2005 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2005 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. It began on March 15, 2005, and ended with the championship game on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

2005 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
Finals siteEdward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Missouri
ChampionsNorth Carolina Tar Heels (4th title, 8th title game,
16th Final Four)
Runner-upIllinois Fighting Illini (1st title game,
5th Final Four)
Winning coachRoy Williams (1st title)
MOPSean May (North Carolina)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
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2005 Final Four, Edward Jones Dome

The Final Four consisted of Illinois, the overall top seed and in the Final Four for the first time since 1989, Louisville, making their first appearance since winning the national championship in 1986, North Carolina, reaching their first Final Four since their 2000 Cinderella run, and Michigan State, back in the Final Four for the first time since 2001.

North Carolina emerged as the national champions for a fourth time, defeating Illinois in the final 75–70.[1] North Carolina's Sean May was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.[1] Coach Roy Williams won his first national championship.[1]

For the first time since 1999, when Weber State defeated North Carolina, a #14 seed defeated a #3 seed when Bucknell upset Kansas.[2] A #13 seed, Vermont, advanced by defeating Syracuse in the first round[3] and a #12 seed, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen in the Chicago region.[4][5]

Tournament procedureEdit

A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a postseason tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.

Two teams played an opening-round game, popularly called the "play-in game"; the winner of that game advanced to the main draw of the tournament and plays a top seed in one of the regionals. This game has been played at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio since its inception in 2001.

All 64 teams were seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals; the winner of the play-in game automatically received a 16 seed. The Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65.

The 2005 regionals, along with their top seeds, are listed below.

  • Chicago Regional (top seed: Illinois; top overall seed)
  • Albuquerque Regional (top seed: Washington; fourth overall seed)
  • Syracuse Regional (top seed: North Carolina; second overall seed)
  • Austin Regional (top seed: Duke; third overall seed)

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held April 2–4 in St. Louis.


The 2005 play-in game was played on Tuesday, March 15, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it had been since its inception in 2001.

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2005 first and second rounds (note: the play-in game was held in Dayton, Ohio)
Saint Louis
2005 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

The first and second-round games were played at the following sites:

March 17 and 19
McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona (Host: University of Arizona)
RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana (Hosts: Butler University and Horizon League)
Taco Bell Arena, Boise, Idaho (Host: Boise State University)
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio (Host: Cleveland State University)
March 18 and 20
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina (Host: Davidson College)
DCU Center, Worcester, Massachusetts (Host: College of the Holy Cross)
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Host: Big 12 Conference)
Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tennessee (Host: Ohio Valley Conference)

The regional final sites, named after their host cities, were:

March 24 and 26
Albuquerque Regional, University Arena ("The Pit"), Albuquerque, New Mexico (Host: University of New Mexico)
Chicago Regional, Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois (Host: DePaul University)
March 25 and 27
Austin Regional, Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas (Host: University of Texas at Austin)
Syracuse Regional, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York (Host: Syracuse University)

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four at the Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri, hosted by the Missouri Valley Conference. The semi-final games were held on April 2 and the final on April 4, 2005. The Edward Jones Dome became the 34th venue to host the Final Four, which returned to St. Louis for the first time since 1978, although it has not returned since. For the first time since 1989, there were no new venues used. To date, 2005 marked the last time that four arenas - Allstate Arena, Charlotte Coliseum, DCU Center, and the Wolstein Center - were used. The Charlotte Coliseum shut down later that year, replaced by what is now known as the Spectrum Center in downtown Charlotte. The other three venues all are still open, although games have mostly moved to the United Center in Chicago and Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland since, and Worcester not having as many amenities as nearby Boston and Providence, both of which now routinely host games.

