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1997 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1997 NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Arizona

Most Outstanding Player: Miles Simon, Arizona

Final Four: Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina, Minnesota

Shining Moments

  • Here was the irony. Arizona, for so many years in the prior decade under Lute Olson, was a highly seeded team come tournament time. And so many times it was a let-down. Big-time upsets became the expectancy of Arizona. So how funny then, as a four seed, was it to see Lute’s dudes get him his title. And the Wildcats did it by beating three No. 1 seeds, the first team to accomplish that. The final was an 84-79 outcome over defending champs Kentucky, a loss that would send Rick Pitino off to the NBA.
  • Tenth-seeded Georgetown falls to Charlotte in the first round, and John Thompson Jr. -- the first African-American to coach a team to a title -- calls it a career. Dean Smith also coaches his final game; North Carolina falls to Arizona in the national semis. He passes Adolph Rupp during this tournament to become the winningest college basketball coach of all-time -- at the time. Smith didn’t retire until the following October, however.
  • The forgotten UCLA “buzzer-beater”: Cameron Dollar downs Iowa State with 10 seconds left in overtime of a Sweet 16 game.
  • Tim Duncan finishes an impressive four-year career at Wake Forest without a Final Four appearance to his name. He does however become the first player in NCAA history to score 2,000, grab 1,000 boards, block 400 shots and have 200 assists.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: Indianapolis

ARIZONA (84)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Bennett Davison 29 3-9 3-3 7 0 2 9
Michael Dickerson 24 1-8 2-2 4 0 0 5
A.J. Bramlett 27 1-3 1-1 6 1 5 3
Mike Bibby 38 5-12 6-6 9 4 1 19
Miles Simon 40 8-18 14-17 3 1 1 30
Jason Terry 33 2-6 2-2 2 5 1 8
Eugene Edgerson 15 0-0 2-2 5 0 2 2
Donnell Harris 19 2-2 4-8 7 1 4 8
TOTALS 225 22-58 34-41 43 12 16 84
FG%: .379. FT%: .829. Three-point goals: 6-13 (Dickerson 1-3, Bibby 3-5, Simon 0-2, Terry 2-3). Blocks: 2 (Bramlett 2). Turnovers: 18 (Bibby 8). Steals: 7 (Bibby 3, Terry 3).
 
KENTUCKY (79)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Ron Mercer 41 5-9 1-1 9 6 5 13
Scott Padgett 30 5-16 4-4 1 0 5 17
Jamaal Magloire 14 0-1 0-0 4 1 4 0
Wayne Turner 28 4-9 0-1 4 5 5 8
Anthony Epps 38 4-13 0-0 5 4 0 11
Allen Edwards 5 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Jared Prickett 21 1-4 4-5 5 1 5 6
Nazr Mohammed 25 6-11 0-6 11 0 3 12
Cameron Mills 22 5-9 0-0 1 1 2 12
Stephen Masiello 1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS 225 30-72 9-17 40 18 29 79
FG%: .417. FT%: .529. Three-point goals: 10-30 (Mercer 2-4, Padgett 3-12, Epps 3-8, Mills 2-6). Blocks: 7 (Mohammed 3). Turnovers: 16 (Mercer 5). Steals: 9.

Halftime: Arizona 33-32. Regulation: Tied 74-74.

