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The 2001 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 2001 with the play-in game, and ended with the championship game on April 2 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A total of 64 games were played.

This tournament is the first to feature 65 teams, due to the Mountain West Conference receiving an automatic bid for the first time. This meant that 31 conferences would have automatic bids to the tournament. The NCAA decided to maintain 34 at-large bids, which necessitated a play-in game between the #64 and #65 ranked teams, with the winner playing against a #1 seed in the first round. (Another option would have been to reduce the number of at-large bids to 33, which was the option chosen for the women's tournament.) This is also the first tournament to have been broadcast in high-definition, being broadcast on CBS.

Duke, coached by Mike Krzyzewski, won the national title with a 82-72 victory in the final game over Arizona, coached by Lute Olson. Shane Battier of Duke was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Locations

Region Site Other Locations
East Philadelphia Greensboro, Uniondale NY
Midwest San Antonio Dayton, Kansas City
South Atlanta Memphis, New Orleans
West Anaheim Boise, San Diego
Finals Minneapolis

Teams

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Champion 2 Arizona W 82-72
East 2 Kentucky Tubby Smith Sweet Sixteen 6 USC L 80-76
East 3 Boston College Al Skinner Round of 32 6 USC L 74-71
East 4 UCLA Steve Lavin Sweet Sixteen 1 Duke L 76-63
East 5 Ohio State Jim O'Brien Round of 64 12 Utah State L 77-68
East 6 USC Henry Bibby Elite Eight 1 Duke L 79-69
East 7 Iowa Steve Alford Round of 32 2 Kentucky L 92-79
East 8 Georgia Jim Harrick Round of 64 9 Missouri L 70-68
East 9 Missouri Quin Snyder Round of 32 1 Duke L 94-81
East 10 Creighton Dana Altman Round of 64 7 Iowa L 69-56
East 11 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Round of 64 6 USC L 69-54
East 12 Utah State Stew Morrill Round of 32 4 UCLA L 75-50
East 13 Hofstra Jay Wright Round of 64 4 UCLA L 61-48
East 14 Southern Utah Bill Evans Round of 64 3 Boston College L 68-65
East 15 Holy Cross Ralph Willard Round of 64 2 Kentucky L 72-68
East 16 Monmouth Dave Calloway Round of 64 1 Duke L 95-52
Midwest
Midwest 1 Illinois Bill Self Elite Eight 2 Arizona L 87-81
Midwest 2 Arizona Lute Olson Runner Up 1 Duke L 82-72
Midwest 3 Ole Miss Rod Barnes Sweet Sixteen 2 Arizona L 66-56
Midwest 4 Kansas Roy Williams Sweet Sixteen 1 Illinois L 80-64
Midwest 5 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Round of 32 4 Kansas L 87-58
Midwest 6 Notre Dame Mike Brey Round of 32 3 Mississippi L 59-56
Midwest 7 Wake Forest Dave Odom Round of 64 10 Butler L 79-63
Midwest 8 Tennessee Jerry Green Round of 64 9 Charlotte L 70-63
Midwest 9 Charlotte Bobby Lutz Round of 32 1 Illinois L 79-61
Midwest 10 Butler Thad Matta Round of 32 2 Arizona L 73-52
Midwest 11 Xavier Skip Prosser Round of 64 6 Notre Dame L 83-71
Midwest 12 Hawaii Riley Wallace Round of 64 5 Syracuse L 79-69
Midwest 13 Cal State Northridge Bobby Braswell Round of 64 4 Kansas L 99-75
Midwest 14 Iona Jeff Ruland Round of 64 3 Mississippi L 72-70
Midwest 15 Eastern Illinois Rick Samuels Round of 64 2 Arizona L 101-76
Midwest 16 Northwestern State Mike McConathy Round of 64 1 Illinois L 96-54
Midwest 16 Winthrop Gregg Marshall Preliminary Round 16 Northwestern State L 71-67
South
South 1 Michigan State Tom Izzo National Semifinals 2 Arizona L 80-61
South 2 North Carolina Matt Doherty Round of 32 7 Penn State L 82-74
South 3 Florida Billy Donovan Round of 32 11 Temple L 75-54
South 4 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Round of 64 13 Indiana State L 70-68
South 5 Virginia Pete Gillen Round of 64 12 Gonzaga L 86-85
South 6 Texas Rick Barnes Round of 64 11 Temple L 79-65
South 7 Penn State Jerry Dunn Sweet Sixteen 11 Temple L 84-72
South 8 California Ben Braun Round of 64 9 Fresno State L 82-70
South 9 Fresno State Jerry Tarkanian Round of 32 1 Michigan State L 81-65
South 10 Providence Tim Welsh Round of 64 7 Penn State L 69-59
South 11 Temple John Chaney Elite Eight 1 Michigan State L 69-62
South 12 Gonzaga Mark Few Sweet Sixteen 1 Michigan State L 77-62
South 13 Indiana State Royce Waltman Round of 32 12 Gonzaga L 85-68
South 14 Western Kentucky Dennis Felton Round of 64 3 Florida L 69-56
South 15 Princeton John Thompson III Round of 64 2 North Carolina L 70-48
South 16 Alabama State Rob Spivery Round of 64 1 Michigan State L 69-35
West
West 1 Stanford Mike Montgomery Elite Eight 3 Maryland L 87-73
West 2 Iowa State Larry Eustachy Round of 64 15 Hampton L 58-57
West 3 Maryland Gary Williams National Semifinals 1 Duke L 95-84
West 4 Indiana Mike Davis Round of 64 13 Kent State L 77-73
West 5 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Sweet Sixteen 1 Stanford L 78-65
West 6 Wisconsin Brad Soderberg Round of 64 11 Georgia State L 50-49
West 7 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Round of 64 10 Georgetown L 63-61
West 8 Georgia Tech Paul Hewitt Round of 64 9 Saint Joseph's L 66-62
West 9 Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli Round of 32 1 Stanford L 90-83
West 10 Georgetown Craig Esherick Sweet Sixteen 3 Maryland L 76-66
West 11 Georgia State Lefty Driesell Round of 32 3 Maryland L 79-60
West 12 BYU Steve Cleveland Round of 64 5 Cincinnati L 84-59
West 13 Kent State Gary Waters Round of 32 5 Cincinnati L 66-43
West 14 George Mason Jim Larranaga Round of 64 3 Maryland L 83-80
West 15 Hampton Steve Merfeld Round of 32 10 Georgetown L 76-57
West 16 UNC-Greensboro Fran McCaffery Round of 64 1 Stanford L 89-60

