2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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2014 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
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2014 Final Four logo
Season 2013–14
Teams 68
Finals site AT&T Stadium
Arlington, Texas
Champions Connecticut (4th title, 4th title game,
5th Final Four)
Runner-up Kentucky (12th title game,
16th Final Four)
Semifinalists Florida (5th Final Four)
Wisconsin (3rd Final Four)
Winning coach Kevin Ollie (1st title)
MOP Shabazz Napier Connecticut
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
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The 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 18, 2014, and concluded with the Connecticut Huskies winning the championship game on April 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The East Regional semifinals and final were held in Madison Square Garden, the first time that arena has been used as an NCAA Tournament venue and the first time in 63 years that tournament games have been held in New York City.

With No. 7 seed Connecticut and No. 8 seed Kentucky reaching the championship game, this tournament's final was the first ever to not include at least one 1, 2, or 3 seed. It is also only the third final to not feature a 1 or 2 seed (1989 - #3 Michigan vs. #3 Seton Hall and 2011 - #3 Connecticut vs. #8 Butler). Connecticut was the first 7 seed to ever reach and win the championship game. The two teams combined for the highest seed total in championship game history with 15. The previous record (11) was held by Connecticut and Butler in 2011.

The next day, the UConn Huskies women's team won the women's NCAA basketball tournament, only the second time that a school has won both the men's and women's Division I national basketball championships in the same year (the other time being UConn in 2004).[1]

The previous season, UConn was academically ineligible for the postseason.

Tournament procedure[edit]

For 2014 the selection committee picked a total of 68 teams that would enter the 2014 tournament, of which 32 were "automatic bids" (teams winning their conference tournaments, with the exception of the Ivy League, which does not host a post-season conference tournament; thus, its regular-season conference champion is awarded the automatic bid) while the remaining 36 were "at large" bids which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee on the Sunday preceding the First Four play-in tournament and dubbed Selection Sunday by the media and fans. The Selection Committee also seeded the entire field from 1 to 68.[2]

Eight teams – the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams – played in the First Four (the successor to what had been popularly known as "play-in games" through the 2010 tournament). The winners of those games advanced to the main draw of the tournament.

Notables[edit]

Wichita State became the first team since UNLV in 1991 to go into the tournament undefeated. The Shockers entered the tournament 34-0. Their perfect record would be spoiled by Kentucky in the Third Round.

MEAC champion North Carolina Central University[3] and Big West champion Cal Poly[4] made their first NCAA Division I tournament appearances.

For only the second time since 1973 no teams from the state of Indiana (a state noted for its basketball powerhouse programs) were in the tournament.[5]

There were five overtime games in the Second Round of the tournament, the most overtime games ever in tournament history. In contrast, the previous two tournaments had two overtime games combined.

North Dakota State's victory against Oklahoma secured the first tournament win for the state of North Dakota. Mercer, Stephen F. Austin, Albany, and Cal Poly had their first NCAA tournament wins. Cal Poly's victory over Texas Southern marked only the third time a team with a losing record won a game in the tournament.

Notable upsets included: Mercer over Duke, Dayton over Ohio State and, later, over Syracuse, North Dakota State over Oklahoma, Stephen F. Austin over VCU, Harvard over Cincinnati (its second-consecutive upset in as many years as a #12 seed), Stanford over Kansas, Kentucky over previously unbeaten Wichita State and, later, over Michigan, and UConn over Villanova and, later, over #1 overall seed Florida.

The National Championship game is the first one to not involve a 1, 2, or a 3 seed, and featured the two lowest seeds ever to meet (#7 UConn and #8 Kentucky). UConn was the first #7 seed to both reach, and win, the championship game.

