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1998 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 1998 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 12, 1998, and ended with the championship game on March 30 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. A total of 63 games were played.

1998 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
1998 Final Four logo.png
1998 Final Four logo
Season1997–98
Teams64
Finals siteAlamodome
San Antonio, Texas
ChampionsKentucky Wildcats (7th title, 10th title game,
13th Final Four)
Runner-upUtah Utes (2nd title game,
4th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coachTubby Smith (1st title)
MOPJeff Sheppard (Kentucky)
Attendance663,876
Top scorerMichael Doleac Utah
(115 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«1997 1999»

The Final Four consisted of Kentucky, making their third consecutive Final Four, Stanford, making their first appearance since their initial Final Four run in 1942, Utah, making their fourth Final Four and first since 1966, and North Carolina, who returned for a fourteenth overall time and third in four seasons.

Kentucky won the national title, its second in three seasons and seventh overall, by defeating Utah 78–69 in the championship game.

Jeff Sheppard of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Kentucky came back from double-digit deficits in each of its last three games in the tournament, including a 17-point second half comeback against the Duke Blue Devils, leading to the school's fans dubbing the team the "Comeback Cats". This was Kentucky's third straight championship game appearance.

Bryce Drew led the 13th-ranked Valparaiso Crusaders to the Sweet Sixteen, including a memorable play that remains part of March Madness lore.[1]

For the second consecutive season, a #14 seed advanced from the first round; Richmond, coached by John Beilein, upset South Carolina.

For the second time in three years, a top seeded team failed to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. That distinction belonged to Midwest Region #1 seed Kansas, who was defeated by #8 seed Rhode Island.

LocationsEdit

 
Sacramento
Boise
Oklahoma City
Chicago
Lexington
Atlanta
Washington, D.C.
Hartford
1998 first and second rounds
 
Anaheim
St. Louis
St. Petersburg
Greensboro
San Antonio
1998 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

First & Second RoundsEdit

Region Site Venue Host
East Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center Connecticut
Washington, D.C. MCI Center George Mason
Midwest Chicago, Illinois United Center Big Ten Conference
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Myriad Convention Center Oklahoma
South Atlanta, Georgia Georgia Dome Georgia Tech
Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena Kentucky
West Boise, Idaho BSU Pavilion Boise State
Sacramento, California ARCO Arena Cal State Sacramento

Regional Sites and Final FourEdit

Region Site Venue Host
East Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum Atlantic Coast Conference
Midwest St. Louis, Missouri Kiel Center Missouri Valley Conference
South St. Petersburg, Florida Tropicana Field South Florida
West Anaheim, California Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Big West Conference
Final Four San Antonio, Texas Alamodome UTSA

San Antonio became the 26th host city, and the Alamodome the 31st host venue, for the Final Four. The 1998 tournament saw two new cities and two new venues. For the first time ever, the tournament was held within Washington's city limits, at the new MCI Center (now Capital One Arena) downtown; all previous games in the region had been either at Cole Field House on the University of Maryland campus or at the USAir Arena in suburban Landover. The tournament also came to Orange County, California for the first time, at the Arrowhead Pond, home to the NHL's Mighty Ducks. The tournament returned to St. Louis in 1998, playing at the Kiel Center, successor venue to both Kiel Auditorium (whose site it was built on) and the St. Louis Arena. And for the first time in 45 years, the tournament was held within Chicago city limits at the United Center, successor venue to the old Chicago Stadium, which was across the street from the new venue. The tournament also marked the last appearance of the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City, with future games held at the Chesapeake Energy Arena directly across the street.

