1994 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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1994 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
Season1993–94
Teams64
Finals siteCharlotte Coliseum
Charlotte, North Carolina
ChampionsArkansas Razorbacks (1st title, 1st title game,
5th Final Four)
Runner-upDuke Blue Devils (7th title game,
11th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coachNolan Richardson (1st title)
MOPCorliss Williamson (Arkansas)
Attendance578,007
Top scorerKhalid Reeves Arizona
(137 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1993 1995»

The 1994 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 17, 1994, and ended with the championship game on April 4 in Charlotte, North Carolina, played at Charlotte Coliseum. A total of 63 games were played.

The Final Four consisted of Arkansas, making their fifth trip and first since 1990, Arizona, making their second ever trip and first since 1988, Florida, making their first ever trip, and Duke, making their sixth trip in the last seven tournaments.

In the national championship game, Arkansas defeated Duke by a score of 76–72 and won their first ever national championship.

Corliss Williamson of Arkansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Bill Clinton, former governor of Arkansas, was in attendance for the Final Four, as well as the regionals that were held in Dallas the previous week. (Clinton was already scheduled to be in Dallas for the wedding of his brother Roger and added the basketball games to his plans.)

Locations[edit]

1994 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the US
Uniondale
Uniondale
Landover
Landover
Lexington
Lexington
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City
Wichita
Wichita
Ogden
Ogden
Sacramento
Sacramento
1994 first and second rounds
1994 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the US
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Dallas
Dallas
Knoxville
Knoxville
Miami
Miami
Charlotte
Charlotte
1994 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

First & Second Rounds[edit]

Region Site Venue
East Landover, Maryland USAir Arena
Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Midwest Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center
Wichita, Kansas Kansas Coliseum
Southeast Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
St. Petersburg, Florida Thunderdome
West Ogden, Utah Dee Events Center
Sacramento, California ARCO Arena

Regional Sites and Final Four[edit]

Region Site Venue
East Miami, Florida Miami Arena
Midwest Dallas, Texas Reunion Arena
Southeast Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson–Boling Arena
West Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
Final Four Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum

The 1994 tournament included five new venues and four new cities. In Florida, Miami and St. Petersburg, were used for the first time. St. Petersburg would go on to host the Final Four in 1999, while this would be the only games held at Miami Arena; in 2009, the only other year that the city has hosted the tournament, the games were played at American Airlines Arena. Landover, an eastern suburb of Washington, D.C., was used for the only time; games in Washington D.C. have since been at Capital One Arena, which replaced USAir Arena as home to the city's sports teams. Sacramento became the sixth metropolitan area in California to host games. The Kansas Coliseum was used instead of Levitt Arena in Wichita for the only time. This also marked the last tournament for the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and the Dee Events Center. Games in the Los Angeles area have since been held at the Staples Center or the Honda Center in Anaheim. In all, of the thirteen venues used in the 1994 tournament, seven (in Charlotte, Dallas, Landover, Los Angeles, Miami, Sacramento and Wichita) have closed and been replaced, with all but the Kansas Coliseum (which is being converted into an aerospace test facility) and Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena being demolished, its future still not determined since the opening of the Golden 1 Center downtown. Additionally, the Nassau Coliseum has been renovated into a smaller-capacity building, placing its future use as a tournament site in doubt.

In 1994 Charlotte became the 24th city, and the Charlotte Coliseum the 29th venue, to host the Final Four. It is the last of four arenas - including Market Square Arena in 1980, Reunion Arena in 1986, and McNichols Sports Arena in 1990 - whose primary tenant was a NBA franchise. (The Charlotte 49ers had also used the building from its opening to the previous season, but had moved back to reopened Independence Arena, which is seven miles closer to campus than the new Coliseum.) The tournament was the only one between 1985 and 2018 to not include an NFL stadium; the only domed stadium used for the tournament, the Thunderdome, was at the time an NHL arena and is now an MLB stadium.

Amusingly, the site of the Southeast regional finals—Knoxville, TN—is farther north than any other of this year's regional sites.

Teams[edit]