2014 NCAA Tournament schedule and venues[edit]

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Dayton
Dayton
Buffalo
Buffalo
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Orlando
Orlando
Spokane
Spokane
Raleigh
Raleigh
San Antonio
San Antonio
San Diego
San Diego
St. Louis
St. Louis
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2014 First Four (black) and second and third rounds (green)
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Anaheim
Anaheim
Memphis
Memphis
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
New York City
New York City
Arlington
Arlington
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2014 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2014 tournament:[6]

First Four

Second and third rounds

Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

National semifinals and championship (Final Four and Championship)

Qualified teams[edit]

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

The following teams are automatic qualifiers for the 2014 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's tournament (except for the Ivy League, whose regular-season champion receives the automatic bid).

Conference Team Appearance Last bid
ACC Virginia 18th 2012
America East Albany 4th 2013
American Louisville 40th 2013
Atlantic 10 St. Joseph's 20th 2008
Atlantic Sun Mercer 3rd 1985
Big 12 Iowa State 16th 2013
Big East Providence 16th 2004
Big Sky Weber State 15th 2007
Big South Coastal Carolina 3rd 1993
Big Ten Michigan State 27th 2013
Big West Cal Poly 1st Never
Colonial Delaware 5th 1999
C-USA Tulsa 15th 2003
Horizon Milwaukee 4th 2006
Ivy League Harvard 4th 2013
MAAC Manhattan 7th 2004
MAC Western Michigan 4th 2004
MEAC North Carolina Central 1st Never
Missouri Valley Wichita State 11th 2013
Mountain West New Mexico 15th 2013
Northeast Mount St. Mary's 4th 2008
Ohio Valley Eastern Kentucky 8th 2007
Pac-12 UCLA 46th 2013
Patriot American 3rd 2009
SEC Florida 19th 2013
Southern Wofford 3rd 2011
Southland Stephen F. Austin 2nd 2009
SWAC Texas Southern 5th 2003
Summit North Dakota State 2nd 2009
Sun Belt Louisiana–Lafayette 6th 2000
West Coast Gonzaga 17th 2013
WAC New Mexico State 21st 2013

Tournament seeds[edit]

