1987 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1987 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 64
Finals site Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Champions Indiana (5th title)
Runner-up Syracuse (1st title game)
Semifinalists Providence (2nd Final Four)
UNLV (2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Bob Knight (3rd title)
MOP Keith Smart Indiana
Attendance 654,744
Top scorers Steve Alford Indiana
Rony Seikaly Syracuse
(138 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1986 1988»

The 1987 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 12, 1987, and ended with the championship game on March 30 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A total of 63 games were played.

Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, won the national title with a 74-73 victory in the final game over Syracuse, coached by Jim Boeheim. Keith Smart of Indiana, who hit the game-winner in the final seconds, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The tournament also featured a "Cinderella team" in the Final Four, as Providence College, led by a then-unknown Rick Pitino, made their first Final Four appearance since 1973. This was also the last tournament in which teams were allowed to have home court advantage: Syracuse (2E), DePaul (3MW), Arizona (10W) and UAB (11SE) all opened the tournament playing on their home courts. The 1987 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament was also the first tournament to use the Three-Point Shot.

Locations[edit]

First and Second Rounds[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

Region Site
East East Rutherford, New Jersey (Brendan Byrne Arena)
Midwest Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverfront Coliseum)
Southeast Louisville, Kentucky (Freedom Hall)
West Seattle, Washington (Kingdome)
Finals New Orleans, Louisiana (Louisiana Superdome)

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 North Carolina Dean Smith Regional Runner-up 2 Syracuse L 79-75
East 2 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Runner-up 1 Indiana L 74-73
East 3 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 6 Florida L 85-66
East 4 TCU Jim Killingsworth Round of 32 5 Notre Dame L 58-57
East 5 Notre Dame Digger Phelps Sweet Sixteen 1 North Carolina L 74-68
East 6 Florida Norm Sloan Sweet Sixteen 2 Syracuse L 87-81
East 7 West Virginia Gale Catlett Round of 64 10 Western Kentucky L 64-62
East 8 Navy Pete Herrmann Round of 64 9 Michigan L 97-82
East 9 Michigan Bill Frieder Round of 32 1 North Carolina L 109-97
East 10 Western Kentucky Murray Arnold Round of 32 2 Syracuse L 104-86
East 11 North Carolina State Jim Valvano Round of 64 6 Florida L 82-70
East 12 Middle Tennessee State Bruce Stewart Round of 64 5 Notre Dame L 84-71
East 13 Marshall Rick Huckabay Round of 64 4 TCU L 76-60
East 14 Northeastern Karl Fogel Round of 64 3 Purdue L 104-95
East 15 Georgia Southern Frank Kerns Round of 64 2 Syracuse L 79-73
East 16 Penn Tom Schneider Round of 64 1 North Carolina L 113-82
Midwest
Midwest 1 Indiana Bob Knight Champion 2 Syracuse W 74-73
Midwest 2 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 10 LSU L 72-62
Midwest 3 DePaul Joey Meyer Sweet Sixteen 10 LSU L 63-58
Midwest 4 Missouri Norm Stewart Round of 64 13 Xavier L 70-69
Midwest 5 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Sweet Sixteen 1 Indiana L 88-82
Midwest 6 St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 3 DePaul L 83-75
Midwest 7 Georgia Tech Bobby Cremins Round of 64 10 LSU L 85-79
Midwest 8 Auburn Sonny Smith Round of 32 1 Indiana L 107-90
Midwest 9 San Diego Hank Egan Round of 64 8 Auburn L 62-61
Midwest 10 LSU Dale Brown Regional Runner-up 1 Indiana L 77-76
Midwest 11 Wichita State Eddie Fogler Round of 64 6 St. John's L 57-55
Midwest 12 Texas A&M Shelby Metcalf Round of 64 5 Duke L 58-51
Midwest 13 Xavier Pete Gillen Round of 32 5 Duke L 65-60
Midwest 14 Louisiana Tech Tommy Joe Eagles Round of 64 3 DePaul L 76-62
Midwest 15 Southern Ben Jobe Round of 64 2 Temple L 75-56
Midwest 16 Fairfield Mitch Buonaguro Round of 64 1 Indiana L 92-58
Southeast
Southeast 1 Georgetown John Thompson Regional Runner-up 6 Providence L 88-73
Southeast 2 Alabama Wimp Sanderson Sweet Sixteen 6 Providence L 103-82
Southeast 3 Illinois Lou Henson Round of 64 14 Austin Peay L 68-67
Southeast 4 Clemson Cliff Ellis Round of 64 13 Southwest Missouri State L 65-60
Southeast 5 Kansas Larry Brown Sweet Sixteen 1 Georgetown L 70-57
Southeast 6 Providence Rick Pitino National Semifinals 2 Syracuse L 77-63
Southeast 7 New Orleans Benny Dees Round of 32 2 Alabama L 101-76
Southeast 8 Kentucky Eddie Sutton Round of 64 9 Ohio State L 91-77
Southeast 9 Ohio State Gary Williams Round of 32 1 Georgetown L 82-79
Southeast 10 BYU LaDell Andersen Round of 64 7 New Orleans L 83-79
Southeast 11 UAB Gene Bartow Round of 64 6 Providence L 90-68
Southeast 12 Houston Pat Foster Round of 64 5 Kansas L 66-55
Southeast 13 Southwest Missouri State Charlie Spoonhour Round of 32 5 Kansas L 67-63
Southeast 14 Austin Peay Lake Kelly Round of 32 6 Providence L 90-87
Southeast 15 North Carolina A&T Don Corbett Round of 64 2 Alabama L 88-71
Southeast 16 Bucknell Charles Woollum Round of 64 1 Georgetown L 75-53
West
West 1 UNLV Jerry Tarkanian National Semifinals 1 Indiana L 97-93
West 2 Iowa Tom Davis Regional Runner-up 1 UNLV L 84-81
West 3 Pittsburgh Paul Evans Round of 32 6 Oklahoma L 96-93
West 4 UCLA Walt Hazzard Round of 32 12 Wyoming L 78-68
West 5 Virginia Terry Holland Round of 64 12 Wyoming L 64-60
West 6 Oklahoma Billy Tubbs Sweet Sixteen 2 Iowa L 93-91
West 7 UTEP Don Haskins Round of 32 2 Iowa L 84-82
West 8 Georgia Hugh Durham Round of 64 9 Kansas State L 82-79
West 9 Kansas State Lon Kruger Round of 32 1 UNLV L 80-61
West 10 Arizona Lute Olson Round of 64 7 UTEP L 98-91
West 11 Tulsa J. D. Barnett Round of 64 6 Oklahoma L 74-69
West 12 Wyoming Jim Brandenburg Sweet Sixteen 1 UNLV L 92-78
West 13 Central Michigan Charlie Coles Round of 64 4 UCLA L 92-73
West 14 Marist Dave Magarity Round of 64 3 Pittsburgh L 93-68
West 15 Santa Clara Carroll Williams Round of 64 2 Iowa L 99-76
West 16 Idaho State Jim Boutin Round of 64 1 UNLV L 95-70

