1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1998 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1998 Final Four logo.png
1998 Final Four logo
Season 1997–98
Teams 64
Finals site Alamodome
San Antonio
Champions Kentucky (7th title)
Runner-up Utah (2nd title game)
Semifinalists North Carolina (14th Final Four)
Stanford (2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Tubby Smith (1st title)
MOP Jeff Sheppard Kentucky
Attendance 663,876
Top scorer Michael Doleac Utah
(115 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1997 1999»

The 1998 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, 1998, and ended with the championship game on March 30 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. A total of 63 games were played.

The Final Four consisted of Kentucky, making their third consecutive Final Four, Stanford, making their first appearance since their initial Final Four run in 1942, Utah, making their fourth Final Four and first since 1966, and North Carolina, who returned for a fourteenth overall time and third in four seasons.

Kentucky won the national title, its second in three seasons and seventh overall, by defeating Utah 78-69 in the championship game.

Jeff Sheppard of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Kentucky came back from double-digit deficits in each of its last three games in the tournament, including a 17 point second half comeback against the Blue Devils of Duke, leading to the school's fans dubbing the team the "Comeback Cats". This was Kentucky's third straight championship game appearance.

Locations[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

Region Site
East Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Coliseum)
Midwest St. Louis, Missouri (Kiel Center)
South St. Petersburg, Florida (Tropicana Field)
West Anaheim, California (Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim)
Finals San Antonio, Texas (Alamodome)

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East
East 1 North Carolina Bill Guthridge National Semifinals 3 Utah L 65–59
East 2 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Regional Runner-up 1 North Carolina L 75–64
East 3 South Carolina Eddie Fogler Round of 64 14 Richmond L 62–61
East 4 Michigan State Tom Izzo Sweet Sixteen 1 North Carolina L 73–58
East 5 Princeton Bill Carmody Round of 32 4 Michigan State L 63–56
East 6 Xavier Skip Prosser Round of 64 11 Washington L 69–68
East 7 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 32 2 Connecticut L 78–68
East 8 Charlotte Melvin Watkins Round of 32 1 North Carolina L 93–83
East 9 UIC Jimmy Collins Round of 64 8 Charlotte L 77–62
East 10 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Round of 64 7 Indiana L 94–87
East 11 Washington Bob Bender Sweet Sixteen 2 Connecticut L 75–74
East 12 UNLV Bill Bayno Round of 64 5 Princeton L 69–57
East 13 Eastern Michigan Milton Barnes Round of 64 4 Michigan State L 83–71
East 14 Richmond John Beilein Round of 32 11 Washington L 87–66
East 15 Fairleigh Dickinson Tom Green Round of 64 2 Connecticut L 93–85
East 16 Navy Don DeVoe Round of 64 1 North Carolina L 88–52
Midwest
Midwest 1 Kansas Roy Williams Round of 32 8 Rhode Island L 80–75
Midwest 2 Purdue Gene Keady Sweet Sixteen 3 Stanford L 67–59
Midwest 3 Stanford Mike Montgomery National Semifinals 2 Kentucky L 86–85
Midwest 4 Ole Miss Rob Evans Round of 64 13 Valparaiso L 70–69
Midwest 5 Texas Christian Billy Tubbs Round of 64 12 Florida State L 96–87
Midwest 6 Clemson Rick Barnes Round of 64 11 Western Michigan L 75–72
Midwest 7 St. John's Fran Fraschilla Round of 64 10 Detroit L 66–64
Midwest 8 Rhode Island Jim Harrick Regional Runner-up 3 Stanford L 79–77
Midwest 9 Murray State Mark Gottfried Round of 64 8 Rhode Island L 97–74
Midwest 10 Detroit Perry Watson Round of 32 2 Purdue L 80–65
Midwest 11 Western Michigan Bob Donewald Round of 32 3 Stanford L 83–65
Midwest 12 Florida State Steve Robinson Round of 32 13 Valparaiso L 83–77
Midwest 13 Valparaiso Homer Drew Sweet Sixteen 8 Rhode Island L 74–68
Midwest 14 College of Charleston John Kresse Round of 64 3 Stanford L 67–57
Midwest 15 Delaware Mike Brey Round of 64 2 Purdue L 95–56
Midwest 16 Prairie View Elwood Plummer Round of 64 1 Kansas L 110–52
South
South 1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Regional Runner-up 2 Kentucky L 86–84
South 2 Kentucky Tubby Smith Champion 3 Utah W 78–69
South 3 Michigan Brian Ellerbe Round of 32 6 UCLA L 85–82
South 4 New Mexico Dave Bliss Round of 32 5 Syracuse L 56–46
South 5 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Sweet Sixteen 1 Duke L 80–67
South 6 UCLA Steve Lavin Sweet Sixteen 2 Kentucky L 94–68
South 7 Massachusetts Bruiser Flint Round of 64 10 Saint Louis L 51–46
South 8 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Round of 32 1 Duke L 79–73
South 9 George Washington Mike Jarvis Round of 64 8 Oklahoma State L 74–59
South 10 Saint Louis Charlie Spoonhour Round of 32 2 Kentucky L 88–61
South 11 Miami, Florida Leonard Hamilton Round of 64 6 UCLA L 65–62
South 12 Iona Tim Welsh Round of 64 5 Syracuse L 63–61
South 13 Butler Barry Collier Round of 64 4 New Mexico L 79–62
South 14 Davidson Bob McKillop Round of 64 3 Michigan L 80–61
South 15 South Carolina State Cy Alexander Round of 64 2 Kentucky L 82–67
South 16 Radford Ron Bradley Round of 64 1 Duke L 99–63
West
West 1 Arizona Lute Olson Regional Runner-up 3 Utah L 76–51
West 2 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Round of 32 10 West Virginia L 75–74
West 3 Utah Rick Majerus Runner Up 2 Kentucky L 78–69
West 4 Maryland Gary Williams Sweet Sixteen 1 Arizona L 87–79
West 5 Illinois Lon Kruger Round of 32 4 Maryland L 67–61
West 6 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Round of 32 3 Utah L 75–69
West 7 Temple John Chaney Round of 64 10 West Virginia L 82–52
West 8 Tennessee Jerry Green Round of 64 9 Illinois State L 82–81
West 9 Illinois State Kevin Stallings Round of 32 1 Arizona L 82–49
West 10 West Virginia Gale Catlett Sweet Sixteen 3 Utah L 65–62
West 11 Nebraska Danny Nee Round of 64 6 Arkansas L 74–65
West 12 South Alabama Bob Weltlich Round of 64 5 Illinois L 64–51
West 13 Utah State Larry Eustachy Round of 64 4 Maryland L 82–68
West 14 San Francisco Phil Mathews Round of 64 3 Utah L 85–68
West 15 Northern Arizona Ben Howland Round of 64 2 Cincinnati L 65–62
West 16 Nicholls State Rickey Broussard Round of 64 1 Arizona L 99–60

