1952 NCAA Basketball Tournament
Finals siteHec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, Washington
ChampionsKansas Jayhawks (1st title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-upSt. John's Redmen (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachPhog Allen (1st title)
MOPClyde Lovellette (Kansas)
Top scorerClyde Lovellette Kansas
(141 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1951 1953»

The 1952 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 16 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. The 14th annual edition of the tournament began on March 21, 1952, and ended with the championship game on March 26 in Seattle. A total of 20 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

Kansas, coached by Phog Allen, won the national title with an 80–63 victory in the final game over St. John's, coached by Frank McGuire. Clyde Lovellette of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

This tournament was the first to have a true "Final Four" format, with the winners at four regional sites advancing to the final site—although the four regionals did not receive distinct names until the 1956 tournament. It was also the first to have regional television coverage.


The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 1952 tournament:


March 21 and 22
East-1 Regional, Reynolds Coliseum, Raleigh, North Carolina (North Carolina State University)
East-2 Regional, Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois (Loyola University/University of Illinois-Chicago)
West-1 Regional, Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri (University of Missouri-Kansas City)
West-2 Regional, Oregon State Coliseum, Corvallis, Oregon (Oregon State University)

Final Four

March 25 and 26
Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington (Seattle University/University of Washington)

Seattle and Hec Edmundson Pavilion became the first hosts of the true Final Four; prior to this, the national semifinal games were hosted at the regional sites. It also made them the third host city and venue, after New York's Madison Square Garden and the Kansas City Municipal Auditorium, to host the National Championship multiple times. For the second year in a row, Reynolds Coliseum served as a host venue to the tournament, hosting one of the two East regionals. The Municipal Auditorium also continued its streak of hosting games, hosting one of the West regionals. The arena had been used in every tournament except the first up to this point. For the second time, the tournament returned to the Chicago area, this time hosting games at Chicago Stadium, one of the largest arenas in the country at the time. And for the first time, the tournament came to the state of Oregon, with West regional games played at the Oregon State Coliseum on the campus of then-Oregon State College.


Region Team Coach Conference Finished Final Opponent Score
East Dayton Tom Blackburn Independent Regional Third Place Princeton W 77–61
East Duquesne Dudey Moore Independent Elite Eight Illinois L 74–68
East Illinois Harry Combes Big Ten Third Place Santa Clara W 67–64
East Kentucky Adolph Rupp Southeastern Elite Eight St. John's L 64–57
East NC State Everett Case Southern Regional Third Place Penn State W 69–60
East Penn State Elmer Gross Independent Regional Fourth Place NC State L 69–60
East Princeton Franklin Cappon Ivy League Regional Fourth Place Dayton L 77–61
East St. John's Frank McGuire Metro NY Runner-up Kansas L 80–63
West Kansas Phog Allen Big 7 Champion St. John's W 80–63
West New Mexico A&M George McCarty Border Regional Fourth Place TCU L 61–44
West Oklahoma City Doyle Parrack Independent Regional Third Place UCLA W 55–53
West Santa Clara Bob Feerick Independent Fourth Place Illinois L 67–64
West Saint Louis Eddie Hickey Missouri Valley Elite Eight Kansas L 74–55
West TCU Buster Brannon Southwest Regional Third Place New Mexico A&M W 61–44
West UCLA John Wooden Pacific Coast Regional Fourth Place Oklahoma City L 55–53
West Wyoming Everett Shelton Mountain States Elite Eight Santa Clara L 56–53


First round Second round National Semifinals National Final
Kentucky 82
Penn State 54
Kentucky 57
St John's 64
St. John's 60
NC State 49
St John's 61
Illinois 59
Illinois 80
Dayton 61
Illinois 74
Duquesne 68
Duquesne 60
Princeton 49
St. John's 63
Kansas 80
Kansas 68
TCU 64
Kansas 74
Saint Louis 55
Saint Louis 62
New Mexico A&M 53
Kansas 74
Santa Clara 55
Santa Clara 68
Santa Clara 56
Wyoming 53
Wyoming 54
Oklahoma City 48

National Third Place Game

National Third Place
Illinois 67
Santa Clara 64

Regional Third Place Games


See also


  1. ^ "1952 NCAA Basketball Tournament". College Basketball Reference. Retrieved 5 April 2018.