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The 1939 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It was the first NCAA basketball national championship tournament. It began on March 17, 1939, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in Evanston, Illinoismarker. A total of 8 games were played, including a single third place game in the West region. The East region did not hold a third place game until the 1941 tournament, and there was no national third place game until the 1947 tournament.

Oregonmarker, coached by Howard Hobson, won the national title with a 46-33 victory in the final game over Ohio Statemarker, coached by Harold Olsen. Jimmy Hull of Ohio State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


Region Site Other Locations
East Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker
West San Francisco, Californiamarker
Finals Evanston, Illinoismarker


Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East n/a Brownmarker George Allen Ivy League Elite Eight Villanovamarker L 42-30
East n/a Ohio Statemarker Harold Olsen Big Ten Runner Up Oregonmarker L 46-33
East n/a Villanovamarker Alex Severance Independent National Semifinals Ohio Statemarker L 53-36
East n/a Wake Forestmarker Murray Greason Southern Elite Eight Ohio Statemarker L 64-52
West n/a Oklahomamarker Bruce Drake Big Six National Semifinals Oregonmarker L 55-37
West n/a Oregonmarker Howard Hobson Pacific Coast Champion Ohio Statemarker W 46-33
West n/a Texasmarker Jack Gray Southwest Regional Fourth Place Utah State L 51-49
West n/a Utah State Dick Romney Skyline Regional Third Place Texasmarker W 51-49


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