1984 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1984 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
Teams 53
Finals site Kingdome
Seattle, Washington
Champions Georgetown (1st title, 3rd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-up Houston (2nd title game,
5th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach John Thompson (1st title)
MOP Patrick Ewing Georgetown
Attendance 397,481
Top scorer Roosevelt Chapman Dayton
(105 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1983 1985»

The 1984 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 53 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1984, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Seattle, Washington. A total of 52 games were played. This was the last tournament in which some teams earned first round byes as the field expanded to 64 teams beginning in the 1985 tournament when each team played in the first round.

Georgetown, coached by John Thompson, won the national title with an 84–75 victory in the final game over Houston, coached by Guy Lewis. Patrick Ewing of Georgetown was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Thompson became the first African-American head coach to lead his team to any NCAA Division I title.

Georgetown reached the Final Four for the third time in school history and second time in three years to face Kentucky, a team which had never lost a national semifinal game and was led by the "Twin Towers," Sam Bowie and Melvin Turpin. Bowie and Turpin managed to get Ewing into foul trouble early, and with him on the bench and Reggie Williams shooting only 1-for-7 (14.3%) from the field during the game, the Wildcats raced out to a 27–15 lead with 3:06 left in the first half. After that however, the Hoyas made a defensive stand still unequalled in college basketball: Kentucky scored only two more points in the first half; the Wildcats also did not score in the first 9 minutes 55 seconds of the second half, missing their first 12 shots and after that shooting 3-for-21 (14.3%) during the remainder of the game. Overall, Kentucky shot 3-for-33 (9.1 percent) from the field during the second half. Although he played for only 17 minutes and suffered a season-ending foot injury in the second half, Gene Smith had one of the best defensive games of his career. Bowie and Turpin finished the game a combined 0-for-12, Wingate scored 12 points and held Kentucky's Jim Master to 2-for-7 (28.6%) shooting from the field, Michael Jackson scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds, and Georgetown won 53–40 to advance to the national final for the third time in school history and second time in three years.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

In the second national semifinal, Houston, playing in its third consecutive Final Four, edged Virginia, which reached the Final Four as a No. 7 seed in the East region, 49–47. The Cavaliers reached the national semifinals despite the graduation of four-time All-American Ralph Sampson the previous season. Coincidentally, Houston's All-America center, Akeem Olajuwon, would soon become Sampson's teammate with the Houston Rockets.

In the NCAA final, Georgetown faced Houston on April 2, 1984. Reggie Williams demonstrated his true potential for the first time, putting in a strong defensive performance and shooting 9-for-18 (50.0%) from the field with 19 points and seven rebounds in the game, while Wingate scored 16 points and Ewing managed 10 points and nine rebounds. Jackson scored 11 points and had six assists, two of which set up Ewing and Graham for decisive baskets late in the game. The game was decided well before the final whistle, and the Hoyas won the school's first national championship 84–75. Late in the game, with Georgetown enjoying a comfortable lead, Thompson began to pull starters out and give bench players some time on the court; the game's enduring image came when senior guard Fred Brown came out of the game. Two years earlier, Brown had mistakenly passed the ball to North Carolina's James Worthy in the last seconds of the 1982 championship game, ruining Georgetown's chances for a final game-winning shot and allowing North Carolina to take the national championship, and cameras had captured Thompson consoling a devastated Brown with a hug as the Tar Heels celebrated. As Brown left the 1984 championship game, cameras caught Brown and Thompson again embracing on the sideline, this time to celebrate a victory.[1][2][3][4][6][7]

Houston has not won an NCAA tournament game since defeating Virginia. The Cougars have reached the tournament four times since losing to Georgetown, but have been eliminated in the first round each time.

Locations[edit]

1984 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the US
Dayton
Dayton
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Charlotte
Charlotte
Birmingham
Birmingham
E. Rutherford
E. Rutherford
Lincoln
Lincoln
Memphis
Memphis
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Pullman
Pullman
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
1984 sites for play-in (orange) and first and second (green) rounds
1984 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the US
Lexington
Lexington
Atlanta
Atlanta
St. Louis
St. Louis
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Seattle
Seattle
1984 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

First and second rounds[edit]

Later rounds[edit]

Region Site
East Atlanta, Georgia (Omni Coliseum)
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky (Rupp Arena)
Midwest St. Louis, Missouri (St. Louis Arena)
West Los Angeles, California (Pauley Pavilion)
Finals Seattle, Washington (Kingdome)

