1992 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1992 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
1992 Final Four logo.png
Season1991–92
Teams64
Finals siteH.H.H. Metrodome
Minneapolis, Minnesota
ChampionsDuke Blue Devils (2nd title, 6th title game,
10th Final Four)
Runner-upMichigan Wolverines (Vacated) (4th title game,
5th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coachMike Krzyzewski (2nd title)
MOPBobby Hurley (Duke)
Attendance580,462
Top scorerChristian Laettner Duke
(115 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1991 1993»

The 1992 NCAA Division I Men's 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 19, 1992, and ended with the championship game on April 6 in Minneapolis. A total of 63 games were played.

Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, defeated the Michigan Wolverines, coached by Steve Fisher, 71–51 to claim their second consecutive national championship.[1] Bobby Hurley of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Michigan subsequently vacated its final two tournament games as part of the University of Michigan basketball scandal.

This tournament is best remembered for the East regional final pitting Duke and Kentucky at The Spectrum in Philadelphia. With 2.1 seconds remaining in overtime, Duke trailed 103–102. Grant Hill threw a pass the length of the court to Christian Laettner, who dribbled once, turned, and hit a jumper as time expired for the 104–103 win. Sports Illustrated deemed it the greatest college basketball game of all time,[2] and ESPN ranked it No. 17 among the top 100 sports moments of the past 25 years (see ESPN25). In 2002, USA Today ranked it the greatest NCAA tournament game of all time.[3]

The tournament also saw dark horse Cincinnati crash the Final Four and return to national prominence.

Schedule and venues[edit]

1992 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
Atlanta
Atlanta
Boise
Boise
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Dayton
Dayton
Greensboro
Greensboro
Milwaukee
Milwaukee
Tempe
Tempe
Worcester
Worcester
1992 first and second rounds
1992 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
Albuquerque
Albuquerque
Kansas City
Kansas City
Lexington
Lexington
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Minneapolis
Minneapolis
1992 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

The following are the sites that were selected to host each round of the 1992 tournament:

First and Second Rounds

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)

For the first time since 1951, Minneapolis was the site of the Final Four, held at the Metrodome, the 28th venue used for the Final Four. Once again, all four arenas used for the regional rounds were former Final Four sites. For the first time, the tournament held games in Massachusetts, at the Centrum in Worcester. Additionally, the tournament came to the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, which replaced the MECCA Arena. This tournament would mark the final appearances of Atlanta's Omni Coliseum and the Spectrum in Philadelphia; both have since been replaced. To date, this was the most recent game played in Cincinnati; the tournament is slated to return to the Queen City in 2022. Any future tournament games to be held in Milwaukee would be played at the Fiserv Forum; if in Minneapolis, Target Center, U.S. Bank Stadium (which hosted 2019 Final 4) or the Xcel Energy Center (which is located in St. Paul).

