2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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2015 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
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2015 Final Four logo
Season 2014–15
Teams 68
Finals site Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
Champions Duke (5th title, 11th title game,
16th Final Four)
Runner-up Wisconsin (2nd title game,
4th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Mike Krzyzewski (5th title)
MOP Tyus Jones Duke
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
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The 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involves 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. The 77th edition of the tournament began on March 17, 2015, and concluded with the championship game on April 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Wisconsin in the championship game, 68–63. Tyus Jones of Duke was the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


2015 NCAA Tournament schedule and venues[edit]

2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
Dayton
Dayton
Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Louisville
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Portland
Portland
Charlotte
Charlotte
Columbus
Columbus
Omaha
Omaha
Seattle
Seattle
2015 First Four (orange) and second and third rounds March 19 and 21 (green) March 20 and 22 (Blue)
2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
Cleveland
Cleveland
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Houston
Houston
Syracuse
Syracuse
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
2015 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2015 tournament:[1]

First Four

Second and Third Rounds

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)


Notables[edit]

Kentucky entered the tournament unbeaten. After 22 years without an unbeaten team in the tournament, following UNLV in 1991, this is the second consecutive tournament with an unbeaten team (after Wichita State in the previous). The Wildcats, by beating Cincinnati in the third round, set an NCAA men's record with 36 straight wins to start a season. They would win two more before Wisconsin upset them in the Final Four.

Defending national champion Connecticut did not qualify.

Kansas extended its streak of consecutive tournament appearances to 26 in a row. They have made each NCAA Tournament dating back to 1990. Should Kansas make the tournament next year, they will tie the record for consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances held by North Carolina (1975-2001).

Atlantic Sun Conference champion North Florida, Big West Conference champion UC Irvine, and Mid-American Conference champion Buffalo made their first respective appearances in the Division I tournament.

With both Buffalo and Albany winning their respective conferences and reaching the tournament, this is the first time two schools in the State University of New York system have reached the Division I tournament in the same year.[2]

Two teams broke appearance droughts of over 20 years with their bids: Colonial Athletic Association champion Northeastern made its first NCAA appearance since 1991, and American champion Southern Methodist made its first NCAA appearance since 1993.

Harvard and Yale played a one-game playoff at the Palestra. Harvard won in dramatic fashion.[3]

Dayton played a First Four game at their home arena, which is usually not allowed during the men's tournament. The NCAA selection committee indicated that putting Dayton in its home arena "falls within the context" of the committee's procedures.[4]

For the first time since 1995, two 14 seeds recorded wins in the Second Round. On March 19, Georgia State defeated Baylor and UAB defeated Iowa State.

Of the sixteen games played on March 19, five were decided by one point, a single-day record.

For the first time since 2007 and the fourth time since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, all four 5 seeds won their Second Round games. This was also the first time since 2007 that there were four 4 vs. 5 matchups in the Third Round.

On March 20, all but one "chalk" team won their game (there was only one upset), compared to the four upsets the previous day.

Michigan State reached its seventh Final Four in the last 18 seasons—the best mark in the nation during that time span.[5]

For the first time since 2009, multiple 1 seeds reached the Final Four.

For the first time since 2008, two 1 seeds reached the Championship, between Kansas and Memphis (later vacated by Memphis).

Wisconsin was in its first final since 1941, and lost; and Duke in its first final since 2010, and won.


Qualifying and selection procedure[edit]

For more details on this topic, see NCAA basketball tournament selection process.

Out of 333 eligible Division I teams, 68 participate in the tournament. Eighteen Division I teams were ineligible due to failing to meet APR requirements, self-imposed postseason bans, or reclassification from a lower division.[8]

Of the 32 automatic bids, 31 were given to programs that won their conference tournaments. The Ivy League does not hold a tournament, and awards its bid to the team with the best regular-season record. However, whenever two or more teams are tied for the conference title, league rules call for a one-game playoff between the top two teams (or a series of such playoffs if more than two teams are tied), which occurred in this year.[3] The remaining 36 bids were granted on an "at-large" basis, which were extended by the NCAA Selection Committee to the teams it deemed to be the best 36 teams that did not receive automatic bids.

