1959 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament
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1959 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament
1959 NCAA Division II
Basketball Tournament
Finals siteEvansville, Indiana
ChampionsEvansville Purple Aces(1st title)
Runner-upMissouri State Bears(1st title game)
Winning coachArad McCutchan(1st title)
MOPHugh Ahlering Evansville

The 1959 NCAA College Division Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's basketball in the NCAA College Division, predecessor to today's NCAA Divisions II and III, as a culmination of the 1958-59 NCAA College Division men's basketball season. It was won by the University of Evansville, and Evansville's Hugh Ahlering was named Most Outstanding Player.

Regional participants

School Outcome
Florida A&M Runner-up
Lincoln (MO) Third Place
North Carolina A&T Regional Champion
Tuskegee Fourth Place
School Outcome
Adelphi Third Place
American Regional Champion
Hofstra Runner-up
Wesleyan (CT) Fourth Place
School Outcome
Buffalo Third Place
Le Moyne Runner-up
St. Michaels Regional Champion
Williams Fourth Place
School Outcome
Belmont Abbey Third Place
Evansville Regional Champion
Southern Illinois Fourth Place
Wittenberg Runner-up
School Outcome
Hope Regional Champion
Loras Fourth Place
Wabash Third Place
Wheaton (IL) Runner-up
School Outcome
Abilene Christian Third Place
Centenary (LA) Runner-up
SW Missouri State Regional Champion
Western Illinois Fourth Place
School Outcome
Augustana (IL) Fourth Place
Knox Runner-up
South Dakota State Regional Champion
Wartburg Third Place
School Outcome
Cal State Los Angeles Regional Champion
Chapman Runner-up
Sacramento State Fourth Place
Willamette Third Place


South Central - Tuskegee, Alabama

Location: Logan Hall

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
North Carolina A&T 107
Tuskegee 87
North Carolina A&T 98
Florida A&M 75
Florida A&M 90
Lincoln (MO) 73
  • Third Place - Lincoln 88, Tuskegee 64

East - Garden City, New York

Location: Woodruff Hall

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
American 80
Adelphi 73
American 66
Hofstra 65
Hofstra 67
Wesleyan (CT) 48
  • Third Place - Adelphi 69, Wesleyan 63

Northeast - Winooski, Vermont


Regional Semifinals Regional Final
St. Michael's 53
Buffalo 51
St. Michael's 71
Le Moyne 70
Le Moyne 72
Williams 66
  • Third Place - Buffalo 78, Williams 53

Mideast - Evansville, Indiana

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Evansville 66
Belmont Abbey 54
Evansville 56
Wittenberg 50
Wittenberg 80
Southern Illinois 70
  • Third Place - Belmont Abbey 79, Southern Illinois 70

Great Lakes - Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Location: Glenbard High School Gym

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Wheaton (IL) 102
Wabash 83
Wheaton 76
Hope 93
Hope 102
Loras 73
  • Third Place - Wabash 100, Loras 79

Southwest - Springfield, Missouri

Location: McDonald Hall and Arena

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
SW Missouri State 87
Abilene Christian 67
SW Missouri State 65
Centenary 62
Centenary (LA) 84
Western Illinois 76
  • Third Place - Abilene Christian 85, Western Illinois 81*

Midwest - Brookings, South Dakota

Location: The Barn

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
South Dakota State 73
Augustana (IL) 56
South Dakota State 106
Knox 80
Knox 88
Wartburg 84
  • Third Place - Wartburg 69, Augustana 66*

Pacific Coast - Los Angeles, California

Location: Eagle's Nest

Regional Semifinals Regional Final
Cal State Los Angeles 83
Sacramento State 57
Cal State Los Angeles 86
Chapman 82
Chapman 73
Willamette 52
  • Third Place - Willamette 76, Sacramento State 57

*denotes each overtime played

National Finals - Evansville, Indiana

Location: Roberts Municipal Stadium

Quarterfinals Semifinals Final
North Carolina A&T 87
American 70
North Carolina A&T 92
Evansville 110
St. Michael's 63
Evansville 82
Evansville 83
SW Missouri State 67
Hope 74
SW Missouri State 76
SW Missouri State 72
Cal State Los Angeles 59
South Dakota State 67
Cal State Los Angeles 92
  • Third Place - North Carolina A&T 101, Cal State Los Angeles 84

*denotes each overtime played

All-tournament team

  • Hugh Ahlering (Evansville)
  • Paul Benes (Hope)
  • Joe Cotton (North Carolina A&T)
  • Leo Hill (Cal State-Los Angeles)
  • Jack Israel (Southwest Missouri State)



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