2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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2001 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
Finals siteH.H.H. Metrodome
Minneapolis, Minnesota
ChampionsDuke Blue Devils (3rd title, 9th title game,
13th Final Four)
Runner-upArizona Wildcats (2nd title game,
4th Final Four)
Winning coachMike Krzyzewski (3rd title)
MOPShane Battier (Duke)
Top scorerJay Williams Duke
(154 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«2000 2002»

The 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball for the 2000–01 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It began on March 13, 2001, with the play-in game, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Minneapolis, at the Metrodome. A total of 64 games were played.

This tournament is the first to feature 65 teams, due to the Mountain West Conference receiving an automatic bid for the first time. This meant that 31 conferences would have automatic bids to the tournament. The NCAA decided to maintain 34 at-large bids, which necessitated a play-in game between the #64 and #65 ranked teams, with the winner playing against a #1 seed in the first round. (Another option would have been to reduce the number of at-large bids to 33, which was the option chosen for the women's tournament.) This is also the first tournament to have been broadcast in high-definition, being broadcast on CBS.

This was the last tournament where the first- and second-round sites were tied to specific regionals. The "pod system" was instituted for the 2002 tournament to keep as many teams as possible closer to their campus in the first two rounds.

The Final Four consisted of Duke, making their second appearance in the Final Four in three years, Maryland, making their first appearance, Michigan State, the defending national champions, and Arizona, making their first appearance since winning the national championship in 1997.

Duke defeated Arizona 82–72 in the national championship game to win their third national title and first since 1992. Shane Battier of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.


2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
New Orleans
New Orleans
Kansas City
Kansas City
San Diego
San Diego
2001 first and second rounds (note: the play-in game was held in Dayton, Ohio)
2001 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
San Antonio
San Antonio
2001 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

Opening, First & Second Rounds[edit]

Region Site Venue Host
Opening Dayton, Ohio University of Dayton Arena University of Dayton
East Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Atlantic Coast Conference
Uniondale, New York Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum St. John's University/Big East Conference
Midwest Dayton, Ohio University of Dayton Arena Dayton
Kansas City, Missouri Kemper Arena Big 12 Conference
South Memphis, Tennessee Memphis Pyramid University of Memphis
New Orleans, Louisiana Louisiana Superdome Sun Belt Conference/University of New Orleans
West Boise, Idaho BSU Pavilion Boise State University
San Diego, California Cox Arena San Diego State University

Regional Sites and Final Four[edit]

Region Site Venue Host
East Philadelphia, Pennsylvania First Union Center Atlantic 10 Conference
Midwest San Antonio, Texas Alamodome University of Texas at San Antonio
South Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome Georgia Institute of Technology
West Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Big West Conference
Final Four Minneapolis, Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome University of Minnesota

For the second time, the Metrodome in Minneapolis hosted the Final Four; it was its last time hosting the event, as the building has been replaced by U.S. Bank Stadium, which will host the Final Four in 2019. The Metrodome was the last of four MLB stadiums to host Final Fours, including the Astrodome, the Kingdome and Tropicana Field. Three of the four regional cities were former Final Four host cities; Anaheim is within the Los Angeles metropolitan area but has not hosted itself. There were two new venues in cities that had previously hosted tournament games. The First Union Center (now Wells Fargo Center) hosted games for the first time, replacing its neighbor, The Spectrum. Cox Arena, located within the shell of the old Aztec Bowl at San Diego State University, was also a new venue, hosting games in San Diego for the first time since the 1975 Final Four. This also marked the second straight year that a new on-campus venue was used for the tournament. The 2001 tournament marked the last time hosting for Nassau Coliseum and the Memphis Pyramid. The Pyramid has since been converted into a Bass Pro Shops destination store, and the Nassau Coliseum was recently renovated into a smaller arena, lessening the chances that it will return to the tournament. Any future tournament games to be held on Long Island or in Memphis would be played at Barclays Center, UBS Arena, or FedEx Forum, respectively.


