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1998 Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament

75 Years of March Madness (NCAA)

1998NCAA Tournament | Bracket

Champion: Kentucky

Most Outstanding Player:Jeff Sheppard, Kentucky

Final Four: Kentucky, Utah, North Carolina, Stanford

Shining Moments

  • Who needs Pitino? Tubby Smith takes Pitino’s players to the second title in three years for Kentucky, who beat Rick Majerus’ Utah team 78-69. Majerus, considered an all-time brilliant basketball mind, had his team with a 10-point halftime advantage before Kentucky’s litany of pros took over, as the Comeback Cats did many times that season, including a 17-point comeback against Duke in the Elite Eight.
  • Bryce Drew hits an iconic 3-point shot, sending the name “Valpo” into the American sports vernacular. But can you remember the team on the bad end of buzzer-beater? Anonymous Ole Miss, it was. It’s hard to picture the Rebels now, as you think about Drew hitting the shot and diving on the floor in giddy disbelief after the specially drawn-up play by Drew’s dad, Homer, paid off for an all-time tournament upset/moment.
  • No. 8 Rhode Island almost beats third-seeded Stanford to reach the Final Four. The Rams boast future pros Tyson Wheeler and Cuttino Mobley.
  • Richmond upsets No. 4 South Carolina, becoming the first school to win tourney games as a 12, 13, 14 and 15 seed; eight double-digit seeds won a first-round game (three more lost by three points or less); Princeton earned a surprising five seed -- the highest ever for an Ivy school.
- Matt Norlander

Championship Game

Location: San Antonio

KENTUCKY (78)
PLAYER MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Allen Edwards 24 2-7 0-0 1 5 0 4
Scott Padgett 33 6-11 4-4 5 1 4 17
Nazr Mohammed 13 5-9 0-0 2 0 4 10
Wayne Turner 27 2-5 2-4 2 4 0 6
Jeff Sheppard 34 7-14 2-4 4 3 1 16
Jamaal Magloire 22 2-3 3-3 2 1 4 7
Heshimu Evans 23 3-4 2-2 6 0 1 10
Cameron Mills 12 2-4 2-2 0 1 0 8
Saul Smith 7 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
Michael Bradley 5 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0
Totals 200 29-57 15-17 24 15 15 78
 
UTAH (69)
Player MIN. FG-A FT-A REB. A. PF. PTS.
Hanno Mottola 28 4-10 6-6 8 0 4 15
Alex Jensen 35 5-6 3-3 2 2 2 14
Michael Doleac 34 5-12 4-6 10 1 2 15
Andre Miller 37 6-15 4-7 6 5 5 16
Drew Hansen 32 1-6 0-0 5 1 2 2
Britton Johnsen 16 3-4 0-0 4 0 0 7
Jordie McTavish 3 0-0 0-0 0 2 1 0
David Jackson 10 0-1 0-0 0 1 2 0
Trace Caton 5 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0
Totals 200 24-55 17-22 39 12 18 69

All-Tournament Team

Player Pos. Yr. School Statistics
Michael Doleac C Sr. Utah (31 pts, 15 rebs)
Arthur Lee G Jr. Stanford (26 pts, 5 assists in one game)
Andre Miller G Jr. Utah (32 pts, 20 rebs, 12 assists)
Scott Padgett F Jr. Kentucky (27 pts, 11 rebs)
*Jeff Sheppard G Sr. Kentucky (43 pts, 10 rebs, 7assists)
*Named Most Outstanding Player.
  • Scoring Leader: Michael Doleac, Utah (115 points, 19.2 ppg).
  • Highest Scoring Average: Khalid El-Amin (93 points, 23.3 ppg).
  • Rebounding Leader: Antawn Jamison, North Carolina (63 rebounds, 12.6 rpg).
  • 1998 Tournament Scores

    FIRST ROUND
    East
    No. 1 North Carolina 88, No. 16 Navy 52
    No. 8 UNC Charlotte 77, No. 9 Illinois-Chicago 62
    No. 5 Princeton 69, No. 12 UNLV 57
    No. 4 Michigan State 83, No. 13 Eastern Michigan 71
    No. 11 Washington 69, No. 6 Xavier 68
    No. 14 Richmond 62, No. 3 South Carolina 61
    No. 7 Indiana 94, No. 10 Oklahoma 87 (OT)
    No. 2 Connecticut 93, No. 15 Fairleigh Dickinson 85

    West
    No. 1 Arizona 99, No. 16 Nicholls State 60
    No. 9 Illinois State 82, No. 8 Tennessee 81 (OT)
    No. 5 Illinois 64, No. 12 South Alabama 51
    No. 4 Maryland 82, No. 13 Utah State 68
    No. 6 Arkansas 74, No. 11 Nebraska 65
    No. 3 Utah 85, No. 14 San Francisco 68
    No. 10 West Virginia 82, No. 7 Temple 52
    No. 2 Cincinnati 65, No. 15 Northern Arizona 62

    Midwest
    No. 1 Kansas 110, No. 16 Prairie View 52
    No. 8 Rhode Island 97, No. 9 Murray State 74
    No. 12 Florida State 96, No. 5 Texas Christian 87
    No. 13 Valparaiso 70, No. 4 Mississippi 69
    No. 11 Western Michigan 75, No. 6 Clemson 72
    No. 3 Stanford 67, No. 14 College of Charleston 57
    No. 10 Detroit 66, No. 7 St. John's 64
    No. 2 Purdue 95, No. 15 Delaware 56

    South
    No. 1 Duke 99, No. 16 Radford 63
    No. 8 Oklahoma State 74, No. 9 George Washington 59
    No. 5 Syracuse 63, No. 12 Iona 61
    No. 4 New Mexico 79, No. 13 Butler 62
    No. 6 UCLA 65, No. 11 Miami (Fla.) 62
    No. 3 Michigan 80, No. 14 Davidson 61
    No. 10 Saint Louis 51, No. 7 Massachusetts 46
    No. 2 Kentucky 82, No. 15 South Carolina State 67


    SECOND ROUND
    East
    North Carolina 93, UNC Charlotte 83 (OT)
    Michigan State 63, Princeton 56
    Washington 81, Richmond 66
    Connecticut 78, Indiana 68

    West
    Arizona 82, Illinois State 49
    Maryland 67, Illinois 61
    Utah 75, Arkansas 69
    West Virginia 75, Cincinnati 74

    Midwest
    Rhode Island 80, Kansas 75
    Valparaiso 83, Florida State 77 (OT)
    Stanford 83, Western Michigan 65
    Purdue 80, Detroit 65

    South
    Duke 79, Oklahoma State 73
    Syracuse 56, New Mexico 46
    UCLA 85, Michigan 82
    Kentucky 88, Saint Louis 61


    REGIONAL SEMIFINALS
    East
    North Carolina 73, Michigan State 58
    Connecticut 75, Washington 74

    West
    Arizona 87, Maryland 79
    Utah 65, West Virginia 62

    Midwest
    Stanford 67, Purdue 59
    Rhode Island 74, Valparaiso 68

    South
    Duke 80, Syracuse 67
    Kentucky 94, UCLA 68


    REGIONAL FINALS
    East
    North Carolina 75, Connecticut 64

    West
    Utah 76, Arizona 51

    Midwest
    Stanford 79, Rhode Island 77

    South
    Kentucky 86, Duke 84


    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Kentucky 86, Stanford 85 (OT)
    Utah 65, North Carolina 59

    NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
    Kentucky 78, Utah 69