1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1997 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1997FinalFourLogo.png
1997 Final Four logo
Teams 64
Finals site RCA Dome
Indianapolis, Indiana
Champions Arizona (1st title)
Runner-up Kentucky (9th title game)
Semifinalists Minnesota (Vacated) (1st Final Four)
North Carolina (13th Final Four)
Winning coach Lute Olson (1st title)
MOP Miles Simon Arizona
Attendance 646,531
Top scorer Miles Simon Arizona
(132 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1996 1998»

The 1997 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 13, 1997, and ended with the championship game on March 31 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the RCA Dome. A total of 63 games were played.

The Final Four consisted of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball, who entered the tournament as the defending national champions, Minnesota, making their first Final Four appearance, Arizona, making their third Final Four appearance and first since 1994, and North Carolina, making their thirteenth Final Four appearance and first since 1995.

In the national championship game, Arizona defeated Kentucky in overtime 84-79 to win their first national championship. For the second time in the last three seasons, the defending national champions reached the final game and lost.

Miles Simon of Arizona was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Several years later, Minnesota was stripped of its Final Four appearance following the discovery of NCAA academic rule violations. In addition, the Gophers were stripped of their Big Ten title they had also won.[1]

Arizona also became the only school since the introduction of the 64-team bracket in 1985,[2] to defeat three number 1 seeds in the tournament, having upset overall number one seed Kansas in addition to their two Final Four victories.

The tournament also saw the third victory by a #15 seed over a #2 seed, as Coppin State defeated South Carolina in their first round matchup. In addition, a #14 seed advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for only the second time, as Southeast Region #14 seed Tennessee-Chattanooga defeated both Georgia and Illinois.

Locations[edit]

1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Charlotte
Charlotte
Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem
Memphis
Memphis
Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills
Kansas City
Kansas City
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
Tucson
Tucson
1997 first and second rounds
1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
San Jose
San Jose
San Antonio
San Antonio
Birmingham
Birmingham
Syracuse
Syracuse
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
1997 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

First and Second Rounds[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

Region Site
East Syracuse, New York (Carrier Dome)
Midwest San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)
Southeast Birmingham, Alabama (BJCC Arena)
West San Jose, California (San Jose Arena)
Finals Indianapolis, Indiana (RCA Dome)

