
MOPElgin Baylor (Seattle)
Top scorerElgin Baylor Seattle
(135 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1957 1959»

Led by head coach Adolph Rupp, the Kentucky Wildcats won the national title with an 84–72 victory in the final game over Seattle, coached by John Castellani.[1] The Chieftains led by 39–36 at the half, but star forward Elgin Baylor picked up his fourth personal foul with over sixteen minutes remaining.[1] The Chieftains were outscored by fifteen in the second half, and Baylor was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.[1][2]


Round Region Site Venue
First Round East New York, New York Madison Square Garden
Mideast Evanston, Illinois McGaw Memorial Hall
Midwest Stillwater, Oklahoma Gallagher Hall
West Berkeley, California Men's Gym
Regionals East Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Memorial Coliseum
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Allen Fieldhouse
West San Francisco, California Cow Palace
Final Four Louisville, Kentucky Freedom Hall

The city of Louisville became the sixth host site, and Freedom Hall the seventh host venue, of the Final Four. The two-year-old building was the off-campus home to the Louisville Cardinals until the opening of the KFC Yum! Center in 2010. The tournament saw two other new venues. The tournament came to Charlotte for the first time at the Charlotte Coliseum. The tournament would be played at the building a dozen more times. The tournament also came to the East Bay area for the first time, playing at the Men's Gym (soon to be renamed Harmon Gym) on the campus of the University of California. This would be the only time the tournament would be held on the Cal campus, as well as on the campus of Oklahoma State University, with future games in Oklahoma held in either Tulsa, Oklahoma City or Norman.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Boston College Dino Martin First round Maryland L 86–63
East Connecticut Hugh Greer First round Dartmouth L 75–64
East Dartmouth Doggie Julian Regional Runner-up Temple L 69–50
East Manhattan Ken Norton Regional Fourth Place Maryland L 59–55
East Maryland Bud Millikan Regional Third Place Manhattan W 59–55
East Temple Harry Litwack Third Place Kansas State W 67–57
East West Virginia Fred Schaus First round Manhattan L 89–84
Mideast Indiana Branch McCracken Regional Third Place Miami (OH) W 98–91
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Champion Seattle W 84–72
Mideast Miami (OH) Dick Shrider Regional Fourth Place Indiana L 98–91
Mideast Notre Dame John Jordan Regional Runner-up Kentucky L 89–56
Mideast Pittsburgh Bob Timmons First round Miami (OH) L 82–77
Mideast Tennessee Tech Johnny Oldham First round Notre Dame L 94–61
Midwest Arkansas Glen Rose Regional Fourth Place Cincinnati L 97–62
Midwest Cincinnati George Smith Regional Third Place Arkansas W 97–62
Midwest Kansas State Tex Winter Fourth Place Temple L 67–57
Midwest Loyola (LA) Jim Harding First round Oklahoma State L 59–42
Midwest Oklahoma State Henry Iba Regional Runner-up Kansas State L 69–57
West Arizona State Ned Wulk First round Idaho State L 72–68
West California Pete Newell Regional Runner-up Seattle L 66–62
West Idaho State John Grayson Regional Fourth Place San Francisco L 57–51
West San Francisco Phil Woolpert Regional Third Place Idaho State W 57–51
West Seattle John Castellani Runner Up Kentucky L 84–72
West Wyoming Everett Shelton First round Seattle L 88–51


* – Denotes overtime period

East regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Temple 71  
      Maryland 67  
  Maryland 86
    Boston College 63  
      Temple 69
    Dartmouth 50
    Manhattan 89  
West Virginia 84  
  Manhattan 62
      Dartmouth 79  
  Dartmouth 75
    Connecticut 64  

Mideast regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kentucky 94  
      Miami (OH) 70  
  Miami (OH) 82
    Pittsburgh 77  
      Kentucky 89
    Notre Dame 56
    Notre Dame 94  
  Tennessee Tech 61  
  Notre Dame 94
      Indiana 87  

Midwest regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Arkansas 40  
      Oklahoma State 65  
  Oklahoma State 59
    Loyola (LA) 42  
      Oklahoma State 57
    Kansas State 69
  Kansas State 83
      Cincinnati 80*  

West regionEdit

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    San Francisco 67  
      Seattle 69  
  Seattle 88
    Wyoming 51  
      Seattle 66
    California 62*
    Idaho State 72  
  Arizona State 68  
  Idaho State 43
      California 54  

Final FourEdit

National Semifinals National Finals
E Temple 60
ME Kentucky 61
ME Kentucky 84
W Seattle 72
MW Kansas State 51
W Seattle 73

National Third Place GameEdit

National Third Place Game[3]
E Temple 67
MW Kansas State 57

Regional Third Place GamesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Kentucky nabs title by 84-72". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. March 23, 1958. p. 1B.
  2. ^ a b " "Nothing wrong with 2d;" Seattle beaten in finals". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. March 24, 1958. p. 18.
  3. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved October 14, 2011.