Qualifying teamsEdit

Chicago Regional
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth type
No. 1 Illinois Bruce Weber Big Ten 32–1 Tournament champion
No. 2 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big 12 26–7 Tournament champion
No. 3 Arizona Lute Olson Pac-10 27–6 At-large bid
No. 4 Boston College Al Skinner Big East 25–5 At-large bid
No. 5 Alabama Mark Gottfried SEC 24–8 At-large bid
No. 6 LSU John Brady SEC 20–10 At-large bid
No. 7 Southern Illinois Chris Lowery Missouri Valley 27–8 At-large bid
No. 8 Texas Rick Barnes Big 12 20–11 At-large bid
No. 9 Nevada Mark Fox WAC 25–7 At-large bid
No. 10 St. Mary's Randy Bennett WCC 25–9 At-large bid
No. 11 UAB Mike Anderson C-USA 22–11 At-large bid
No. 12 UW-Milwaukee Bruce Pearl Horizon 26–6 Tournament champion
No. 13 Penn Fran Dunphy Ivy 20–9 Regular season champion
No. 14 Utah State Stew Morrill Big West 24–8 Tournament champion
No. 15 Southeastern Louisiana Billy Kennedy Southland 24–9 Tournament champion
No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson Tom Green Northeast 20–13 Tournament champion
Albuquerque Regional
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth type
No. 1 Washington Lorenzo Romar Pac-10 29–6 Tournament champion
No. 2 Wake Forest Skip Prosser ACC 27–6 At-large bid
No. 3 Gonzaga Mark Few WCC 26–5 Tournament champion
No. 4 Louisville Rick Pitino C-USA 29–4 Tournament champion
No. 5 Georgia Tech Paul Hewitt ACC 20–12 At-large bid
No. 6 Texas Tech Bob Knight Big 12 22–11 At-large bid
No. 7 West Virginia John Beilein Big East 24–11 At-large bid
No. 8 Pacific Bob Thomason Big West 27–4 At-large bid
No. 9 Pittsburgh Jamie Dixon Big East 20–9 At-large bid
No. 10 Creighton Dana Altman Missouri Valley 23–11 Tournament champion
No. 11 UCLA Ben Howland Pac-10 18–11 At-large bid
No. 12 George Washington Karl Hobbs Atlantic 10 22–8 Tournament champion
No. 13 Louisiana–Lafayette (vacated)[6] Robert Lee Sun Belt 20–11 Tournament champion
No. 14 Winthrop Gregg Marshall Big South 27–6 Tournament champion
No. 15 Chattanooga John Shulman SoCon 20–11 Tournament champion
No. 16 Montana Larry Krystkowiak Big Sky 18–13 Tournament champion
Syracuse Regional
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth type
No. 1 North Carolina Roy Williams ACC 27–4 At-large bid
No. 2 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Big East 23–8 At-large bid
No. 3 Kansas Bill Self Big 12 23–7 At-large bid
No. 4 Florida Billy Donovan SEC 24–8 Tournament champion
No. 5 Villanova Jay Wright Big East 24–8 At-large bid
No. 6 Wisconsin Bo Ryan Big Ten 22–8 At-large bid
No. 7 Charlotte Bobby Lutz C-USA 21–8 At-large bid
No. 8 Minnesota Dan Monson Big Ten 21–11 At-large bid
No. 9 Iowa State Wayne Morgan Big 12 19–12 At-large bid
No. 10 NC State Herb Sendek ACC 21–14 At-large bid
No. 11 Northern Iowa Greg McDermott Missouri Valley 21–11 At-large bid
No. 12 New Mexico Ritchie McKay Mountain West 26–7 Tournament champion
No. 13 Ohio Tim O'Shea Mid-American 21–11 Tournament champion
No. 14 Bucknell Pat Flannery Patriot 23–10 Tournament champion
No. 15 UCF Kirk Speraw Atlantic Sun 24–9 Tournament champion
No. 16 Oakland Greg Kampe Mid-Continent 13–19 Tournament champion
Alabama A&M L. Vann Pettaway SWAC 18–14 Tournament champion
Austin Regional
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth type
No. 1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski ACC 27–6 Tournament champion
No. 2 Kentucky Tubby Smith SEC 28–6 At-large bid
No. 3 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Big 12 25–8 At-large bid
No. 4 Syracuse (vacated)[7][8] Jim Boeheim Big East 27–7 Tournament champion
No. 5 Michigan State Tom Izzo Big Ten 22–6 At-large bid
No. 6 Utah Ray Giacoletti Mountain West 29–6 At-large bid
No. 7 Cincinnati Bob Huggins C-USA 25–8 At-large bid
No. 8 Stanford Trent Johnson Pac-10 18–13 At-large bid
No. 9 Mississippi State Rick Stansbury SEC 23–11 At-large bid
No. 10 Iowa Steve Alford Big Ten 21–11 At-large bid
No. 11 UTEP Doc Sadler WAC 27–8 Tournament champion
No. 12 Old Dominion Blaine Taylor CAA 28–6 Tournament champion
No. 13 Vermont Tom Brennan America East 25–7 Tournament champion
No. 14 Niagara Joe Mihalich MAAC 20–10 Tournament champion
No. 15 Eastern Kentucky Travis Ford Ohio Valley 25–4 Tournament champion
No. 16 Delaware State Greg Jackson MEAC 19–14 Tournament champion