Eight teams—the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams—will play in the First Four (the successor to what had been popularly known as "play-in games" through the 2010 tournament). The winners of these games advance to the round of 64.

The Selection Committee will also seed the entire field from 1 to 68.

Automatic qualifiers[edit]

The following teams are automatic qualifiers for the 2015 NCAA field by virtue of winning their conference's automatic bid.

Conference Team Appearance Last bid
ACC Notre Dame 34th 2013
America East Albany 5th 2014
A–10 VCU 14th 2014
American SMU 11th 1993
Atlantic Sun North Florida 1st Never
Big 12 Iowa State 17th 2014
Big East Villanova 34th 2014
Big Sky Eastern Washington 2nd 2004
Big South Coastal Carolina 4th 2014
Big Ten Wisconsin 21st 2014
Big West UC Irvine 1st Never
Colonial Northeastern 8th 1991
C-USA UAB 15th 2011
Horizon Valparaiso 9th 2013
Ivy League Harvard 5th 2014
MAAC Manhattan 8th 2014
MAC Buffalo 1st Never
MEAC Hampton 5th 2011
Missouri Valley Northern Iowa 7th 2010
Mountain West Wyoming 15th 2002
Northeast Robert Morris 8th 2010
Ohio Valley Belmont 7th 2013
Pac-12 Arizona 30th 2014
Patriot Lafayette 4th 2000
SEC Kentucky 54th 2014
Southern Wofford 4th 2014
Southland Stephen F. Austin 3rd 2014
SWAC Texas Southern 6th 2014
Summit North Dakota State 3rd 2014
Sun Belt Georgia State 3rd 2001
West Coast Gonzaga 18th 2014
WAC New Mexico State 19th 2014


Tournament seeds[edit]

Midwest Region – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Kentucky SEC 34–0 Auto 1
2 Kansas Big 12 26–8 At-large 8
3 Notre Dame ACC 29–5 Auto 12
4 Maryland Big 10 27–6 At-large 14
5 West Virginia Big 12 23–9 At-large 19
6 Butler Big East 22–10 At-large 23
7 Wichita State Missouri Valley 28–4 At-large 26
8 Cincinnati American 22–10 At-large 29
9 Purdue Big 10 21–12 At-large 36
10 Indiana Big 10 20–13 At-large 37
11 Texas Big 12 20–13 At-large 41
12 Buffalo Mid American 23–9 Auto 48
13 Valparaiso Horizon 28–5 Auto 51
14 Northeastern Colonial 23–11 Auto 56
15 New Mexico State WAC 23–10 Auto 59
16* Manhattan MAAC 19–13 Auto 67
Hampton MEAC 16–17 Auto 68
West Region – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Wisconsin Big 10 31–3 Auto 4
2 Arizona Pac 12 31–3 Auto 6
3 Baylor Big 12 24–9 At-large 10
4 North Carolina ACC 24–11 At-large 13
5 Arkansas SEC 26–8 At-large 18
6 Xavier Big East 21–13 At-large 24
7 VCU Atlantic 10 26–9 Auto 28
8 Oregon Pac 12 25–9 At-large 30
9 Oklahoma State Big 12 18–13 At-large 34
10 Ohio State Big 10 23–10 At-large 39
11* Ole Miss SEC 20–12 At-large 43
BYU West Coast 25–9 At-large 44
12 Wofford Southern 28–6 Auto 49
13 Harvard Ivy 22–7 Auto 52
14 Georgia State Sun Belt 24–9 Auto 55
15 Texas Southern SWAC 22–12 Auto 61
16 Coastal Carolina Big South 24–9 Auto 64
East Region – Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Villanova Big East 32–2 Auto 2
2 Virginia ACC 29–3 At-large 5
3 Oklahoma Big 12 22–10 At-large 11
4 Louisville ACC 24–8 At-large 15
5 Northern Iowa Missouri Valley 30–3 Auto 20
6 Providence Big East 22–11 At-large 22
7 Michigan State Big 10 23–11 At-large 25
8 North Carolina State ACC 20–13 At-large 31
9 LSU SEC 22–10 At-large 35
10 Georgia SEC 21–11 At-large 40
11* Boise State Mountain West 25–8 At-large 45
Dayton Atlantic 10 25–8 At-large 46
12 Wyoming Mountain West 25–9 Auto 47
13 UC Irvine Big West 21–12 Auto 54
14 Albany America East 24–8 Auto 58
15 Belmont Ohio Valley 22–10 Auto 60
16 Lafayette Patriot 20–12 Auto 63
South Region - NRG Stadium, Houston, TX
Seed School Conference Record Berth type Overall rank
1 Duke ACC 29–4 At-large 3
2 Gonzaga West Coast 32–2 Auto 7
3 Iowa State Big 12 25–8 Auto 9
4 Georgetown Big East 21–10 At-large 16
5 Utah Pac 12 24–8 At-large 17
6 Southern Methodist American 27–6 Auto 21
7 Iowa Big 10 21–11 At-large 27
8 San Diego State Mountain West 26–8 At-large 32
9 St. John's Big East 21–11 At-large 33
10 Davidson Atlantic 10 24–7 At-large 38
11 UCLA Pac 12 20–13 At-large 42
12 Stephen F. Austin Southland 29–4 Auto 50
13 Eastern Washington Big Sky 26–8 Auto 53
14 UAB C-USA 19–15 Auto 57
15 North Dakota State Summit 23–9 Auto 62
16* North Florida Atlantic Sun 23–11 Auto 65
Robert Morris NEC 19–14 Auto 66