East Regional – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski ACC 29–4 Tournament Champion
#2 Kentucky Tubby Smith SEC 22–9 Tournament Champion
#3 Boston College Al Skinner Big East 26–4 Tournament Champion
#4 UCLA Steve Lavin Pac-10 21–8 At-Large Bid
#5 Ohio State Jim O'Brien Big Ten 20–10 At-Large Bid
#6 USC Henry Bibby Pac-10 21–9 At-Large Bid
#7 Iowa Steve Alford Big Ten 22–11 Tournament Champion
#8 Georgia Jim Harrick SEC 16–14 At-Large Bid
#9 Missouri Quin Snyder Big 12 19–12 At-Large Bid
#10 Creighton Dana Altman Missouri Valley 24–7 At-Large Bid
#11 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big 12 19–8 At-Large Bid
#12 Utah State Stew Morrill Big West 27–5 Tournament Champion
#13 Hofstra Jay Wright America East 26–4 Tournament Champion
#14 Southern Utah Bill Evans Mid-Continent 25–5 Tournament Champion
#15 Holy Cross Ralph Willard Patriot League 22–7 Tournament Champion
#16 Monmouth Dave Calloway NEC 21–9 Tournament Champion
West Regional – Anaheim, California
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Stanford Mike Montgomery Pac-10 28–2 Regular Season Champion
#2 Iowa State Larry Eustachy Big 12 25–5 At-Large Bid
#3 Maryland Gary Williams ACC 21–10 At-Large Bid
#4 Indiana Mike Davis Big Ten 21–12 At-Large Bid
#5 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Conference USA 23–9 At-Large Bid
#6 Wisconsin Brad Soderberg Big Ten 18–10 At-Large Bid
#7 Arkansas Nolan Richardson SEC 20–10 At-Large Bid
#8 Georgia Tech Paul Hewitt ACC 17–12 At-Large Bid
#9 Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli Atlantic 10 25–6 At-Large Bid
#10 Georgetown Craig Esherick Big East 23–7 At-Large Bid
#11 Georgia State Lefty Driesell TAAC 28–4 Tournament Champion
#12 BYU Steve Cleveland Mountain West 23–8 Tournament Champion
#13 Kent State Gary Waters MAC 23–9 Tournament Champion
#14 George Mason Jim Larranaga Colonial 18–11 Tournament Champion
#15 Hampton Steve Merfeld MEAC 24–6 Tournament Champion
#16 UNC Greensboro Fran McCaffery Southern 19–11 Tournament Champion
South Regional – Atlanta, Georgia
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Michigan State Tom Izzo Big Ten 24–4 At-Large Bid
#2 North Carolina Matt Doherty ACC 25–6 At-Large Bid
#3 Florida Billy Donovan SEC 23–6 At-Large Bid
#4 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Big 12 26–6 Tournament Champion
#5 Virginia Pete Gillen ACC 20–8 At-Large Bid
#6 Texas Rick Barnes Big 12 25–8 At-Large Bid
#7 Penn State Jerry Dunn Big Ten 19–11 At-Large Bid
#8 California Ben Braun Pac-10 20–10 At-Large Bid
#9 Fresno State Jerry Tarkanian WAC 25–6 At-Large Bid
#10 Providence Tim Welsh Big East 21–9 At-Large Bid
#11 Temple John Chaney Atlantic 10 21–12 Tournament Champion
#12 Gonzaga Mark Few WCC 24–6 Tournament Champion
#13 Indiana State Royce Waltman Missouri Valley 21–11 Tournament Champion
#14 Western Kentucky Dennis Felton Sun Belt 24–6 Tournament Champion
#15 Princeton John Thompson III Ivy League 16–10 Regular Season Champion
#16 Alabama State Rob Spivery SWAC 22–8 Tournament Champion
Midwest Regional – San Antonio, Texas
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Illinois Bill Self Big Ten 24–7 At-Large Bid
#2 Arizona Lute Olson Pac-10 23–7 At-Large Bid
#3 Ole Miss Rod Barnes SEC 25–7 At-Large Bid
#4 Kansas Roy Williams Big 12 24–6 At-Large Bid
#5 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Big East 24–8 At-Large Bid
#6 Notre Dame Mike Brey Big East 19–9 At-Large Bid
#7 Wake Forest Dave Odom ACC 19–10 At-Large Bid
#8 Tennessee Jerry Green SEC 19–11 At-Large Bid
#9 Charlotte Bobby Lutz Conference USA 21–10 Tournament Champion
#10 Butler Thad Matta MCC (Horizon) 23–7 Tournament Champion
#11 Xavier Skip Prosser Atlantic 10 21–7 At-Large Bid
#12 Hawaii Riley Wallace WAC 27–5 Tournament Champion
#13 Cal State Northridge Bobby Braswell Big Sky 22–9 Tournament Champion
#14 Iona Jeff Ruland MAAC 22–10 Tournament Champion
#15 Eastern Illinois Rick Samuels Ohio Valley 21–9 Tournament Champion
#16 Northwestern State Mike McConathy Southland 18–12 Tournament Champion
Winthrop Gregg Marshall Big South 18–12 Tournament Champion

