NCAA Final Four History, Teams, and Locations: 1939 thru Present

NCAA Final Four history dates back to 1939 when Oregon and Ohio State won the right to play for the championship at Patten Gymnasium in Evanston, Illinois. Sixteen schools have made at least 5 trips to the semifinals in NCAA Final Four history. UCLA and North Carolina lead the way with 18 and 17 trips to the Final Four respectively followed by Duke with 14 trips, Kentucky with 13, Kansas with 13, Ohio State with 10, Indiana and Lousiville with 8, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Michigan, Michigan State, and Oklahoma State with 6, and Houston, Georgetown, and Illinois with 5 NCAA Final Four appearances each. The 2009 men's Final Four will be played at Ford Field in Detroit April 4 thru April 6. Selection Sunday is March 15 with the opening round game on Tuesday, March 17 followed by first round action on March 19 and 20.

Men's NCAA Final Four history:
NCAA Final Four Teams
Oregon, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Villanova
Indiana, Kansas, Duquesne, USC
Wisconsin, Wash. State, Pitt, Arkansas
Stanford, Dartmouth, Colorado, Kentucky
Wyoming, Georgetown, DePaul, Texas
Utah, Dartmouth, Ohio St, Iowa St
Okla A&M, NYU, Ohio St, Arkansas
Okla A&M, North Carolina, Ohio St, Cal
Holy Cross, Oklahoma, CCNY, Texas
Kentucky, Baylor, Kansas St, Holy Cross
Kentucky, Okla A&M, Oregon St, Illinois
CCNY, Bradley, N.C. State, Baylor
Kentucky, Kansas St, Okla A&M, Illinois
Kansas, St. John's, Santa Clara, Illinois
Indiana, Kansas, LSU, Washington
La Salle, Bradley, Penn St, USC
San Francisco, La Salle, Iowa, Colorado
San Francisco, Iowa, SMU, Temple
North Car, Kansas, Michigan St, San Fran
Kentucky, Seattle, Kansas St, Temple
Cal, West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati
Ohio St, California, NYU, Cincinnati
Cincinnati, Ohio St, Utah, St. Joseph's
Cincinnati, Ohio St, UCLA, Wake Forest
Loyola-Chi, Cincinnati, Duke, Oregon St
UCLA, Duke, Kansas St, Michigan
UCLA, Michigan, Wichita St, Princeton
Texas Western, Kentucky, Utah, Duke
UCLA, Dayton, North Carolina, Houston
UCLA, North Carolina, Ohio St, Houston
UCLA, Purdue, North Carolina, Drake
UCLA, Jacksonville, N.M. State, Saint Bon.
UCLA, Villanova, Western Kent, Kansas
UCLA, Florida St, Louisville, North Car
UCLA, Memphis, Providence, Indiana
N.C. St, Marquette, Kansas, UCLA
UCLA, Kentucky, Syracuse, Louisville
Indiana, Michigan, Rutgers, UCLA
Marquette, North Car, Charlotte, UNLV
Kentucky, Duke, Notre Dame, Arkansas
Michigan St, Indiana St, DePaul, Penn
Louisville, UCLA, Iowa, Purdue
Indiana, North Carolina, LSU, Virginia
North Car, G'town, Louisville, Houston
N.C. State, Houston, Louisville, Georgia
Georgetown, Houston, Kentucky, Virginia
Villanova, G'town, Memphis, St. John's
Louisville, Duke, Kansas, LSU
Indiana, Syracuse, UNLV, Providence
Kansas, Oklahoma, Duke, Arizona
Michigan, Seton Hall, Duke, Illinois
UNLV, Duke, Arkansas, Georgia Tech
Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, UNLV
Duke, Michigan, Indiana, Cincinnati
North Car, Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky
Arkansas, Duke, Arizona, Florida
UCLA, Arkansas, Okla State, North Car
Kentucky, Syracuse, Miss St, UMass
Arizona, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Car
Kentucky, Utah, North Carolina, Stanford
UConn, Duke, Ohio St, Michigan St
Michigan St, Florida, North Car, Wisconsin
Duke, Arizona, Michigan St, Maryland
Maryland, Indiana, Kansas, Oklahoma
Syracuse, Kansas, Texas, Marquette
UConn, Georgia Tech, Okla State, Duke
North Car, Illinois, Michigan St, Louisville
Florida, UCLA, LSU, George Mason
Florida, UCLA, Ohio St, G'town
Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis, UCLA
NCAA Final Four Location***
Evanston, Illinois
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
New York City, New York
Seattle, Washington
New York City, New York
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Seattle, Washington
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, Missouri
Evanston, Illinois
Kansas City, Missouri
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
San Francisco, California
Kansas City, Missouri
Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Kansas City, Missouri
Portland, Oregon
College Park, Maryland
Louisville, Kentucky
Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky
College Park, Maryland
Houston, Texas
Los Angeles, California
St. Louis, Missouri
Greensboro, North Carolina
San Diego, California
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Atlanta, Georgia
St. Louis, Missouri
Salt Lake City, Utah
Indianapolis, Indiana
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
New Orleans, Louisiana
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Seattle, Washington
Lexington, Kentucky
Dallas, Texas
New Orleans, Louisiana
Kansas City, Missouri
Seattle, Washington
Denver, Colorado
Indianapolis, Indiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
New Orleans, Louisiana
Charlotte, North Carolina
Seattle, Washington
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Indianapolis, Indiana
San Antonio, Texas
St. Petersburg, Florida
Indianapolis, Indiana
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Atlanta, Georgia
New Orleans, Louisiana
San Antonio, Texas
St. Louis, Missouri
Indianapolis, Indiana
Atlanta, Georgia
San Antonio, Texas
Year
1939
1940
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
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1959
1960
1961
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1963
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1990
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2003
2004
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2006
2007
2008
***1952 was actually the first year there was a true Final Four with all semi-finalists travelling to play in the same arena. Prior to 1952 the semi-finals were played at the regional sites with just the final two teams traveling to the championship arena. 1952 was also the first time the NCAA tournament expanded as it went from 8 to 16 teams.

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