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 North Carolina Dean Smith Sweet Sixteen 4 Indiana L 72–68
East 2 Arkansas Eddie Sutton Round of 32 7 Virginia L 53–51
East 3 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Sweet Sixteen 7 Virginia L 63–55
East 4 Indiana Bob Knight Regional Runner-up 7 Virginia L 50–48
East 5 Auburn Sonny Smith Round of 48 12 Richmond L 72–71
East 6 VCU J. D. Barnett Round of 32 3 Syracuse L 78–63
East 7 Virginia Terry Holland National Semifinals 2 Houston L 49–47
East 8 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 1 North Carolina L 77–66
East 9 St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 48 8 Temple L 65–63
East 10 Iona Pat Kennedy Round of 48 7 Virginia L 58–57
East 11 Long Island Paul Lizzo Preliminary Round 11 Northeastern L 90–87
East 11 Northeastern Jim Calhoun Round of 48 6 VCU L 70–69
East 12 Richmond Dick Tarrant Round of 32 4 Indiana L 75–67
East 12 Rider John Carpenter Preliminary Round 12 Richmond L 89–65
Mideast
Mideast 1 Kentucky Joe B. Hall National Semifinals 1 Georgetown L 53–40
Mideast 2 Illinois Lou Henson Regional Runner-up 1 Kentucky L 54–51
Mideast 3 Maryland Lefty Driesell Sweet Sixteen 2 Illinois L 72–70
Mideast 4 Tulsa Nolan Richardson Round of 32 5 Louisville L 69–67
Mideast 5 Louisville Denny Crum Sweet Sixteen 1 Kentucky L 72–67
Mideast 6 Oregon State Ralph Miller Round of 48 11 West Virginia L 64–62
Mideast 7 Villanova Rollie Massimino Round of 32 2 Illinois L 64–56
Mideast 8 BYU LaDell Andersen Round of 32 1 Kentucky L 93–68
Mideast 9 UAB Gene Bartow Round of 48 8 BYU L 84–68
Mideast 10 Marshall Rick Huckabay Round of 48 7 Villanova L 84–72
Mideast 11 West Virginia Gale Catlett Round of 32 3 Maryland L 102–77
Mideast 12 Morehead State Wayne Martin Round of 48 5 Louisville L 72–59
Mideast 12 North Carolina A&T Don Corbett Preliminary Round 12 Morehead State L 70–69
Midwest
Midwest 1 DePaul Ray Meyer Sweet Sixteen 4 Wake Forest L 73–71
Midwest 2 Houston Guy Lewis Runner Up 1 Georgetown L 84–75
Midwest 3 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 6 Memphis State L 66–48
Midwest 4 Wake Forest Carl Tacy Regional Runner-up 2 Houston L 68–63
Midwest 5 Kansas Larry Brown Round of 32 4 Wake Forest L 69–59
Midwest 6 Memphis State (Vacated) Dana Kirk Sweet Sixteen 2 Houston L 78–71
Midwest 7 Fresno State Boyd Grant Round of 48 10 Louisiana Tech L 66–56
Midwest 8 Illinois State Bob Donewald Round of 32 1 DePaul L 75–61
Midwest 9 Alabama Wimp Sanderson Round of 48 8 Illinois State L 49–48
Midwest 10 Louisiana Tech Andy Russo Round of 32 2 Houston L 77–69
Midwest 11 Oral Roberts Dick Acres Round of 48 6 Memphis State L 92–83
Midwest 12 Alcorn State Davey Whitney Round of 48 5 Kansas L 57–56
Midwest 12 Houston Baptist Gene Iba Preliminary Round 12 Alcorn State L 79–60
West
West 1 Georgetown John Thompson Champion 2 Houston W 84–75
West 2 Oklahoma Billy Tubbs Round of 32 10 Dayton L 89–85
West 3 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Round of 32 6 Washington L 80–78
West 4 UTEP Don Haskins Round of 32 5 UNLV L 73–60
West 5 UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Sweet Sixteen 1 Georgetown L 62–48
West 6 Washington Marv Harshman Sweet Sixteen 10 Dayton L 64–58
West 7 LSU Dale Brown Round of 48 10 Dayton L 74–66
West 8 Miami (OH) Darrell Hedric Round of 48 9 SMU L 83–69
West 9 SMU Dave Bliss Round of 32 1 Georgetown L 37–36
West 10 Dayton Don Donoher Regional Runner-up 1 Georgetown L 61–49
West 11 Nevada Sonny Allen Round of 48 6 Washington L 64–54
West 12 Princeton Pete Carril Round of 48 5 UNLV L 68–56
West 12 San Diego Jim Brovelli Preliminary Round 12 Princeton L 65–56