Bids by conference[edit]

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
5 Atlantic 10, ACC, Big Ten, Big East, SEC
4 Big 12, Pac-10, WAC
3 C-USA, Horizon
2 MAC
1 19 others

Bracket[edit]

East Regional - Greensboro, North Carolina[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 North Carolina 88
16 Navy 52
1 North Carolina 93
Hartford
8 Charlotte 83*
8 Charlotte 77
9 UIC 62
1 North Carolina 73
4 Michigan St 58
5 Princeton 69
12 UNLV 57
5 Princeton 56
Hartford
4 Michigan St 63
4 Michigan St 83
13 Eastern Michigan 71
1 North Carolina 75
2 Connecticut 64
6 Xavier 68
11 Washington 69
11 Washington 81
Washington, D.C.
14 Richmond 66
3 South Carolina 61
14 Richmond 62
11 Washington 74
2 Connecticut 75
7 Indiana 94
10 Oklahoma 87*
7 Indiana 68
Washington, D.C.
2 Connecticut 78
2 Connecticut 93
15 Fairleigh Dickinson 85

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 21
#1 North Carolina Tar Heels 75, #2 Connecticut Huskies 64
Pts: A. Jamison 20
Rebs: A. Jamison 11
Asts: E. Cota 9
Pts: K. El-Amin 24
Rebs: K. Freeman 7
Asts: M. Hardnett 4
Halftime Score: North Carolina, 36-32
Greensboro Coliseum - Greensboro, NC
Attendance: 23,235
Referees: Mark Reischling, Eddie Jackson, Dick Cartmell

West Regional - Anaheim, California[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 Arizona 99
16 Nicholls St 60
1 Arizona 82
Sacramento
9 Illinois St 49
8 Tennessee 81
9 Illinois St 82*
1 Arizona 87
4 Maryland 79
5 Illinois 64
12 South Alabama 51
5 Illinois 61
Sacramento
4 Maryland 67
4 Maryland 82
13 Utah St 68
1 Arizona 51
3 Utah 76
6 Arkansas 74
11 Nebraska 65
6 Arkansas 69
Boise
3 Utah 75
3 Utah 85
14 San Francisco 68
3 Utah 65
10 West Virginia 62
7 Temple 52
10 West Virginia 82
10 West Virginia 75
Boise
2 Cincinnati 74
2 Cincinnati 65
15 Northern Arizona 62

