CCNY Beats Bradley in NCAA Men's Basketball Championship
The 1950 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 23, 1950, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in New York City, New York. A total of 10 games were played, including a third place game in each region and a national third place game.
CCNY, coached by Nat Holman, won the national title with a 71-68 victory in the final game over Bradley, coached by Forddy Anderson. Irwin Dambrot of CCNY was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. CCNY became the only team to ever win both the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year. Because of participation changes, this currently cannot happen.
Yet, once the tournaments got underway, CCNY—led by Irwin Dambrot and Ed Warner—went on a 7–0 tear and beat all comers: defending NIT champion San Francisco (by 19 points), defending NCAA champ Kentucky (by 39, the worst defeat ever for a Rupp-coached team), No.6 Duquesne (by 10), No.5 North Carolina State (by 5), No.2 Ohio State (by 1), and top-ranked Bradley twice (by 8 and by 3).