South Region – Memphis
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank[7]
1 Florida SEC 32–2 Automatic 1
2 Kansas Big 12 24–9 At–large 7
3 Syracuse ACC 27–5 At–large 10
4 UCLA Pac-12 26–8 Automatic 15
5 VCU Atlantic 10 26–8 At–large 19
6 Ohio State Big Ten 25–9 At–large 22
7 New Mexico Mountain West 27–6 Automatic 28
8 Colorado Pac-12 23–11 At–large 32
9 Pittsburgh ACC 25–9 At–large 36
10 Stanford Pac-12 21–12 At–large 37
11 Dayton Atlantic 10 23–10 At–large 41
12 Stephen F. Austin Southland 31–2 Automatic 50
13 Tulsa C-USA 21–12 Automatic 52
14 Western Michigan MAC 23–9 Automatic 55
15 Eastern Kentucky Ohio Valley 24–9 Automatic 59
16* Albany America East 18–14 Automatic 66
Mount St. Mary's Northeast 16–16 Automatic 65
West Region – Anaheim
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Arizona Pac-12 30–4 At–large 2
2 Wisconsin Big Ten 26–7 At–large 8
3 Creighton Big East 26–7 At–large 11
4 San Diego State Mountain West 29–4 At–large 16
5 Oklahoma Big 12 23–9 At–large 20
6 Baylor Big 12 24–11 At–large 24
7 Oregon Pac-12 23–9 At–large 27
8 Gonzaga West Coast 28–6 Automatic 30
9 Oklahoma State Big 12 21–12 At–large 35
10 BYU West Coast 23–11 At–large 39
11 Nebraska Big Ten 19–12 At–large 42
12 North Dakota State Summit 25–6 Automatic 48
13 New Mexico State WAC 26–9 Automatic 53
14 Louisiana-Lafayette Sun Belt 23–11 Automatic 57
15 American Patriot 20–12 Automatic 62
16 Weber State Big Sky 19–11 Automatic 64
East Region – New York City
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Virginia ACC 28–6 Automatic 4
2 Villanova Big East 28–4 At-Large 5
3 Iowa State Big 12 26–7 Automatic 12
4 Michigan State Big Ten 26–8 Automatic 14
5 Cincinnati American 27–6 At–large 17
6 North Carolina ACC 23–9 At–large 21
7 Connecticut American 26–8 At–large 26
8 Memphis American 23–9 At–large 31
9 George Washington Atlantic 10 24–8 At–large 34
10 St. Joseph's Atlantic 10 24–9 Automatic 38
11 Providence Big East 23–11 Automatic 43
12 Harvard Ivy 26–4 Automatic 49
13 Delaware Colonial 25–9 Automatic 54
14 North Carolina Central MEAC 28–5 Automatic 58
15 Milwaukee Horizon 21–13 Automatic 60
16 Coastal Carolina Big South 21–12 Automatic 63
Midwest Region – Indianapolis
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Wichita State MVC 34–0 Automatic 3
2 Michigan Big Ten 25–8 At-large 6
3 Duke ACC 26–8 At–large 9
4 Louisville American 29–5 Automatic 13
5 Saint Louis Atlantic 10 26–6 At–large 18
6 Massachusetts Atlantic 10 24–8 At–large 23
7 Texas Big 12 23–10 At–large 25
8 Kentucky SEC 24–10 At–large 29
9 Kansas State Big 12 20–12 At–large 33
10 Arizona State Pac-12 21–11 At–large 40
11* Iowa Big Ten 20–12 At–large 45
Tennessee SEC 21–12 At–large 44
12* NC State ACC 21–13 At–large 47
Xavier Big East 21–12 At–large 46
13 Manhattan MAAC 25–7 Automatic 51
14 Mercer Atlantic Sun 26–8 Automatic 56
15 Wofford Southern 20–12 Automatic 61
16* Cal Poly Big West 13–19 Automatic 68
Texas Southern SWAC 19–14 Automatic 67

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

Unless otherwise noted, all times listed are Eastern Daylight Time (UTC-04)

First Four – Dayton, Ohio[edit]

March 18 – Midwest Region
     
12 NC State 74
12 Xavier 59
March 18 – South Region
     
16 Albany 71
16 Mount St. Mary's 64
March 19 – Midwest Region
     
11 Iowa 65
11 Tennessee 78*
March 19 – Midwest Region
     
16 Cal Poly 81
16 Texas Southern 69

South Regional – Memphis, Tennessee[edit]

Second round
Round of 64
March 20–21
Third round
Round of 32
March 22–23
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 27
Regional finals
Elite 8
March 29
                       
1 Florida 67
16 Albany 55
1 Florida 61
Orlando - Thu/Sat
9 Pittsburgh 45
8 Colorado 48
9 Pittsburgh 77
1 Florida 79
4 UCLA 68
5 VCU 75
12 Stephen F. Austin 77*
12 Stephen F. Austin 60
San Diego - Fri/Sun
4 UCLA 77
4 UCLA 76
13 Tulsa 59
1 Florida 62
11 Dayton 52
6 Ohio State 59
11 Dayton 60
11 Dayton 55
Buffalo - Thu/Sat
3 Syracuse 53
3 Syracuse 77
14 Western Michigan 53
11 Dayton 82
10 Stanford 72
7 New Mexico 53
10 Stanford 58
10 Stanford 60
St. Louis - Fri/Sun
2 Kansas 57
2 Kansas 80
15 Eastern Kentucky 69

Regional Final summary[edit]

TBS
Saturday, March 29
5:09 pm CT
#1 Florida Gators 62, #11 Dayton Flyers 52
Pts: S. Wilbekin - 23
Rebs: D. Finney-Smith - 9
Asts: K. Hill, S. Wilbekin - 3
Pts: D. Pierre - 18
Rebs: M. Kavanaugh - 8
Asts: D. Pierre - 5
Halftime Score: Florida, 38-24
FedEx Forum - Memphis, TN
Attendance: 15,443
Referees: Mike Stuart, Pat Driscoll, Doug Shows

South Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Michael Frazier, Florida; Devin Oliver, Dayton; Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton; Dwight Powell, Stanford[8]

Regional most outstanding player: Scottie Wilbekin, Florida[9]

East Regional – New York City[edit]

Second round
Round of 64
March 20–21
Third round
Round of 32
March 22–23
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 28
Regional finals
Elite 8
March 30
                       
1 Virginia 70
16 Coastal Carolina 59
1 Virginia 78
Raleigh - Fri/Sun
8 Memphis 60
8 Memphis 71
9 George Washington 66
1 Virginia 59
4 Michigan State 61
5 Cincinnati 57
12 Harvard 61
12 Harvard 73
Spokane - Thu/Sat
4 Michigan State 80
4 Michigan State 93
13 Delaware 78
4 Michigan State 54
7 Connecticut 60
6 North Carolina 79
11 Providence 77
6 North Carolina 83
San Antonio - Fri/Sun
3 Iowa State 85
3 Iowa State 93
14 NC Central 75
3 Iowa State 76
7 Connecticut 81
7 Connecticut 89*
10 St. Joseph's 81
7 Connecticut 77
Buffalo - Thu/Sat
2 Villanova 65
2 Villanova 73
15 Milwaukee 53

Regional Final summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 30
2:20 pm ET
#7 Connecticut Huskies 60, #4 Michigan State Spartans 54
Pts: S. Napier - 25
Rebs: D. Daniels - 8
Asts: S. Napier - 4
Pts: G. Harris - 22
Rebs: A. Payne - 9
Asts: A. Payne - 3
Halftime Score: Michigan State, 25-21
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
Attendance: 19,499
Referees: Tom Eades, John Higgins, Michael Roberts

East Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: DeAndre Daniels, Connecticut; Gary Harris, Michigan State; Dustin Hogue, Iowa State; Adreian Payne, Michigan State[10]

Regional most outstanding player: Shabazz Napier, Connecticut[11]

West Regional – Anaheim, California[edit]

Second round
Round of 64
March 20–21
Third round
Round of 32
March 22–23
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 27
Regional finals
Elite 8
March 29
                       
1 Arizona 68
16 Weber State 59
1 Arizona 84
San Diego - Fri/Sun
8 Gonzaga 61
8 Gonzaga 85
9 Oklahoma State 77
1 Arizona 70
4 San Diego State 64
5 Oklahoma 75
12 North Dakota State 80*
12 North Dakota State 44
Spokane - Thu/Sat
4 San Diego State 63
4 San Diego State 73*
13 New Mexico State 69
1 Arizona 63
2 Wisconsin 64*
6 Baylor 74
11 Nebraska 60
6 Baylor 85
San Antonio - Fri/Sun
3 Creighton 55
3 Creighton 76
14 Louisiana–Lafayette 66
6 Baylor 52
2 Wisconsin 69
7 Oregon 87
10 BYU 68
7 Oregon 77
Milwaukee - Thu/Sat
2 Wisconsin 85
2 Wisconsin 75
15 American 35

Regional Final summary[edit]

TBS
Saturday, March 29
5:49 pm PT
#2 Wisconsin Badgers 64, #1 Arizona Wildcats 63 (OT)
Pts: F. Kaminsky - 28
Rebs: F. Kaminsky - 11
Asts: T. Jackson - 5
Pts: N. Johnson - 16
Rebs: A. Gordon - 18
Asts: N. Johnson - 3
Halftime Score: Arizona, 28-25
End of Regulation: 54-54
Honda Center - Anaheim, CA
Attendance: 17,814
Referees: Bryan Kersey, Tony Greene, Mike Eades

West Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Aaron Gordon, Arizona; Traevon Jackson, Wisconsin; Nick Johnson, Arizona; Xavier Thames, San Diego State[12]

Regional most outstanding player: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

Midwest Regional – Indianapolis, Indiana[edit]

Second round
Round of 64
March 20–21
Third round
Round of 32
March 22–23
Regional semifinals
Sweet 16
March 28
Regional finals
Elite 8
March 30
                       
1 Wichita State 64
16 Cal Poly 37
1 Wichita State 76
St. Louis - Fri/Sun
8 Kentucky 78
8 Kentucky 56
9 Kansas State 49
8 Kentucky 74
4 Louisville 69
5 Saint Louis 83*
12 NC State 80
5 Saint Louis 51
Orlando - Thu/Sat
4 Louisville 66
4 Louisville 71
13 Manhattan 64
8 Kentucky 75
2 Michigan 72
6 Massachusetts 67
11 Tennessee 86
11 Tennessee 83
Raleigh - Fri/Sun
14 Mercer 63
3 Duke 71
14 Mercer 78
11 Tennessee 71
2 Michigan 73
7 Texas 87
10 Arizona State 85
7 Texas 65
Milwaukee - Thu/Sat
2 Michigan 79
2 Michigan 57
15 Wofford 40

Regional Final summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 30
5:05 pm ET
#8 Kentucky Wildcats 75, #2 Michigan Wolverines 72
Pts: J. Randle - 16
Rebs: J. Randle - 11
Asts: An. Harrison - 6
Pts: N. Stauskas - 24
Rebs: J. Morgan, G. Robinson III - 4
Asts: C. LeVert - 5
Halftime Score: 37-37
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 35,551
Referees: Ed Corbett, Don Daily, Randall McCall

Midwest Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky; Marcus Lee, Kentucky; Caris LeVert, Michigan; Nik Stauskas, Michigan

Regional most outstanding player: Julius Randle, Kentucky[13]

Final Four[edit]

During the Final Four round, regardless of the seeds of the participating teams, the champion of the top overall top seed's region plays against the champion of the fourth-ranked top seed's region, and the champion of the second overall top seed's region plays against the champion of the third-ranked top seed's region.[14] Florida (placed in the South Regional) was selected as the top overall seed, and Virginia (in the East Regional) was named as the fourth and final #1 seed.[15] Thus, the South champion (Florida) played the East Champion (Connecticut) in one semifinal game, and the West Champion (Wisconsin) faced the Midwest Champion (Kentucky) in the other semifinal game.[16]

Arlington, TX[edit]

National Semifinals
April 5
National Championship Game
April 7
           
S1 Florida 53
E7 Connecticut 63
E7 Connecticut 60
MW8 Kentucky 54
W2 Wisconsin 73
MW8 Kentucky 74

Game Summaries[edit]

Final Four[edit]

TBS
TNT
truTV
Saturday, April 5
5:15 pm CT
#7 Connecticut Huskies 63, #1 Florida Gators 53
Pts: D. Daniels - 20
Rebs: D. Daniels - 10
Asts: S. Napier - 6
Pts: P. Young - 19
Rebs: C. Prather - 6
Asts: S. Wilbekin, C. Prather, D. Finney-Smith - 1
Halftime Score: Connecticut, 25-22
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Attendance: 79,444[17]
Referees: John Higgins, Michael Stephens, Doug Simmons
TBS
TNT
truTV
Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:12 pm CT
#8 Kentucky Wildcats 74, #2 Wisconsin Badgers 73
Pts: J. Young - 17
Rebs: D. Johnson, A. Poythress - 7
Asts: An. Harrison - 4
Pts: B. Brust, S. Dekker - 15
Rebs: J. Gasser, F. Kaminsky - 5
Asts: T. Jackson, J. Gasser - 3
Halftime Score: Wisconsin, 40-36
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Attendance: 79,444[18]
Referees: Mike Stuart, Pat Adams, Terry Wymer

