1989 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1989 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Michigan

Most Outstanding Player: Glen Rice, Michigan

Final Four: Michigan, Seton Hall, Illinois, Duke

Shining Moments

>Rice goes off, scoring a standing tournament record of 184 points, due in large part to a 55-percent 3-point shooting clip over the course of six games. Rice had 31 points and 11 rebounds in the 90-89 overtime win against Seton Hall, the first title game to go to free basketball since 1963.
  • What if it was Duke? Seton Hall was off to a sluggish, 26-8 deficit in the national semis before the third-seeded Pirates turned it around. All in all, it was one of the best Final Fours ever, as the three games finished with a 4.1 average margin of victory.
  • This tournament was the closest we’ve ever been to a 16 beating a one. Georgetown held off Princeton and a last-second prayer to win 50-49. Alonzo Mourning, then a freshman, had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. East Tennessee State, also a 16, also loses by just one to a No. 1 in Oklahoma, 72-71. Elsewhere, high seeds went down: No. 3 Stanford was snipered by Siena;; No. 4 Florida State got mauled by Middle Tennessee State. In an 8/9 game, Rick Majerus’ Ball State team upsets Pitt after holding it scoreless for five minutes late in the second half.
  • In a rare turn of events, Michigan actually wins the title under interim coach Steve Fisher, who was promoted after Bill Frieder accepted a job at Arizona State while the season was still playing out.
  • P.J. Carlesimo became the first coach to consistently rock a beard to make the title game. Who knew?
  • - Matt Norlander

    Championship Game

    Location: Seattle

    Michigan (80)
    Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
    Glen Rice 42 12-25 2-2 11 0 2 31
    Mark Hughes 25 1-1 0-0 2 0 2 2
    Terry Mills 34 4-8 0-0 6 2 2 8
    Mike Griffin 17 0-0 0-0 4 3 4 0
    Rumeal Robinson 43 6-13 9-10 3 11 2 21
    Loy Vaught 26 4-8 0-0 7 0 2 8
    Demetrius Calip 11 0-2 0-0 0 1 3 0
    Sean Higgins 27 3-10 3-4 9 2 3 10
    Totals 225 30-67 14-16 45 19 20 80
     
    Seton Hall (79)
    Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
    Daryll Walker 39 5-9 3-4 11 1 2 13
    Andrew Gaze 39 1-5 2-2 3 3 3 5
    Ramon Ramos 33 4-9 1-1 5 1 2 9
    John Morton 37 11-26 9-10 4 3 3 35
    Gerald Greene 43 5-13 1-3 5 5 3 13
    Anthony Avent 11 1-2 0-0 3 1 0 2
    Frantz Volcy 7 0-0 0-2 1 0 2 0
    Michael Cooper 14 0-0 0-0 2 0 1 0
    Pookey Wigington 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 1 2
    Totals 225 28-65 16-22 36 14 17 79

    National semifinals

    Michigan 83, Illinois 81
    MICHIGAN (83): Rice 12-24 2-2 28, Hughes 4-5 1-1 9, Mills 4-8 0-0 8, Griffin 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 6-13 2-5 14, Calip 0-1 0-0 0, Higgins 5-12 3-3 14, Vaught 5-13 0-0 10. Team 36-77 (.468) 8-11 (.727) 83.

    ILLINOIS (81): Anderson 6-14 5-6 17, Battle 10-17 8-10 29, Hamilton 5-14 1-2 11, Gill 5-9 1-1 11, Bardo 1-7 4-4 7, Smith 3-5 0-0 6, Small 0-0 0-0 0, Liberty 0-1 0-0 0. Team 30-67 (.448) 19-23 (.826) 81.

    Three-point goals: Illinois 2-8 (.25), Michigan 3-8 (.375).

    Halftime: Michigan 39-38.

    Seton Hall 95, Duke 78
    SETON HALL (95): Walker 6-9 7-7 19, Gaze 7-14 2-2 20, Ramos 3-8 3-3 9, Morton 4-8 5-6 13, Greene 5-9 6-6 17, Avent 3-4 0-0 6, Volcy 1-2 0-1 2, Cooper 3-4 0-0 6, Wigington 0-0 0-1 0, Monteserin 0-0 0-0 0, Katsikis 1-1 0-1 3, Crowley 0-1 0-0 0, Rebimias 0-1 0-0 0, Long 0-1 0-0 0. Team 33-62 (.532) 23-27 (.852) 95.

    DUKE (78): Brickey 0-3 2-2 2, Ferry 13-29 7-11 34, Laettner 4-5 5-7 13, Henderson 4-16 5-6 13, Snyder 3-10 0-0 8, Koubek 0-3 0-0 0, Davis 1-2 0-2 2, Abdelnaby 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 3-4 6, Palmer 0-0 0-0 0, Burgin 0-0 0-0 0, Buckley 0-0 0-0 0. Team 26-72 (.361) 22-32 (.688) 78.