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Conference Finished Final opponent Score
East
East 1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Atlantic Coast Champion 6 Michigan W 71–51
East 2 Kentucky Rick Pitino Southeastern Regional Runner-up 1 Duke L 104–103
East 3 Massachusetts John Calipari Atlantic 10 Sweet Sixteen 2 Kentucky L 87–77
East 4 Seton Hall P.J. Carlesimo Big East Sweet Sixteen 1 Duke L 81–69
East 5 Missouri Norm Stewart Big Eight Round of 32 4 Seton Hall L 88–71
East 6 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Big East Round of 32 3 Massachusetts L 77–71
East 7 UNC Charlotte Jeff Mullins Metro Round of 64 10 Iowa State L 76–74
East 8 Texas Tom Penders Southwest Round of 64 9 Iowa L 98–92
East 9 Iowa Tom Davis Big Ten Round of 32 1 Duke L 75–62
East 10 Iowa State Johnny Orr Big Eight Round of 32 2 Kentucky L 106–98
East 11 Princeton Pete Carril Ivy League Round of 64 6 Syracuse L 51–43
East 12 West Virginia Gale Catlett Atlantic 10 Round of 64 5 Missouri L 89–78
East 13 La Salle Speedy Morris Metro Atlantic Round of 64 4 Seton Hall L 78–76
East 14 Fordham Nick Macarchuk Patriot Round of 64 3 Massachusetts L 85–58
East 15 Old Dominion Oliver Purnell Colonial Round of 64 2 Kentucky L 88–69
East 16 Campbell Billy Lee Big South Round of 64 1 Duke L 82–56
Midwest
Midwest 1 Kansas Roy Williams Big Eight Round of 32 9 UTEP L 66–60
Midwest 2 USC George Raveling Pacific-10 Round of 32 7 Georgia Tech L 79–78
Midwest 3 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Southeastern Round of 32 6 Memphis State L 82–80
Midwest 4 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Great Midwest National Semifinals 6 Michigan L 76–72
Midwest 5 Michigan State Jud Heathcote Big Ten Round of 32 4 Cincinnati L 77–65
Midwest 6 Memphis State Larry Finch Great Midwest Regional Runner-up 4 Cincinnati L 88–57
Midwest 7 Georgia Tech Bobby Cremins Atlantic Coast Sweet Sixteen 6 Memphis State L 83–79
Midwest 8 Evansville Jim Crews Midwestern Round of 64 9 UTEP L 55–50
Midwest 9 UTEP Don Haskins Western Athletic Sweet Sixteen 4 Cincinnati L 69–67
Midwest 10 Houston Pat Foster Southwest Round of 64 7 Georgia Tech L 65–60
Midwest 11 Pepperdine Tom Asbury West Coast Round of 64 6 Memphis State L 80–70
Midwest 12 Southwest Missouri State Charlie Spoonhour Missouri Valley Round of 64 5 Michigan State L 61–54
Midwest 13 Delaware Steve Steinwedel North Atlantic Round of 64 4 Cincinnati L 85–47
Midwest 14 Murray State Scott Edgar Ohio Valley Round of 64 3 Arkansas L 80–69
Midwest 15 Northeast Louisiana Mike Vining Southland Round of 64 2 USC L 84–54
Midwest 16 Howard Butch Beard Mid-Eastern Round of 64 1 Kansas L 100–67
Southeast
Southeast 1 Ohio State Randy Ayers Big Ten Regional Runner-up 6 Michigan L 75–71
Southeast 2 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big Eight Sweet Sixteen 6 Michigan L 75–72
Southeast 3 Arizona Lute Olson Pacific-10 Round of 64 14 East Tennessee State L 87–80
Southeast 4 North Carolina Dean Smith Atlantic Coast Sweet Sixteen 1 Ohio State L 80–73
Southeast 5 Alabama Wimp Sanderson Southeastern Round of 32 4 North Carolina L 64–55
Southeast 6 Michigan Steve Fisher Big Ten Runner Up 1 Duke L 71–51
Southeast 7 St. John's Lou Carnesecca Big East Round of 64 10 Tulane L 61–57
Southeast 8 Nebraska Danny Nee Big Eight Round of 64 9 Connecticut L 86–65
Southeast 9 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Big East Round of 32 1 Ohio State L 78–55
Southeast 10 Tulane Perry Clark Metro Round of 32 2 Oklahoma State L 87–71
Southeast 11 Temple John Chaney Atlantic 10 Round of 64 6 Michigan L 73–66
Southeast 12 Stanford Mike Montgomery Pacific-10 Round of 64 5 Alabama L 80–75
Southeast 13 Miami (OH) Joby Wright Mid-American Round of 64 4 North Carolina L 68–63
Southeast 14 East Tennessee State Alan LeForce Southern Round of 32 6 Michigan L 102–90
Southeast 15 Georgia Southern Frank Kerns Trans America Round of 64 2 Oklahoma State L 100–73
Southeast 16 Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling Southwest Athletic Round of 64 1 Ohio State L 83–56
West
West 1 UCLA Jim Harrick Pacific-10 Regional Runner-up 2 Indiana L 106–79
West 2 Indiana Bob Knight Big Ten National Semifinals 1 Duke L 81-78
West 3 Florida State Pat Kennedy Atlantic Coast Sweet Sixteen 2 Indiana L 85–74
West 4 Oklahoma Billy Tubbs Big Eight Round of 64 13 Southwestern Louisiana L 87–83
West 5 DePaul Joey Meyer Great Midwest Round of 64 12 New Mexico State L 81–73
West 6 Georgetown John Thompson Big East Round of 32 3 Florida State L 78–68
West 7 LSU Dale Brown Southeastern Round of 32 2 Indiana L 89–79
West 8 Louisville Denny Crum Metro Round of 32 1 UCLA L 85–69
West 9 Wake Forest Dave Odom Atlantic Coast Round of 64 8 Louisville L 81–58
West 10 BYU Roger Reid Western Athletic Round of 64 7 LSU L 94–83
West 11 South Florida Bobby Paschal Metro Round of 64 6 Georgetown L 75–60
West 12 New Mexico State Neil McCarthy Big West Sweet Sixteen 1 UCLA L 85–78
West 13 Southwestern Louisiana Marty Fletcher Sun Belt Round of 32 12 New Mexico State L 81–73
West 14 Montana Blaine Taylor Big Sky Round of 64 3 Florida State L 78–68
West 15 Eastern Illinois Rick Samuels Mid-Continent Round of 64 2 Indiana L 94–55
West 16 Robert Morris Jarrett Durham Northeast Round of 64 1 UCLA L 73–53

