1986 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1986 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Louisville

Most Outstanding Player: Pervis Ellison, Louisville

Final Four: LSU, Louisville, Duke, Kansas

Shining Moments

  • Ellison was the first freshman since 1944 to win the tournamentís Most Outstanding Player award, going for 36 points and 24 rebounds in the two Final Four games.
  • LSU was the lowest-seeded team to ever reach the Final Four, as a No. 11 seed. George Mason and VCU would later tie that record. In the regional finals, LSU defeated Kentucky, which had beaten the Tigers three times during the season.
  • Navy made waves, reaching the Elite Eight behind the stellar play of David Robinson. Robinson averaged 27.5 points and 11.8 rebounds as the Midshipmen won three games before losing to Duke in the regional final.
  • Two 14-over-3 upsets occurred in the first round, with Cleveland State beating Indiana and Arkansas-Little Rock knocking off Notre Dame.
- Jeff Borzello

Championship Game

Location: Dallas

Louisville (72)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Herbert Crook 32 5-9 0-3 12 5 2 10
Billy Thompson 31 6-8 1-3 4 2 4 13
Pervis Ellison 35 10-14 5-6 11 1 4 25
Milt Wagner 30 2-6 5-5 3 2 4 9
Jeff Hall 33 2-4 0-0 2 2 2 4
Mark McSwain 17 2-4 1-2 3 2 1 5
Kevin Walls 8 0-1 0-0 1 0 2 5
Tony Kimbro 14 2-4 2-2 2 2 1 6
Team       1      
Totals 200 29-50 14-21 39 16 20 72
 
Duke (69)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
David Henderson 28 5-15 4-4 4 4 5 14
Mark Alarie 33 4-11 4-4 6 0 5 12
Jay Bilas 26 2-3 0-0 3 0 4 4
Tommy Amaker 38 3-10 5-6 2 7 3 11
Johnny Dawkins 40 10-19 4-4 4 0 1 24
Danny Ferry 20 1-2 2-2 4 0 2 4
Weldon Williams 2 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
Billy King 13 0-1 0-1 0 1 2 0
Team       4      
Totals 200 25-62 19-21 27 12 22 69

National semifinals

Duke 71, Kansas 67
DUKE (71): Henderson 3-12 7-8 13, Alarie 4-13 4-6 12, Bilas 1-2 5-7 7, Amaker 2-5 3-4 7, Dawkins 11-17 2-4 24, Strickland 0-1 0-0 0, Ferry 4-5 0-1 8, King 0-0 0-0 0. Team 25-55 (.455) 21-30 (.700) 71.

KANSAS (67): Manning 2-9 0-0 4, Kellogg 11-15 0-0 22, Dreiling 1-7 4-4 6, Hunter 2-5 1-4 5, Thompson 5-12 3-3 13, Turgeon 1-1 0-0 2, Marshall 6-10 1-1 13, Piper 1-1 0-0 2. Team 29-60 (.483) 9-12 (.750) 67.

Halftime: Duke 36-33.

Louisville 88, Louisiana State 77
LOUISVILLE (88): Crook 8-13 0-1 16, Thompson 10-11 2-5 22, Ellison 5-11 1-2 11, Wagner 8-16 6-6 22, Hall 6-11 2-2 14, McSwain 1-2 1-1 3, Walls 0-2 0-0 0, Kimbro 0-2 0-0 0. Team 38-68 (.559) 12-17 (.708) 88.

LOUISIANA STATE (77): Williams 7-17 0-1 14, Redden 10-20 2-3 22, Blanton 3-5 3-6 9, Taylor 7-17 2-2 16, N. Wilson 7-15 1-1 15, Brown 0-1 1-2 1. Team 34-75 (.453) 9-15 (.600) 77.

