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1988 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1988 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Kansas

Most Outstanding Player: Danny Manning, Kansas

Final Four: Kansas, Oklahoma, Duke, Arizona

Shining Moments

  • The scheme of a freshman-led team winning a title becomes more than aberration, as Danny Manning performs in one of the all-time great tournament runs. Kansas wins its first national championship in 36 years thanks to Manning’s 31 points, 18 rebounds and five steals against Oklahoma in the championship game. And against Duke in the national semis, Manning had 25, 10 rebounds, six blocks and four assists.
  • What many forget: Kansas was a six seed. The 11 KU losses that year still mark the most in a season for a national champ.
  • When Temple great John Chaney looks back on his coaching life, 1988 has to be the one that stings the most. The Owls were a No. 1 seed and lost to Duke 63-53 in the Elite Eight primarily due to Mark Macon, a freshman star, missing 23 shots, eight of the air balls. Duke toppling Temple was the start of five straight Final Four appearances, second only Wooden’s nine straight.
  • No. 13 Richmond reaches the Sweet 16, the lowest seed to ever advance that far.
  • Kenny Lofton: college hoops player? Yes. He scored two points for Arizona in the Final Four loss to Oklahoma, making him only one of two players to participate in a Final Four and a World Series (N.C. State’s Tim Stoddard the other).
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas (83)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Chris Piper 37 4-6 0-0 7 2 3 8
Jeff Gueldner 15 1-2 0-0 2 1 0 2
Danny Manning 36 13-24 5-7 18 2 3 31
Kevin Pritchard 31 6-7 0-0 1 4 1 13
Milt Newton 32 6-6 1-2 4 1 1 15
Scotter Barry 9 0-2 1-2 0 2 1 1
Mike Maddox 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Keith Harris 12 1-1 0-0 1 0 2 2
Clint Normore 16 3-3 0-1 1 4 3 7
Lincoln Minor 11 1-4 2-2 1 1 1 4
TOTALS 200 35-55 9-14 36 17 16 83
 
Oklahoma (79)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Harvey Grant 40 6-14 2-3 5 1 4 14
Dave Sieger 40 7-15 1-2 5 7 2 22
Stacey King 39 7-14 3-3 7 0 3 17
Mookie Blaylock 40 6-13 0-1 5 4 4 14
Ricky Grace 34 4-14 3-4 7 7 4 12
Terrence Mullins 7 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
Totals 200 30-70 9-13 31 19 18 79

National semifinals

Kansas 66, Duke 59
KANSAS (66): Piper 3-4 4-4 10, Guelder 0-1 0-0 0, Manning 12-21 1-2 25, Pritchard 2-6 2-2 6, Newton 8-14 2-3 20, Barry 1-2 3-4 5, Maddox 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 0-4 0-0 0, Normore 0-0 0-0 0, Minor 0-0 0-0 0, Mattox 0-0 0-0 0. Team 26-52 (.500) 12-15 (.800) 66.

DUKE (59): Ferry 7-22 4-4 19, King 1-4 1-2 3, Brickey 2-9 2-5 6, Snyder 4-10 1-2 9, Strickland 5-13 0-0 10, Koubek 3-5 0-0 8, Abdelnaby 1-2 2-4 4, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Henderson 0-2 0-0 0, Cook 0-0 0-0 0. Team 23-67 (.343) 10-17 (.588) 59.

Three-point goals: Kansas 2-4 (.500), Duke 3-14 (.214).

Halftime: Kansas 38-27.

Oklahoma 86, Arizona 78
OKLAHOMA (86): Grant 7-14 7-10 21, Sieger 3-8 3-6 10, King 9-16 3-6 21, Blaylock 3-7 1-2 7, Grace 3-10 5-7 13, Mullins 1-1 0-0 3, Wiley 4-8 3-3 11. Team 30-64 (.469) 22-34 (.647) 86.

ARIZONA (78): Cook 6-13 4-6 16, Elliott 13-23 3-3 31, Tolbert 5-11 1-2 11, McMillan 3-6 0-0 8, Kerr 2-13 0-0 6, Turner 0-0 0-0 0, Mason 0-0 0-0 0, Buechler 2-2 0-0 4, Lofton 1-4 0-0 2. Team 32-72 (.444) 8-11 (.727) 78.

Three-point goals: Arizona 6-23 (.261), Oklahoma 4-14 (.286).