Bracket[edit]

* – Denotes overtime period

East Regional – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Duke 82
16 Campbell 56
1 Duke 75
Greensboro
9 Iowa 62
8 Texas 92
9 Iowa 98
1 Duke 81
4 Seton Hall 69
5 Missouri 89
12 West Virginia 78
5 Missouri 71
Greensboro
4 Seton Hall 88
4 Seton Hall 78
13 La Salle 76
1 Duke 104
2 Kentucky 103*
6 Syracuse 51
11 Princeton 43
6 Syracuse 71
Worcester
3 Massachusetts 77*
3 Massachusetts 85
14 Fordham 58
3 Massachusetts 77
2 Kentucky 87
7 Charlotte 74
10 Iowa State 76
10 Iowa State 98
Worcester
2 Kentucky 106
2 Kentucky 88
15 Old Dominion 69

West Regional – Albuquerque, New Mexico[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 UCLA 73
16 Robert Morris 53
1 UCLA 85
Tempe
8 Louisville 69
8 Louisville 81
9 Wake Forest 58
1 UCLA 85
12 New Mexico State 78
5 DePaul 73
12 New Mexico State 81
12 New Mexico State 81
Tempe
13 Southwest Louisiana 73
4 Oklahoma 83
13 Southwest Louisiana 87
1 UCLA 79
2 Indiana 106
6 Georgetown 75
11 South Florida 60
6 Georgetown 68
Boise
3 Florida State 78
3 Florida State 78
14 Montana 68
3 Florida State 74
2 Indiana 85
7 LSU 94
10 BYU 83
7 LSU 79
Boise
2 Indiana 89
2 Indiana 94
15 Eastern Illinois 55

Southeast Regional – Lexington, Kentucky[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Ohio St 83
16 Mississippi Valley State 56
1 Ohio State 78
Cincinnati
9 Connecticut 55
8 Nebraska 65
9 Connecticut 86
1 Ohio State 80
4 North Carolina 73
5 Alabama 80
12 Stanford 75
5 Alabama 55
Cincinnati
4 North Carolina 64
4 North Carolina 68
13 Miami (OH) 63
1 Ohio State 71*
6 Michigan 75
6 Michigan 73
11 Temple 66
6 Michigan 102
Atlanta
14 East Tennessee State 90
3 Arizona 80
14 East Tennessee State 87
6 Michigan 75
2 Oklahoma State 72
7 St. John's 57
10 Tulane 61
10 Tulane 71
Atlanta
2 Oklahoma State 87
2 Oklahoma State 100
15 Georgia Southern 73

Midwest Regional – Kansas City, Missouri[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Kansas 100
16 Howard 67
1 Kansas 60
Dayton
9 UTEP 66
8 Evansville 50
9 UTEP 55
9 UTEP 67
4 Cincinnati 69
5 Michigan State 61
12 Southwest Missouri State 54
5 Michigan State 65
Dayton
4 Cincinnati 77
4 Cincinnati 85
13 Delaware 47
4 Cincinnati 88
6 Memphis State 57
6 Memphis State 80
11 Pepperdine 70
6 Memphis State 82
Milwaukee
3 Arkansas 80
3 Arkansas 80
14 Murray State 69
6 Memphis State 83
7 Georgia Tech 79*
7 Georgia Tech 65
10 Houston 60
7 Georgia Tech 79
Milwaukee
2 USC 78
2 USC 84
15 Northeast Louisiana 54

Final Four – Minneapolis, Minnesota[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E1 Duke 81
W2 Indiana 78
E1 Duke 71
S6 Michigan# 51
S6 Michigan# 76
M4 Cincinnati 72

# signifies Michigan's final two games, in the 1992 Final Four, were vacated on November 7, 2002, as part of the settlement of the University of Michigan basketball scandal. Unlike forfeiture, a vacated game does not result in the other school being credited with a win, only with the removal of any Michigan wins from all records.

Announcers[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1992 NCAA Basketball National Championship Game on YouTube
  2. ^ Matthew Waxman = 16 Greatest Games Sports Illustrated (On Campus), March 10, 2004
  3. ^ Mike Douchant – Greatest 63 games in NCAA Tournament history. The Sports Xchange, published in USA Today, March 25, 2002