National Championship[edit]

CBS
Monday, April 7, 2014
8:10 pm CT
#7 Connecticut Huskies 60, #8 Kentucky Wildcats 54
Pts: S. Napier - 22
Rebs: L. Kromah, D. Daniels, S. Napier - 6
Asts: R. Boatright, S. Napier - 3
Pts: J. Young - 20
Rebs: J. Young - 7
Asts: An. Harrison - 5
Halftime Score: Connecticut, 35-31
AT&T Stadium - Arlington, TX
Attendance: 79,238[19]
Referees: Verne Harris, Doug Shows, Joe DeRosa

Final Four all-tournament team[edit]

Record by conference[edit]

Conference Bids Record Win % R64 R32 S16 E8 F4 CG NC
American 4 9–3 .750 4 3 2 1 1 1 1
SEC 3 12–3 .800 3 3 3 2 2 1
Big Ten 6 10–6 .625 5 3 3 3 1
Pac-12 6 8–6 .571 6 4 3 1
Atlantic 10 6 4–6 .400 6 2 1 1
Big 12 7 6–7 .462 7 4 2
ACC 6 6–6 .500 6 4 1
Mountain West 2 2–2 .500 2 1 1
Big East 4 2–4 .333 3 2
WCC 2 1–2 .333 2 1
Atlantic Sun 1 1–1 .500 1 1
Ivy 1 1–1 .500 1 1
MVC 1 1–1 .500 1 1
Southland 1 1–1 .500 1 1
Summit 1 1–1 .500 1 1
America East 1 1–1 .500 1
Big West 1 1–1 .500 1
  • The R64, R32, S16, E8, F4, CG, NC columns indicate how many teams from each conference were in the round of 64 (second round), round of 32 (third round), Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, championship game, and national champion, respectively.
  • The "Record" column includes wins in the first round (First Four) for ACC, America East, Big West, and SEC.
  • The SWAC and NEC each had one representative, eliminated in the first round with a record of 0–1.
  • The MAAC, OVC, WAC, Patriot League, Colonial, Sun Belt, Big Sky, Horizon League, Big South, Southern Conference, MAC, C-USA, and MEAC each had one representative, eliminated in the second round with a record of 0–1.

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

The year 2014 marked the fourth year of a 14-year partnership between CBS and Turner cable networks TBS, TNT and truTV to cover the entire tournament under the NCAA March Madness banner. TBS aired the Final Four for the first year since CBS' 32 consecutive years of airing. The tournament was considered a ratings success. Tournament games averaged 10.5 million viewers, and the championship game garnered an average of 21.2 million viewers and a peak viewership of 24.3 million.

  • First Four - truTV
  • Second and Third Rounds - CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV
  • Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) - CBS and TBS
  • National Semifinals (Final Four) - TBS, TNT, truTV
  • National Championship - CBS

Studio hosts[21][edit]

  • Greg Gumbel (New York and Arlington) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Ernie Johnson Jr. (New York, Atlanta and Arlington) – Second Round, Third Round, Regional Semi-Finals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Matt Winer (Atlanta) – First Four, Second Round and Third Round

Studio analysts[21][edit]

  • Charles Barkley (New York and Arlington) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Seth Davis (Atlanta and Arlington) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regional Semi-Finals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Doug Gottlieb (Atlanta) – Regional Semi-Finals
  • Grant Hill (Atlanta and Arlington) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regional Semi-Finals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Clark Kellogg (New York and Arlington) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Reggie Miller (Arlington) – Final Four
  • Kenny Smith (New York and Arlington) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Steve Smith (Atlanta) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round and Regional Semi-Finals

Commentary teams [21][22][23][edit]

Team casts[edit]

For the first time in the history of the tournament, Turner broadcast the semifinals. TBS aired the traditional neutral broadcast (with Nantz/Anthony/Kerr/Wolfson commentator set that is also being used for CBS's national championship coverage). However, Turner also distributed team-centered broadcasts for the Final Four broadcasts on TNT and truTV. The announcers for these broadcasts are as follows:[23]

International[edit]

ESPN International distributes broadcast rights to the tournament outside the United States, and will produce separate international broadcasts of the semi-final and championship games with announcers Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst for the final and one semi-final), and Jay Bilas (analyst for the other semi-final).[24] For the initial rounds, they use CBS/Turner coverage with an additional host to transition between games, with whiparound coverage similar to the CBS-only era. ESPN also has exclusive digital rights to the NCAA tournament outside of North America.

