1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1996 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1996FinalFour.png
1996 Final Four logo
Teams 64
Finals site Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Champions Kentucky (6th title)
Runner-up Syracuse (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Mississippi State (1st Final Four)
Massachusetts (Vacated) (1st Final Four)
Winning coach Rick Pitino (1st title)
MOP Tony Delk Kentucky
Attendance 631,834
Top scorer John Wallace Syracuse
(131 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1995 1997»

The 1996 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 14, 1996, and ended with the championship game on April 1 at Continental Airlines Arena (now known as Izod Center) in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A total of 63 games were played.

The Final Four venue was notable for several reasons:

  • This marked the first time that the NCAA finals had been held in Greater New York since 1950.
  • This was also the last (men's) Final Four to be held in a basketball/hockey-specific facility. Every Final Four since has been held in a domed stadium (usually built for football) because of NCAA venue capacity requirements. Therefore, this was also the last time the NCAA finals have been held in the Greater New York area (for the time being).
  • Kentucky star Antoine Walker faced off against former high school teammate, Donovan McNabb, in the national championship against Syracuse University. McNabb would later gain fame as a quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles.[1]

The Final Four consisted of Kentucky, making their first appearance in the Final Four since 1993 and eleventh overall, Massachusetts, making their first ever appearance in the Final Four, Syracuse, making their third appearance in the Final Four and first since 1987, and Mississippi State, also making their first appearance.

Kentucky won their sixth national championship by defeating Syracuse in the final game 76-67.

Tony Delk of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Kentucky's run to the championship was one of the most dominant in NCAA tournament history, as the Wildcats won each of their first four games by at least 20 points and won every game by at least 7 points.

The committee that put together the bracket in 1996 was criticized for placing what clearly seemed to be the best two teams in college basketball - Massachusetts and Kentucky - on the same side of the bracket so that they faced each other in the national semifinal - not the final game itself.[citation needed] Note that there are guidelines that the selection committee follows. In 2004 the procedure would be changed so that the regional sites would first be assigned their #1 seeds, then would be placed in the bracket so that the #1 overall seed would face the fourth #1 seed while the second #1 seed would face the third #1 seed, barring any upsets. It should also be noted that Connecticut was the presumed #1 overall seed that season as they won the Big East conference tournament and entered the tournament with two losses; Kentucky also entered the tournament with two losses but lost in the SEC Conference Tournament final.

Connecticut, coached by Jim Calhoun and Massachusetts, coached by John Calipari, were later stripped of their wins, including the UMass Minutemen's Final Four appearance, by the NCAA because players (including UMass star Marcus Camby) had accepted illegal gifts from agents.[2]

Locations[edit]

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Providence
Providence
Richmond
Richmond
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Orlando
Orlando
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Dallas
Dallas
Albuquerque
Albuquerque
Tempe
Tempe
1997 first and second rounds
1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
Denver
Denver
Minneapolis
Minneapolis
Lexington
Lexington
Atlanta
Atlanta
E. Rutherford
E. Rutherford
1997 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

First and Second Rounds[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

Region Site
East Atlanta, Georgia (Georgia Dome)
Midwest Minneapolis, Minnesota (Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome)
Southeast Lexington, Kentucky (Rupp Arena)
West Denver, Colorado (McNichols Sports Arena)
Finals East Rutherford, New Jersey (Continental Airlines Arena)

