Which school won the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament which occured on this day in 1939?
– Duke University
– University of Idaho
– Harvard University
– University of Oregon
Answer: The University of Oregon defeated Ohio State University 46–33 on this day in 1939 to win the first-ever NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The tournament began on March 17 and ended with the championship game on March 27 on Northwestern University’s campus in Illinois. A sellout crowd of 5,500 fans were in attendance, including Dr. James Naismith who invented the game of basketball. The Final Four, as the tournament became known, has grown exponentially in size and popularity since 1939. Despite their success in this first tournament, Oregon would not make another Final Four until 2017.
University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is a public flagship research university in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1876, the institution’s 295-acre campus is along the Willamette River.
Address: 1585 E 13th Ave, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
Acceptance rate: 78% (2016)
Total enrollment: 23,634 (2016)
Undergraduate tuition and fees: Local tuition: 10,761 USD (2016), Domestic tuition: 33,441 USD (2016)
Typical SAT scores: Writing 490-600 (2014), Math 500-620 (2014), Reading 490-610 (2014)