- 2003 - Syracuse University wins 81-78 over the University of Kansas
- 2002 - The University of Maryland wins 64-52 over Indiana University
- 2001 - Duke University wins 82-72 over The University of Arizona
- 2000 - Michigan State University wins 89-76 over the University of Florida
- 1999 - The University of Connecticut wins 77-74 over Duke
- 1998 - The University of Kentucky wins 78-69 over the University of Utah
- 1997 - Arizona wins 84-79 over Kentucky
- 1996 - Kentucky wins 76-67 over Syracuse
- 1995 - UCLA wins 89-78 over The University of Arkansas
- 1994 - Arkansas wins 76-72 over Duke
- 1993 - The University of North Carolina wins 77-71 over The University of Michigan
- 1992 - Duke wins 71-51 over Michigan
- 1991 - Duke wins 72-65 over Kansas
- 1990 - The University of Nevada, Las Vegas wins 103-73 over Duke
- 1989 - Michigan wins 80-79 over Seton Hall University
- 1988 - Kansas wins 83-79 over The University of Oklahoma
- 1987 - Indiana wins 74-73 over Syracuse
- 1986 - Louisville University wins 72-69 over Duke
- 1985 - Villanova University wins 66-64 over Georgetown University
- 1984 - Georgetown wins 84-75 over The University of Houston
- 1983 - North Carolina State University wins 54-52 over Houston
- 1982 - North Carolina wins 63-62 over Georgetown
- 1981 - Indiana wins 63-50 over North Carolina
- 1980 - Nebraska wins 59-54 over UCLA
- 1979 - Michigan State wins 75-64 over Indiana State University
- 1978 - Kentucky wins 94-88 over Duke
- 1977 - Marquette University wins 67-59 over North Carolina
- 1976 - Indiana wins 86-68 over Michigan
- 1975 - UCLA wins 92-85 over Kentucky
- 1974 - NC State wins 76-64 over Marquette
- 1973 - UCLA wins 87-66 over Memphis State University
- 1972 - UCLA wins 81-76 over Florida State University
- 1971 - UCLA wins 68-62 over Villanova
- 1970 - UCLA wins 80-69 over Jacksonville University
- 1969 - UCLA wins 92-72 over Purdue University
- 1968 - UCLA wins 78-55 over North Carolina
- 1967 - UCLA wins 79-64 over The University of Dayton
- 1966 - The University of Texas, El Paso wins 72-65 over Kentucky
- 1965 - UCLA wins 91-80 over Michigan
- 1964 - UCLA wins 98-83 over Duke
- 1963 - Loyola University Chicago wins 60-58 over Cincinnati University
- 1962 - Cincinnati wins 71-59 over Ohio State University
- 1961 - Cincinnati wins 70-65 over Ohio State
- 1960 - Ohio State wins 75-55 over Cal
- 1959 - California wins 71-70 over West Virginia University
- 1958 - Kentucky wins 84-72 over Seattle University
- 1957 - North Carolina wins 54-53 over Kansas
- 1956 - The University of San Francisco wins 83-71 over The University of Iowa
- 1955 - San Francisco wins 76-73 over La Salle University
- 1954 - La Salle wins 92-76 over Bradley University
- 1953 - Indiana wins 69-68 over Kansas
- 1952 - Kansas wins 80-63 over St. John's University
- 1951 - Kentucky wins 68-58 over Kansas St.
- 1950 - City College of New York wins 71-68 over Bradley
- 1949 - Kentucky wins 46-36 over Oklahoma State University
- 1948 - Kentucky wins 58-42 over Baylor University
- 1947 - Holy Cross University wins 58-47 over Oklahoma
- 1946 - Oklahoma A&M wins 43-40 over North Carolina
- 1945 - Oklahoma A&M wins 49-45 over New York University
- 1944 - Utah wins 42-40 over Dartmouth College
- 1943 - The University of Wyoming wins 46-34 over Georgetown
- 1942 - Stanford University wins 53-38 over Dartmouth
- 1941 - The University of Wisconsin wins 39-34 over Washington State University
- 1940 - Indiana wins 60-42 over Kansas
- 1939 - The University of Oregon wins 46-33 over Ohio St.