Halftime: Oklahoma 39-27.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Sean Elliott F Jr. Arizona (31 pts, 11 rebs in one game)
Stacey King C Jr. Oklahoma (38 pts, 13 rebs)
Danny Manning F Sr. Kansas* (56 pts, 28 rebs, 9 steals, 8 blks)
Milt Newton G-F Jr. Kansas (35 pts, 11 rebs)
Dave Sieger F Sr. Oklahoma (32 pts, 11 rebs, 10 assists, 8 3-pts)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Danny Manning, Kansas (163 points, 27.2 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Danny Manning, Kansas (56 rebounds, 9.3 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Jerome Lane, Pittsburgh (37 rebounds, 18.5 rpg).
  • 1988 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    Midwest
    No. 1 Purdue 94, No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson 79
    No. 9 Memphis State 75, No. 8 Baylor 60
    No. 5 DePaul 83, No. 12 Wichita State 62
    No. 4 Kansas State 66, No. 13 La Salle 53
    No. 6 Kansas 85, No. 11 Xavier 72
    No. 14 Murray State 78, No. 3 North Carolina State 75
    No. 7 Vanderbilt 80, No. 10 Utah State 77
    No. 2 Pittsburgh 108, No. 15 Eastern Michigan 90

    East
    No. 1 Temple 87, No. 16 Lehigh 73
    No. 8 Georgetown 66, No. 9 Louisiana State 63
    No. 5 Georgia Tech 90, No. 12 Iowa State 78
    No. 13 Richmond 72, No. 4 Indiana 69
    No. 11 Rhode Island 87, No. 6 Missouri 80
    No. 3 Syracuse 69, No. 14 North Carolina A&T 55
    No. 7 Southern Methodist 83, No. 10 Notre Dame 75
    No. 2 Duke 85, No. 15 Boston University 69

    West
    No. 1 Arizona 90, No. 16 Cornell 50
    No. 8 Seton Hall 80, No. 9 Texas-El Paso 64
    No. 5 Iowa 102, No. 12 Florida State 98
    No. 4 UNLV 54, No. 13 Southwest Missouri State 50
    No. 6 Florida 62, No. 11 St. John's 59
    No. 3 Michigan 63, No. 14 Boise State 58
    No. 10 Loyola Marymount 119, No. 7 Wyoming 115
    No. 2 North Carolina 83, No. 15 North Texas 65

    Southeast
    No. 1 Oklahoma 94, No. 16 Tennessee-Chattanooga 66
    No. 8 Auburn 90, No. 9 Bradley 86
    No. 5 Louisville 70, No. 12 Oregon State 61
    No. 4 Brigham Young 98, No. 13 UNC Charlotte 92 (OT)
    No. 6 Villanova 82, No. 11 Arkansas 74
    No. 3 Illinois 81, No. 14 Texas-San Antonio 72
    No. 7 Maryland 92, No. 10 UC Santa Barbara 82
    No. 2 Kentucky 99, No. 15 Southern (La.) 84


    SECOND ROUND
    Midwest
    Purdue 100, Memphis State 73
    Kansas State 66, DePaul 58
    Kansas 61, Murray State 58
    Vanderbilt 80, Pittsburgh 74 (OT)

    East
    Temple 74, Georgetown 53
    Richmond 59, Georgia Tech 55
    Rhode Island 97, Syracuse 94
    Duke 94, Southern Methodist 79

    West
    Arizona 84, Seton Hall 55
    Iowa 104, UNLV 86
    Michigan 108, Florida 85
    North Carolina 123, Loyola Marymount 97

    Southeast
    Oklahoma 107, Auburn 87
    Louisville 97, Brigham Young 76
    Villanova 66, Illinois 63
    Kentucky 90, Maryland 81


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Midwest
    Kansas State 73, Purdue 70
    Kansas 77, Vanderbilt 64

    East
    Temple 69, Richmond 47
    Duke 73, Rhode Island 72

    West
    Arizona 99, Iowa 79
    North Carolina 78, Michigan 69

    Southeast
    Oklahoma 108, Louisville 98
    Villanova 80, Kentucky 74


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Midwest
    Kansas 71, Kansas State 58

    East
    Duke 63, Temple 53

    West
    Arizona 70, North Carolina 52

    Southeast
    Oklahoma 78, Villanova 59


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Kansas 66, Duke 59
    Oklahoma 86, Arizona 78

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Kansas 83, Oklahoma 79