TeamsEdit

East Regional – Greensboro
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid type
#1 North Carolina Bill Guthridge ACC 30–3 Automatic
#2 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Big East 29–4 Automatic
#3 South Carolina Eddie Fogler SEC 23–7 At-Large
#4 Michigan State Tom Izzo Big Ten 20–7 At-Large
#5 Princeton Bill Carmody Ivy League 26–1 Automatic
#6 Xavier Skip Prosser Atlantic 10 22–7 Automatic
#7 Indiana Bob Knight Big Ten 19–11 At-Large
#8 Charlotte Melvin Watkins Conference USA 19–10 At-Large
#9 UIC Jimmy Collins MCC 22–5 At-Large
#10 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Big 12 22–10 At-Large
#11 Washington Bob Bender Pac-10 18–9 At-Large
#12 UNLV Bill Bayno WAC 20–12 Automatic
#13 Eastern Michigan Milton Barnes Mid-American 20–9 Automatic
#14 Richmond John Beilein CAA 22–7 Automatic
#15 Fairleigh Dickinson Tom Green NEC 23–6 Automatic
#16 Navy Don DeVoe Patriot League 19–10 Automatic
West Regional – Anaheim
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Arizona Lute Olson Pac-10 27–4 Automatic
#2 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Conference USA 26–5 Automatic
#3 Utah Rick Majerus WAC 25–3 At-Large
#4 Maryland Gary Williams ACC 19–10 At-Large
#5 Illinois Lon Kruger Big Ten 22–9 At-Large
#6 Arkansas Nolan Richardson SEC 23–8 At-Large
#7 Temple John Chaney Atlantic 10 21–8 At-Large
#8 Tennessee Jerry Green SEC 20–8 At-Large
#9 Illinois State Kevin Stallings Missouri Valley 24–5 Automatic
#10 West Virginia Gale Catlett Big East 22-8 At–Large
#11 Nebraska Danny Nee Big 12 20-11 At–Large
#12 South Alabama Bob Weltlich Sun Belt 21–6 Automatic
#13 Utah State Larry Eustachy Big West 25–7 Automatic
#14 San Francisco Phil Mathews West Coast 19–10 Automatic
#15 Northern Arizona Ben Howland Big Sky 21–7 Automatic
#16 Nicholls State Rickey Broussard Southland 19–9 Automatic
Midwest Regional – St. Louis
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Kansas Roy Williams Big 12 34–3 Automatic
#2 Purdue Gene Keady Big Ten 26–7 At-Large
#3 Stanford Mike Montgomery Pac-10 26–4 At-Large
#4 Ole Miss Rob Evans SEC 22–6 At-Large
#5 TCU Billy Tubbs WAC 27–5 At-Large
#6 Clemson Rick Barnes ACC 18–13 At-Large
#7 St. John's Fran Fraschilla Big East 22–9 At-Large
#8 Rhode Island Jim Harrick Atlantic 10 22–8 At-Large
#9 Murray State Mark Gottfried Ohio Valley 29–3 Automatic
#10 Detroit Perry Watson MCC 24–5 At-Large
#11 Western Michigan Bob Donewald Mid-American 20–7 At-Large
#12 Florida State Steve Robinson ACC 17–13 At-Large
#13 Valparaiso Homer Drew Mid-Continent 21–9 Automatic
#14 College of Charleston John Kresse TAAC 24–5 Automatic
#15 Delaware Mike Brey America East 20–9 Automatic
#16 Prairie View A&M Elwood Plummer SWAC 13–16 Automatic
South Regional – St. Petersburg
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski ACC 29-3 At–Large
#2 Kentucky Tubby Smith SEC 29–4 Automatic
#3 Michigan (vacated) Brian Ellerbe Big Ten 24–8 Automatic
#4 New Mexico Dave Bliss WAC 23–7 At-Large
#5 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Big East 24–8 At-Large
#6 UCLA Steve Lavin Pac-10 22–8 At-Large
#7 Massachusetts Bruiser Flint Atlantic 10 21–10 At-Large
#8 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big 12 21–6 At-Large
#9 George Washington Mike Jarvis Atlantic 10 24–8 At-Large
#10 Saint Louis Charlie Spoonhour Conference USA 21–10 At-Large
#11 Miami (FL) Leonard Hamilton Big East 18–9 At-Large
#12 Iona Tim Welsh MAAC 27–5 Automatic
#13 Butler Barry Collier MCC 22–10 Automatic
#14 Davidson Bob McKillop Southern 20–9 Automatic
#15 South Carolina State Cy Alexander MEAC 22–7 Automatic
#16 Radford Ron Bradley Big South 20–9 Automatic

