The 1942 NCAA Men's Division I 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 remains, to this day, the only coach to have never lost an NCAA tournament game, going 3-0 in his lone appearance.