Holy Cross wins 1947 NCAA basketball crown

Headline from March 26, 1947 newspapers:

Long before there was March Madness, there was the National Collegiate Athletic Association national championship.

The Holy Cross Crusaders won the crown, defeating Oklahoma, 58-47, before a packed house at Madison Square Garden.

HC was the No. 8 seed in an eight-team tournament.

A group of basketball vagabonds, the Crusaders had no home gym. They played their “home” games at the South High Community School in Worcester or at Boston Garden.

Forward George Kaftan won the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.

Freshman point guard Bob Cousy scored only four points, hitting two of 13 shots. He made up for that over his next three seasons.

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