Bids by conferenceEdit

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference
6 Big East, Big 12
5 ACC, Big Ten, SEC
4 C-USA, Pac-10
3 Missouri Valley
2 Big West, Mountain West, WCC, WAC
1 19 others

Opening roundEdit

Opening Round Game
March 15
16a Oakland 79
16b Alabama A&M 69

First roundEdit

Chicago RegionalEdit

Albuquerque RegionalEdit

Syracuse RegionalEdit

Austin RegionalEdit

Second roundEdit

Chicago RegionalEdit

Albuquerque RegionalEdit

  • March 19, Taco Bell Arena, Boise
  • March 20, Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville
  • March 19, McKale Center, Tucson
    • Texas Tech (6) 71, Gonzaga (3) 69
      Texas Tech edged Gonzaga to earn a trip to the Sweet Sixteen. Ronald Ross led Texas Tech with 24, and Jarrius Jackson added 18.
  • March 19, Wolstein Center, Cleveland
    • West Virginia (7) 111, Wake Forest (2) 105 (2 OT)
      West Virginia continued their upset run to the Sweet Sixteen with a double-overtime shootout win, erasing a thirteen-point halftime deficit. Mike Gansey led West Virginia with 29 including 19 in the overtime periods, with Tyrone Sally, the hero of the first-round victory over Creighton, scoring 21, and D'or Fischer scoring 15 off the bench.

Syracuse RegionalEdit

Austin RegionalEdit


Chicago RegionalEdit

At Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois


  • March 24
    • Illinois (1) 77, Milwaukee (12) 63
      Milwaukee, who had knocked off powerhouses Alabama and Boston College in the last week, had their Cinderella run come to an abrupt end against the tournament's top-seeded team. Milwaukee stayed with Illinois for most of the first half, only trailing 29–26 with 3:38 to play in the half, but then Illinois reeled off a 7–0 run to push the lead to ten, and Milwaukee never recovered, never getting closer than seven points for the rest of the game. Following this impressive run, Milwaukee coach Bruce Pearl accepted a job as the head basketball coach at the University of Tennessee.
    • Arizona (3) 79, Oklahoma State (2) 78
      In the other and more climactic Midwest Regional semifinal, Arizona squeaked by Oklahoma State when Salim Stoudamire canned a jumper with 2.8 seconds remaining. The game had been back-and-forth all night long, with Arizona leading by three at halftime but then letting up, allowing Oklahoma State to take a five-point lead at 72–67 with 4:29 remaining. Arizona and Oklahoma State then traded baskets, and Stoudamire sliced the Oklahoma State lead to 76–75 with 1:58 left on a three-pointer. After Joey Graham put Oklahoma State back up by one with eighteen seconds to play, Stoudamire nailed his game-winner to send Arizona to the Regional Finals.


  • March 26
    • Illinois (1) 90, Arizona (3) 89 (OT)
      In one of the most thrilling NCAA basketball games ever, Illinois pulled off an improbable comeback to break the hearts of Wildcats fans everywhere. After a close first half, Arizona came out gunning in the second half, opening up a 77–63 lead with only three and a half minutes left in the second half. Illinois then closed the half on a 17–3 run to force overtime using a stingy defense, layups, and three-pointers, the last of which by Deron Williams tied the game at 80–80 with 39 seconds in regulation. The run broke down Arizona completely, and Illinois opened up a 90–84 lead in overtime before Arizona scored five straight to cut the lead to one, but Hassan Adams missed a three at the buzzer to give Illinois the win and a berth in the Final Four.

