1984 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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. 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. It was also the second year with a preliminary round; preliminary games would not be played again until 2001.

1984 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
1984 Final Four logo.png
Finals siteKingdome
ChampionsGeorgetown Hoyas (1st title, 2nd title game,
3rd Final Four)
Runner-upHouston Cougars (2nd title game,
5th Final Four)
Winning coachJohn Thompson (1st title)
MOPPatrick Ewing (Georgetown)
Top scorerRoosevelt Chapman Dayton
(105 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1983 1985»

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 5-for-21, 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 first 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. 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 David 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 Michael 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]


E. Rutherford
Salt Lake City
1984 sites for play-in (orange) and first and second (green) rounds
St. Louis
Los Angeles
1984 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

Play-in RoundEdit

Regions Site Venue Host
East & West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Palestra Drexel/Pennsylvania/Temple/
Mideast & Midwest Dayton, Ohio University of Dayton Arena Dayton

First & Second RoundsEdit

Region Site Venue Host
East Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum UNC Charlotte
East Rutherford, New Jersey Brendan Byrne Arena Seton Hall
Mideast Birmingham, Alabama BJCC Coliseum Southeastern Conference
Milwaukee, Wisconsin MECCA Arena Marquette/UW Milwaukee
Midwest Lincoln, Nebraska Bob Devaney Sports Center Nebraska
Memphis, Tennessee Mid-South Coliseum Memphis State
West Pullman, Washington Beasley Coliseum Washington State
Salt Lake City, Utah Special Events Center Utah

Regional Sites and Final FourEdit

Region Site Venue Host
East Atlanta, Georgia Omni Coliseum Georgia Tech
Mideast Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena Kentucky
Midwest St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena Missouri Valley Conference
West Los Angeles, California Pauley Pavilion UCLA
Final Four Seattle, Washington The Kingdome Seattle / Washington

Seattle was the host city for the Final Four for the first time since 1952, and the first time in the Kingdome, then home to the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics, as well as the MLB's Mariners and NFL's Seahawks. The Kingdome became the third domed multipurpose stadium to host a Final Four, after the Astrodome and the Superdome. Three cities—East Rutherford, Memphis, and Milwaukee—hosted for the first time. East Rutherford, located between New York City and Newark, was the fourth site to host games in the New York metropolitan area. The Mid-South Coliseum and MECCA Arena hosted this time only, with future games in Memphis at The Pyramid and FedExForum and in Milwaukee at the now-defunct BMO Harris Bradley Center or Fiserv Forum. The games at the MECCA Arena were the first tournament games in Wisconsin since Madison hosted the Mideast regionals in 1969. This tournament marked the last time the Palestra, the "Cathedral of College Basketball", hosted an NCAA Tournament game; future games in Philadelphia were at the Spectrum or the Wells Fargo Center.


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
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 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 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 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


* – Denotes overtime period

Preliminary roundEdit

East Regional – Atlanta, GeorgiaEdit

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, MissouriEdit

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, KentuckyEdit

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 AngelesEdit

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 FourEdit

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

Championship gameEdit

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 informationEdit


CBS Sports

  • Brent Musburger served as Studio Host
  • Gary Bender and Billy Packer – First Round (Dayton-LSU) at Salt Lake City, Utah; Second Round at Charlotte, North Carolina (North Carolina–Temple, Indiana–Richmond) and Lincoln, Nebraska (DePaul–Illinois State, Wake Forest–Kansas); East Regional Semifinal (North Carolina–Indiana) and Regional Final at Atlanta, Georgia; West Regional Final at Los Angeles, California; Final Four at Seattle, Washington
  • Verne Lundquist and Steve Grote – Second Round at Memphis, Tennessee (Houston–Louisiana Tech, Memphis State–Purdue) and Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Tulsa–Louisville, Illinois–Villanova); Midwest Regional Semifinal (DePaul–Wake Forest) and Regional Final at St. Louis, Missouri
  • Frank Glieber and Larry Conley – First (Miami of Ohio–SMU) and Second (Georgetown–SMU, Duke–Washington) Rounds at Pullman, Washington; Mideast Regional Final at Lexington, Kentucky
  • Dick Stockton and Bill Raftery – Second Round at East Rutherford, New Jersey (Arkansas–Virginia, Syracuse–VCU); West Regional Semifinal (Georgetown–UNLV) at Los Angeles, California
  • Tim Ryan and Lynn Shackelford – Second Round at Salt Lake City, Utah (Oklahoma–Dayton, UTEP–UNLV)

ESPN/NCAA Productions

Local radioEdit

Teams Flagship station Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
Georgetown WWDC (Georgetown) Rich Chvotkin John Blake
Kansas KLWN-AM (Lawrence) Max Falkenstein Bob Davis
Kentucky WHAS-AM (Louisville) Cawood Ledford
LSU WWL-AM (New Orleans) Jim Hawthorne

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 3. Reggie Williams". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  3. ^ a b "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 11. David Wingate". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  4. ^ a b "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 14. Michael Jackson". Archived from the original on 2012-02-13. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  5. ^ "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: The Top 100: 68. Gene Smith". Archived from the original on 2015-03-29. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  6. ^ a b "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: Classic Games". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-03-31.
  7. ^ "The Georgetown Basketball History Project: the Top 100: 48. Fred Brown". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2017-03-31.