*See First Four

Since the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the four 1 seeds have been seeded overall. This was the second time Kentucky was the overall top seed. The previous time was in that 2004 tournament. Duke was the overall 3 seed for the fourth time. Previously advancing to the Final Four in two of those years: 2004 and 2010. Villanova was a 1 seed for the second time in school history, 2006 was the other time. This was the first 1 seed for Wisconsin.


Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period


First Four – Dayton, Ohio[edit]

March 17 – West Region
     
11 BYU 90
11 Ole Miss 94
March 17 – Midwest Region
     
16 Hampton 74
16 Manhattan 64
March 18 – East Region
     
11 Boise State 55
11 Dayton 56
March 18 – South Region
     
16 North Florida 77
16 Robert Morris 81


Midwest Regional – Cleveland, Ohio[edit]

Second Round
Round of 64
March 19–20
Third Round
Round of 32
March 21–22
Regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 26
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 28
                       
1 Kentucky 79
16 Hampton 56
1 Kentucky 64
Louisville – Thu/Sat
8 Cincinnati 51
8 Cincinnati 66*
9 Purdue 65
1 Kentucky 78
5 West Virginia 39
5 West Virginia 68
12 Buffalo 62
5 West Virginia 69
Columbus – Fri/Sun
4 Maryland 59
4 Maryland 65
13 Valparaiso 62
1 Kentucky 68
3 Notre Dame 66
6 Butler 56
11 Texas 48
6 Butler 64
Pittsburgh – Thu/Sat
3 Notre Dame 67*
3 Notre Dame 69
14 Northeastern 65
3 Notre Dame 81
7 Wichita State 70
7 Wichita State 81
10 Indiana 76
7 Wichita State 78
Omaha – Fri/Sun
2 Kansas 65
2 Kansas 75
15 New Mexico State 56


Regional Final summary[edit]

TBS
Saturday, March 28
8:49 pm EDT
#3 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 66, #1 Kentucky Wildcats 68
Scoring by half: 31–31, 35–37
Pts: Z. Auguste - 20
Rebs: Auguste, P. Connaughton - 9
Asts: J. Grant - 6
Pts: K. Towns - 25
Rebs: Towns, T. Lyles - 5
Asts: Towns - 4
Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH
Attendance: 19,464
Referees: Chris Rastatter, Joe DeRosa, David Hall