Albuquerque RegionalEdit

At University Arena, Albuquerque


  • March 24
    • Louisville (4) 93, Washington (1) 79
      Louisville dominated top-seeded Washington, using a big spurt late in the first half and then cruising from there. After an evenly matched sixteen minutes that saw Washington lead 30–29, Louisville went on an 18–5 run to close the first half, with the big shots coming from Francisco García, who nailed two three-pointers during that stretch to extend the lead. Washington tried a second-half comeback, cutting Louisville's lead to 67–61 with 8:41 left, but Louisville had enough to pull away.
    • West Virginia (7) 65, Texas Tech (6) 60
      Seventh-seeded West Virginia continued to roll onto the Regional Finals, engaging in a close battle with Texas Tech before pulling away in the second half. West Virginia took the lead for good when Kevin Pittsnogle drained a three with 6:14 to play, and held it from there, with Pittsnogle sinking two huge free throws with seventeen seconds left and West Virginia up by two to put the game out of reach.


  • March 26
    • Louisville (4) 93, West Virginia (7) 85 (OT)
      In another Regional Final overtime game (and a preview of a future Big East rivalry), West Virginia opened up the game at a blistering pace, using five three-pointers to jump out to a 19–5 lead. When Joe Herber made a three, West Virginia had a 32–13 lead with 5:30 to play in the first half. West Virginia led by thirteen at halftime, but Louisville finally went to a zone defense coming out of the half, and West Virginia began to go cold. Louisville cut the lead to three nine minutes into the second half, but Kevin Pittsnogle extended the West Virginia lead to ten with six minutes to play with a three. But West Virginia missed their last four field goals and Louisville tied the game with 38 seconds to play on Larry O'Bannon's layup. Louisville had grabbed the momentum and scored sixteen points in overtime to secure a berth in the Final Four.

Syracuse RegionalEdit

At Carrier Dome, Syracuse


  • March 25
    • North Carolina (1) 67, Villanova (5) 66
      In a tight Sweet Sixteen contest, the top-seeded Tar Heels barely made it to the Regional Finals. The entire game was officiated closely—the first television timeout came after Villanova garnered its fifth personal foul, and two fouls led to the disqualification from the game of North Carolina star Raymond Felton with under five minutes left. Fifth-seeded Villanova stuck with UNC despite falling behind 64–54 with 3:45 left in the game. The Wildcats stormed back to cut the lead to 66–63. With eleven seconds left Allan Ray drove the lane, received contact as he made a basket, but was called for a travel on the play. On the ensuing possession, Villanova immediately fouled. Rashad McCants then made a free throw to seal the North Carolina victory.
    • Wisconsin (6) 65, N.C. State (10) 56
      After upsetting two higher-seeded teams, including the defending national champion, N.C. State took a nine-point halftime lead against sixth-seeded Wisconsin before the Badgers woke up, using a 13–0 second-half run to turn a three-point deficit into a ten-point lead. N.C. State hung in, cutting the Wisconsin lead to 53–49 with 5:03 to play, and then only trailed 59–54 with 1:50 to play, but N.C. State ran out of miracles and energy and their Cinderella run ended, denying them a matchup with their most hated rival for a trip to St. Louis.


  • March 27
    • North Carolina (1) 88, Wisconsin (6) 82
      The third regional final matched up the top seeded North Carolina Tar Heels and the sixth seeded Badgers from Wisconsin. The Tar Heels started off hot in this one as Sean May and Rashad McCants scored at will. When point guard Raymond Felton garnered his second foul, head coach Roy Williams decided to pull him to prevent further foul trouble. Up 11 at the time, it seemed to be the right move. Wisconsin would prove Williams wrong as they finished the half on an 11–0 run, tying the game at 44 heading into the half. The Tar Heels struggled to start the second half as hot as the first and trailed for the first time since the opening minutes of the game. Sparked by May's 29 points and 11 boards and Felton's clutch free throws, they outlasted the Badgers and won the game by six in regulation.

