1978 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament

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1978 NCAA Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams32
Finals siteThe Checkerdome
St. Louis, Missouri
ChampionsKentucky Wildcats (5th title, 7th title game,
8th Final Four)
Runner-upDuke Blue Devils (2nd title game,
4th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coachJoe B. Hall (1st title)
MOPJack Givens (Kentucky)
Attendance227,149
Top scorerMike Gminski Duke
(109 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1977 1979»

The 1978 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 11, 1978, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in St. Louis, Missouri. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game.

The process of seeding the bracket was first used in this tournament. Sixteen conference winners with automatic bids were seeded 1 through 4 in each region. At-large teams were seeded 1 through 4 in each region separately. There were in fact only 11 true at-large teams in the field, as the remaining 5 teams were conference winners with automatic bids who were seeded as "at-large."[1] The practice of distinguishing between automatic and at-large teams was ended after the tournament, and the expanded field of 40 was simply seeded from 1 to 10 in the 1979 tournament.

Kentucky, coached by Joe B. Hall, won the national title with a 94–88 victory in the final game over Duke, coached by Bill E. Foster. Jack Givens of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The biggest upset of the tournament took place in the first round, when little-heralded Miami (Ohio) defeated defending champion Marquette 84-81 in overtime. The victory was even sweeter for Miami Redskins (now RedHawks) fans as former Marquette coach Al McGuire had earlier strongly criticized the NCAA for potentially matching Marquette against Kentucky in the second round, with Marquette being given a first-round opponent in Miami that was supposedly not even worthy of providing an adequate tune-up game.

Unranked Cal State Fullerton (CSUF) pulled off two upsets, first over 4th ranked New Mexico (coached by Norm Ellenberger and led by Michael Cooper) and then over top-10 San Francisco (featuring Bill Cartwright). The loss was especially painful for New Mexico as the regional semifinals and finals were held on the Lobos' home court in Albuquerque. CSUF then almost upset Arkansas in the West Regional final, losing by 3 points. In each of the three games, the Titans overcame second-half double-digit deficits. In the Arkansas game, they cut a big deficit to 1 and had the ball with 14 seconds left. But Arkansas' Jim Counce stole the ball from Keith Anderson (many observers felt Anderson was fouled) and drove down to hit a clinching layup.

In the Mideast regional final, Kentucky knocked off top-seeded Michigan State, led by freshman Earvin "Magic" Johnson. This was the only time in a 4-year period (that included his senior year in high school, 2 years of college, and his rookie NBA season) that Magic's team did not win its final game of the playoffs and hence the championship.

The Final Four semifinal games and the National Championship game in St. Louis Arena (a.k.a. The Checkerdome) were not played on the Arena's official floor. Water damage to it forced the NCAA to borrow the floor from Indiana University's Assembly Hall.

Locations[edit]

1978 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament is located in the US
Charlotte
Charlotte
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Tulsa
Tulsa
Knoxville
Knoxville
Wichita
Wichita
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Eugene
Eugene
Tempe
Tempe
1978 sites for first and second round games
1978 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament is located in the US
Providence
Providence
Dayton
Dayton
Lawrence
Lawrence
Albuquerque
Albuquerque
St. Louis
St. Louis
1978 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)
Round Region Site Venue Host
First Round East Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum UNC Charlotte
East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra Pennsylvania/Temple
Mideast Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena Butler/IUPUI
Mideast Knoxville, Tennessee Stokely Athletic Center Tennessee
Midwest Tulsa, Oklahoma Mabee Center Oral Roberts/Tulsa
Midwest Wichita, Kansas Levitt Arena Wichita State
West Eugene, Oregon McArthur Court Oregon
West Tempe, Arizona ASU Activity Center Arizona State
Regionals East Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center Providence College
Mideast Dayton, Ohio University of Dayton Arena Dayton
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Allen Fieldhouse Kansas
West Albuquerque, New Mexico University Arena ("The Pit") New Mexico
Final Four St. Louis, Missouri The Checkerdome Missouri Valley Conference/St. Louis University

For the second time in six years, St. Louis was chosen as the host city for the Final Four, the eighth city to host multiple times. There were no new host cities for the first time since 1950, but one new venue, Market Square Arena, marking the first time since 1940 that the tournament returned to Indianapolis, now a common site of Final Fours. The tournament did mark the last time it would be held at McArthur Court, as it has not returned to Eugene since. It was also the last time the regionals would be held in historic Allen Fieldhouse, something it did eight times.