Midwest Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Pat Connaughton, Notre Dame; Zach Auguste, Notre Dame; Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky; Andrew Harrison, Kentucky[9]

Regional most outstanding player: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky[10]

West Regional – Los Angeles, California[edit]

Second Round
Round of 64
March 19–20
Third Round
Round of 32
March 21–22
Regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 26
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 28
                       
1 Wisconsin 86
16 Coastal Carolina 72
1 Wisconsin 72
Omaha – Fri/Sun
8 Oregon 65
8 Oregon 79
9 Oklahoma State 73
1 Wisconsin 79
4 North Carolina 72
5 Arkansas 56
12 Wofford 53
5 Arkansas 78
Jacksonville – Thu/Sat
4 North Carolina 87
4 North Carolina 67
13 Harvard 65
1 Wisconsin 85
2 Arizona 78
6 Xavier 76
11 Ole Miss 57
6 Xavier 75
Jacksonville – Thu/Sat
14 Georgia State 67
3 Baylor 56
14 Georgia State 57
6 Xavier 60
2 Arizona 68
7 VCU 72
10 Ohio State 75*
10 Ohio State 58
Portland – Thu/Sat
2 Arizona 73
2 Arizona 93
15 Texas Southern 72


Regional Final summary[edit]

TBS
Saturday, March 28
3:09 pm PDT
#2 Arizona Wildcats 78, #1 Wisconsin Badgers 85
Scoring by half: 33–30, 45–55
Pts: B. Ashley, R. Hollis-Jefferson - 17
Rebs: Hollis-Jefferson - 8
Asts: T. McConnell - 5
Pts: F. Kaminsky - 29
Rebs: Kaminsky - 6
Asts: N. Hayes - 4
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
Attendance: 19,125
Referees: Pat Adams, Michael Stephens, Mike Eades


West Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin; Josh Gasser, Wisconsin;[11] T.J. McConnell, Arizona; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona[12]

Regional most outstanding player: Sam Dekker, Wisconsin[13]

East Regional – Syracuse, New York[edit]

Second Round
Round of 64
March 19–20
Third Round
Round of 32
March 21–22
Regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 27
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 29
                       
1 Villanova 93
16 Lafayette 52
1 Villanova 68
Pittsburgh – Thu/Sat
8 NC State 71
8 NC State 66
9 LSU 65
8 NC State 65
4 Louisville 75
5 Northern Iowa 71
12 Wyoming 54
5 Northern Iowa 53
Seattle – Fri/Sun
4 Louisville 66
4 Louisville 57
13 UC Irvine 55
4 Louisville 70
7 Michigan State 76*
6 Providence 53
11 Dayton 66
11 Dayton 66
Columbus – Fri/Sun
3 Oklahoma 72
3 Oklahoma 69
14 Albany 60
3 Oklahoma 58
7 Michigan State 62
7 Michigan State 70
10 Georgia 63
7 Michigan State 60
Charlotte – Fri/Sun
2 Virginia 54
2 Virginia 79
15 Belmont 67


Regional Final summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 29
2:20 pm EDT
#7 Michigan State Spartans 76, #4 Louisville Cardinals 70 (OT)
Scoring by half: 32–40, 33–25 OT: 11–5
Pts: T. Trice - 17
Rebs: B. Dawson - 11
Asts: D. Valentine - 6
Pts: W. Blackshear - 28
Rebs: M. Harrell - 9
Asts: Harrell - 4
Carrier Dome - Syracuse, NY
Attendance: 24,404
Referees: Pat Driscoll, Doug Shows, Verne Harris

East Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Denzel Valentine, Michigan State; Terry Rozier, Louisville; Montrezl Harrell, Louisville; Wayne Blackshear, Louisville[14]

Regional most outstanding player: Travis Trice, Michigan State.[15]

South Regional – Houston, Texas[edit]