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Mike Bibby G Fr. Arizona 39 pts., 16 rebs., 8 ass., 6 stls.
Bobby Jackson G Sr. Minnesota 23 pts., 6 rebs. in one Final Four game
Ron Mercer F Soph. Kentucky 32 pts., 12 rebs.
Scott Padgett F Soph. Kentucky 26 pts. 6 3-pt.
*Miles Simon G Jr. Arizona 54 pts., 8 rebs.
* Named most outstanding player
  • Scoring Leader: Miles Simon, Arizona (132 points, 22 ppg
  • Highest Scoring Average: Austin Croshere, Providence (91 points, 22.8 ppg)
  • Rebounding Leader: A.J. Bramlett, Arizona (62 rebounds, 10.3 rpg)
  • Highest Rebounding Average Tim Duncan, Wake Forest (42 rebounds, 21 rpg)
  • 1997 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    No. 1 North Carolina 82, No. 16 Fairfield 74
    No. 9 Colorado 80, No. 8 Indiana 62
    No. 5 California 55, No. 12 Princeton 52
    No. 4 Villanova 101, No. 13 Long Island 91
    No. 10 Texas 71, No. 7 Wisconsin 58
    No. 15 Coppin State 78, No. 2 South Carolina 65
    No. 3 New Mexico 59, No. 14 Old Dominion 55
    No. 6 Louisville 65, No. 11 Massachusetts 57

    Southeast
    No. 1 Kansas 78, No. 16 Jackson State 64
    No. 8 Purdue 83, No. 9 Rhode Island 76 (OT)
    No. 12 College of Charleston 75, No. 5 Maryland 66
    No. 4 Arizona 65, No. 13 South Alabama 57
    No. 14 Tennessee-Chattanooga 73, No. 3 Georgia 70
    No. 6 Illinois 90, No. 11 Southern California 77
    No. 10 Providence 81, No. 7 Marquette 59
    No. 2 Duke 71, No. 15 Murray State 68

    Midwest
    No. 1 Minnesota 78, No. 16 Southwest Texas State 46
    No. 9 Temple 62, No. 8 Mississippi 40
    No. 5 Tulsa 81, No. 12 Boston University 52
    No. 4 Clemson 68, No. 13 Miami of Ohio 56
    No. 6 Iowa State 69, No. 11 Illinois State 57
    No. 3 Cincinnati 86, No. 14 Butler 69
    No. 7 Xavier 80, No. 10 Vanderbilt 68
    No. 2 UCLA 109, No. 15 Charleston Southern 75

    West
    No. 1 Kentucky 92, No. 16 Montana 54
    No. 8 Iowa 73, No. 9 Virginia 60
    No. 5 Boston College 73, No. 12 Valparaiso 66
    No. 4 St. Joseph's 75, No. 13 Pacific 65
    No. 6 Stanford 80, No. 11 Oklahoma 67
    No. 3 Wake Forest 68, No. 14 St. Mary's 46
    No. 7 UNC Charlotte 79, No. 10 Georgetown 67
    No. 2 Utah 75, No. 15 Navy 61


    SECOND ROUND
    East
    North Carolina 73, Colorado 56
    California 75, Villanova 68
    Louisville 64, New Mexico 63
    Texas 82, Coppin State 81

    Southeast
    Kansas 75, Purdue 61
    Arizona 73, College of Charleston 69
    Providence 98, Duke 87
    Tennessee-Chattanooga 75, Illinois 63

    Midwest
    Minnesota 76, Temple 57
    Clemson 65, Tulsa 59
    Iowa State 67, Cincinnati 66
    UCLA 96, Xavier 83

    West
    Kentucky 75, Iowa 69
    St. Joseph's 81, Boston College 77 (OT)
    Stanford 72, Wake Forest 66
    Utah 77, UNC Charlotte 58


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    North Carolina 63, California 57
    Louisville 78, Texas 63

    Southeast
    Arizona 85, Kansas 82
    Providence 71, Tennessee-Chattanooga 65

    Midwest
    Minnesota 90, Clemson 84 (2OT)
    UCLA 74, Iowa State 73 (OT)

    West
    Kentucky 83, St. Joseph's 68
    Utah 82, Stanford 77 (OT)


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    North Carolina 97, Louisville 74

    Southeast
    Arizona 96, Providence 92 (OT)

    Midwest
    Minnesota 80, UCLA 72

    West
    Kentucky 72, Utah 59


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Arizona 66, North Carolina 58
    Kentucky 78, Minnesota 69

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Arizona 84, Kentucky 79 (OT)

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