Austin RegionalEdit

At Frank Erwin Center, Austin


  • March 25
    • Michigan State (5) 78, Duke (1) 68
      The Spartans of Michigan State continued on to the Regional Finals by outplaying Duke in the second half and breaking a 32–32 halftime tie. Michigan State came out in the second half and secured the momentum in slowly, but surely, pulling away from Duke. The Spartans got out to a nine-point lead, allowed Duke to get within two, but then, scoring their last ten points of the game on free throws, moved on to the Regional Finals.
    • Kentucky (2) 62, Utah (6) 52
      After playing Kentucky well in the first half, only trailing by five at halftime, Utah ran out of steam. Utah's last chance to win the game came after Andrew Bogut missed a free throw with Utah down 38–35 with 12:17 to play. Kentucky gradually pulled away to meet Michigan State in the Regional Finals.


  • March 27
    • Michigan State (5) 94, Kentucky (2) 88 (2 OT)
      In this double-overtime thriller, Kentucky started out well and led Michigan State by four at halftime, but Michigan State caught up in the second half, actually leading 70–62 with 5:43 to play. Kentucky rallied back, however, cutting the lead to one when Kelenna Azubuike drained a three with 1:19 to play. After Patrick Sparks missed the front end of a one-and-one with 41 seconds to play, Michigan State's Shannon Brown appeared to ice the game with two free throws with 20 seconds to play. But with time expiring, Sparks put up a prayer from three, and the ball bounced around the rim four times before falling in. After the referees spent nearly ten minutes reviewing the play, they upheld that Sparks' shot was a three pointer, sending the game into overtime. In the first overtime, neither team relented, and Brown hit a key three-point basket for Michigan State to keep them in the game. Kentucky's Azubuike missed a three as time expired to send the game into double overtime. In the second overtime, Michigan State's mettle finally won the game for them, as they scored 11 of their 13 points from the free throw line to finally seal the game and send them to the Final Four for the fourth time under coach Tom Izzo.

Final FourEdit

The Edward Jones Dome was host of the Final Four and National Championship in 2005.

At Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

National SemifinalsEdit

  • April 2
    In a packed Edwards Jones Dome, the battle between Chicago Regional Champions Illinois and Albuquerque Regional Champions Louisville took place. Although nearly three fourths of the crowd were Illini fans, the fourth-seeded Louisville Cardinals were not fazed and gave the overall top-seeded Fighting Illini all they could handle, trailing only by three at halftime, but Illinois used an early second-half run to pull away from the Cardinals and earn a bid in the national championship game.
    In the battle between Syracuse Regional Champions North Carolina and Austin Regional Champions Michigan State, North Carolina used a 54-point second half to erase a five-point halftime deficit and down the Spartans, who were making their fourth appearance in the Final Four under coach Tom Izzo.

National Championship GameEdit

North Carolina was playing looking for its 4th National Championship while Illinois was playing in its first National Championship. It was a tight contest for much of the first half before an 8–0 run by North Carolina allowed them to take a 35–25 lead. Eventually they would take a 40–27 lead into halftime. North Carolina increased its lead to 15 at one point in the second half. But Illinois began a furious charge. At one point, they would hit seven consecutive shots from the floor to turn a fifteen-point lead back to four. Unfazed, North Carolina would push the lead back up to ten before a 10–0 run by the Illini tied the game at 65-65. Illinois would tie the game at 70–70 on a three by Luther Head. But North Carolina would fight back as freshman Marvin Williams tapped back a Rashad McCants missed shot to put North Carolina back in front. Illinois would get several cracks to take the lead but were unable to convert. Eventually, Raymond Felton was able to steal the ball from Head forcing Deron Williams to foul. However, Felton converted on 1 of 2 free throws giving Illinois one last chance. But Luther Head's three pointer bounced high and out. Eventually it went into the hands of Felton who this time connected on both free throws to give North Carolina a 75–70 victory. For North Carolina head coach Roy Williams, it was his first national championship. Illinois was denied a chance to set the NCAA record for most wins in a season, instead tying it at 37. Sean May scored 26 points as he took the MOP of the Final Four.