Second Round
Round of 64
March 19–20
Third Round
Round of 32
March 21–22
Regional Semifinals
Sweet 16
March 27
Regional Final
Elite 8
March 29
                       
1 Duke 85
16 Robert Morris 56
1 Duke 68
Charlotte – Fri/Sun
8 San Diego State 49
8 San Diego State 76
9 St. John's 64
1 Duke 63
5 Utah 57
5 Utah 57
12 Stephen F. Austin 50
5 Utah 75
Portland – Thu/Sat
4 Georgetown 64
4 Georgetown 84
13 Eastern Washington 74
1 Duke 66
2 Gonzaga 52
6 SMU 59
11 UCLA 60
11 UCLA 92
Louisville – Thu/Sat
14 UAB 75
3 Iowa State 59
14 UAB 60
11 UCLA 62
2 Gonzaga 74
7 Iowa 83
10 Davidson 52
7 Iowa 68
Seattle – Fri/Sun
2 Gonzaga 87
2 Gonzaga 86
15 North Dakota State 76


Regional Final summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 29
4:05 pm CDT
#2 Gonzaga Bulldogs 52, #1 Duke Blue Devils 66
Scoring by half: 26–31, 26–35
Pts: K. Wiltjer - 16
Rebs: Wiltjer, P. Karnowski, B. Wesley - 5
Asts: Karnowski, Wesley, G. Bell - 2
Pts: M. Jones, J. Winslow - 16
Rebs: J. Okafor - 8
Asts: T. Jones - 6
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX
Attendance: 20,744
Referees: Mike Stuart, Doug Sirmons, Jeffrey Anderson

South Regional all-tournament team[edit]

Regional all-tournament team: Matt Jones, Duke; Justise Winslow, Duke; Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga; Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga[16]

Regional most outstanding player: Tyus Jones, Duke[17]

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.

Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana[edit]

National Semifinals
April 4
National Championship Game
April 6
           
MW1 Kentucky 64
W1 Wisconsin 71
W1 Wisconsin 63
S1 Duke 68
E7 Michigan State 61
S1 Duke 81

Game summaries[edit]

Final Four[edit]

TBS
Saturday, April 4
6:09 p.m. EDT
#7 Michigan State Spartans 61, #1 Duke Blue Devils 81
Scoring by half: 25–36, 36–45
Pts: D. Valentine - 22
Rebs: Valentine - 11
Asts: T. Trice, L. Nairn - 5
Pts: J. Winslow - 19
Rebs: Winslow - 9
Asts: T. Jones - 4
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 72,238
Referees: Bryan Kersey, Pat Adams, Mike Eades
TBS
Saturday, April 4
9:06 p.m. EDT
#1 Wisconsin Badgers 71, #1 Kentucky Wildcats 64
Scoring by half: 36–36, 35–28
Pts: F. Kaminsky - 20
Rebs: Kaminsky - 11
Asts: Kaminsky, T. Jackson, B. Koenig - 2
Pts: K. Towns - 16
Rebs: Towns - 9
Asts: An. Harrison - 4
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 72,238
Referees: Verne Harris, John Higgins, Doug Sirmons

National Championship[edit]

CBS
Monday, April 6
9:18 p.m. EDT
#1 Wisconsin Badgers 63, #1 Duke Blue Devils 68
Scoring by half: 31–31, 32–37
Pts: F. Kaminsky - 21
Rebs: Kaminsky - 12
Asts: B. Koenig - 4
Pts: T. Jones - 23
Rebs: J. Winslow - 9
Asts: Q. Cook, A. Jefferson - 2
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
Attendance: 71,149
Referees: Joe DeRosa, Michael Stephens, Pat Driscoll

Final Four all-tournament team[edit]

[18]

Record by conference[edit]

