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1983 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1983 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: North Carolina State

Most Outstanding Player: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston

Final Four: Houston, Louisville, NC State, Georgetown

Shining Moments

  • Lorenzo Charles catching Dereck Whittenburg’s airball and dunking it at the buzzer to give NC State the title is still one of the greatest moments in Final Four history. Coach Jim Valvano running around looking for someone to hug might be even more memorable. The sixth-seeded Wolfpack were called the “Cardiac Pack,” as they won two games by one point and another one in double overtime.
  • Houston’s Phi Slamma Jamma group was one of the more exciting – and best – teams to watch. The Cougars dunked 14 teams against Louisville in the Final Four, including 11 times in the second half. Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler were a dynamic duo, leading Houston to a 25-game winning streak heading into the NCAA tournament, most of which were blowout wins.
  • Maryland knocked off Chattanooga in the first round of the tournament, as Len Bias hit a jumper with two seconds left for a 52-51 win.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Albuquerque, N.M.

N.C. State (54)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Thurl Bailey 39 7-16 1-2 5 0 1 15
Lorenzo Charles 25 2-7 0-0 7 0 2 4
Cozell McQueen 34 1-5 2-2 12 1 4 4
Dereck Whittenburg 39 6-17 2-2 5 1 3 14
Sidney Lowe 40 4-9 0-1 0 8 2 8
Alvin Battle 4 0-1 2-2 1 1 1 2
Terry Gannon 18 3-4 1-2 1 2 3 7
Ernie Myers 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
Totals 200 23-59 8-11 34 13 16 54
 
Houston (52)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Clyde Drexler 25 1-5 2-2 2 0 4 4
Larry Micheaux 18 2-6 0-0 6 0 1 4
Hakeem Olajuwon 38 7-15 6-7 18 1 1 20
Alvin Franklin 35 2-6 0-1 0 3 0 4
Michael Young 30 3-10 0-4 8 1 0 6
Benny Anders 17 4-9 2-5 2 1 2 10
Reid Gettys 20 2-2 0-0 2 2 3 4
David Rose 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 2 0
Bryan Williams 10 0-1 0-0 4 1 3 0
Totals 200 21-55 10-19 44 9 16 52

National semifinals

N.C. State 67, Georgia 60
N.C. STATE (67): Bailey 9-17 2-5 20, Charles 2-2 1-2 5, McQueen 4-5 0-0 8, Whittenburg 8-18, 4-4 20, Lowe 4-6 2-2 10, Battle 0-0 0-0 0, Gannon 1-4 2-2 4. Team 28-52 (.538) 11-15 (.733) 67.

GEORGIA (60): Banks 5-19 3-5 13, Heard 3-5 2-3 8, Fair 2-9 1-2 5, Crosby 5-15 2-2 12, Fleming 7-17 0-0 14, Corhen 3-6 0-1 6, Hartry 1-3 0-0 2, Floyd 0-0 0-0 0. Team 26-74 (.351) 8-13 (.615) 60.

Halftime: North Carolina State 33-32.

Houston 94, Louisville 81
HOUSTON (94): Drexler 10-15 1-2 21, Micheaux 4-7 0-1 8, Olajuwon 9-14 3-7 21, Franklin 5-8 3-4 13, Young 7-18 2-3 16, Gettys 0-0 0-0 0, Anders 5-9 3-5 13, Rose 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 1-1 0-0 2, Giles 0-0 0-1 0. Team 41-74 (.554) 12-23 (.522) 94.

LOUISVILLE (81): S. McCray 5-8 0-0 10, R. McCray 3-6 2-8 8, Jones 3-10 6-8 12, Gordon 6-15 5-6 17, Wagner 12-23 0-0 24, Thompson 1-4 4-5 4, Hall 2-4 0-0 4, West 0-0 0-0 0, Valentine 0-0 0-0 0. Team 32-70 (.457) 17-27 (.630) 81.

