1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: Wikis


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1976 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site The Spectrum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Champions Indiana (3rd title)
Runner-Up Michigan (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Rutgers (1st Final Four)
UCLA (13th Final Four)
Winning Coach Bob Knight (1st title)
MOP Kent Benson Indiana
Attendance 202,502
Top scorer Scott May Indiana
(113 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1975  1977»

The 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 13, 1976, and ended with the championship game on March 29 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game.

Indiana, coached by Bob Knight, won the national title with a 86–68 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Johnny Orr. Kent Benson of Indiana was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Notably, this was the first time that two teams from the same conference (the Big Ten) played in the title game. Also, this was the last men's Division I tournament to date to feature two unbeaten teams, as both Indiana and Rutgers entered the tournament unbeaten. Both advanced to the Final Four, with Indiana winning the title and Rutgers losing to Michigan in the semifinals and UCLA in the third-place game.



Region Site Other locations
East Greensboro, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina, Providence, Rhode Island
Mideast Baton Rouge, Louisiana Dayton, Ohio, Notre Dame, Indiana
Midwest Louisville, Kentucky Denton, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas
West Los Angeles, California Eugene, Oregon, Tempe, Arizona
Finals Philadelphia, Pennsylvania N/A


Region Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East UConn Dee Rowe Sweet Sixteen Rutgers L 93–79
East DePaul Ray Meyer Sweet Sixteen VMI L 71–66
East Hofstra Roger Gaeckler Round of 32 UConn L 80–78
East Princeton Pete Carril Round of 32 Rutgers L 54–53
East Rutgers Tom Young Fourth Place UCLA L 106–92
East Tennessee Ray Mears Round of 32 VMI L 81–75
East Virginia Terry Holland Round of 32 DePaul L 69–60
East VMI Bill Blair Elite Eight Rutgers L 91–75
Mideast Alabama C. M. Newton Sweet Sixteen Indiana L 74–69
Mideast Indiana Bob Knight Champion Michigan W 86–68
Mideast Marquette Al McGuire Elite Eight Indiana L 65–56
Mideast North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 Alabama L 79–64
Mideast St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 Indiana L 90–70
Mideast Virginia Tech Don DeVoe Round of 32 Western Michigan L 77–67
Mideast Western Kentucky Jim Richards Round of 32 Marquette L 79–60
Mideast Western Michigan Eldon Miller Sweet Sixteen Marquette L 62–57
Midwest Cincinnati Gale Catlett Round of 32 Notre Dame L 79–78
Midwest Michigan Johnny Orr Runner Up Indiana L 86–68
Midwest Missouri Norm Stewart Elite Eight Michigan L 95–88
Midwest Notre Dame Digger Phelps Sweet Sixteen Michigan L 80–76
Midwest Syracuse Roy Danforth Round of 32 Texas Tech L 69–56
Midwest Texas Tech Gerald Myers Sweet Sixteen Missouri L 86–75
Midwest Washington Marv Harshman Round of 32 Missouri L 69–67
Midwest Wichita State Harry Miller Round of 32 Michigan L 74–73
West Arizona Fred Snowden Elite Eight UCLA L 82–66
West Boise State Bus Connor Round of 32 UNLV L 103–78
West Georgetown John Thompson Round of 32 Arizona L 83–76
West Memphis State Wayne Yates Round of 32 Pepperdine L 87–77
West UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Sweet Sixteen Arizona L 114–109
West Pepperdine Gary Colson Sweet Sixteen UCLA L 70–61
West San Diego State Tim Vezie Round of 32 UCLA L 74–64
West UCLA Gene Bartow Third Place Rutgers W 106–92



East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     DePaul 69  
   Virginia 60  
     DePaul 66*  
     VMI 71  
   VMI 81
     Tennessee 75  
       VMI 75
     Rutgers 91
     Rutgers 54  
   Princeton 53  
     Rutgers 93
     Connecticut 79  
   Connecticut 80
     Hofstra 78*  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Michigan 74  
   Wichita State 73  
     Michigan 80  
     Notre Dame 76  
   Notre Dame 79
     Cincinnati 78  
       Michigan 95
     Missouri 88
     Missouri 69  
   Washington 67  
     Missouri 86
     Texas Tech 75  
   Texas Tech 69
     Syracuse 56  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Alabama 79  
   North Carolina 64  
     Alabama 69  
     Indiana 74  
   Indiana 90
     St. John's 70  
       Indiana 65
     Marquette 56
     Marquette 79  
   Western Kentucky 60  
     Marquette 62
     Western Michigan 57  
   Western Michigan 77
     Virginia Tech 67*  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
     Pepperdine 87  
   Memphis State 77  
     Pepperdine 61  
     UCLA 70  
   UCLA 74
     San Diego State 64  
       UCLA 82
     Arizona 66
     UNLV 103  
   Boise State 78  
     UNLV 109*
     Arizona 114  
   Arizona 83
     Georgetown 76  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  Rutgers 70  
MW  Michigan 86  
    MW  Michigan 68
  ME  Indiana 86
ME  Indiana 65
W  UCLA 51  

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