The 1947 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 19, 1947, and ended with the championship game on March 25 in New York City. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.
Holy Cross, coached by Doggie Julian, won the national title with a 58-47 victory in the final game over Oklahoma, coached by Bruce Drake. George Kaftan of Holy Cross was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
This was the first tournament in which a national third place game was held, a tradition which would continue until the 1982 tournament. This was a step short of a true "Final Four," however, since the national semifinals were still played in their respective East and West regional locations. The true Final Four would not emerge until the 1952 tournament.