Conference Bids Record Win % R64 R32 S16 E8 F4 CG NC
ACC 6 17–5 .773 6 6 5 3 1 1 1
Big Ten 7 12–7 .632 7 5 2 2 2 1
SEC 5 6–5 .545 5 2 1 1 1
Pac-12 4 8–4 .667 4 4 3 1
West Coast 2 3–2 .600 1 1 1 1
Big 12 7 5–7 .417 7 3 2
Big East 6 5–6 .455 6 4 1
Missouri Valley 2 3–2 .600 2 2 1
Atlantic 10 3 2–3 .400 3 1
Mountain West 3 1–3 .250 2 1
American 2 1–2 .333 2 1
Conference USA 1 1–1 .500 1 1
Sun Belt 1 1–1 .500 1 1
MEAC 1 1–1 .500 1
Northeast 1 1–1 .500 1


Media coverage[edit]

Story headlines[edit]

The round of 64 started off with multiple upsets with majority of the upsets coming out of the Big 12 conference. The televisions coverage of CBS and Turner had one of the best overall ratings on March 20, 2015. According to Nielsen estimates, exclusive coverage of the opening full round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV averaged a 6.6 overnight household rating/14 share — up 10% from last year and the highest since the tournament expanded to four telecast windows for the entire day.[20]

One of the upsets that happened was UAB upsetting No. 3 seed Iowa State 60-59. The 19-15 UAB Blazers qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2011 by winning three-straight to earn the Conference USA tournament title and an automatic bid.[21]

Baylor, a No. 3 seed, took on No. 14 seed Georgia State and with less than three minutes to go, Georgia State staged an 13-0 run to beat Baylor. "The comeback was punctuated with a three by R. J. Hunter, son of stool-bound coach Ron Hunter, that has already produced a moment sure to go down in history – the elder Hunter, who already tore his Achilles celebrating the team's Sun Belt conference tourney victory, fell off that stool in ecstasy after his son's three dropped to give the Panthers the 57-56 lead that would be the final margin",[22] according to Andy Hutchins.

However the most talked about headline was UCLA not only making the tournament despite a poor performance in the Pac-12, but also with a call with 13 seconds left when UCLA took on SMU and coach Larry Brown. A late second goaltending that cost SMU the game sparked a lot of attention in sports media and social media. The Bruins moved on to play UAB in the Round of 32. Both teams have played each other once this season, when UCLA beat the Blazers 88-76 in the Bahamas back in November. Sam Vecenie a CBS writer, is quoted saying, "Funny part of that story? It was the last-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Cool to see how these two teams have turned around their season"[23]


Television[edit]

The year 2015 marks the fifth 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 will air the Final Four for the second consecutive year.

Studio hosts[edit]

Studio analysts[edit]

  • Charles Barkley (New York and Indianapolis) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four, and National Championship Game
  • Mateen Cleaves (Atlanta) – First Four, Second Round, and Third Round
  • Seth Davis (Atlanta and Indianapolis) – First Four, Second Round, Third Round, Regional Semi-Finals, Final Four, and National Championship Game
  • Jamie Dixon (Atlanta) – Third Round
  • Doug Gottlieb (New York) – Regionals
  • Anthony Grant (Atlanta) – Third Round
  • Ron Hunter (Atlanta) – Regional Semi-Finals
  • Clark Kellogg (New York and Indianapolis) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four, and National Championship Game
  • Reggie Miller (Indianapolis) – Final Four and National Championship Game
  • Wally Szczerbiak (Atlanta and New York) – First Four and Second Round
  • Kenny Smith (New York and Indianapolis) – Second Round, Third Round, Regionals, Final Four, and National Championship Game
  • Steve Smith (Atlanta and Indianapolis) – Regional Semi-Finals, Final Four, and National Championship Game
  • Buzz Williams (Atlanta) – Second Round

Commentary teams[edit]

Sources:[25][26]

Team casts[edit]

For the second consecutive year Turner will broadcast the semifinals. TBS will air the traditional neutral broadcast (Nantz, Raftery, Hill, and Wolfson). Turner will also distribute team-centered broadcasts for the Final Four broadcasts on TNT and truTV. These matches will be called "Team Stream by Bleacher Report".[27][28][29]

