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1994 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1994 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Arkansas

Most Outstanding Player: Corliss Williamson, Arkansas

Final Four:Arkansas, Duke, Florida, Arizona

Shining Moments

  • An era, a program, a coach defined. Arkansas’ and Nolan Richardson’s “40 Minutes of Hell” pays off with the only national title in program history, and Arkansas homeboy/sitting president Bill Clinton was on hand to watch both games. The Hogs are led by Corliss Williamson and Scotty Thurman, who sank a prayer 3 with less than a minute to go, and the Razorbacks manage to save a nation from a Duke three-peat, beating the Blue Devils 76-72 in the national title game.
  • We talk about the omnipresence of UCLA in the ‘60s and early ‘70s when it came to titles and Final Fours, but how much more credit should Duke get for reaching yet another Final Four here? It was the program’s seventh appearance in nine seasons. Practically impossible in this era -- yet the era we’re talking about is still less than 20 years gone.
  • Want another memory jog? How about Boston College taking out the stacked defending champs, No. 1 North Carolina, as a nine seed, 75-72. Prior to the loss UNC made 13 straight Sweet 16 appearances.
  • The power of 12: Thanks to Tulsa getting it done in ‘94, it was the fifth straight season a 12 seed reached the second weekend of the NCAAs.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Charlotte, N.C.

Arkansas (76)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Ken Biley 3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 0
Corliss Williamson 35 10-24 3-5 8 3 3 23
Dwight Stewart 29 3-11 0-0 9 4 3 6
Corey Beck 35 5-11 5-8 10 4 3 15
Scotty Thurman 36 6-13 0-0 5 1 2 15
Clint McDaniel 32 2-5 2-4 2 3 2 7
Darnell Robinson 12 1-5 0-0 2 0 1 2
Al Dillard 8 1-5 1-2 1 0 1 4
Davor Rimac 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
Lee Wilson 5 2-2 0-0 4 0 1 4
Totals 200 30-77 11-19 44 15 17 72
 
Duke (72)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Antonio Lang 34 6-9 3-3 5 3 5 15
Grant Hill 38 4-11 3-5 14 6 3 12
Cherokee Parks 30 7-10 0-1 7 0 3 14
Jeff Capel 35 6-16 0-0 5 4 3 14
Chris Collins 34 4-11 0-0 0 1 1 12
Marty Clark 15 1-6 1-2 1 3 2 3
Erik Meek 14 1-2 0-0 7 0 1 2
Totals 200 29-65 7-11 44 17 18 76
Halftime: Arkansas 34-33.

National semifinals

Arkansas 91, Arizona 82
ARKANSAS (91): Stewart 2-5 1-2 7, Williamson 11-18 7-9 29, Robinson 5-9 2-3 12, Beck 2-5 4-8 9, Thurman 5-13 4-6 14, McDaniel 4-10 2-2 12, Dillard 2-7 0-0 6, Wilson 1-2 0-2 2, Rimac 0-1 0-0 0. Team 32-70 (.457) 20-32 (.625) 91.

ARIZONA (82): Owes 7-15 2-2 16, Geary 2-6 0-0 4, Blair 4-7 0-1 8, Reeves 6-19 8-9 20, Stoudamire 5-24 4-4 16, Flanagan 1-1 0-0 2, McLean 1-1 0-0 2, Williams 5-7 0-0 14, Rigdon 0-0 0-0 0, Richey 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Kelley 0-0 0-0 0. Team 31-80 (.388) 14-16 (.875) 82.

Three-point goals: Arizona 6-32, Arkansas 7-24 (.292).

Halftime: Tied 41-41.

Duke 70, Florida 65
DUKE (70): Lang 3-6 6-6 12, Hill 8-13 6-8 25, Parks 4-11 3-4 11, Capel 3-10 1-1 9, Collins 1-4 0-0 2, Clark 3-6 0-0 8, Meek 0-1 3-4 3, Newton 0-0 0-0 0. Team 22-51 (.431) 19-23 (.826) 70.

FLORIDA (65): Thompson 1-3 2-4 4, DeClercq 7-11 0-2 14, Hill 6-17 4-6 16, Brown 3-9 0-0 8, Cross 3-14 2-4 10, Kuisma 0-2 2-2 2, Anderson 4-6 1-2 9, Dyrkolbotn 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-1 0-0 2. Team 25-63 (.397) 11-20 (.550) 65.

Three-point goals: Florida 4-9 (.444), Duke 7-14 (.500).