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East
East 1 North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 9 Boston College L 75–72
East 2 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Sweet Sixteen 3 Florida L 69–60
East 3 Florida Lon Kruger National Semifinals 2 Duke L 70–65
East 4 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 5 Indiana L 67–58
East 5 Indiana Bob Knight Sweet Sixteen 9 Boston College L 77–68
East 6 Nebraska Danny Nee Round of 64 11 Penn L 90–80
East 7 UAB Gene Bartow Round of 64 10 George Washington L 51–46
East 8 Washington State Kelvin Sampson Round of 64 9 Boston College L 67–64
East 9 Boston College Jim O'Brien Regional Runner-up 3 Florida L 74–66
East 10 George Washington Mike Jarvis Round of 32 2 Connecticut L 75–63
East 11 Penn Fran Dunphy Round of 32 3 Florida L 70–58
East 12 Ohio Larry Hunter Round of 64 5 Indiana L 84–72
East 13 Drexel Bill Herrion Round of 64 4 Temple L 61–39
East 14 James Madison Lefty Driesell Round of 64 3 Florida L 64–62
East 15 Rider Kevin Bannon Round of 64 2 Connecticut L 64–46
East 16 Liberty Jeff Meyer Round of 64 1 North Carolina L 71–51
Midwest
Midwest 1 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Champion 2 Duke W 76–72
Midwest 2 Massachusetts John Calipari Round of 32 10 Maryland L 95–87
Midwest 3 Michigan Steve Fisher Regional Runner-up 1 Arkansas L 76–68
Midwest 4 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Round of 32 12 Tulsa L 82–80
Midwest 5 UCLA Jim Harrick Round of 64 12 Tulsa L 112–102
Midwest 6 Texas Tom Penders Round of 32 3 Michigan L 84–79
Midwest 7 Saint Louis Charlie Spoonhour Round of 64 10 Maryland L 74–66
Midwest 8 Illinois Lou Henson Round of 64 9 Georgetown L 84–77
Midwest 9 Georgetown John Thompson Round of 32 1 Arkansas L 85–73
Midwest 10 Maryland Gary Williams Sweet Sixteen 3 Michigan L 78–71
Midwest 11 Western Kentucky Ralph Willard Round of 64 6 Texas L 91–77
Midwest 12 Tulsa Tubby Smith Sweet Sixteen 1 Arkansas L 103–84
Midwest 13 New Mexico State Neil McCarthy Round of 64 4 Oklahoma State L 65–55
Midwest 14 Pepperdine Tom Asbury Round of 64 3 Michigan L 78–74
Midwest 15 Southwest Texas State Jim Wooldridge Round of 64 2 Massachusetts L 78–60
Midwest 16 North Carolina A&T Jeff Capel II Round of 64 1 Arkansas L 94–79
Southeast
Southeast 1 Purdue Gene Keady Regional Runner-up 2 Duke L 69–60
Southeast 2 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Runner Up 1 Arkansas L 76–72
Southeast 3 Kentucky Rick Pitino Round of 32 6 Marquette L 75–63
Southeast 4 Kansas Roy Williams Sweet Sixteen 1 Purdue L 83–78
Southeast 5 Wake Forest Dave Odom Round of 32 4 Kansas L 69–58
Southeast 6 Marquette Kevin O'Neill Sweet Sixteen 2 Duke L 59–49
Southeast 7 Michigan State Jud Heathcote Round of 32 2 Duke L 85–74
Southeast 8 Providence Rick Barnes Round of 64 9 Alabama L 76–70
Southeast 9 Alabama David Hobbs Round of 32 1 Purdue L 83–73
Southeast 10 Seton Hall P.J. Carlesimo Round of 64 7 Michigan State L 84–73
Southeast 11 Southwestern Louisiana Marty Fletcher Round of 64 6 Marquette L 81–59
Southeast 12 College of Charleston John Kresse Round of 64 5 Wake Forest L 68–58
Southeast 13 Chattanooga Mack McCarthy Round of 64 4 Kansas L 102–73
Southeast 14 Tennessee State Frankie Allen Round of 64 3 Kentucky L 83–70
Southeast 15 Texas Southern Robert Moreland Round of 64 2 Duke L 82–70
Southeast 16 UCF Kirk Speraw Round of 64 1 Purdue L 98–67
West
West 1 Missouri Norm Stewart Regional Runner-up 2 Arizona L 92–72
West 2 Arizona Lute Olson National Semifinals 1 Arkansas L 91–82
West 3 Louisville Denny Crum Sweet Sixteen 2 Arizona L 82–70
West 4 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Sweet Sixteen 1 Missouri L 98–88
West 5 California Todd Bozeman Round of 64 12 UW–Green Bay L 61–57
West 6 Minnesota Clem Haskins Round of 32 3 Louisville L 60–55
West 7 Virginia Jeff Jones Round of 32 2 Arizona L 71–58
West 8 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Round of 64 9 Wisconsin L 80–72
West 9 Wisconsin Stu Jackson Round of 32 1 Missouri L 109–96
West 10 New Mexico Dave Bliss Round of 64 7 Virginia L 57–54
West 11 Southern Illinois Rich Herrin Round of 64 6 Minnesota L 74–60
West 12 UW–Green Bay Dick Bennett Round of 32 4 Syracuse L 64–59
West 13 Hawaii Riley Wallace Round of 64 4 Syracuse L 92–78
West 14 Boise State Bobby Dye Round of 64 3 Louisville L 67–58
West 15 Loyola (MD) Skip Prosser Round of 64 2 Arizona L 81–55
West 16 Navy Don DeVoe Round of 64 1 Missouri L 76–53

Bracket[edit]