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 North Carolina Dean Smith National Semifinals 4 Arizona L 66-58
East 2 South Carolina Eddie Fogler Round of 64 15 Coppin State L 78-65
East 3 New Mexico Dave Bliss Round of 32 6 Louisville L 64-63
East 4 Villanova Steve Lappas Round of 32 5 California L 75-68
East 5 California Ben Braun Sweet Sixteen 1 North Carolina L 73-67
East 6 Louisville Denny Crum Regional Runner-up 1 North Carolina L 97-74
East 7 Wisconsin Dick Bennett Round of 64 10 Texas L 71-58
East 8 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 64 9 Colorado L 80-62
East 9 Colorado Ricardo Patton Round of 32 1 North Carolina L 73-56
East 10 Texas Tom Penders Sweet Sixteen 6 Louisville L 78-63
East 11 UMass Bruiser Flint Round of 64 6 Louisville L 65-57
East 12 Princeton Bill Carmody Round of 64 5 California L 55-52
East 13 LIU-Brooklyn Ray Haskins Round of 64 4 Villanova L 101-91
East 14 Old Dominion Jeff Capel II Round of 64 3 New Mexico L 59-55
East 15 Coppin State Ron Mitchell Round of 32 10 Texas L 82-81
East 16 Fairfield Paul Cormier Round of 64 1 North Carolina L 82-74
Midwest
Midwest 1 Minnesota Clem Haskins National Semifinals 1 Kentucky L 78-69
Midwest 2 UCLA Steve Lavin Regional Runner-up 1 Minnesota L 80-72
Midwest 3 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Round of 32 6 Iowa State L 67-66
Midwest 4 Clemson Rick Barnes Sweet Sixteen 1 Minnesota L 90-84
Midwest 5 Tulsa Steve Robinson Round of 32 4 Clemson L 65-59
Midwest 6 Iowa State Tim Floyd Sweet Sixteen 2 UCLA L 74-73
Midwest 7 Xavier Skip Prosser Round of 32 2 UCLA L 96-83
Midwest 8 Ole Miss Rob Evans Round of 64 9 Temple L 62-40
Midwest 9 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 1 Minnesota L 76-57
Midwest 10 Vanderbilt Jan van Breda Kolff Round of 64 7 Xavier L 80-68
Midwest 11 Illinois State Kevin Stallings Round of 64 6 Iowa State L 69-57
Midwest 12 Boston University Dennis Wolff Round of 64 5 Tulsa L 81-52
Midwest 13 Miami, Ohio Charlie Coles Round of 64 4 Clemson L 68-56
Midwest 14 Butler Barry Collier Round of 64 3 Cincinnati L 86-69
Midwest 15 Charleston Southern Tom Conrad Round of 64 2 UCLA L 109-75
Midwest 16 Southwest Texas State Mike Miller Round of 64 1 Minnesota L 78-46
Southeast
Southeast 1 Kansas Roy Williams Sweet Sixteen 4 Arizona L 85-82
Southeast 2 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Round of 32 10 Providence L 98-87
Southeast 3 Georgia Tubby Smith Round of 64 14 Chattanooga L 73-70
Southeast 4 Arizona Lute Olson Champion 1 Kentucky W 84-79
Southeast 5 Maryland Gary Williams Round of 64 12 College of Charleston L 75-66
Southeast 6 Illinois Lon Kruger Round of 32 14 Chattanooga L 75-63
Southeast 7 Marquette Mike Deane Round of 64 10 Providence L 81-59
Southeast 8 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 1 Kansas L 75-61
Southeast 9 Rhode Island Al Skinner Round of 64 8 Purdue L 83-76
Southeast 10 Providence Pete Gillen Regional Runner-up 4 Arizona L 96-92
Southeast 11 USC Henry Bibby Round of 64 6 Illinois L 90-77
Southeast 12 College of Charleston John Kresse Round of 32 4 Arizona L 73-69
Southeast 13 South Alabama Bill Musselman Round of 64 4 Arizona L 65-57
Southeast 14 UT-Chattanooga Mack McCarthy Sweet Sixteen 10 Providence L 71-65
Southeast 15 Murray State Mark Gottfried Round of 64 2 Duke L 81-78
Southeast 16 Jackson State Andy Stoglin Round of 64 1 Kansas L 78-64
West
West 1 Kentucky Rick Pitino Runner Up 4 Arizona L 84-79
West 2 Utah Rick Majerus Regional Runner-up 1 Kentucky L 72-59
West 3 Wake Forest Dave Odom Round of 32 6 Stanford L 72-66
West 4 Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli Sweet Sixteen 1 Kentucky L 83-68
West 5 Boston College Jim O'Brien Round of 32 4 Saint Joseph's L 81-77
West 6 Stanford Mike Montgomery Sweet Sixteen 2 Utah L 82-77
West 7 Charlotte Melvin Watkins Round of 32 2 Utah L 77-58
West 8 Iowa Tom Davis Round of 32 1 Kentucky L 75-69
West 9 Virginia Jeff Jones Round of 64 8 Iowa L 73-60
West 10 Georgetown John Thompson, Jr. Round of 64 7 Charlotte L 79-67
West 11 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Round of 64 6 Stanford L 80-67
West 12 Valparaiso Homer Drew Round of 64 5 Boston College L 73-66
West 13 Pacific Bob Thomason Round of 64 4 Saint Joseph's L 75-65
West 14 Saint Mary's Ernie Kent Round of 64 3 Wake Forest L 68-46
West 15 Navy Don DeVoe Round of 64 2 Utah L 75-61
West 16 Montana Blaine Taylor Round of 64 1 Kentucky L 92-54

