1947 NCAA Champions Featured On Boston.com
By Hayden Bird
Until 1999, only one New England basketball team had ever won the NCAA men’s tournament. And despite not even having a home court located on campus, they triumphed in the tournament whose modern day incarnation has come to rule the college basketball world.
Holy Cross, going 27-3 that season, won the school’s first (and so far only) NCAA men’s basketball championship on March 25, 1947. They played their home games in the Boston Garden because there was no school gymnasium (only a cramped practice space). The Boston Globe’s account of the team’s 58-47 win over Oklahoma in the final fittingly called them the “champions of the land from a red barn atop cold Pachachoag Hill in Worcester.”
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