1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
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1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament
1959 NCAA University Division
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteFreedom Hall
Louisville, Kentucky
ChampionsCalifornia Golden Bears (1st title, 1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Runner-upWest Virginia Mountaineers (1st title game,
1st Final Four)
Winning coachPete Newell (1st title)
MOPJerry West (West Virginia)
Top scorerJerry West West Virginia
(160 points)

The 1959 NCAA University Division Basketball Tournament involved 23 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 7, 1959, and ended with the championship game on March 21 in Louisville, Kentucky. A total of 27 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.

California, coached by Pete Newell, won the national title with a 71-70 victory in the final game over West Virginia, coached by Fred Schaus. Jerry West of West Virginia was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


For the second straight year, Freedom Hall in Louisville hosted the Final Four. The tournament saw two new venues, both used in the first round. The city of Portland hosted the tournament for the first time, hosting at the Pacific International Livestock Exposition. It would be the only time the building would host, as the Memorial Coliseum would open the next year. The state of New Mexico hosted the tournament for the first time, with New Mexico A&M hosting games at its home arena at the time, the Las Cruces High School Arena. This would mark the third time in three years a high school hosted the tournament, and the last time it would happen. The next time the Aggies would host the tournament would be at their own on-campus arena, the Pan American Center. All other venues, and all nine host cities, would host tournament games again in the future.


Region Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East Boston University Matt Zunic Regional Runner-up West Virginia L 86-82
East Connecticut Hugh Greer First round Boston University L 60-58
East Dartmouth Doggie Julian First round West Virginia L 82-68
East Navy Ben Carnevale Regional Third Place Saint Joseph's W 70-56
East North Carolina Frank McGuire First round Navy L 76-63
East Saint Joseph's Jack Ramsay Regional Fourth Place Navy L 70-56
East West Virginia Fred Schaus Runner Up California L 71-70
Mideast Bowling Green Harold Anderson First round Marquette L 89-71
Mideast Eastern Kentucky Paul McBrayer First round Louisville L 77-63
Mideast Kentucky Adolph Rupp Regional Third Place Marquette W 98-69
Mideast Louisville Peck Hickman Fourth Place Cincinnati L 98-85
Mideast Marquette Eddie Hickey Regional Fourth Place Kentucky L 98-69
Mideast Michigan State Forddy Anderson Regional Runner-up Louisville L 88-81
Midwest Cincinnati George Smith Third Place Louisville W 98-85
Midwest DePaul Ray Meyer Regional Fourth Place TCU L 71-65
Midwest Kansas State Tex Winter Regional Runner-up Cincinnati L 85-75
Midwest Portland Al Negratti First round DePaul L 57-56
Midwest TCU Buster Brannon Regional Third Place DePaul W 71-65
West California Pete Newell Champion West Virginia W 71-70
West Idaho State John Grayson Regional Third Place Utah W 71-65
West New Mexico State Presley Askew First round Idaho State L 62-61
West Saint Mary's James Weaver Regional Runner-up California L 66-46
West Utah Jack Gardner Regional Fourth Place Idaho State L 71-65


East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Saint Joseph's 92  
      West Virginia 95  
  West Virginia 82
    Dartmouth 68  
      West Virginia 86
    Boston University 82
    Boston University 60  
  Connecticut 58  
  Boston University 62
      Navy 55  
  Navy 76
    North Carolina 63  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kentucky 61  
      Louisville 76  
  Louisville 77
    Eastern Kentucky 63  
      Louisville 88
    Michigan State 81
  Michigan State 74
      Marquette 69  
  Marquette 89
    Bowling Green 71  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Kansas State 102  
      DePaul 70  
  DePaul 57
    Portland 56  
      Kansas State 75
    Cincinnati 85
  Cincinnati 77
      TCU 73  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
    Saint Mary's 80  
      Idaho State 71  
  Idaho State 62
    New Mexico State 61  
      Saint Mary's 46
    California 66
  California 71
      Utah 53  

Final Four

National Semifinals National Finals
E West Virginia 94
ME Louisville 79
E West Virginia 70
W California 71
MW Cincinnati 58
W California 64

National Third Place Game

National Third Place Game[1]
MW Cincinnati 98
ME Louisville 85

Regional Third Place Games

See also


  1. ^ "1954 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". Retrieved 2011.

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