Winners in bold. * next to a score indicates that the game went to overtime; multiple stars indicate multiple overtimes.

Chicago RegionalEdit

First round Second round Semi-finals Finals
1 Illinois 67
16 Fairleigh Dickinson 55
1 Illinois 71
9 Nevada 59
8 Texas 57
9 Nevada 61
1 Illinois 77
12 UW–Milwaukee 63
5 Alabama 73
12 UW–Milwaukee 83
12 UW–Milwaukee 83
4 Boston College 75
4 Boston College 85
13 Pennsylvania 65
1 Illinois 90
3 Arizona 89*
6 LSU 68
11 UAB 82
11 UAB 63
3 Arizona 85
3 Arizona 66
14 Utah State 53
3 Arizona 79
2 Oklahoma State 78
7 Southern Illinois 65
10 St. Mary's 56
7 Southern Illinois 77
Oklahoma City
2 Oklahoma State 85
2 Oklahoma State 63
15 Southeastern Louisiana 50

First round summaryEdit

Thursday, March 17
12:25 pm EST
#12 Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panthers 83, #5 Alabama Crimson Tide 73
Scoring by half: 45–32, 38–41
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 13,100
Referees: Mike Sanzere, Mike Thibodeaux, Robert Staffen
Thursday, March 17
3:10 pm EST
#13 Pennsylvania Quakers 65, #4 Boston College Eagles 85
Scoring by half: 28–48, 37–37
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 13,100
Referees: Tom O'Neill, Antonio Petty, Michael J. Eggers

Second round summaryEdit

Saturday, March 19
5:30 pm EST
#12 Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panthers 83, #4 Boston College Eagles 75
Scoring by half: 41–37, 42–38
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 13,332
Referees: David Libbey, Tom O'Neill, Raymond Perone

Albuquerque RegionalEdit

First round Second round Semi-finals Finals
1 Washington 88
16 Montana 77
1 Washington 97
8 Pacific 79
8 Pacific 79
9 Pittsburgh 71
1 Washington 79
4 Louisville 93
5 Georgia Tech 80
12 George Washington 68
5 Georgia Tech 54
4 Louisville 76
4 Louisville 68
13 Louisiana-Lafayette 62
4 Louisville  93
7 West Virginia 85*
6 Texas Tech 78
11 UCLA 66
6 Texas Tech 71
3 Gonzaga 69
3 Gonzaga 74
14 Winthrop 64
6 Texas Tech 60
7 West Virginia  65
7 West Virginia 63
10 Creighton 61
7 West Virginia  111
2 Wake Forest 105**
2 Wake Forest 70
15 UT-Chattanooga 54

First round summaryEdit

Thursday, March 17
7:10 pm EST
#15 Chattanooga Mocs 54, #2 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 70
Scoring by half: 27–24, 24–46
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 13,100
Referees: David Libbey, Raymond Perone, Steve Skiles
Thursday, March 17
9:50 pm EST
#10 Creighton Blue Jays 61, #7 West Virginia Mountaineeers 63
Scoring by half: 31–33, 30–30
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 13,100
Referees: Gerald Boudreaux, Patrick Adams, Jeffrey Nichols

Second round summaryEdit

Saturday, March 19
8:10 pm EST
#7 West Virginia Mountaineers 111, #2 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 105 (OT)
Scoring by half: 27–40, 50–37 Overtime: 16–16, 18–12
Wolstein Center, Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 13,332
Referees: Mike Sanzere, Gerald Boudreaux, Steve Skiles

