The 1942 NCAA Basketball Tournament involved 8 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 20, 1942, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in Kansas City, Missouri. A total of 9 games were played, including a third place game in each region.
Stanford, coached by Everett Dean, won the national title with a 53-38 victory in the final game over Dartmouth, coached by O. B. Cowles. Howie Dallmar of Stanford was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Everett Dean is the only coach to have never lost an NCAA tournament game. Dean was 3-0 in his lone appearance.
The following were the sites selected to host each round of the 1942 tournament:
For the third straight year, the Municipal Auditorium hosted both the West regionals and the championship game, making it one of two cities (along with its successor, New York City) to host more than two years in a row. For the fourth straight year, the East Regional was held on a college campus, this time on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. This would be the only time prior to the construction of the Louisiana Superdome that the tournament would be held in the Crescent City, now a regular tournament site.