Bids by conferenceEdit

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
5 Atlantic 10, ACC, Big Ten, Big East, SEC
4 Big 12, Pac-10, WAC
3 C-USA, MCC
2 MAC
1 19 others

BracketEdit

* – Denotes overtime period

East Regional – Greensboro, North CarolinaEdit

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
            
1 North Carolina 88
16 Navy 52
1 North Carolina 93
Hartford
8 Charlotte 83*
8 Charlotte 77
9 UIC 62
1 North Carolina 73
4 Michigan State 58
5 Princeton 69
12 UNLV 57
5 Princeton 56
Hartford
4 Michigan State 63
4 Michigan State 83
13 Eastern Michigan 71
1 North Carolina 75
2 Connecticut 64
6 Xavier 68
11 Washington 69
11 Washington 81
Washington, D.C.
14 Richmond 66
3 South Carolina 61
14 Richmond 62
11 Washington 74
2 Connecticut 75
7 Indiana 94
10 Oklahoma 87*
7 Indiana 68
Washington, D.C.
2 Connecticut 78
2 Connecticut 93
15 Fairleigh Dickinson 85

Regional Final SummaryEdit

CBS
Saturday, March 21
#1 North Carolina Tar Heels 75, #2 Connecticut Huskies 64
Scoring by half: 36–32, 39–32
Pts: A. Jamison – 20
Rebs: A. Jamison – 11
Asts: E. Cota – 9
Pts: K. El-Amin – 24
Rebs: K. Freeman – 7
Asts: M. Hardnett – 4
Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, NC
Attendance: 23,235
Referees: Mark Reischling, Eddie Jackson, Dick Cartmell

West Regional – Anaheim, CaliforniaEdit

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
            
1 Arizona 99
16 Nicholls State 60
1 Arizona 82
Sacramento
9 Illinois State 49
8 Tennessee 81*
9 Illinois State 82
1 Arizona 87
4 Maryland 79
5 Illinois 64
12 South Alabama 51
5 Illinois 61
Sacramento
4 Maryland 67
4 Maryland 82
13 Utah State 68
1 Arizona 51
3 Utah 76
6 Arkansas 74
11 Nebraska 65
6 Arkansas 69
Boise
3 Utah 75
3 Utah 85
14 San Francisco 68
3 Utah 65
10 West Virginia 62
7 Temple 52
10 West Virginia 82
10 West Virginia 75
Boise
2 Cincinnati 74
2 Cincinnati 65
15 Northern Arizona 62

Regional Final SummaryEdit

CBS
Saturday, March 21
#3 Utah Utes 76, #1 Arizona Wildcats 51
Scoring by half: 29–20, 47–31
Pts: A. Miller – 18
Rebs: A. Miller – 13
Asts: A. Miller – 14
Pts: J. Terry – 16
Rebs: B. Davison – 10
Asts: M. Simon – 4
Arrowhead Pond – Anaheim, CA
Attendance: 17,851
Referees: Gerald Boudreaux, Tony Greene, Tom Rucker

South Regional – St. Petersburg, FloridaEdit

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
            
1 Duke 99
16 Radford 63
1 Duke 79
Lexington
8 Oklahoma State 73
8 Oklahoma State 74
9 George Washington 59
1 Duke 80
5 Syracuse 67
5 Syracuse 63
12 Iona 61
5 Syracuse 56
Lexington
4 New Mexico 46
4 New Mexico 79
13 Butler 62
1 Duke 84
2 Kentucky 86
6 UCLA 65
11 Miami (FL) 62
6 UCLA 85
Atlanta
3 Michigan 82
3 Michigan 80
14 Davidson 61
6 UCLA 68
2 Kentucky 94
7 Massachusetts 46
10 Saint Louis 51
10 Saint Louis 61
Atlanta
2 Kentucky 88
2 Kentucky 82
15 South Carolina State 67

