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1980 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1980 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Louisville

Most Outstanding Player: Darrell Griffith, Louisville

Final Four: Iowa, Louisville, Purdue, UCLA

Shining Moments

  • Louisville – led by “Dr. Dunkenstein” Darrell Griffith – needed to overcome a four-point deficit in the final few minutes of the championship game, as a 9-0 run to finish the contest gave the Cardinals the win over UCLA. The Bruins’ appearance in the NCAA tournament was later vacated for recruiting violations.
  • No. 5 seed Iowa reached the Final Four after beating Georgetown in the regional finals on a Steve Waite three-point play with five seconds remaining. The Hawkeyes had been down by as many as 14 points in the second half.
  • On the morning of the championship game, Louisville’s Wiley Bro accidentally left his artificial thumb at his breakfast. It had to be retrieved from a dumpster before the game.
  • Texas A&M scored 25 points in the second overtime of its game against North Carolina, setting a record for largest winning margin in an overtime game.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Indianapolis

Louisville (59)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
Wiley Brown 34 4-12 0-2 7 3 3 8
Derek Smith 36 3-9 3-4 5 1 2 9
Rodney McCray 36 2-4 3-4 11 2 4 7
Jerry Eaves 30 4-7 0-2 3 3 3 8
Darrell Griffith 38 9-16 5-8 2 3 3 23
Roger Burkman 11 0-1 0-0 1 1 4 0
Poncho Wright 12 2-4 0-0 4 0 1 4
Tony Branch 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 24-53 11-20 36 13 20 59
 
UCLA (54)
Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.
James Wilkes 24 1-4 0-0 6 0 3 2
Kiki Vandeweghe 37 4-9 6-6 7 0 3 14
Mike Sanders 34 4-10 2-4 6 0 4 10
Rod Foster 38 6-15 4-4 1 5 3 16
Michael Holton 29 1-3 2-2 2 3 2 4
Cliff Pruitt 16 2-8 2-2 6 1 2 6
Darren Daye 13 1-3 0-0 1 2 1 2
Darrell Allums 4 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 0
Tony Anderson 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 19-52 16-18 34 11 18 54

National semifinals

Louisville 80, Iowa 72
LOUISVILLE (80): Brown 1-3 0-2 2, Smith 3-7 7-8 13, R. McCray 5-7 4-4 14, Eaves 2-4 4-5 8, Griffith 14-21 6-8 34, Wright 1-2 0-0 2, Burkman 2-3 3-4 7, Branch 0-0 0-0 0, Deuser 0-0 0-0 0, Cleveland 0-0 0-0 0, Pulliam 0-0 0-0 0. Team 28-47 (.596) 24-31 (.774) 80.

IOWA (72): Brookins 6-18 2-2 14, Boyle 0-8 0-0 0, Krafcisin 4-5 4-4 12, Lester 4-4 2-2 10, Arnold 9-17 2-2 20, Waite 4-6 1-1 9, Hansen 2-8 3-4 7, Gannon 0-0 0-0 0, Henry 0-0 0-0 0. Team 29-66 (.439) 14-15 (.933) 72.

Halftime: Louisville 34-29.

UCLA 67, Purdue 62
UCLA (67): Wilkes 2-2 0-0 4, Vandeweghe 9-12 6-6 24, Sanders 3-7 6-6 12, Foster 4-7 1-2 9, Holton 1-3 2-2 4, Allums 0-0 0-2 0, Daye 1-5 4-5 6, Sims 0-3 0-0 0, Pruitt 3-7 2-2 8. Team 23-46 (.500) 21-25 (.840) 67.

PURDUE (62): Morris 5-14 2-2 12, Hallman 1-7 0-0 2, Carroll 8-14 1-4 17, Edmonson 9-16 5-6 23, B. Walker 1-3 4-5 6, Stallings 0-0 0-0 0, Scearce 0-2 0-0 0, Barnes 1-1 0-0 2, S. Walker 0-1 0-0 0. Team 25-58 (.431) 12-17 (.706) 62.