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1Q Duke Bill E. Foster Runner Up Kentucky L 94–88
East 3Q Furman Joe Williams Round of 32 Indiana L 63–62
East 1L Indiana Bob Knight Sweet Sixteen Villanova L 61–60
East 4L La Salle Paul Westhead Round of 32 Villanova L 103–97
East 4Q Penn Bob Weinhauer Sweet Sixteen Duke L 84–80
East 3L Rhode Island Jack Kraft Round of 32 Duke L 63–62
East 2L St. Bonaventure Jim Satalin Round of 32 Penn L 92–83
East 2Q Villanova Rollie Massimino Regional Runner-up Duke L 90–72
Mideast
Mideast 4L Florida State Hugh Durham Round of 32 Kentucky L 85–76
Mideast 2Q Kentucky Joe B. Hall Champion Duke W 94–88
Mideast 1L Marquette Hank Raymonds Round of 32 Miami (OH) L 84–81
Mideast 3Q Miami (OH) Darrell Hedric Sweet Sixteen Kentucky L 91–69
Mideast 1Q Michigan State Jud Heathcote Regional Runner-up Kentucky L 52–49
Mideast 3L Providence Dave Gavitt Round of 32 Michigan State L 77–63
Mideast 2L Syracuse Jim Boeheim Round of 32 Western Kentucky L 87–86
Mideast 4Q Western Kentucky Jim Richards Sweet Sixteen Michigan State L 90–69
Midwest
Midwest 3Q Creighton Tom Apke Round of 32 DePaul L 80–78
Midwest 1L DePaul Ray Meyer Regional Runner-up Notre Dame L 84–64
Midwest 4Q Houston Guy Lewis Round of 32 Notre Dame L 100–77
Midwest 2Q Louisville Denny Crum Sweet Sixteen DePaul L 90–89
Midwest 1Q Missouri Norm Stewart Round of 32 Utah L 86–79
Midwest 2L Notre Dame Digger Phelps Fourth Place Arkansas L 71–69
Midwest 4L St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 Louisville L 76–68
Midwest 3L Utah Jerry Pimm Sweet Sixteen Notre Dame L 69–56
West
West 2L Arkansas Eddie Sutton Third Place Notre Dame W 71–69
West 4L Cal State Fullerton Bob Dye Regional Runner-up Arkansas L 61–58
West 3L Kansas Ted Owens Round of 32 UCLA L 83–76
West 2Q New Mexico Norm Ellenberger Round of 32 Cal State Fullerton L 90–85
West 1L North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 San Francisco L 68–64
West 3Q San Francisco Bob Gaillard Sweet Sixteen Cal State Fullerton L 75–72
West 1Q UCLA Gary Cunningham Sweet Sixteen Arkansas L 74–70
West 4Q Weber State Neil McCarthy Round of 32 Arkansas L 73–52

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

East region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1Q Duke 63
3L Rhode Island 62
1Q Duke 84
4Q Penn 80
4Q Penn 92
2L St. Bonaventure 83
1Q Duke 90
2Q Villanova 72
1L Indiana 63
3Q Furman 62
1L Indiana 60
2Q Villanova 61
2Q Villanova 103
4L La Salle 97

Midwest region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
3L Utah 86
1Q Missouri 79**
3L Utah 56
2L Notre Dame 69
2L Notre Dame 100
4Q Houston 77
2L Notre Dame 84
1L DePaul 64
1L DePaul 80
3Q Creighton 78
1L DePaul 90
2Q Louisville 89**
2Q Louisville 76
4L St. John's 68

Mideast region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1Q Michigan State 77
3L Providence 63
1Q Michigan State 90
4Q Western Kentucky 69
4Q Western Kentucky 87
2L Syracuse 86*
1Q Michigan State 49
2Q Kentucky 52
3Q Miami (OH) 84
1L Marquette 81*
3Q Miami (OH) 69
2Q Kentucky 91
2Q Kentucky 85
4L Florida State 76

West region[edit]

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
         
1Q UCLA 83
3L Kansas 76
1Q UCLA 70
2L Arkansas 74
2L Arkansas 73
4Q Weber State 52
2L Arkansas 61
4L Cal State Fullerton 58
3Q San Francisco 68
1L North Carolina 64
3Q San Francisco 72
4L Cal State Fullerton 75
4L Cal State Fullerton 90
2Q New Mexico 85

Final Four[edit]

  National Semifinals     National Championship Game
                 
  E1Q Duke 90  
  MW2L Notre Dame 86    
      E1Q Duke 88
      ME2Q Kentucky 94
  ME2Q Kentucky 64    
  W2L Arkansas 59   National Third Place Game
 
MW2L Notre Dame 69
  W2L Arkansas 71

Q = automatic qualifier bid L = at-large bid (including 5 automatic bids seeded with at-large teams)

Game summaries[edit]

Final Four[edit]

March 25
Arkansas 59, Kentucky 64
Scoring by half: 30–32, 29–32
Pts: Brewer 16
Rebs: Delph 8
Asts: Counce 2
Pts: Givens 23
Rebs: Givens 9
Asts: Shidler 4

Attendance: 18,721
March 25
Duke 90, Notre Dame 86
Scoring by half: 43–29, 47–57
Pts: Gminski 29
Rebs: Banks 12
Asts: Spanarkel/Bender 5
Pts: Williams 16
Rebs: Laimbeer 10
Asts: Branning 5

Attendance: 18,721

Championship[edit]

March 27
Duke 88, Kentucky 94
Scoring by half: 38-45, 50-49
Pts: Banks 22
Rebs: Gminski 12
Pts: Givens 41
Rebs: Robey 11

Attendance: 18,721

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Washington Post – March 6, 1978