1947 National Invitation Tournament
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1947 National Invitation Tournament
1947 National Invitation Tournament
Finals siteMadison Square Garden
New York City
ChampionsUtah Utes (1st title)
Runner-upKentucky Wildcats (2nd title game)
Winning coachVadal Peterson (1st title)
MVPVern Gardner (Utah)

The 1947 National Invitation Tournament was the 1947 edition of the annual NCAA college basketball competition. The Utah Utes won the tournament, led by Wataru Misaka. Misaka later joined the New York Knicks and became the first person of color to play in modern professional basketball.[1]

In the championship game against the Kentucky Wildcates, Utah held star Ralph Beard to a single point.[2] Beard later pleaded guilty for his part in the 1951 NCAA point shaving scandal.[3]

Selected teams

Below is a list of the 8 teams selected for the tournament.[4]


Below is the tournament bracket.[4]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
Utah 45
Duquesne 44
Utah 64
West Virginia 62
West Virginia 69
Bradley 60
Utah 49
Kentucky 45
Kentucky 66
Long Island 62
Kentucky 60
NC State 42
NC State 61
St. John's 55
Third place game
West Virginia 52
NC State 64

See also


  1. ^ "New York Times". Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "New York Times". Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "The story of Ralph Beard". Sports Illustrated. November 30, 2007.
  4. ^ a b Tournament Results (1940s) at nit.org, URL accessed December 9, 2009. Archived 11/7/09

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