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Massachusetts John Calipari National Semifinals 1 Kentucky L 81-74
East 2 Georgetown John Thompson Regional Runner-up 1 Massachusetts L 86-62
East 3 Texas Tech James Dickey Sweet Sixteen 2 Georgetown L 98-90
East 4 Marquette Mike Deane Round of 32 12 Arkansas L 65-56
East 5 Penn State Jerry Dunn Round of 64 12 Arkansas L 86-80
East 6 North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 3 Texas Tech L 92-73
East 7 New Mexico Dave Bliss Round of 32 2 Georgetown L 73-62
East 8 Bradley Jim Molinari Round of 64 9 Stanford L 66-58
East 9 Stanford Mike Montgomery Round of 32 1 Massachusetts L 79-74
East 10 Kansas State Tom Asbury Round of 64 7 New Mexico L 69-48
East 11 New Orleans Tic Price Round of 64 6 North Carolina L 83-62
East 12 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Sweet Sixteen 1 Massachusetts L 79-63
East 13 Monmouth Wayne Szoke Round of 64 4 Marquette L 68-44
East 14 Northern Illinois Brian Hammel Round of 64 3 Texas Tech L 74-73
East 15 Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling Round of 64 2 Georgetown L 93-56
East 16 Central Florida Kirk Speraw Round of 64 1 Massachusetts L 92-70
Midwest
Midwest 1 Kentucky Rick Pitino Champion 4 Syracuse W 76-67
Midwest 2 Wake Forest Dave Odom Regional Runner-up 1 Kentucky L 83-63
Midwest 3 Villanova Steve Lappas Round of 32 6 Louisville L 68-64
Midwest 4 Utah Rick Majerus Sweet Sixteen 1 Kentucky L 101-70
Midwest 5 Iowa State Tim Floyd Round of 32 4 Utah L 73-67
Midwest 6 Louisville Denny Crum Sweet Sixteen 2 Wake Forest L 60-59
Midwest 7 Michigan Steve Fisher Round of 64 10 Texas L 80-76
Midwest 8 UW–Green Bay Mike Heideman Round of 64 9 Virginia Tech L 61-48
Midwest 9 Virginia Tech Bill C. Foster Round of 32 1 Kentucky L 84-60
Midwest 10 Texas Tom Penders Round of 32 2 Wake Forest L 65-62
Midwest 11 Tulsa Steve Robinson Round of 64 6 Louisville L 82-80
Midwest 12 California Todd Bozeman Round of 64 5 Iowa State L 74-64
Midwest 13 Canisius John Beilein Round of 64 4 Utah L 72-43
Midwest 14 Portland Rob Chavez Round of 64 3 Villanova L 92-58
Midwest 15 Northeast Louisiana Mike Vining Round of 64 2 Wake Forest L 62-50
Midwest 16 San Jose State Stan Morrison Round of 64 1 Kentucky L 110-72
Southeast
Southeast 1 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Sweet Sixteen 5 Mississippi State L 60-55
Southeast 2 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Regional Runner-up 5 Mississippi State L 73-63
Southeast 3 Georgia Tech Bobby Cremins Sweet Sixteen 2 Cincinnati L 87-70
Southeast 4 UCLA Jim Harrick Round of 64 13 Princeton L 43-41
Southeast 5 Mississippi State Richard Williams National Semifinals 4 Syracuse L 77-69
Southeast 6 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 64 11 Boston College L 64-51
Southeast 7 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 2 Cincinnati L 78-65
Southeast 8 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Round of 64 9 Eastern Michigan L 75-60
Southeast 9 Eastern Michigan Ben Braun Round of 32 1 Connecticut L 95-81
Southeast 10 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Round of 64 7 Temple L 61-43
Southeast 11 Boston College Jim O'Brien Round of 32 3 Georgia Tech L 103-89
Southeast 12 VCU Sonny Smith Round of 64 5 Mississippi State L 58-51
Southeast 13 Princeton Pete Carril Round of 32 5 Mississippi State L 63-41
Southeast 14 Austin Peay Dave Loos Round of 64 3 Georgia Tech L 90-79
Southeast 15 UNC-Greensboro Randy Peele Round of 64 2 Cincinnati L 66-61
Southeast 16 Colgate Jack Bruen Round of 64 1 Connecticut L 68-59
West
West 1 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 8 Georgia L 76-69
West 2 Kansas Roy Williams Regional Runner-up 4 Syracuse L 60-57
West 3 Arizona Lute Olson Sweet Sixteen 2 Kansas L 83-80
West 4 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Runner-up 1 Kentucky L 76-67
West 5 Memphis Larry Finch Round of 64 12 Drexel L 75-63
West 6 Iowa Tom Davis Round of 32 3 Arizona L 87-73
West 7 Maryland Gary Williams Round of 64 10 Santa Clara L 91-79
West 8 Georgia Tubby Smith Sweet Sixteen 4 Syracuse L 83-81
West 9 Clemson Rick Barnes Round of 64 8 Georgia L 81-74
West 10 Santa Clara Dick Davey Round of 32 2 Kansas L 76-51
West 11 George Washington Mike Jarvis Round of 64 6 Iowa L 81-79
West 12 Drexel Bill Herrion Round of 32 4 Syracuse L 69-58
West 13 Montana State Mick Durham Round of 64 4 Syracuse L 88-55
West 14 Valparaiso Homer Drew Round of 64 3 Arizona L 90-51
West 15 South Carolina State Cy Alexander Round of 64 2 Kansas L 92-54
West 16 Western Carolina Phil Hopkins Round of 64 1 Purdue L 73-71

Bracket[edit]

(* - Denotes overtime)

East Regional - Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Massachusetts 92
16 Central Florida 70
1 Massachusetts 79
Providence
9 Stanford 74
8 Bradley 58
9 Stanford 66
1 Massachusetts 79
12 Arkansas 63
5 Penn St. 80
12 Arkansas 86
12 Arkansas 65
Providence
4 Marquette 56
4 Marquette 68
13 Monmouth 44
1 Massachusetts 86
2 Georgetown 62
6 North Carolina 83
11 New Orleans 62
6 North Carolina 73
Richmond
3 Texas Tech 92
3 Texas Tech 74
14 Northern Illinois 73
3 Texas Tech 90
2 Georgetown 98
7 New Mexico 69
10 Kansas St. 48
7 New Mexico 65
Richmond
2 Georgetown 75
2 Georgetown 93
15 Mississippi Valley St. 56

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 23
#1 Massachusetts Minutemen 86, #2 Georgetown Hoyas 62
Pts: M.Camby - 22
Rebs: D. Bright, M. Camby - 7
Asts: C. Travieso - 6
Pts: A. Iverson - 23
Rebs: J. Williams - 8
Asts: J. Touomou, J. Williams, O. Harrington - 2
Halftime Score: Massachusetts, 38-34
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, GA

