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1984 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1984 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Georgetown

Most Outstanding Player: Patrick Ewing, Georgetown

Final Four: Kentucky, Georgetown, Virginia, Houston

Shining Moments

  • John Thompson Jr. became the first African-American head coach to win a national championship, as Georgetown used its defense and “Hoya Paranoia” to dominate teams. The Hoyas held every opponent below 40 percent shooting during the season, and limited Hakeem Olajuwon to only nine shots from the field in the championship game. In the Final Four, Kentucky shot 3-for-33 in the second half in its loss to Georgetown.
  • The hug between Fred Brown and John Thompson Jr. at the end of the championship game was in stark contrast to the ending of the 1982 championship game, when Brown threw the ball away against North Carolina with eight seconds left.
  • Virginia went just 6-8 in the ACC and entered the NCAA tournament as a No. 7 seed. However, the Cavaliers knocked off Arkansas, Virginia and Indiana en route to the Final Four – before falling to Houston.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Seattle

Georgetown (84)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
David Wingate 32 5-10 6-9 1 3 4 16
Ralph Dalton 13 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0
Patrick Ewing 30 4-8 2-2 9 3 4 10
Fred Brown 15 1-2 2-2 4 4 4 4
Michael Jackson 35 3-4 5-5 0 6 4 11
Michael Graham 24 7-9 0-2 5 0 4 14
Reggie Williams 26 9-18 1-2 7 3 2 19
Horace Broadnax 8 2-3 0-0 0 0 2 4
Bill Martin 16 3-6 0-0 2 0 0 6
Victor Morris 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 34-60 16-22 37 19 25 84
 
Houston (75)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Rickie Winslow 33 0-1 2-2 6 3 4 2
Michael Young 37 8-21 2-3 5 1 3 18
Hakeem Olajuwon 32 6-9 3-7 9 0 4 15
Alvin Franklin 38 8-15 5-6 2 9 3 21
Reid Gettys 29 3-3 0-0 1 7 2 6
Benny Anders 10 2-2 0-2 0 0 0 4
Braxton Clark 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Greg Anderson 6 1-1 0-0 2 0 0 2
Eric Dickens 6 2-3 1-2 0 0 5 5
Renaldo Thomas 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Derek Giles 2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
James Weaver 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Gary Orsak 1 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 2
Marvin Alexander 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0
Stacey Belcher 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 31-56 13-22 29 20 21 75

National semifinals

Houston 49, Virginia 47
HOUSTON (49): Winslow 4-7 0-0 8, Young 8-16 1-4 17, Olajuwon 4-5 4-6 12, Franklin 2-7 2-2 6, Gettys 3-7 0-0 6, Dickens 0-0 0-0 0, Alexander 0-0 0-0 0. Team 21-42 (.500) 7-12 (.583) 49.

VIRGINIA (47): Miller 6-15 0-0 12, Edelin 1-2 0-0 2, Polynice 4-7 1-1 9, Wilson 5-12 2-2 12, Carlisle 3-14 2-2 8, Stokes 1-1 0-2 2, Sheehey 1-3 0-0 2. Team 21-54 (.389) 5-7 (.714) 47.

Halftime: Houston 25-23.

Georgetown 53, Kentucky 40
GEORGETOWN (53): Wingate 5-8 1-2 11, Dalton 0-1 0-0 0, Ewing 4-6 0-0 8, Brown 0-1 0-1 0, Jackson 4-9 4-6 12, Smith 2-4 1-2 5, Martin 1-4 0-0 2, Graham 4-6 0-2 8, Williams 1-7 0-0 2, Broadnax 2-4 1-2 5. Team 23-50 (.460) 7-15 (.467) 53.

KENTUCKY (40): Bowie 3-10 4-4 10, Walker 1-3 2-2 4, Turpin 2-11 1-2 5, Beal 2-8 2-2 6, Master 2-7 2-2 6, Bennett 1-8 0-0 2, Blackmon 2-5 1-2 5, Bearup 0-0 2-2 2, Harden 0-1 0-0 0. Team 13-53 (.245) 14-16 (.875) 40.