Halftime: Louisville 41-36.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Thurl Bailey F Sr. N.C. State (35 pts, 15 rebs)
Sidney Lowe G Sr. N.C. State (18 pts, 19 assists)
Hakeem Olajuwon C Soph Houston* (41 pts, 40 rebs)
Milt Wagner G Soph. Louisville (24 pts in one game)
Dereck Whittenburg G Sr. N.C. State (34 pts)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Dereck Whittenburg, North Carolina State (120 points, 20 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Steve Black, La Salle (46 points, 23 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston (65 rebounds, 13 rpg).
  • 1983 Tournament Scores

    PRELIMINARY ROUND
    Midwest
    Alcorn State 81, Xavier 75

    Mideast
    Robert Morris (Pa.) 64, Ga. Southern 54

    West
    Princeton 53, North Carolina A&T 41

    East
    La Salle 70, Boston University 58


    FIRST ROUND
    Midwest
    No. 8 Maryland 52, No. 9 Tennessee-Chattanooga 51
    No. 5 Georgetown 68, No. 12 Alcorn State 63
    No. 11 Lamar 73, No. 6 Alabama 50
    No. 7 Iowa 64, No. 10 Utah State 59

    Mideast
    No. 8 Tennessee 57, No. 9 Marquette 56
    No. 5 Purdue 55, No. 12 Robert Morris (Pa.) 53
    No. 11 Ohio University 51, No. 6 Illinois State 49
    No. 7 Oklahoma 71, No. 10 UAB 63

    West
    No. 8 Washington State 62, No. 9 Weber State 52
    No. 12 Princeton 56, No. 5 Oklahoma State 53
    No. 6 North Carolina State 69, No. 11 Pepperdine 67 (2OT)
    No. 10 Utah 52, No. 7 Illinois 49

    East
    No. 9 Rutgers 60, No. 8 Southwestern Louisiana 53
    No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth 76, No. 12 La Salle 67
    No. 6 Syracuse 74, No. 11 Morehead State 59
    No. 10 James Madison 57, No. 7 West Virginia 50


    SECOND ROUND
    Midwest
    No. 1 Houston 60, No. 8 Maryland 50
    No. 4 Memphis State 66, No. 5 Georgetown 57
    No. 3 Villanova 60, No. 11 Lamar 58
    No. 7 Iowa 77, No. 2 Missouri 63

    Mideast
    No. 1 Louisville 70, No. 8 Tennessee 57
    No. 4 Arkansas 78, No. 5 Purdue 68
    No. 3 Kentucky 57, No. 11 Ohio University 40
    No. 2 Indiana 63, No. 7 Oklahoma 49

    West
    No. 1 Virginia 54, No. 8 Washington State 49
    No. 4 Boston College 51, No. 12 Princeton 42
    No. 6 North Carolina State 71, No. 3 UNLV 70
    No. 10 Utah 67, No. 2 UCLA 61

    East
    No. 1 St. John's 66, No. 9 Rutgers 55
    No. 4 Georgia 56, No. 5 Virginia Commonwealth 54
    No. 3 Ohio State 79, No. 6 Syracuse 74
    No. 2 North Carolina 68, No. 10 James Madison 49


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Midwest
    Villanova 55, Iowa 54
    Houston 70, Memphis State 63

    Mideast
    Kentucky 64, Indiana 59
    Louisville 65, Arkansas 63

    West
    North Carolina State 75, Utah 56
    Virginia 95, Boston College 92

    East
    North Carolina 64, Ohio State 51
    Georgia 70, St. John's 67


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Midwest
    Houston 89, Villanova 71

    Mideast
    Louisville 80, Kentucky 68 (OT)

    West
    N.C. State 63, Virginia 62

    East
    Georgia 82, North Carolina 77


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    North Carolina State 67, Georgia 60
    Houston 94, Louisville 81

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    North Carolina State 54, Houston 52