Bids by conference[edit]

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
7 Big Ten
6 ACC, Big 12, SEC
5 Big East, Pac-10
3 Atlantic 10
2 C-USA, Missouri Valley, WAC
1 21 others

Final four[edit]

At Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Semifinals[edit]

  • March 31, 2001
    The fourth meeting of the year between ACC teams Duke and Maryland turned into a classic. Maryland jumped out of the gate to an early 39–17 lead. It appeared the Terps would eliminate Duke, led by senior Shane Battier. However, Duke was able to cut the lead at halftime to 49–38. Duke would take its first lead when Jason Williams drained a three to give Duke the lead 73–72 with 6:48 to play. Duke closed the game with a 23–12 run to stun Gary Williams' Maryland squad.[1] Referees: David Libbey, Mark Reischling, and Ted Hillary.[2]
    In an emotional season in which coach Lute Olson suffered the loss of his wife, he would be just 40 minutes away from a second National Championship after his Wildcats destroyed the defending national champion Michigan State Spartans. The game was close at halftime with Arizona leading by just 2. However, Arizona outscored Michigan State 48–31 in the second half en route to the 19-point victory.[3]

Championship game[edit]

  • April 2, 2001
    The second-ranked team coming into the NCAA Tournament would leave giving coach Mike Krzyzewski his third National Championship at Duke. Arizona cut Duke's lead to 39–37 early in the second half, but Mike Dunleavy Jr. connected on three three-pointers during an 11–2 Duke run. Dunleavy Jr. led the Duke Blue Devils with 21 points. The Arizona Wildcats would cut the gap to 3 four times, twice inside the four-minute TV timeout. However, Shane Battier proved himself too much for the Wildcats to handle as he hit two critical shots to put the Blue Devils comfortably ahead. Jason Williams, despite a poor shooting night, iced the game with a three-pointer from the top of the key with under 2 minutes to play to give Duke an eight-point lead. The final score was Duke 82 – Arizona 72.


* – Denotes overtime period

Opening round game – Dayton, Ohio[edit]

Opening round game
March 13
16 Winthrop 67
16 Northwestern State 71

East regional — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[edit]

First round
March 15
Second round
March 17
Regional semifinals
March 22
Regional finals
March 24
1 Duke 95
16 Monmouth 52
1 Duke 94
9 Missouri 81
8 Georgia 68
9 Missouri 70
1 Duke 76
4 UCLA 63
5 Ohio State 68*
12 Utah State 77
12 Utah State 50
4 UCLA 75
4 UCLA 61
13 Hofstra 48
1 Duke 79
6 USC 69
6 USC 69
11 Oklahoma State 54
6 USC 74
3 Boston College 71
3 Boston College 68
14 Southern Utah 65
6 USC 80
2 Kentucky 76
7 Iowa 69
10 Crieghton 56
7 Iowa 79
2 Kentucky 92
2 Kentucky 72
15 Holy Cross 68

West regional — Anaheim, California[edit]