Midwest Regional - Minneapolis, Minnesota[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Kentucky 110
16 San Jose St. 72
1 Kentucky 84
Dallas
9 Virginia Tech 60
8 UW–Green Bay 49
9 Virginia Tech 61
1 Kentucky 101
4 Utah 70
5 Iowa St. 74
12 California 64
5 Iowa St. 67
Dallas
4 Utah 73
4 Utah 72
13 Canisius 43
1 Kentucky 83
2 Wake Forest 63
6 Louisville 82
11 Tulsa 80*
6 Louisville 68
Milwaukee
3 Villanova 64
3 Villanova 92
14 Portland 58
6 Louisville 59
2 Wake Forest 60
7 Michigan 76
10 Texas 80
10 Texas 62
Milwaukee
2 Wake Forest 65
2 Wake Forest 64
15 Northeast Louisiana 50

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 23
#1 Kentucky Wildcats 83, #2 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 63
Pts: T. Delk - 25
Rebs: A. Walker - 6
Asts: A. Epps - 6
Pts: S. Goolsby, T. Duncan - 14
Rebs: T. Duncan - 16
Asts: T. Duncan - 6
Halftime Score: Kentucky, 38-19
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome - Minneapolis, MN

Southeast Regional - Lexington, Kentucky[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Connecticut 68
16 Colgate 59
1 Connecticut 95
Indianapolis
9 Eastern Michigan 81
8 Duke 60
9 Eastern Michigan 75
1 Connecticut 55
5 Mississippi State 60
5 Mississippi State 58
12 Virginia Commonwealth 51
5 Mississippi State 63
Indianapolis
13 Princeton 41
4 UCLA 41
13 Princeton 43
5 Mississippi State 73
2 Cincinnati 63
6 Indiana 51
11 Boston College 64
11 Boston College 89
Orlando
3 Georgia Tech 103
3 Georgia Tech 90
14 Austin Peay 79
3 Georgia Tech 70
2 Cincinnati 87
7 Temple 61
10 Oklahoma 43
7 Temple 65
Orlando
2 Cincinnati 78
2 Cincinnati 66
15 NC-Greensboro 61

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 24
#5 Mississippi State Bulldogs 73, #2 Cincinnati Bearcats 63
Pts: D. Jones - 23
Rebs: D. Jones - 13
Asts: D. Wilson - 6
Pts: D. Fortson - 24
Rebs: D. Fortson - 13
Asts: K. Legree - 4
Halftime Score: Mississippi State, 37-29
Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY

West Regional - Denver, Colorado[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Purdue 73
16 Western Carolina 71
1 Purdue 69
Albuquerque
8 Georgia 76
8 Georgia 81
9 Clemson 74
8 Georgia 81
4 Syracuse 83*
5 Memphis 63
12 Drexel 75
12 Drexel 58
Albuquerque
4 Syracuse 69
4 Syracuse 88
13 Montana St. 55
4 Syracuse 60
2 Kansas 57
6 Iowa 81
11 George Washington 79
6 Iowa 73
Tempe
3 Arizona 87
3 Arizona 90
14 Valparaiso 51
3 Arizona 80
2 Kansas 83
7 Maryland 79
10 Santa Clara 91
10 Santa Clara 51
Tempe
2 Kansas 76
2 Kansas 92
15 South Carolina St. 54

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 24
#4 Syracuse Orangemen 60, #2 Kansas Jayhawks 57
Pts: J. Wallace, O. Hill - 15
Rebs: J. Wallace - 9
Asts: L. Sims - 4
Pts: J. Vaughn - 21
Rebs: R. LaFrentz - 9
Asts: J. Haase - 6
Halftime Score: Syracuse, 35-26
McNichols Sports Arena - Denver, CO

Final Four @ East Rutherford, New Jersey[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E1 Massachusetts 74
M1 Kentucky 81
M1 Kentucky 76
W4 Syracuse 67
SE5 Mississippi State 69
W4 Syracuse 77

Game Summaries[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 30
#1 Kentucky Wildcats 81, #1 Massachusetts Minutemen 74
Pts: T. Delk - 20
Rebs: W. McCarty - 10
Asts: A. Epps, A. Walker, D. Anderson, W. McCarty-4
Pts: M. Camby - 25
Rebs: D. Bright - 9
Asts: E. Padilla - 12
Halftime Score: Kentucky 36-28
Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ
CBS
Saturday, March 30
#4 Syracuse Orangemen 77, #5 Mississippi State Bulldogs 69
Pts: J. Wallace - 21
Rebs: T. Burgan - 7
Asts: L. Siims - 9
Pts: D. Wilson - 20
Rebs: E. Dampier - 14
Asts: M. Bullard - 8
Halftime Score: 36-36
Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ

National Championship[edit]

CBS
Monday, April, 1
#1 Kentucky Wildcats 76, #4 Syracuse Orangemen 67
Pts: T. Delk - 24
Rebs: A. Walker - 9
Asts: A. Epps - 7
Pts: J. Wallace - 29
Rebs: J. Wallace, O. Hill - 10
Asts: L. Sims - 7
Halftime Score: Kentucky, 42-33
Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ

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