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period


East Regional - East Rutherford, New Jersey[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 North Carolina 113
16 Pennsylvania 82
1 North Carolina 109
Charlotte
9 Michigan 97
8 Navy 82
9 Michigan 97
1 North Carolina 74
5 Notre Dame 68
5 Notre Dame 84
12 Middle Tennessee St 71
5 Notre Dame 58
Charlotte
4 TCU 57
4 TCU 76
13 Marshall 60
1 North Carolina 75
2 Syracuse 79
6 Florida 82
11 N.C. State 70
6 Florida 85
Syracuse
3 Purdue 66
3 Purdue 104
14 Northeastern 95
6 Florida 81
2 Syracuse 87
7 West Virginia 62
10 Western Kentucky 64
10 Western Kentucky 86
Syracuse
2 Syracuse 104
2 Syracuse 79
15 Georgia Southern 73

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 21
#2 Syracuse Orangemen 79, #1 North Carolina Tar Heels 75
Pts: R. Seikaly - 26
Rebs: D. Coleman - 14
Asts: S. Douglas - 9
Pts: K. Smith - 25
Rebs: J. Wolf - 10
Asts: K. Smith - 7
Halftime Score: Syracuse, 41-30
Brendan Byrne Arena - East Rutherford, NJ

Southeast Regional - Louisville, Kentucky[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Georgetown 75
16 Bucknell 53
1 Georgetown 82
Atlanta
9 Ohio St 79
8 Kentucky 77
9 Ohio St 91
1 Georgetown 70
5 Kansas 57
5 Kansas 66
12 Houston 55
5 Kansas 67
Atlanta
13 Southwest Missouri St 63
4 Clemson 60
13 Southwest Missouri St 65
1 Georgetown 73
6 Providence 88
6 Providence 90
11 UAB 68
6 Providence 90
Birmingham
14 Austin Peay 87*
3 Illinois 67
14 Austin Peay 68
6 Providence 103
2 Alabama 82
7 New Orleans 83
10 BYU 79
7 New Orleans 76
Birmingham
2 Alabama 101
2 Alabama 88
15 North Carolina A&T 71

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 21
#6 Providence Friars 88, #1 Georgetown Hoyas 73
Pts: B. Donovan - 20
Rebs: D. Kipfer - 5
Asts: B. Donovan - 6
Pts: R. Williams - 25
Rebs: P. McDonald - 10
Asts: B. Winston - 4
Halftime Score: Providence, 54-37
Freedom Hall - Louisville, KY

Midwest Regional - Cincinnati, Ohio[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Indiana 92
16 Fairfield 58
1 Indiana 107
Indianapolis
8 Auburn 90
8 Auburn 62
9 San Diego 61
1 Indiana 88
5 Duke 82
5 Duke 58
12 Texas A&M 51
5 Duke 65
Indianapolis
13 Xavier 60
4 Missouri 69
13 Xavier 70
1 Indiana 77
10 LSU 76
6 St John's 57
11 Wichita St 55
6 St John's 75*
Rosemont
3 DePaul 83
3 DePaul 76
14 Louisiana Tech 62
3 DePaul 58
10 LSU 63
7 Georgia Tech 79
10 LSU 85
10 LSU 72
Rosemont
2 Temple 62
2 Temple 75
15 Southern-BR 56
CBS
Sunday, March 22
#1 Indiana Hoosiers 77, #10 LSU Tigers 76
Pts: S. Alford - 20
Rebs: D. Garrett - 15
Asts: S. Alford - 7
Pts: N. Wilson - 20
Rebs: O. Brown, B. Woodside - 7
Asts: O. Brown - 8
Halftime Score: Indiana, 47-46
Riverfront Coliseum - Cincinnati, OH