East Regional – Miami[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 North Carolina 71
16 Liberty 51
1 North Carolina 72
Landover
9 Boston College 75
8 Washington State 64
9 Boston College 67
9 Boston College 77
5 Indiana 68
5 Indiana 84
12 Ohio 72
5 Indiana 67
Landover
4 Temple 58
4 Temple 61
13 Drexel 39
9 Boston College 66
3 Florida 74
6 Nebraska 80
11 Penn 90
11 Penn 58
Uniondale
3 Florida 70
3 Florida 64
14 James Madison 62
3 Florida 69
2 Connecticut 60*
7 UAB 46
10 George Washington 51
10 George Washington 63
Uniondale
2 Connecticut 75
2 Connecticut 64
15 Rider 46

Southeast Regional – Knoxville, Tennessee[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Purdue 98
16 UCF 67
1 Purdue 83
Lexington
9 Alabama 73
8 Providence 70
9 Alabama 76
1 Purdue 83
4 Kansas 78
5 Wake Forest 68
12 College of Charleston 58
5 Wake Forest 58
Lexington
4 Kansas 69
4 Kansas 102
13 Chattanooga 73
1 Purdue 60
2 Duke 69
6 Marquette 81
11 Southwest Louisiana 59
6 Marquette 75
St. Petersburg
3 Kentucky 63
3 Kentucky 83
14 Tennessee State 70
6 Marquette 49
2 Duke 59
7 Michigan State 84
10 Seton Hall 73
7 Michigan State 74
St. Petersburg
2 Duke 85
2 Duke 82
15 Texas Southern 70

Midwest Regional – Dallas[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Arkansas 94
16 North Carolina A&T 79
1 Arkansas 85
Oklahoma City
9 Georgetown 73
8 Illinois 77
9 Georgetown 84
1 Arkansas 103
12 Tulsa 84
5 UCLA 102
12 Tulsa 112
12 Tulsa 82
Oklahoma City
4 Oklahoma State 80
4 Oklahoma State 65
13 New Mexico State 55
1 Arkansas 76
3 Michigan 68
6 Texas 91
11 Western Kentucky 77
6 Texas 79
Wichita
3 Michigan 84
3 Michigan 78
14 Pepperdine 74*
3 Michigan 78
10 Maryland 71
7 Saint Louis 66
10 Maryland 74
10 Maryland 95
Wichita
2 Massachusetts 87
2 Massachusetts 78
15 Southwest Texas State 60

West Regional – Los Angeles[edit]

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
            
1 Missouri 76
16 Navy 53
1 Missouri 109
Ogden
9 Wisconsin 96
8 Cincinnati 72
9 Wisconsin 80
1 Missouri 98
4 Syracuse 88*
5 California 57
12 UW–Green Bay 61
12 UW–Green Bay 59
Ogden
4 Syracuse 64
4 Syracuse 92
13 Hawaii 78
1 Missouri 72
2 Arizona 92
6 Minnesota 74
11 Southern Illinois 60
6 Minnesota 55
Sacramento
3 Louisville 60
3 Louisville 67
14 Boise State 58
3 Louisville 70
2 Arizona 82
7 Virginia 57
10 New Mexico 54
7 Virginia 58
Sacramento
2 Arizona 71
2 Arizona 81
15 Loyola (MD) 55

West Region First Round[edit]

CBS
Thursday, March 17
approx. 3:15 pm MST
#12 UW–Green Bay Phoenix 61, #5 California Golden Bears 57
Scoring by half: 32–23, 29–34
Pts: J. Nordgaard – 24
Rebs: J. Nordgaard – 9
Asts: J. Martinez – 7
Pts: L. Murray – 18
Rebs: J. Kidd, L. Murray – 11
Asts: J. Kidd – 7
Dee Events Center – Ogden
Attendance: 12,126
Referees: Lenny Wirtz, Ed Corbett, Rick Hartzell

West Region Second Round[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 19
2:35 pm MST
#12 UW–Green Bay Phoenix 59, #4 Syracuse Orangemen 64
Scoring by half: 26–37, 33–27
Pts: J. Nordgaard – 19
Rebs: J. Ludvigson – 7
Asts: G. Grzesk – 7
Pts: L. Moten – 17
Rebs: L. Jackson, L. Moten, J. Wallace – 8
Asts: A. Autry – 5
Dee Events Center – Ogden
Attendance: 12,126
Referees: Lenny Wirtz, Andre Pattillo, Bob Barnett

Final Four @ Charlotte, North Carolina[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E3 Florida 65
SE2 Duke 70
SE2 Duke 72
M1 Arkansas 76
M1 Arkansas 91
W2 Arizona 82

Broadcast information[edit]

On television, CBS Sports covered all 63 games of the tournament, with regional splits until the Regional Finals followed by national telecasts.

Exclusive national radio coverage was provided by CBS Radio Sports.

CBS announcers[edit]

CBS Radio Sports announcers[edit]

  • – First & Second Round at Ogden, Utah

Local announcers[edit]

Region Seed Team Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator
West
West 12 UW–Green Bay WDUZ–AM 1400

See also[edit]