1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1976 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals site The Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Champions Indiana (3rd title)
Runner-up Michigan (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Rutgers (1st Final Four)
UCLA (13th Final Four)
Winning coach Bob Knight (1st title)
MOP Kent Benson Indiana
Attendance 202,502
Top scorer Scott May Indiana
(113 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1975 1977»

The 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1976, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game.

Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, won the national title with an 86–68 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Johnny Orr. Kent Benson of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Notably, this was the first time that two teams from the same conference (the Big Ten) played in the title game. (Additionally, in July 2014 the Big Ten will be able to claim 3 of the 4 1976 Final Four participants as Rutgers will join the conference.) Also, this was the last men's Division I tournament to date to feature two unbeaten teams, as both Indiana and Rutgers entered the tournament unbeaten. To date, Indiana is the last team to go the entire season undefeated. Both advanced to the Final Four, with Indiana winning the title and Rutgers losing to Michigan in the semifinals and UCLA in the third-place game. The title game fell on the day of the 48th Academy Awards; word of the Hoosiers' victory reached the Academy Awards audience just as the award for Best Film Editing was about to be presented.

Locations[edit]

Region Site Other locations
East Greensboro, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina, Providence, Rhode Island
Mideast Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dayton, Ohio, Notre Dame, Indiana
Midwest Louisville, Kentucky Denton, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas
West Los Angeles, California Eugene, Oregon, Tempe, Arizona
Finals Philadelphia, Pennsylvania N/A

Teams[edit]

Region Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East
East Connecticut Dee Rowe Sweet Sixteen Rutgers L 93–79
East DePaul Ray Meyer Sweet Sixteen VMI L 71–66
East Hofstra Roger Gaeckler Round of 32 Connecticut L 80–78
East Princeton Pete Carril Round of 32 Rutgers L 54–53
East Rutgers Tom Young Fourth Place UCLA L 106–92
East Tennessee Ray Mears Round of 32 VMI L 81–75
East Virginia Terry Holland Round of 32 DePaul L 69–60
East VMI Bill Blair Regional Runner-up Rutgers L 91–75
Mideast
Mideast Alabama C. M. Newton Sweet Sixteen Indiana L 74–69
Mideast Indiana Bob Knight Champion Michigan W 86–68
Mideast Marquette Al McGuire Regional Runner-up Indiana L 65–56
Mideast North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 Alabama L 79–64
Mideast St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 Indiana L 90–70
Mideast Virginia Tech Don DeVoe Round of 32 Western Michigan L 77–67
Mideast Western Kentucky Jim Richards Round of 32 Marquette L 79–60
Mideast Western Michigan Eldon Miller Sweet Sixteen Marquette L 62–57
Midwest
Midwest Cincinnati Gale Catlett Round of 32 Notre Dame L 79–78
Midwest Michigan Johnny Orr Runner Up Indiana L 86–68
Midwest Missouri Norm Stewart Regional Runner-up Michigan L 95–88
Midwest Notre Dame Digger Phelps Sweet Sixteen Michigan L 80–76
Midwest Syracuse Roy Danforth Round of 32 Texas Tech L 69–56
Midwest Texas Tech Gerald Myers Sweet Sixteen Missouri L 86–75
Midwest Washington Marv Harshman Round of 32 Missouri L 69–67
Midwest Wichita State Harry Miller Round of 32 Michigan L 74–73
West
West Arizona Fred Snowden Regional Runner-up UCLA L 82–66
West Boise State Bus Connor Round of 32 UNLV L 103–78
West Georgetown John Thompson Round of 32 Arizona L 83–76
West Memphis State Wayne Yates Round of 32 Pepperdine L 87–77
West UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Sweet Sixteen Arizona L 114–109
West Pepperdine Gary Colson Sweet Sixteen UCLA L 70–61
West San Diego State Tim Vezie Round of 32 UCLA L 74–64
West UCLA Gene Bartow Third Place Rutgers W 106–92

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period


East region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  DePaul 69
  Virginia 60
  DePaul 66*
  VMI 71
  VMI 81
  Tennessee 75
  VMI 75
  Rutgers 91
  Rutgers 54
  Princeton 53
  Rutgers 93
  Connecticut 79
  Connecticut 80
  Hofstra 78*

Midwest region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  Michigan 74
  Wichita State 73
  Michigan 80
  Notre Dame 76
  Notre Dame 79
  Cincinnati 78
  Michigan 95
  Missouri 88
  Missouri 69
  Washington 67
  Missouri 86
  Texas Tech 75
  Texas Tech 69
  Syracuse 56

Mideast region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  Alabama 79
  North Carolina 64
  Alabama 69
  Indiana 74
  Indiana 90
  St. John's 70
  Indiana 65
  Marquette 56
  Marquette 79
  Western Kentucky 60
  Marquette 62
  Western Michigan 57
  Western Michigan 77
  Virginia Tech 67*

West region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                 
  Pepperdine 87
  Memphis State 77
  Pepperdine 61
  UCLA 70
  UCLA 74
  San Diego State 64
  UCLA 82
  Arizona 66
  UNLV 103
  Boise State 78
  UNLV 109*
  Arizona 114
  Arizona 83
  Georgetown 76

Final Four[edit]

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
                 
  E  Rutgers 70  
  MW  Michigan 86    
      MW  Michigan 68
      ME  Indiana 86
  ME  Indiana 65    
  W  UCLA 51   National Third Place Game
 
W  UCLA 106
  E  Rutgers 92