Bracket[edit]

East Regional - Syracuse, New York[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 North Carolina 82
16 Fairfield 74
1 North Carolina 73
Winston-Salem
9 Colorado 56
8 Indiana 62
9 Colorado 80
1 North Carolina 63
5 California 57
5 California 55
12 Princeton 52
5 California 75
Winston-Salem
4 Villanova 68
4 Villanova 101
13 Long Island 91
1 North Carolina 97
6 Louisville 74
6 Louisville 65
11 Massachusetts 57
6 Louisville 64
Pittsburgh
3 New Mexico 63
3 New Mexico 59
14 Old Dominion 55
6 Louisville 78
10 Texas 63
7 Wisconsin 58
10 Texas 71
10 Texas 82
Pittsburgh
15 Coppin St 81
2 South Carolina 65
15 Coppin St 78

Southeast Regional - Birmingham, Alabama[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Kansas 78
16 Jackson St 64
1 Kansas 75
Memphis
8 Purdue 61
8 Purdue 83
9 Rhode Island 76*
1 Kansas 82
4 Arizona 85
5 Maryland 66
12 College of Charleston 75
12 College of Charleston 69
Memphis
4 Arizona 73
4 Arizona 65
13 South Alabama 57
4 Arizona 96
10 Providence 92*
6 Illinois 90
11 Southern California 77
6 Illinois 63
Charlotte
14 UT-Chattanooga 75
3 Georgia 70
14 UT-Chattanooga 73
14 UT-Chattanooga 65
10 Providence 71
7 Marquette 59
10 Providence 81
10 Providence 98
Charlotte
2 Duke 87
2 Duke 71
15 Murray St 68

Midwest Regional - San Antonio, Texas[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Minnesota 78
16 Southwest Texas St 46
1 Minnesota 76
Kansas City
9 Temple 57
8 Ole Miss 40
9 Temple 62
1 Minnesota 90
4 Clemson 84**
5 Tulsa 81
12 Boston U 52
5 Tulsa 59
Kansas City
4 Clemson 65
4 Clemson 68
13 Miami-OH 56
1 Minnesota 80
2 UCLA 72
6 Iowa St 69
11 Illinois St 57
6 Iowa St 67
Auburn Hills
3 Cincinnati 66
3 Cincinnati 86
14 Butler 69
6 Iowa St 73*
2 UCLA 74
7 Xavier 80
10 Vanderbilt 68
7 Xavier 83
Auburn Hills
2 UCLA 96
2 UCLA 109
15 Charleston-Southern 75

West Regional - San Jose, California[edit]

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Kentucky 92
16 Montana 54
1 Kentucky 75
Salt Lake City
8 Iowa 69
8 Iowa 73
9 Virginia 60
1 Kentucky 83
4 Saint Joseph's 68
5 Boston College 73
12 Valparaiso 66
5 Boston College 77*
Salt Lake City
4 Saint Joseph's 81
4 Saint Joseph's 75
13 Pacific 65
1 Kentucky 72
2 Utah 59
6 Stanford 80
11 Oklahoma 67
6 Stanford 72
Tucson
3 Wake Forest 66
3 Wake Forest 68
14 St. Mary's 46
6 Stanford 77*
2 Utah 82
7 Charlotte 79
10 Georgetown 67
7 Charlotte 58
Tucson
2 Utah 77
2 Utah 75
15 Navy 61

Final Four @ Indianapolis, Indiana[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E1 North Carolina 58
SE4 Arizona 66
SE4 Arizona 84
W1 Kentucky 79*
M1 Minnesota* 69
W1 Kentucky 78

Announcers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2000/11/21/sports/main251329.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/2010-01-28/bracket-question