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 21
#3 Utah Utes 76, #1 Arizona Wildcats 51
Pts: A. Miller 18
Rebs: A. Miller 13
Asts: A. Miller 14
Pts: J. Terry 16
Rebs: B. Davison 10
Asts: M. Simon 4
Halftime Score: Utah, 29-20
Arrowhead Pond - Anaheim, CA
Attendance: 17,851
Referees: Gerald Boudreaux, Tony Greene, Tom Rucker

South Regional - St. Petersburg, Florida[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 Duke 99
16 Radford 63
1 Duke 79
Lexington
8 Oklahoma St. 73
8 Oklahoma St. 74
9 George Washington 59
1 Duke 80
5 Syracuse 67
5 Syracuse 63
12 Iona 61
5 Syracuse 56
Lexington
4 New Mexico 46
4 New Mexico 79
13 Butler 62
1 Duke 84
2 Kentucky 86
6 UCLA 65
11 Miami-FL 62
6 UCLA 85
Atlanta
3 Michigan 82
3 Michigan 80
14 Davidson 61
6 UCLA 68
2 Kentucky 94
7 Massachusetts 46
10 St. Louis 51
10 St. Louis 61
Atlanta
2 Kentucky 88
2 Kentucky 82
15 South Carolina St. 67

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 22
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 86, #1 Duke Blue Devils 84
Pts: J. Sheppard 18
Rebs: H. Evans, J. Sheppard 11
Asts: W. Turner 8
Pts: R. McLeod 19
Rebs: R. McLeod, S. Battier 8
Asts: S. Wojciechowski, T. Langdon 4
Halftime Score: Duke, 49-39
Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL
Attendance: 40,589
Referees: Tom Harrington, Mike Sanzere, Curtis Shaw

Midwest Regional - St. Louis, Missouri[edit]

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
                       
1 Kansas 110
16 Prairie View 52
1 Kansas 75
Oklahoma City
8 Rhode Island 80
8 Rhode Island 97
9 Murray St 74
8 Rhode Island 74
13 Valparaiso 68
5 TCU 87
12 Florida St 96
12 Florida St 77
Oklahoma City
13 Valparaiso 83*
4 Ole Miss 69
13 Valparaiso 70
8 Rhode Island 77
3 Stanford 79
6 Clemson 72
11 Western Michigan 75
11 Western Michigan 65
Chicago
3 Stanford 83
3 Stanford 67
14 College of Charleston 57
3 Stanford 67
2 Purdue 59
7 St Johns 64
10 Detroit 66
10 Detroit 65
Chicago
2 Purdue 80
2 Purdue 95
15 Delaware 56

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 22
#3 Stanford Cardinal 79, #8 Rhode Island 77
Pts: A. Lee 26
Rebs: T. Young 12
Asts: A. Lee 7
Pts: T. Wheeler 24
Rebs: A. Reynolds-Dean 10
Asts: T. Wheeler 5
Halftime Score: 38-38
Kiel Center - St. Louis, MO
Attendance: 22, 172
Referees: Frank Scagliotta, Mike Kitts, Larry Rose

Final Four @ San Antonio, Texas[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E1 North Carolina 59
W3 Utah 65
W3 Utah 69
S2 Kentucky 78
S2 Kentucky 86*
M3 Stanford 85

Game Summaries[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 28
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 86, #3 Stanford Cardinal 85 (OT)
Pts: J. Sheppard 27
Rebs: J.Sheppard, H. Evans, S. Padgett 6
Asts: J. Sheppard, W. Turner 4
Pts: A. Lee 26
Rebs: M. Madsen 16
Asts: A. Lee 5
Halftime Score: Stanford, 37-32
After Regulation: 73-73
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 40,509
Referees: Tim Higgins, Bob Donato, Larry Rose
CBS
Saturday, March, 28
#3 Utah Utes 65, #2 North Carolina Tar Heels 59
Pts: M. Doleac, A. Miller 16
Rebs: A. Miller 14
Asts: A. Miller 7
Pts: V. Carter 21
Rebs: A. Jamison 12
Asts: E. Cota 7
Halftime Score: Utah, 35-22
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 40,509
Referees: John Clougherty, Andre Pattillo, Don Rutledge

National Championship[edit]

CBS
Monday, March 30
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 78, #3 Utah Utes 69
Pts: S. Padgett 17
Rebs: H. Evans 6
Asts: A. Edwards 5
Pts: A. Miller 16
Rebs: M. Doleac 10
Asts: A. Miller 5
Halftime Score: Utah, 41-31
Alamodome - San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 40,509
Referees: Jim Burr, Donnie Gray, Mike Sanzere

Announcers[edit]