West Regional - Seattle, Washington[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 UNLV 95
16 Idaho St 70
1 UNLV 80
Salt Lake City
9 Kansas St 61
8 Georgia 79*
9 Kansas St 82
1 UNLV 92
12 Wyoming 78
5 Virginia 60
12 Wyoming 64
12 Wyoming 78
Salt Lake City
4 UCLA 68
4 UCLA 92
13 Central Michigan 73
1 UNLV 84
2 Iowa 81
6 Oklahoma 74
11 Tulsa 69
6 Oklahoma 96
Tucson
3 Pittsburgh 93
3 Pittsburgh 93
14 Marist 68
6 Oklahoma 91*
2 Iowa 93
7 UTEP 98
10 Arizona 91*
7 UTEP 82
Tucson
2 Iowa 84
2 Iowa 99
15 Santa Clara 76
CBS
Sunday, March 22
#1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels 84, #2 Iowa Hawkeyes 81
Pts: A. Gilliam - 27
Rebs: A. Gilliam - 10
Asts: M. Wade - 12
Pts: K. Gamble, B.J. Armstrong - 18
Rebs: B. Lohaus - 7
Asts: R. Marble - 5
Halftime Score: Iowa, 58-42
Kingdome - Seattle, WA

Final Four @ New Orleans, Louisiana[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E2 Syracuse 77
S6 Providence 63
E2 Syracuse 73
M1 Indiana 74
M1 Indiana 97
W1 UNLV 93

Game Summaries[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 28
#1 Indiana Hoosiers 97, #1 UNLV Runnin' Rebels 93
Pts: S. Alford - 33
Rebs: D. Garrett - 10
Asts: R. Calloway - 6
Pts: F. Banks - 38
Rebs: A. Gilliam - 10
Asts: M. Wade - 18
Halftime Score: Indiana, 53-47
Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, LA
CBS
Saturday, March, 28
#2 Syracuse Orangemen 77, #6 Providence Friars 63
Pts: G. Monroe - 20
Rebs: D. Coleman - 12
Asts: S. Douglas - 6
Pts: C. Screen - 18
Rebs: J. Duda - 7
Asts: B. Donovan - 7
Halftime Score: Syracuse, 36-26
Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, LA

National Championship[edit]

CBS
Monday, March, 30
#1 Indiana Hoosiers 74, #2 Syracuse Orangemen 73
Pts: S. Alford - 23
Rebs: D. Garrett - 10
Asts: J. Hillman, K. Smart - 6
Pts: S. Douglas - 20
Rebs: D. Coleman - 19
Asts: S. Douglas - 7
Halftime Score: Indiana, 34-33
Louisiana Superdome - New Orleans, LA

Trivia[edit]

  • The 59th Academy Awards show was broadcast on the ABC network at the same time as CBS network broadcast of the championship game between Indiana and Syracuse. Oscars show host Chevy Chase quipped later in the evening, "Is the game over yet?" The Oscars show would subsequently be scheduled around the tournament broadcast by moving it later in April for two years.
  • Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh, nominated for Oscars for the movie Hoosiers and Indiana University grads, skipped the Oscars to watch IU win the championship game against Syracuse.
  • Tenth seeded LSU reached the Elite Eight for the second straight year without being favored to win a game. They had previously reached the Final Four as an 11-seed in 1986, losing to eventual national champion Louisville Cardinals. The Tigers missed a shot at the buzzer and fell short of another trip to the Final Four, losing 77-76 to eventual national champion Indiana.
  • The three losing coaches in the Final Four all eventually won national titles. Jerry Tarkanian was the first to do so, winning in 1990 with UNLV defeating the Duke University Blue Devils 103-73. The following year 1991, Duke defeated UNLV in the National Semi-final game to end UNLV's chance to finish undefeated. Rick Pitino followed in 1996 with Kentucky, defeating Jim Boeheim's Syracuse team in the final. Boeheim would finally break through in 2003 with Syracuse by defeating the Roy Williams coached University of Kansas Jayhawks. Williams left Kansas to coach the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the 2003-2004 season. Coach Williams would win the first of two national championships in 2005 as the Head Coach of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • There were no teams from the Metro Conference in the tournament. The conference allowed Memphis State, which was serving an NCAA tournament ban that year, to compete in its conference tournament, which it won by defeating the defending 1986 National Champion Louisville Cardinals by the lopsided score 75 to 52 on the Cardinals' home court, Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY. The NCAA basketball tournament committee said as the conference had committed its automatic berth would go to its conference tournament winner, the conference lost its automatic berth that year, and no other schools received an at-large entry.

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