Indiana won its first NCAA national championship in 1940, becoming the first team from the East Regional to win the tournament. The Hoosiers beat Kansas 60-42 for the title game, led by 12 points from Most Outstanding Player Marvin Huffman. This was the first of three consecutive years Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium would host the championship game.

Duquesne and Southern California also participated in the national semifinals in 1940.

Kansas’ Howard Engleman was the tournament’s leading scorer with 39 points.

1940 NCAA tournament: Bracket

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Here is a printable version of the 1940 NCAA tournament bracket.

1940 NCAA tournament: Scores

  • Regional Semifinals
    • East Region
      • Indiana 48, Springfield 24
      • Duquesne 30, Western Kentucky 29
    • West Region
      • Southern California 38, Colorado 32
      • Kansas 50, Rice 44
  • Regional Finals
    • East Region
    • West Region
      • Kansas 43, Southern California 42
  • Regional Third-Place Games
  • National championship (Kansas City, Missouri)

1940 NCAA tournament: Stats, records

Here are the 1940 NCAA tournament leaders (number of games in parentheses):

Individual scoring

  • Howard Engleman, Kansas (3) and Bob Kinney, Rice (2) — 13.0

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