National Championships
The treasured history of basketball at Oklahoma State University is one of the richest amongst all major programs in college basketball today. Oklahoma State was the first school to claim back-to-back NCAA championships in the sport, and Mr. Henry P. Iba - the architect of those championships - is arguably the most influential coach in the history of the game. With two national championships, six Final Four appearances and one of the game's grandest old cathedrals, Cowboy Basketball is steeped in tradition.
1945 NCAA National Champions
Oklahoma A&M's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament proved to be a successful one as the Aggies claimed the national title, defeating Utah and Arkansas en route to the championship victory against New York. It was the first year in the fledgling seven-year history of the event that Oklahoma A&M made the eight-team field.

A&M owned a 7-3 record through mid-January, but after back-to-back losses to NATTA Skyjackets and Arkansas, Henry Iba's team finished the year on a 20-1 run, losing only to DePaul in early February. The Aggies entered the NCAA Tournament with a 24-4 record on the season.

A&M crushed Utah, 62-37, and Arkansas, 68-41, in the NCAA Regional at Kansas City to advance to the title game against New York. There the Aggies claimed a 49-45 victory for its first of two consecutive national titles.

Bob Kurland threw in 22 points while Cecil Hankins added 15 in the championship game. New York's lineup included hall of famer Dolph Schayes, but A&M proved to be too much in gaining the victory.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY - March 27, 1945
Oklahoma A&M 49, New York 45
Oklahoma A&M FG FT PF Pts
Cecil Hankins 6 3-6 3 15
Weldon Kern 3 0-4 3 6
Bob Kurland 10 2-3 3 22
Doyle Parrack 2 0-1 3 4
J.L. Parks 0 0-0 3 0
Blake Williams 1 0-1 1 2
John Wylie 0 0-0 0 0
Totals 22 5-15 16 49
 
New York FG FT PF Pts
Al Grenert 5 2-3 3 12
Marty Goldstein 0 2-2 2 2
Don Forman 5 1-2 1 11
Dolph Schayes 2 2-6 2 6
Sid Tenenbaum 2 0-0 2 4
Herb Walsh 0 0-0 2 0
Frank Mangiapane 2 2-4 3 6
Alvin Most 1 2-3 2 4
Totals 17 11-20 17 45
 
Halftime: OAMC 26, NYU 21
Officials: Glenn Adams, Abb Curtis
Attendance: 18,035
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Road to the National Championship

Western Regionals
(Kansas City, MO)

Defeated Utah, 62-37
Defeated Arkansas, 68-41

National Championship
(New York, NY)

Defeated New York, 49-45

 
 

Many of Henry Iba's pioneering basketball philosophies are still practiced by coaches in the modern game. "Of all the shadows that cast over the game of basketball, his was the biggest," said Bob Knight of Mr. Iba.
 
 

Bob Kurland was the first celebrated seven-footer in college basketball history. He held the OSU career scoring record for 46 years.
 
 
1946 NCAA National Champions
The 1946 Oklahoma A&M basketball team was one for the record books. The Aggies produced the best record in school history, going 31-2. A&M became the first school to win back-to-back NCAA basketball titles.

What might have been even more amazing was the fact that all five A&M startes composed the first team of the All-Missouri Valley Conference.

The Aggies lost their second game of the year when DePaul upended A&M, 46-42, in Stillwater. The Aggies ran off 15-straight victories, including a 46-38 win at DePaul, before falling to Bowling Green. A&M then closed out the season with 15 straight wins and the national title for the second-straight year.

Center Bob Kurland was tabbed the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year.

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY - March 26, 1946
Oklahoma A&M 43, North Carolina 40
Oklahoma A&M FG FT PF Pts
Sam Aubrey 0 1-2 1 1
A.L. Bennett 3 0-0 4 6
Weldon Kern 3 1-3 2 7
Joe Bradley 1 1-2 1 3
Bob Kurland 9 5-9 5 23
Joe Halbert 0 0-0 0 0
Blake Williams 0 2-4 2 2
Eugene Bell 0 1-1 1 1
J.L. Parks 0 0-0 2 0
Totals 16 11-21 18 43
 
North Carolina FG FT PF Pts
John Dillon 5 6-6 5 16
Don Anderson 3 2-3 3 8
Bob Paxton 2 0-0 4 4
Horace McKinney 2 1-3 5 5
Jim White 0 1-1 0 1
Taylor Thorne 1 0-0 2 2
Jim Jordan 0 4-8 3 4
Totals 13 14-21 22 40
 
Halftime: OAMC 23, UNC 17
Officials: Jocko Collins, Pat Kennedy
Attendance: 18,479
Road to the National Championship

Western Regionals
(Kansas City, MO)

Defeated Baylor, 44-29
Defeated California, 52-35

National Championship
(New York, NY)

Defeated North Carolina, 43-40

 
 

The 1946 Aggies reached 31 wins, a school record that remained unmatched until 2004.
 
 
 
 
 

 

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