Halftime: Kentucky 29-22.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Patrick Ewing C Jr. Georgetown* (18 pts, 18 rebs)
Alvin Franklin G Soph. Houston (27 pts, 16 assists)
Michael Graham F Fr. Georgetown (22 pts, 11 rebs)
Hakeem Olajuwon C Jr. Houston (27 pts, 20 rebs, 7 blks)
Michael Young F Sr. Houston (35 pts, 12 rebs)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Roosevelt Chapman, Dayton (105 points, 26.25 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Kevin Mullin, Princeton (56 points, 28 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston (57 rebounds, 11.4 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Keith Lee, Memphis State (37 rebounds, 12.3 rpg).
  • 1984 Tournament Scores

    Preliminary Round
    Mideast
    Morehead State 70, N.C. A&T 69

    West
    Princeton 65, San Diego 56

    East
    Richmond 89, Rider (N.J.) 65
    Northeastern 90, Long Island 87

    Midwest
    Alcorn State 79, Houston Baptist 60


    FIRST ROUND
    Mideast
    No. 8 Brigham Young 84, No. 9 UAB 68
    No. 5 Louisville 72, No. 12 Morehead State 59
    No. 11 West Virginia 64, No. 6 Oregon State 62
    No. 7 Villanova 84, No. 10 Marshall 72

    West
    No. 9 Southern Methodist 83, No. 8 Miami (Ohio) 69
    No. 5 UNLV 68, No. 12 Princeton 56
    No. 6 Washington 64, No. 11 Nevada-Reno 54
    No. 10 Dayton 74, No. 7 Louisiana State 66

    East
    No. 8 Temple 65, No. 9 St. John's 63
    No. 12 Richmond 72, No. 5 Auburn 71
    No. 6 Virginia Commonwealth 70, No. 11 Northeastern 69
    No. 7 Virginia 58, No. 10 Iona 57

    Midwest
    No. 8 Illinois State 49, No. 9 Alabama 48
    No. 5 Kansas 57, No. 12 Alcorn State 56
    No. 6 Memphis State 92, No. 11 Oral Roberts 83
    No. 10 Louisiana Tech 66, No. 7 Fresno State 56


    SECOND ROUND
    Mideast
    No. 1 Kentucky 93, No. 8 Brigham Young 68
    No. 5 Louisville 69, No. 4 Tulsa 67
    No. 3 Maryland 102, No. 11 West Virginia 77
    No. 2 Illinois 64, No. 7 Villanova 56

    West
    No. 1 Georgetown 37, No. 9 Southern Methodist 36
    No. 5 UNLV 73, No. 4 Texas-El Paso 60
    No. 6 Washington 80, No. 3 Duke 78
    No. 10 Dayton 89, No. 2 Oklahoma 85

    East
    No. 1 North Carolina 77, No. 8 Temple 66
    No. 4 Indiana 75, No. 12 Richmond 67
    No. 3 Syracuse 78, No. 6 Virginia Commonwealth 63
    No. 7 Virginia 53, No. 2 Arkansas 51 (OT)

    Midwest
    No. 1 DePaul 75, No. 8 Illinois State 61
    No. 4 Wake Forest 69, No. 5 Kansas 59
    No. 6 Memphis State 66, No. 3 Purdue 48
    No. 2 Houston 77, No. 10 Louisiana Tech 69


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Mideast
    Kentucky 72, Louisville 67
    Illinois 72, Maryland 70

    West
    Georgetown 62, UNLV 48
    Dayton 64, Washington 58

    East
    Indiana 72, North Carolina 68
    Virginia 63, Syracuse 55

    Midwest
    Wake Forest 73, DePaul 71 (OT)
    Houston 78, Memphis State 71


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Mideast
    Kentucky 54, Illinois 51

    West
    Georgetown 61, Dayton 49

    East
    Virginia 50, Indiana 48

    Midwest
    Houston 68, Wake Forest 63


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Georgetown 53, Kentucky 40
    Houston 49, Virginia 47 (OT)

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Georgetown 84, Houston 75