Radio[edit]

Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the entire tournament.[30]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preliminary round sites announced for 2014, 2015 NCAA tournaments". NCAA. December 16, 2012. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Buffalo, UAlbany give SUNY two reps in NCAA men's hoops. Business First. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "2015 Men's Basketball Playoff Details Announced" (Press release). Ivy League. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ Kollars, Brian (March 15, 2015). "Flyers staying home for start of NCAA tourney". Dayton Daily News. 
  5. ^ Paine, Neil (March 30, 2015). "The Legend Of Tom Izzo Grows". FiveThirtyEight. 
  6. ^ http://www.ncaa.org/sites/default/files/Arkansas%20Pine%20Bluff%20Infractions%20Decision%20PUBLIC.PDF
  7. ^ Dobbertean, Chris (March 17, 2015). "2015 Conference Tournament Central". SB Nation. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ The 18 teams that are ineligible, and the reasons for ineligibility, are:
    • APR: Alabama State, Appalachian State, Central Arkansas, Florida A&M, Houston Baptist, Lamar, Milwaukee, San Jose State, Southern
    • Other NCAA infractions: Arkansas-Pine Bluff[6]
    • Self-imposed bans: Southern Miss, Syracuse
    • Reclassification: Abilene Christian, Grand Canyon, Incarnate Word, Northern Kentucky, Omaha, UMass Lowell[7]
  9. ^ "All-Tournament team from the Midwest Regional". Blue Gold Illustrated. 28 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  10. ^ Roberts, Ben. "Karl-Anthony Towns grows from 'prima donna' into prime-time player". Lexington Herald-Leader. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Polzin, Jim. "Badgers men's basketball: Sam Dekker's big shot clinches UW's victory over Arizona, return to Final Four". Madison.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Pascoe, Bruce. "UA-Wisconsin postgame: On NBA decisions, tears and pride". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Wisconsin heads to Final Four after 85-78 win over Arizona". sports.yahoo.com. 
  14. ^ Griffith, Mike. "Michigan State senior Travis Trice voted Most Outstanding Player in NCAA East Regional". MLive. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  15. ^ Rexrod3, Joe. "MSU 76 Louisville 70: MSU Advances to Final Four". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Gonzaga vs Duke (3/29/15 at Houston, Texas (NRG Stadium))". GoZags.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Notes: Duke 66, Gonzaga 52". GoDuke.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  18. ^ "All-tourney team". Duke Basketball. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "With stars struggling, Duke's 'other' freshman delivers". Fox Sports. Associated Press. April 7, 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  20. ^ Kissell, Rick. "March Madness Breaks Ratings Record on Opening Day". variety.com. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  21. ^ Greenberg, Neil. "UAB Blazers are tournament’s first bracket buster". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  22. ^ Hutchins, Andy. "2015 March Madness bracket: Georgia State stages dramatic upset of Baylor, Arizona rolls". sbnation.com. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ Vecenie, Sam. "Goaltend call lifts UCLA past SMU; should goaltending be reviewable?". CBS Sports. Retrieved March 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Marv Albert is 'under the weather', Replaced by Brian Anderson for Call of Kentucky-Notre Dame". USA Today. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015. 
  25. ^ "Hill, Raftery added to Final Four, national championship broadcast team" (Press release). NCAA. February 3, 2015. Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  26. ^ "CBS Sports, Turner Sports announce championship commentator team for 2015 DI Men's Basketball tournament". NCAA. March 4, 2015. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  27. ^ "The Final Four Teamcasts Will Return In 2015". Awful Announcing. February 9, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  28. ^ "TNT/truTV Final Four Teamcasts To Be Branded "Team Stream by Bleacher Report"". Awful Announcing. March 26, 2015. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  29. ^ "This Year's Team Stream Final Four Announcers Are Revealed". Awful Announcing. March 31, 2015. Retrieved March 31, 2015. 
  30. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Retrieved May 12, 2013. 

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