Regional Final SummaryEdit

CBS
Sunday, March 22
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 86, #1 Duke Blue Devils 84
Scoring by half: 39–49, 47–35
Pts: J. Sheppard – 18
Rebs: H. Evans, J. Sheppard – 11
Asts: W. Turner – 8
Pts: R. McLeod – 19
Rebs: R. McLeod, S. Battier – 8
Asts: S. Wojciechowski, T. Langdon – 4
Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL
Attendance: 40,589
Referees: Tom Harrington, Mike Sanzere, Curtis Shaw

Midwest Regional – St. Louis, MissouriEdit

First Round Second Round Regional Semifinals Regional Final
            
1 Kansas 110
16 Prairie View A&M 52
1 Kansas 75
Oklahoma City
8 Rhode Island 80
8 Rhode Island 97
9 Murray State 74
8 Rhode Island 74
13 Valparaiso 68
5 TCU 87
12 Florida State 96
12 Florida State 77*
Oklahoma City
13 Valparaiso 83
4 Ole Miss 69
13 Valparaíso 70
8 Rhode Island 77
3 Stanford 79
6 Clemson 72
11 Western Michigan 75
11 Western Michigan 65
Chicago
3 Stanford 83
3 Stanford 67
14 College of Charleston 57
3 Stanford 67
2 Purdue 59
7 St. John's 64
10 Detroit 66
10 Detroit 65
Chicago
2 Purdue 80
2 Purdue 95
15 Delaware 56

Regional Final SummaryEdit

CBS
Sunday, March 22
#3 Stanford Cardinal 79, #8 Rhode Island 77
Scoring by half: 38–38, 41–39
Pts: A. Lee – 26
Rebs: T. Young – 12
Asts: A. Lee – 7
Pts: T. Wheeler – 24
Rebs: A. Reynolds-Dean – 10
Asts: T. Wheeler – 5
Kiel Center – St. Louis, MO
Attendance: 22,172
Referees: Frank Scagliotta, Mike Kitts, Larry Rose

Final Four – San Antonio, TexasEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E1 North Carolina 59
W3 Utah 65
W3 Utah 69
S2 Kentucky 78
S2 Kentucky 86
M3 Stanford 85*

Game SummariesEdit

CBS
Saturday, March 28
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 86, #3 Stanford Cardinal 85 (OT)
Scoring by half: 32–37, 41–36 Overtime: 13–12
Pts: J. Sheppard – 27
Rebs: J.Sheppard, H. Evans, S. Padgett – 6
Asts: J. Sheppard, W. Turner – 4
Pts: A. Lee – 26
Rebs: M. Madsen – 16
Asts: A. Lee – 5
Alamodome – San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 40,509
Referees: Tim Higgins, Bob Donato, Larry Rose
CBS
Saturday, March, 28
#3 Utah Utes 65, #1 North Carolina Tar Heels 59
Scoring by half: 35–22, 30–37
Pts: M. Doleac, A. Miller – 16
Rebs: A. Miller – 14
Asts: A. Miller – 7
Pts: V. Carter – 21
Rebs: A. Jamison – 12
Asts: E. Cota – 7
Alamodome – San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 40,509
Referees: John Clougherty, Andre Pattillo, Don Rutledge

National ChampionshipEdit

CBS
Monday, March 30
#2 Kentucky Wildcats 78, #3 Utah Utes 69
Scoring by half: 31–41, 47–28
Pts: S. Padgett – 17
Rebs: H. Evans – 6
Asts: A. Edwards – 5
Pts: A. Miller – 16
Rebs: M. Doleac – 10
Asts: A. Miller – 5
Alamodome – San Antonio, TX
Attendance: 40,509[citation needed]
Referees: Jim Burr, Donnie Gray, Mike Sanzere

AnnouncersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "NCAA honors all-time greats as part of 75 years of March Madness celebration". NCAA. December 11, 2012. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved April 4, 2018.