Halftime: Florida 39-32.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Corey Beck G Jr. Arkansas (24 pts)
Grant Hill G Sr. Duke (37 pts)
Antonio Lang F Sr Duke (27 pts)
Scotty Thurman G-F Soph. Arkansas (29 pts)
Corliss Williamson F Soph. Arkansas* (52 pts, 21 rebs, 8 assists)
*Named Most Outstanding Player
  • Scoring Leader: Khalid Reeves, Arizona (137 points, 27.4 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Gary Collier, Tulsa (94 points, 31.3 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Cherokee Parks, Duke (55 rebounds, 9.2 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Juwan Howard, Michigan (51 rebounds, 12.8 rpg).
  • 1994 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    West
    No. 1 Missouri 76, No. 16 Navy 53
    No. 9 Wisconsin 80, No. 8 Cincinnati 72
    No. 12 Wisconsin-Green Bay 61, No. 5 California 57
    No. 4 Syracuse 92, No. 13 Hawaii 78
    No. 6 Minnesota 74, No. 11 Southern Illinois 60
    No. 3 Louisville 67, No. 14 Boise State 58
    No. 7 Virginia 57, No. 10 New Mexico 54
    No. 2 Arizona 81, No. 15 Loyola (Md.) 55

    Midwest
    No. 1 Arkansas 94, No. 16 North Carolina A&T 79
    No. 9 Georgetown 84, No. 8 Illinois 77
    No. 12 Tulsa 112, No. 5 UCLA 102
    No. 4 Oklahoma State 65, No. 13 New Mexico State 55
    No. 6 Texas 91, No. 11 Western Kentucky 77
    No. 3 Michigan 78, No. 14 Pepperdine 74 (OT)
    No. 10 Maryland 74, No. 7 St. Louis 66
    No. 2 Massachusetts 78, No. 15 SW Texas State 60

    East
    No. 1 North Carolina 71, No. 16 Liberty (Va.) 51
    No. 9 Boston College 67, No. 8 Washington State 64
    No. 5 Indiana 84, No. 12 Ohio University 72
    No. 4 Temple 61, No. 13 Drexel 39
    No. 11 Penn 90, No. 6 Nebraska 80
    No. 3 Florida 64, No. 14 James Madison 62
    No. 10 George Washington 51, No. 7 UAB 46
    No. 2 Connecticut 64, No. 15 Rider (N.J.) 46

    Southeast
    No. 1 Purdue 98, No. 16 Central Florida 67
    No. 9 Alabama 76, No. 8 Providence 70
    No. 5 Wake Forest 68, No. 12 College of Charleston 58
    No. 4 Kansas 102, No. 13 Tennessee-Chattanooga 73
    No. 6 Marquette 81, No. 11 Southwestern Louisiana 59
    No. 3 Kentucky 83, No. 14 Tennessee State 70
    No. 7 Michigan State 84, No. 10 Seton Hall 73
    No. 2 Duke 82, No. 15 Texas Southern 70


    SECOND ROUND
    West
    Missouri 109, Wisconsin 96
    Syracuse 64, Wisconsin-Green Bay 59
    Louisville 60, Minnesota 55
    Arizona 71, Virginia 58

    Midwest
    Arkansas 85, Georgetown 73
    Tulsa 82, Oklahoma State 80
    Michigan 84, Texas 79
    Maryland 95, Massachusetts 87

    East
    Boston College 75, North Carolina 72
    Indiana 67, Temple 58
    Florida 70, Penn 58
    Connecticut 75, George Washington 63

    Southeast
    Purdue 83, Alabama 73
    Kansas 69, Wake Forest 58
    Marquette 75, Kentucky 63
    Duke 85, Michigan State 74


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    West
    Missouri 98, Syracuse 88 (OT)
    Arizona 82, Louisville 70

    Midwest
    Arkansas 103, Tulsa 84
    Michigan 78, Maryland 71

    East
    Boston College 77, Indiana 68
    Florida 69, Connecticut 60 (OT)

    Southeast
    Purdue 83, Kansas 78
    Duke 59, Marquette 49


    REGIONAL FINALS
    West
    Arizona 92, Missouri 72

    Midwest
    Arkansas 76, Michigan 68

    East
    Florida 74, Boston College 66

    Southeast
    Duke 69, Purdue 60


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Arkansas 91, Arizona 82
    Duke 70, Florida 65

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Arkansas 76, Duke 72