Halftime: Louisiana State 44-36.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Mark Alarie F Sr. Duke (24 pts, 14 rebs)
Tommy Amaker G Jr. Duke (18 pts, 13 assists)
Johnny Dawkins G Sr. Duke (48 pts, 7 rebs)
Pervis Ellison F-C Fr. Louisville* (36 pts, 24 rebs)
Billy Thompson F Sr. Louisville (35 pts, 14 rebs)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Johnny Dawkins, Duke (153 points, 25.5 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Len Bias, Maryland (57 points, 28.5 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Pervis Ellison, Louisville (57 rebounds, 9.5 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Tim Perry, Temple (26 rebounds, 13 rpg).
  • 1986 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    Southeast
    No. 1 Kentucky 75, No. 16 Davidson 55
    No. 8 Western Kentucky 67, No. 9 Nebraska 59
    No. 5 Alabama 97, No. 12 Xavier 80
    No. 4 Illinois 75, No. 13 Fairfield 51
    No. 11 Louisiana State 94, No. 6 Purdue 87 (2OT)
    No. 3 Memphis State 95, No. 14 Ball State 63
    No. 10 Villanova 71, No. 7 Virginia Tech 62
    No. 2 Georgia Tech 68, No. 15 Marist 53

    West
    No. 1 St. John's 83, No. 16 Montana State 74
    No. 8 Auburn 73, No. 9 Arizona 63
    No. 5 Maryland 69, No. 12 Pepperdine 64
    No. 4 UNLV 74, No. 13 Northeast Louisiana 51
    No. 6 UAB 66, No. 11 Missouri 64
    No. 3 North Carolina 84, No. 14 Utah 72
    No. 7 Bradley 83, No. 10 Texas-El Paso 65
    No. 2 Louisville 93, No. 15 Drexel 73

    East
    No. 1 Duke 85, No. 16 Mississippi Valley State 78
    No. 8 Old Dominion 72, No. 9 West Virginia 64
    No. 12 DePaul 72, No. 5 Virginia 68
    No. 4 Oklahoma 80, No. 13 Northeastern 74
    No. 6 St. Joseph's 60, No. 11 Richmond 59
    No. 14 Cleveland State 83, No. 3 Indiana 79
    No. 7 Navy 87, No. 10 Tulsa 68
    No. 2 Syracuse 101, No. 15 Brown 52

    Southeast
    No. 1 Kansas 71, No. 16 North Carolina A&T 46
    No. 9 Temple 61, No. 8 Jacksonville 50 (OT)
    No. 5 Michigan State 72, No. 12 Washington 70
    No. 4 Georgetown 70, No. 13 Texas Tech 64
    No. 6 North Carolina State 66, No. 11 Iowa 64
    No. 14 Arkansas-Little Rock 90, No. 3 Notre Dame 83
    No. 7 Iowa State 81, No. 10 Miami (Ohio) 79 (OT)
    No. 2 Michigan 70, No. 15 Akron 64

    SECOND ROUND

    Southeast
    Kentucky 71, Western Kentucky 64
    Alabama 58, Illinois 56
    Louisiana State 83, Memphis State 81
    Georgia Tech 66, Villanova 61

    West
    Auburn 81, St. John's 65
    UNLV 70, Maryland 64
    North Carolina 77, UAB 59
    Louisville 82, Bradley 68

    East
    Duke 89, Old Dominion 61
    DePaul 74, Oklahoma 69
    Cleveland State 75, St. Joseph's 69
    Navy 97, Syracuse 85

    Midwest
    Kansas 65, Temple 43
    Michigan State 80, Georgetown 68
    N.C. State 80, Ark.-Little Rock 66 (2OT)
    Iowa State 72, Michigan 69


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Southeast
    Kentucky 68, Alabama 63
    Louisiana State 70, Georgia Tech 64

    West
    Auburn 70, UNLV 63
    Louisville 94, North Carolina 79

    East
    Duke 74, DePaul 67
    Navy 71, Cleveland State 70

    Midwest
    Kansas 96, Michigan State 86 (OT)
    North Carolina State 70, Iowa State 66


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Southeast
    Louisiana State 59, Kentucky 57

    West
    Louisville 84, Auburn 76

    East
    Duke 71, Navy 50

    Midwest
    Kansas 75, N.C. State 67


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Duke 71, Kansas 67
    Louisville 88, Louisiana State 77

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Louisville 72, Duke 69
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