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

Preliminary round[edit]

East #11 Seed - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
11 Northeastern 90
11 Long Island 87
East #12 Seed- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
12 Richmond 89
12 Rider 65
Mideast #12 Seed - Dayton, Ohio
     
12 Morehead State 70
12 North Carolina A&T 69
Midwest #12 Seed - Dayton, Ohio
     
12 Alcorn State 79
12 Houston Baptist 60
West #12 Seed - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     
12 Princeton 65
12 San Diego 56

East Regional - Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                                     
8 Temple 65  
9 St. John's 63  
  8 Temple 66  
    1 North Carolina 77  
     
       
  1 North Carolina 68  
  4 Indiana 72  
       
       
  4 Indiana 75
    12 Richmond 67  
5 Auburn 71
12 Richmond 72  
  4 Indiana 48
  7 Virginia 50
6 VCU 70  
11 Northeastern 69  
  6 VCU 63
    3 Syracuse 78  
     
       
  3 Syracuse 55
  7 Virginia 63  
       
       
  2 Arkansas 51*
    7 Virginia 53  
7 Virginia 58
10 Iona 57  

Midwest Regional - St. Louis, Missouri[edit]

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                                     
8 Illinois State 49  
9 Alabama 48  
  8 Illinois State 61  
    1 DePaul 75  
     
       
  1 DePaul 71*  
  4 Wake Forest 73  
       
       
  4 Wake Forest 69
    5 Kansas 59  
5 Kansas 57
12 Alcorn State 56  
  4 Wake Forest 63
  2 Houston 68
6 Memphis State 92  
11 Oral Roberts 83  
  6 Memphis State 66
    3 Purdue 48  
     
       
  6 Memphis State 71
  2 Houston 78  
       
       
  2 Houston 77
    10 Louisiana Tech 70  
7 Fresno State 56
10 Louisiana Tech 66  

Mideast Regional - Lexington, Kentucky[edit]

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                                     
8 BYU 84  
9 UAB 68  
  8 BYU 68  
    1 Kentucky 93  
     
       
  1 Kentucky 72  
  5 Louisville 67  
       
       
  4 Tulsa 67
    5 Louisville 69  
5 Louisville 72
12 Morehead State 59  
  1 Kentucky 54
  2 Illinois 51
6 Oregon State 62  
11 West Virginia 64  
  11 West Virginia 77
    3 Maryland 102  
     
       
  3 Maryland 70
  2 Illinois 72  
       
       
  2 Illinois 64
    7 Villanova 56  
7 Villanova 84
10 Marshall 72  

West Regional - Los Angeles, California[edit]

  First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                                     
8 Miami (OH) 69  
9 SMU 83  
  9 SMU 36  
    1 Georgetown 37  
     
       
  1 Georgetown 62  
  5 UNLV 48  
       
       
  4 UTEP 60
    5 UNLV 73  
5 UNLV 68
12 Princeton 56  
  1 Georgetown 61
  10 Dayton 49
6 Washington 64  
11 Nevada 54  
  6 Washington 80
    3 Duke 78  
     
       
  6 Washington 58
  10 Dayton 64  
       
       
  2 Oklahoma 85
    10 Dayton 89  
7 LSU 66
10 Dayton 74  

Final Four[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E7 Virginia 47*
MW2 Houston 49
W1 Georgetown 84
MW2 Houston 75
ME1 Kentucky 40
W1 Georgetown 53

Championship Game[edit]

CBS
April 2
Houston 75, Georgetown 84
Scoring by half: 30–40, 45–44
Pts: Franklin 21
Rebs: Olajuwon 9
Asts: Franklin 9
Pts: Williams 19
Rebs: Ewing 9
Asts: Jackson 6

Attendance: 38,471

Broadcast information[edit]

Television[edit]

CBS Sports

Local radio[edit]

Teams Flagship station Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
Georgetown WWDC-AM (Georgetown) Rich Chvotkin
Kentucky WHAS-AM (Louisville) Cawood Ledford
LSU WWL-AM (New Orleans) Jim Hawthorne

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