In Canada, the broadcasting rights are with TSN.[25] In The Philippines it's aired on TV5.[26]

Radio[edit]

WestwoodOne has exclusive national radio rights to the entire tournament.[27] Team radio networks also hold the rights to broadcast their teams through their entire progression within the tournament and no flagship restrictions. However men's team radio networks cannot stream the games online during the NCAA tournament. WestwoodOne is the only group authorized to stream the tournament online.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ NCCU claims historic MEAC title, lands 1st NCAA Tournament berth
  4. ^ Cal Poly wins Big West tourney for first ever NCAA bid
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  7. ^ Borzello, Jeff. "Official NCAA 1-68 seeding order". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "NCAA tournament: Florida finally gets over the hump in Elite Eight, beats Dayton for Final Four berth". The Washington Post. 
  9. ^ "Wilbekin's shot pivotal in turning momentum for Florida". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
  10. ^ "ISU's Hogue named to all-East Region team". Des Moines Register. 
  11. ^ "UConn Advances to Final Four with 60-54 Win Over Michigan State". UConnHuskies.com. 
  12. ^ "Badgers men's basketball notes: Yet again, Frank Kaminsky's play has everyone talking". Madison.com. 
  13. ^ "U-M Has Tourney Run End on Last-Second Shot by Kentucky". MGOBLUE.com - University of Michigan Official Athletic Site. 
  14. ^ "2013-14 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship – Principles And Procedures For Establishing The Bracket". NCAA. Retrieved March 27, 2014. "The committee will place the four No. 1 seeded teams 1 through 4 in each of the four regions, thus determining the Final Four semifinals pairings (overall 1 vs. 4; 2 vs. 3)." 
  15. ^ "Official NCAA 1-68 seeding order". CBS Sports. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ "2014 NCAA Tournament Printable Bracket". probasketballtalk.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Final Four: Connecticut vs. Florida". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  18. ^ "Final Four: Kentucky vs. Wisconsin". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2014-04-05. 
  19. ^ "Championship: Connecticut vs. Kentucky". Stat Broadcast. Retrieved 2014-04-07. 
  20. ^ Paulsen. "2014 March Madness TV Schedule on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV". Sports Media Watch. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b c "CBS/Turner Releases the Tip Times and Announcing Assignments for First Two Rounds of 2014 NCAA Tournament". Fangs Bites. March 16, 2014. Retrieved March 16, 2014. 
  22. ^ "2014 NCAA Tournament Tip Times and Announcing Assignments for Sweet 16". Fangs Bites. March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ a b "CBS/Turner Announces 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four Broadcast Plans ☆". Fangs Bites. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  24. ^ Blackburn, Gracie (March 6, 2014). "Bilas, Shulman and Vitale to Call Final Four Games for ESPN International". ESPN MediaZone. Retrieved March 6, 2014. 
  25. ^ http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=446577
  26. ^ http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/tv5-to-air-us-ncaa-march-madness
  27. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  28. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Men's Division 1 Tournament Week 1 Schedule". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. March 17, 2014. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  29. ^ "2014 NCAA Men's Division 1 Tournament Week 2 Schedule". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. March 23, 2014. Retrieved March 23, 2014. 
  30. ^ "2014 NCAA Men's Division I Tournament Final Four & Championship Broadcast Information". Eye on Sky and Air Sports. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.