Syracuse RegionalEdit

  64 Oakland 79   Oakland advances to 16 seed in Syracuse
65 Alabama A&M 69
First round Second round Semi-finals Finals
1 North Carolina 96
16 Oakland 68
1 North Carolina 92
9 Iowa State 65
8 Minnesota 53
9 Iowa State 64
1 North Carolina 67
5 Villanova 66
5 Villanova 55
12 New Mexico 47
5 Villanova 76
4 Florida 65
4 Florida 67
13 Ohio 62
1 North Carolina  88
6 Wisconsin 82
6 Wisconsin 57
11 Northern Iowa 52
6 Wisconsin 71
Oklahoma City
14 Bucknell 62
3 Kansas 63
14 Bucknell 64
6 Wisconsin 65
10 North Carolina State  56
7 Charlotte 63
10 North Carolina State 75
10 North Carolina State  65
2 Connecticut 62
2 Connecticut 77
15 Central Florida 71

Austin RegionalEdit

First round Second round Semi-finals Finals
1 Duke 57
16 Delaware State 46
1 Duke 63
9 Mississippi State 55
8 Stanford 70
9 Mississippi State 93
1 Duke 68
5 Michigan State 78
5 Michigan State 89
12 Old Dominion 81
5 Michigan State 72
13 Vermont 61
4 Syracuse 57*
13 Vermont 60
5 Michigan State 94
2 Kentucky 88**
6 Utah 60
11 UTEP 54
6 Utah 67
3 Oklahoma 58
3 Oklahoma 84
14 Niagara 67
6 Utah 52
2 Kentucky 62
7 Cincinnati 76
10 Iowa 64
7 Cincinnati 60
2 Kentucky 69
2 Kentucky 72
15 Eastern Kentucky 64

Final Four — St. Louis, MissouriEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
CH1 Illinois 72
AL4 Louisville 57
CH1 Illinois 70
SY1 North Carolina 75
SY1 North Carolina 87
AU5 Michigan State 71

Record by conferenceEdit

Conference # of Bids Record Win % R32 S16 E8 F4 CG
Big East 6 7–6 .538 4 2 1
SEC 5 5–5 .500 3 1 1
Big Ten 5 12–5 .706 3 3 3 2 1
ACC 5 12–4 .750 5 3 1 1 1
Big 12 6 6–6 .500 4 2
Pac-10 4 5–4 .556 2 2 1
Missouri Valley 3 1–3 .250 1
Big West 2 1–2 .333 1 0
C–USA 4 6–4 .600 3 1 1 1
MWC 2 2–2 .500 1 1
WAC 2 1–2 .333 1 0
Horizon League 1 2–1 .667 1 1
WCC 2 1–2 .333 1
Patriot League 1 1–1 .500 1 0
America East Conference 1 1–1 .500 1 0
Mid-Continent 1 1–1 * .500 - 0

* Oakland won the Opening Round game.

The Atlantic 10, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big South, CAA, Ivy, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Northeast, Ohio Valley, SoCon, Southland, SWAC, and Sun Belt conferences all went 0–1.

The columns R32, S16, E8, F4, and CG respectively stand for the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship Game.


ESPN carried the opening round game.

Rece Davis served as studio host, joined by analyst Fran Fraschilla.

CBS Sports carried the remaining 63 games. They were carried on a regional basis until the Elite Eight, at which point all games were shown nationally.

Greg Gumbel once again served as the studio host, joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis.

The television rating indicated the tournament was watched by an average of 10.6 million viewers.


Westwood One had exclusive radio coverage.

Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Round(s) Site(s)
1st/2nd rounds Cleveland, Ohio

John Tautges once again served as studio host.

Local radioEdit

Region Seed Teams Flagship station Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
Syracuse 3 Kansas KLWN-AM 1320 Bob Davis Max Falkenstein
Chicago 4 Boston College (Boston College)
Chicago 5 Alabama (Alabama)
Chicago 6 LSU WDGL-FM 98.1; WWL-AM 870 Jim Hawthorne Kevin Ford
Chicago 12 Wisconsin–Milwaukee (Wisconsin–Milwaukee)
Chicago 13 Penn (Penn)
Albuquerque 2 Wake Forest (Wake Forest)
Albuquerque 7 West Virginia (West Virginia) Tony Caridi Jay Jacobs
Albuquerque 10 Creighton (Creighton)
Albuquerque 15 UT-Chattanooga (UT-Chattanooga)

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