Bids by conference

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
7 Big Ten
6 ACC, Big 12, SEC
5 Big East, Pac-10
3 Atlantic 10
2 C-USA, Missouri Valley, WAC, CAA
1 21 others

Final four

At Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

National Semifinals

  • March 31, 2001
    • Duke (E1) 95, Maryland (W3) 84
  • The fourth meeting of the year between ACC teams Duke and Maryland turned into a classic. Maryland jumped out of the gate to an early 39-17 lead. It appeared the Terps would eliminate Duke, led by senior Shane Battier. However, Duke was able to cut the lead at halftime to 49-38. Duke would take its first lead when Jason Williams drained a three to give Duke the lead 73-72 with 6:48 to play. Duke closed the game with a 23–12 run to stun Gary Williams' Maryland squad.[1]
    • Arizona (M2) 80, Michigan State (S1) 61
  • In an emotional season in which coach Lute Olson suffered the loss of his wife, he would be just 40 minutes away from a second National Championship after his Wildcats destroyed the defending national champion Michigan State Spartans. The game was close at halftime with Arizona leading by just 2. However, Arizona outscored Michigan State 48–31 in the second half en route to the 19-point victory.[2]

Championship game

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President George W. Bush congratulating the 2001 champions from Duke University on the South Lawn of the White House.

  • April 2, 2001
    • Duke (E1) 82, Arizona (M2) 72
  • The second-ranked team coming into the NCAA Tournament would leave giving coach Mike Krzyzewski his third National Championship at Duke University. Arizona cut Duke's lead to 39-37 early in the second half, but Mike Dunleavy Jr. connected on three three-pointers during an 11–2 Duke run. Dunleavy Jr. led the Duke Blue Devils with 21 points, including 18 points in the 2nd half. The Arizona Wildcats did not quit as they would get within 3 four times, including twice inside the four-minute TV timeout. However, Shane Battier proved to be too much as he hit two critical buckets to keep the Blue Devils comfortably ahead. Then, Jason Williams, despite a poor shooting night, iced the game with a three-pointer from the top of the key with about 2 minutes left to give Duke an eight-point lead. Battier scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player (MOP).[3]

