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1976 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1976 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Indiana

Most Outstanding Player: Kent Benson, Indiana

Final Four: Indiana, Michigan, UCLA, Rutgers

Shining Moments

  • This tournament produced the first title game in history between two schools (Indiana and Michigan) from the same conference.
  • Indiana beat Michigan in the title game to finish the season 32-0. No men's team has finished a season undefeated since.
  • Rutgers entered the Final Four 31-0 but was routed by Michigan in a national semifinal. The Scarlett Knights trailed 46-29 at halftime and lost 86-70.
- Gary Parrish

Championship Game

Location: Philadelphia

Michigan (68)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Wayman Britt 31 5-6 1-1 3 2 5 11
John Robinson 38 4-8 0-1 6 5 2 8
Phil Hubbard 31 4-8 2-2 11 0 5 10
Rickey Green 39 7-16 4-5 6 2 3 18
Steve Grote 35 4-9 4-6 1 3 4 12
Tom Bergen 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 0
Tom Staton 9 2-5 3-4 2 0 3 7
Dave Baxter 6 0-2 0-0 0 0 2 0
Joel Thompson20-00-00000
Alan Hardy41-20-02002
Totals20027-5714-1932122568
FG%--.474. FT%--.737. Blocks--3. Turnovers--19 (Robinson 6). Steals--9 (Grote 3).
 
Indiana (86)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Tom Abernethy354-83-341211
Scott May3910-176-682426
Kent Benson3911-203-592325
Bobby Wilkerson20-10-00010
Quinn Buckner395-106-984416
Wayne Radford70-10-01000
Jim Crews120-12-21412
Jim Wisman210-12-31642
Rich Valavicius41-10-00002
Mark Haymore11-10-01002
Bob Bender10-00-00000
Totals20032-6122-2836191986
FG%--.525. FT%--.786. Blocks--2. Turnovers--13. Steals--10 (Buckner 5).
Halftime: Michigan 35-29.

National semifinals

Michigan 86, Rutgers 70
MICHIGAN (86): Britt 5-9 1-1 11, Robinson 8-13 4-5 20, Hubbard 8-13 0-3 16, Green 7-16 2-2 16, Grote 4-13 6-6 14, Baxter 2-5 1-2 5, Staton 1-1 2-2 4, Bergen 0-0 0-0 0, Thompson 0-0 0-0 0, Schinnerer 0-0 0-0 0, Hardy 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Lillard 0-0 0-0 0. Team 35-70 (.500) 16-21 (.762) 86.

RUTGERS (70): Sellers 5-13 1-3 11, Copeland 7-12 1-1 15, Bailey 1-3 4-6 6, Jordan 6-20 4-4 16, Dabney 5-17 0-1 10, Anderson 3-8 0-1 6, Conlin 2-2 0-0 4, Hefele 1-1 0-0 2. Team 30-76 (.395) 10-16 (.625) 70.

Halftime: Michigan 46-29.

Indiana 65, UCLA 51
INDIANA (65): Abernethy 7-8 0-1 14, May 5-16 4-6 14, Benson 6-15 4-6 16, Wilkerson 1-5 3-4 5, Buckner 6-14 0-1 12, Crews 1-1 2-3 4. Team 26-59 (.441) 13-21 (.619) 65.

UCLA (51): Washington 6-15 3-4 15, Johnson 6-10 0-1 12, Greenwood 2-5 1-2 5, Townsend 2-10 0-0 4, McCarter 2-9 0-0 4, Drollinger 0-3 2-2 2, Holland 0-2 0-0 0, Spillane 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 3-4 0-0 6, Hamilton 0-1 1-2 1, Vroman 0-0 0-0 0, Lippert 0-0 2-2 2, Olinde 0-0 0-0 0. Team 21-61 (.344) 9-13 (.692) 51.

Halftime: Indiana 34-26.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Tom Abernethy F Sr. Indiana (25 pts, 10 rebs)
Kent Benson C Jr. Indiana* (41 pts, 18 rebs)
Rickey Green G Jr. Michigan (34 pts, 12 rebs)
Marques Johnson F Jr. UCLA (42 pts, 24 rebs)
Scott May F Sr. Indiana (40 pts, 12 rebs, 7 assists)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Highest Scoring Average: Willie Smith, Missouri (94 points, 31.3 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Phil Hubbard, Michigan (61 rebounds, 12.2 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: John Thomas, Connecticut (30 rebounds, 15 rpg).
  • 1976 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    DePaul 69, Virginia 60
    Virginia Military 81, Tennessee 75
    Rutgers 54, Princeton 53
    Connecticut 80, Hofstra 78 (OT)

    Midwest
    Michigan 74, Wichita State 73
    Notre Dame 79, Cincinnati 78
    Missouri 69, Washington 67
    Texas Tech 69, Syracuse 56

    Mideast
    Alabama 79, North Carolina 64
    Indiana 90, St. John's 70
    Marquette 79, Western Kentucky 60
    Western Michigan 77, Virginia Tech 67 (OT)

    West
    Pepperdine 87, Memphis State 77
    UCLA 74, San Diego State 64
    Arizona 83, Georgetown 76
    UNLV 103, Boise State 78


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Virginia Military 71, DePaul 66 (OT)
    Rutgers 93, Connecticut 79

    Midwest
    Missouri 86, Texas Tech 75
    Michigan 80, Notre Dame 76

    Mideast
    Indiana 74, Alabama 69
    Marquette 62, Western Michigan 57

    West
    UCLA 70, Pepperdine 61
    Arizona 114, UNLV 109 (OT)


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Rutgers 91, Virginia Military 75

    Midwest
    Michigan 95, Missouri 88

    Mideast
    Indiana 65, Marquette 56

    West
    UCLA 82, Arizona 66


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Michigan 86, Rutgers 70
    Indiana 65, UCLA 51

    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    UCLA 106, Rutgers 92

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Indiana 86, Michigan 68