First round
March 15
Second round
March 17
Regional semifinals
March 22
Regional finals
March 24
1 Stanford 88
16 UNC-Greensboro 60
1 Stanford 90
San Diego
9 Saint Joseph's 83
8 Georgia Tech 62
9 Saint Joseph's 66
1 Stanford 78
5 Cincinnati 65
5 Cincinnati 84
12 BYU 59
5 Cincinnati 66
San Diego
13 Kent State 43
4 Indiana 73
13 Kent State 77
1 Stanford 73
3 Maryland 87
6 Wisconsin 49
11 Georgia State 50
11 Georgia State 60
3 Maryland 79
3 Maryland 83
14 George Mason 80
3 Maryland 76
10 Georgetown 66
7 Arkansas 61
10 Georgetown 63
10 Georgetown 76
15 Hampton 57
2 Iowa State 57
15 Hampton 58

South regional — Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

First round
March 16
Second round
March 18
Regional semifinals
March 23
Regional finals
March 25
1 Michigan State 69
16 Alabama State 35
1 Michigan State 81
9 Fresno State 65
8 California 70
9 Fresno State 82
1 Michigan State 77
12 Gonzaga 62
5 Virginia 85
12 Gonzaga 86
12 Gonzaga 85
13 Indiana State 68
4 Oklahoma 68*
13 Indiana State 70
1 Michigan State 69
11 Temple 62
6 Texas 65
11 Temple 79
11 Temple 75
New Orleans
3 Florida 54
3 Florida 69
14 Western Kentucky 56
11 Temple 84
7 Penn State 72
7 Penn State 69
10 Providence 59
7 Penn State 82
New Orleans
2 North Carolina 74
2 North Carolina 70
15 Princeton 48

Midwest regional — San Antonio, Texas[edit]

First round
March 16
Second round
March 18
Regional semifinals
March 23
Regional finals
March 25
1 Illinois 96
16 Northwestern State 54
1 Illinois 79
9 Charlotte 61
8 Tennessee 63
9 Charlotte 70
1 Illinois 80
4 Kansas 64
5 Syracuse 79
12 Hawaii 69
5 Syracuse 58
4 Kansas 87
4 Kansas 99
13 Cal State Northridge 75
1 Illinois 81
2 Arizona 87
6 Notre Dame 83
11 Xavier 71
6 Notre Dame 56
Kansas City
3 Ole Miss 59
3 Ole Miss 72
14 Iona 70
3 Ole Miss 56
2 Arizona 66
7 Wake Forest 63
10 Butler 79
10 Butler 52
Kansas City
2 Arizona 73
2 Arizona 101
15 Eastern Illinois 76

Final Four — Minneapolis, Minnesota[edit]

National semifinals
March 31
National finals
April 2
E1 Duke 95
W3 Maryland 84
E1 Duke 82
M2 Arizona 72
S1 Michigan State 61
M2 Arizona 80


This tournament featured many upsets in the first two rounds, with two #13 seeds and two #12 seeds winning in the first. The best remembered and most unexpected occurred when Hampton beat number 2 seed Iowa State 58–57 in the first round. The Pirates were down by as much as 11 in the game and outscored the Cyclones 10–0 in the final seven minutes of the game. Tarvis Williams made the winning shot with 6.9 seconds left. The video of Hampton coach Steve Merfield being lifted in the air by player David Johnson during the celebration has become a classic clip, often played by CBS and ESPN to showcase the excitement of the underdog in the NCAA Tournament.

Hampton became only the fourth #15 seed to win a game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and the first since 1997. They went on to lose to Georgetown in the second round, failing to become the first seed that low to make the Round of 16.[4] The Pirates were the last #15 seed to advance in the tournament until 2012, in which two #15 seeds beat their #2-seeded opponents.

  1. 12 seeded Gonzaga also made the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row, all as a double digit seed.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ CNN Sports Illustrated. "2001 NCAA National Semifinals: (E1) Duke 95, (W3) Maryland 84". CNNSI.com. Archived from the original on 21 March 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  2. ^ NCAA On Demand (2014-02-27), 2001 NCAA Basketball National Semi-Final – Maryland vs Duke, retrieved 2017-09-27
  3. ^ CNN Sports Illustrated. "2001 NCAA National Semifinals: (MW2) Kansas 80, (S4) Michigan State 61". CNNSI.com. Retrieved 2008-03-06.
  4. ^ 15th-seeded Pirates stun No. 2 seed Cyclones 58–57