Bracket

East Regional — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Duke 95  
16  Monmouth 52  
  1  Duke 94  
Greensboro
  9  Missouri 81  
8  Georgia 68
9  Missouri 70  
  1  Duke 76  
  4  UCLA 63  
5  Ohio State 68  
12  Utah State 77*  
  12  Utah State 50
Greensboro
  4  UCLA 75  
4  UCLA 61
13  Hofstra 48  
  1  Duke 79
  6  USC 69
6  USC 69  
11  Oklahoma State 54  
  6  USC 74
Uniondale
  3  Boston College 71  
3  Boston College 68
14  Southern Utah 65  
  6  USC 80
  2  Kentucky 76  
7  Iowa 69  
10  Creighton 56  
  7  Iowa 79
Uniondale
  2  Kentucky 92  
2  Kentucky 72
15  Holy Cross 68  

West Regional — Anaheim, California

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Stanford 88  
16  UNC-Greensboro 60  
  1  Stanford 90  
San Diego
  9  Saint Joseph's 83  
8  Georgia Tech 62
9  Saint Joseph's 66  
  1  Stanford 78  
  5  Cincinnati 65  
5  Cincinnati 84  
12  BYU 59  
  5  Cincinnati 66
San Diego
  13  Kent State 43  
4  Indiana 73
13  Kent State 77  
  1  Stanford 73
  3  Maryland 87
6  Wisconsin 49  
11  Georgia State 50  
  11  Georgia State 60
Boise
  3  Maryland 79  
3  Maryland 83
14  George Mason 80  
  3  Maryland 76
  10  Georgetown 66  
7  Arkansas 61  
10  Georgetown 63  
  10  Georgetown 76
Boise
  15  Hampton 57  
2  Iowa State 57
15  Hampton 58  

South Regional — Atlanta, Georgia

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Michigan State 69  
16  Alabama State 35  
  1  Michigan State 81  
Memphis
  9  Fresno State 65  
8  California 70
9  Fresno State 82  
  1  Michigan State 77  
  12  Gonzaga 62  
5  Virginia 85  
12  Gonzaga 86  
  12  Gonzaga 85
Memphis
  13  Indiana State 68  
4  Oklahoma 68
13  Indiana State 70*  
  1  Michigan State 69
  11  Temple 62
6  Texas 65  
11  Temple 79  
  11  Temple 75
New Orleans
  3  Florida 54  
3  Florida 69
14  Western Kentucky 56  
  11  Temple 84
  7  Penn State 72  
7  Penn State 69  
10  Providence 59  
  7  Penn State 82
New Orleans
  2  North Carolina 74  
2  North Carolina 70
15  Princeton 48  

Midwest Regional — San Antonio, Texas

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Illinois 96  
16  Northwestern State 54  
  1  Illinois 79  
Dayton
  9  Charlotte 61  
8  Tennessee 63
9  Charlotte 70  
  1  Illinois 80  
  4  Kansas 64  
5  Syracuse 79  
12  Hawaii 69  
  5  Syracuse 58
Dayton
  4  Kansas 87  
4  Kansas 99
13  Cal State Northridge 75  
  1  Illinois 81
  2  Arizona 87
6  Notre Dame 83  
11  Xavier 71  
  6  Notre Dame 56
Kansas City
  3  Ole Miss 59  
3  Ole Miss 72
14  Iona 70  
  3  Ole Miss 56
  2  Arizona 66  
7  Wake Forest 63  
10  Butler 79  
  10  Butler 52
Kansas City
  2  Arizona 73  
2  Arizona 101
15  Eastern Illinois 76  

Final Four — Minneapolis, Minnesota

  National Semifinals National Finals
                 
E1 Duke 95  
W3 Maryland 84  
    E1 Duke 82
  M2 Arizona 72
S1 Michigan State 61
M2 Arizona 80  

Upsets

This tournament featured many upsets in the first two rounds, with two #13 seeds and two #12 seeds winning in the first. The best remembered and most unexpected occurred when Hampton beat Iowa State 58-57 in the first round. They were down by as much as 11 in the game. Tarvis Williams made the winning shot with 6.9 seconds left. The video of Hampton coach Steve Merfield being lifted in the air by player David Johnson during the celebration has become a classic clip, often played by CBS and ESPN to showcase the excitement of the underdog in the NCAA Tournament.

They became only the fourth #15 seed to win a game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and the first since 1997. The went on to lose to Georgetown in the second round, failing to become the first seed that low to make the Round of 16.[4]

Announcers

  • Jim Nantz and Billy Packer
  • Dick Enberg and Bill Walton
  • Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
  • Gus Johnson and Dan Bonner
  • Kevin Harlan and Jon Sundvold
  • Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel
  • Tim Brando and Rick Pitino
  • Craig Bolerjack and James Worthy

References

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