    Three-point goals: Duke 4-16 (.250), Seton Hall 6-12 (.500).

    Halftime: Duke 38-33.

    All-Tournament Team

    Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
    Danny Ferry F Sr. Duke (34 pts, 10 rebs in one game)
    Gerald Greene G Sr. Seton Hall (30 pts, 10 rebs, 13 assists)
    John Morton G Sr. Seton Hall (48 pts)
    Glen Rice* F Sr. Michigan (59 pts, 16 rebs)
    Rumeal Robinson G Jr. Michigan (35 pts, 23 assists)
    *Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Glen Rice, Michigan (184 points, 30.7 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Daryll Walker, Seton Hall (58 rebounds, 9.7 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Stanley Brundy, DePaul (30 rebounds, 15 rpg).
  • 1989 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    Midwest
    No. 1 Illinois 77, No. 16 McNeese State 71
    No. 9 Ball State 68, No. 8 Pittsburgh 64
    No. 5 Arkansas 120, No. 12 Loyola Marymount 101
    No. 4 Louisville 76, No. 13 Arkansas-Little Rock 71
    No. 11 Texas 76, No. 6 Georgia Tech 70
    No. 3 Missouri 85, No. 14 Creighton 69
    No. 10 Colorado State 68, No. 7 Florida 46
    No. 2 Syracuse 104, No. 15 Bucknell 81

    Southeast
    No. 1 Oklahoma 72, No. 16 East Tennessee State 71
    No. 9 Louisiana Tech 83, No. 8 La Salle 74
    No. 5 Virginia 100, No. 12 Providence 97
    No. 13 Middle Tennessee State 97, No. 4 Florida State 83
    No. 11 South Alabama 86, No. 6 Alabama 84
    No. 3 Michigan 92, No. 14 Xavier 87
    No. 7 UCLA 84, No. 10 Iowa State 74
    No. 2 North Carolina 93, No. 15 Southern (La.) 79

    East
    No. 1 Georgetown 50, No. 16 Princeton 49
    No. 9 Notre Dame 81, No. 8 Vanderbilt 65
    No. 5 North Carolina State 81, No. 12 South Carolina 66
    No. 4 Iowa 87, No. 13 Rutgers 73
    No. 11 Minnesota 86, No. 6 Kansas State 75
    No. 14 Siena 80, No. 3 Stanford 78
    No. 7 West Virginia 84, No. 10 Tennessee 68
    No. 2 Duke 90, No. 15 South Carolina State 69

    West
    No. 1 Arizona 94, No. 16 Robert Morris (Pa.) 60
    No. 9 Clemson 83, No. 8 St. Mary's 70
    No. 12 DePaul 66, No. 5 Memphis State 63
    No. 4 UNLV 68, No. 13 Idaho 56
    No. 11 Evansville 94, No. 6 Oregon State 90 (OT)
    No. 3 Seton Hall 60, No. 14 Southwest Missouri State 51
    No. 7 Texas-El Paso 85, No. 10 Louisiana State 74
    No. 2 Indiana 99, No. 15 George Mason 85


    SECOND ROUND
    Midwest
    Illinois 72, Ball State 60
    Louisville 93, Arkansas 84
    Missouri 108, Texas 89
    Syracuse 65, Colorado State 50

    Southeast
    Oklahoma 124, Louisiana Tech 81
    Virginia 104, Middle Tennessee State 88
    Michigan 91, South Alabama 82
    North Carolina 88, UCLA 81

    East
    Georgetown 81, Notre Dame 74
    North Carolina State 102, Iowa 96 (2OT)
    Minnesota 80, Siena 67
    Duke 70, West Virginia 63

    West
    Arizona 94, Clemson 68
    UNLV 85, DePaul 70
    Seton Hall 87, Evansville 73
    Indiana 92, Texas-El Paso 69


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Midwest
    Illinois 83, Louisville 69
    Syracuse 83, Missouri 80

    Southeast
    Virginia 86, Oklahoma 80
    Michigan 92, North Carolina 87

    East
    Georgetown 69, North Carolina State 61
    Duke 87, Minnesota 70

    West
    UNLV 68, Arizona 67
    Seton Hall 78, Indiana 65


    REGIONAL FINALS
    Midwest
    Illinois 89, Syracuse 86

    Southeast
    Michigan 102, Virginia 65

    East
    Duke 85, Georgetown 77

    West
    Seton Hall 84, UNLV 61


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Seton Hall 95, Duke 78
    Michigan 83, Illinois 81

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Michigan 80, Seton Hall 79 (OT)

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