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1996 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1996 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Kentucky

Most Outstanding Player: Tony Delk, Kentucky

Final Four: Kentucky, Syracuse, Mississippi State, Massachusetts

Shining Moments

  • The 90s provided a lot of good teams and great tournament moments. It says something, then, that the 1996 Kentucky team is viewed even today by many as one of the five best teams in the history of the sport. Kentucky got a good game from Syracuse in the championship, but this one was written before the tournament even started. Rick Pitino made good on his promise, got Kentucky all the way back from the brink of NCAA death penalty and turned in a pristine season.
  • The 96 tournament was the last one to date to be held in an arena instead of a dome (Continental Airlines Arena).
  • Duke loses its first first-round game in 41 years after Earl Boykins and Eastern Michigan knock off the Blue Devils in an 8/9 game; Princeton delivers a big-time upset of defending champ/No. 4 UCLA in the first round, 43-41, thanks to a beautiful backdoor layup by Gabe Lewullis. It will be the final victory for legendary Princeton coach Pete Carril.
  • John Wallace propels Syracuse to the Elite Eight after he sinks a 3-point shot in overtime with 2.8 second left to beat Georgia 83-81.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: East Rutherford, N.J.

Kentucky (76)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Derek Anderson 16 4-8 1-1 4 1 2 11
Antoine Walker 32 4-12 3-6 9 4 2 11
Walter McCarty 19 2-6 0-0 7 3 3 4
Tony Delk 37 8-20 1-2 7 2 2 24
Anthony Epps 35 0-6 0-0 4 7 1 0
Mark Pope 27 1-6 2-2 3 2 3 4
Ron Mercer 24 8-12 1-1 2 2 3 20
Jeff Sheppard 7 1-2 0-1 2 0 3 2
Allen Edwards 3 0-1 0-0 0 1 0 0
Totals 200 28-73 8-13 38 22 19 76
 
Syracuse (67)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Todd Burgan 39 7-10 2-5 8 1 5 19
John Wallace 38 11-19 5-5 10 1 5 29
Otis Hill 28 3-9 1-1 10 1 2 7
Lazarus Sims 38 2-5 1-2 2 7 2 6
Jason Cipolla 35 3-8 0-0 1 2 1 6
J.B. Reafsnyder 13 0-1 0-0 4 0 0 0
Marius Janulis 8 0-0 0-0 2 0 2 0
Elimu Nelson 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 26-52 9-13 37 12 17 67

All-Tournament Team

PLAYER Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Todd Burgan G-F Soph Syracuse 38 pts, 15 rebs
Marcus Camby C Jr. Massachusetts 25 pts, 8rebs in one game
Tony Delk* G Sr. Kentucky 44 pts, 9 rebs, 8 3-pts)
Ron Mercer F-G Fr. Kentucky 29 pts
John Wallace F Sr. Syracuse 50 pts, 14 rebs
* Named Most Outstanding Player
  • Scoring Leader: John Wallace, Syracuse (128 points, 21.3 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Allen Iverson, Georgetown (111 points, 27.8 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Todd Burgan, Syracuse (51 rebounds, 8.5 rpg).
  • Highest Rebounding Average: Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (39 rebounds, 13 rpg).
  • 1996 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    No. 1 Massachusetts 92, No. 16 Central Florida 70
    No. 9 Stanford 66, No. 8 Bradley 58
    No. 12 Arkansas 86, No. 5 Penn State 80
    No. 4 Marquette 68, No. 13 Monmouth (N.J.) 44
    No. 6 North Carolina 83, No. 11 New Orleans 62
    No. 3 Texas Tech 74, No. 14 Northern Illinois 73
    No. 7 New Mexico 69, No. 10 Kansas State 48
    No. 2 Georgetown 93, No. 15 Mississippi Valley State 56

    Southeast
    No. 1 Connecticut 68, No. 16 Colgate 59
    No. 9 Eastern Michigan 75, No. 8 Duke 60
    No. 5 Mississippi State 58, No. 12 Virginia Commonwealth 51
    No. 13 Princeton 43, No. 4 UCLA 41
    No. 11 Boston College 64, No. 6 Indiana 51
    No. 3 Georgia Tech 90, No. 14 Austin Peay 79
    No. 7 Temple 61, No. 10 Oklahoma 43
    No. 2 Cincinnati 66, No. 15 North Carolina-Greensboro 61

    Midwest
    No. 1 Kentucky 110, No. 16 San Jose State 72
    No. 9 Virginia Tech 61, No. 8 Wisconsin-Green Bay 48
    No. 5 Iowa State 74, No. 12 California 64
    No. 4 Utah 72, No. 13 Canisius 43
    No. 6 Louisville 82, No. 11 Tulsa 80 (OT)
    No. 3 Villanova 92, No. 14 Portland 58
    No. 10 Texas 80, No. 7 Michigan 76
    No. 2 Wake Forest 62, No. 15 Northeast Louisiana 50

    West
    No. 1 Purdue 73, No. 16 Western Carolina 71
    No. 8 Georgia 81, No. 9 Clemson 74
    No. 12 Drexel 75, No. 5 Memphis 63
    No. 4 Syracuse 88, No. 13 Montana State 55
    No. 6 Iowa 81, No. 11 George Washington 79
    No. 3 Arizona 90, No. 14 Valparaiso 51
    No. 10 Santa Clara 91, No. 7 Maryland 79
    No. 2 Kansas 92, No. 15 South Carolina State 54


    SECOND ROUND
    East
    Massachusetts 79, Stanford 74
    Arkansas 65, Marquette 56
    Texas Tech 92, North Carolina 73
    Georgetown 73, New Mexico 62

    Southeast
    Connecticut 95, Eastern Michigan 81
    Mississippi State 63, Princeton 41
    Georgia Tech 103, Boston College 89
    Cincinnati 78, Temple 65

    Midwest
    Kentucky 84, Virginia Tech 60
    Utah 73, Iowa State 67
    Louisville 68, Villanova 64
    Wake Forest 65, Texas 62

    West
    Georgia 76, Purdue 69
    Syracuse 69, Drexel 58
    Arizona 87, Iowa 73
    Kansas 76, Santa Clara 51


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    Massachusetts 79, Arkansas 63
    Georgetown 98, Texas Tech 90

    Southeast
    Mississippi State 60, Connecticut 55
    Cincinnati 87, Georgia Tech 70

    Midwest
    Kentucky 101, Utah 70
    Wake Forest 60, Louisville 59

    West
    Syracuse 83, Georgia 81 (OT)
    Kansas 83, Arizona 80


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    Massachusetts 86, Georgetown 62

    Southeast
    Mississippi State 73, Cincinnati 63

    Midwest
    Kentucky 83, Wake Forest 63

    West
    Syracuse 60, Kansas 57


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Syracuse 77, Mississippi State 69
    Kentucky 81, Massachusetts 74

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Kentucky 76, Syracuse 67

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