Halftime: UCLA 33-25.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Joe Barry Carroll C Sr. Purdue (52 pts, 20 rebs, 6 blks)
Rod Foster G Fr. UCLA (25 pts)
Darrell Griffith G Sr. Louisville* (57 pts, 7 rebs, 9 assists)
Rodney McCray F-C Fr. Louisville (21 pts, 20 rebs, 5 blks)
Kiki Vandeweghe F Sr. UCLA (38 pts, 12 rebs)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Joe Barry Carroll, Purdue (158 points, 26.3 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Kelvin Ransey, Ohio State (54 points, 27 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Mike Sanders, UCLA (60 rebounds, 10 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Syracuse's Louis Orr and Maryland's Buck Williams (24 rebounds, 12 rpg).
  • 1980 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    No. 8 Villanova 77, No. 9 Marquette 59
    No. 5 Iowa 86, No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth 72
    No. 6 Iona 84, No. 11 Holy Cross 78
    No. 7 Tennessee 80, No. 10 Furman 69

    Midwest
    No. 8 Alcorn State 70, No. 9 South Alabama 62
    No. 5 Missouri 61, No. 12 San Jose State 51
    No. 6 Texas A&M 55, No. 11 Bradley 53
    No. 7 Kansas State 71, No. 10 Arkansas 53

    Mideast
    No. 8 Florida State 94, No. 9 Toledo 91
    No. 12 Penn 62, No. 5 Washington State 55
    No. 6 Purdue 90, No. 11 La Salle 82
    No. 7 Virginia Tech 89, No. 10 Western Kentucky 85 (OT)

    West
    No. 8 UCLA 87, No. 9 Old Dominion 74
    No. 5 Arizona State 99, No. 12 Loyola Marymount 71
    No. 6 Clemson 76, No. 11 Utah State 73
    No. 10 Lamar 87, No. 7 Weber State 86


    SECOND ROUND
    East
    No. 1 Syracuse 97, No. 8 Villanova 83
    No. 5 Iowa 77, No. 4 North Carolina State 64
    No. 3 Georgetown 74, No. 6 Iona 71
    No. 2 Maryland 86, No. 7 Tennessee 75

    Midwest
    No. 1 Louisiana State 98, No. 8 Alcorn State 88
    No. 5 Missouri 87, No. 4 Notre Dame 84 (OT)
    No. 6 Texas A&M 78, No. 3 North Carolina 61 (2OT)
    No. 2 Louisville 71, No. 7 Kansas State 69 (OT)

    Mideast
    No. 1 Kentucky 97, No. 8 Florida State 78
    No. 4 Duke 52, No. 12 Penn 42
    No. 6 Purdue 87, No. 3 St. John's 72
    No. 2 Indiana 68, No. 7 Virginia Tech 59

    West
    No. 8 UCLA 77, No. 1 DePaul 71
    No. 4 Ohio State 89, No. 5 Arizona State 75
    No. 6 Clemson 71, No. 3 Brigham Young 66
    No. 10 Lamar 81, No. 2 Oregon State 77


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Iowa 88, Syracuse 77
    Georgetown 74, Maryland 68

    Midwest
    Louisiana State 68, Missouri 63
    Louisville 66, Texas A&M 55 (OT)

    Mideast
    Duke 55, Kentucky 54
    Purdue 76, Indiana 69

    West
    UCLA 72, Ohio State 68
    Clemson 74, Lamar 66


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Iowa 81, Georgetown 80

    Midwest
    Louisville 86, LSU 66

    Mideast
    Purdue 68, Duke 60

    West
    UCLA 85, Clemson 74


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Louisville 80, Iowa 72
    UCLA 67, Purdue 62

    NATIONAL THIRD PLACE
    Purdue 75, Iowa 58

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Louisville 59, UCLA 54