1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament: Wikis


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1978 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Teams 32
Finals Site The Checkerdome
St. Louis, Missouri
Champions Kentucky (5th title)
Runner-Up Duke (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Arkansas (3rd Final Four)
Notre Dame (1st Final Four)
Winning Coach Joe B. Hall (1st title)
MOP Jack Givens Kentucky
Attendance 227,149
Top scorer Mike Gminski Duke
(109 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1977  1979»

The 1978 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 11, 1978, and ended with the championship game on March 27 in St. Louis, Missouri. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game.

The process of seeding the bracket was first used in this tournament. 16 conference winners with automatic bids were seeded 1 through 4 in each region. At-large teams were seeded 1 through 4 in each region separately. There were in fact only 11 true at-large teams in the field, as the remaining 5 teams were conference winners with automatic bids who were seeded as "at-large."[1] The practice of distinguishing between automatic and at-large teams was ended after the tournament, and the expanded field of 40 was simply seeded from 1 to 10 in the 1979 tournament.

Kentucky, coached by Joe B. Hall, won the national title with a 94-88 victory in the final game over Duke, coached by Bill E. Foster. Jack Givens of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

The biggest upset of the tournament took place in the first round, when little-heralded Miami University (Ohio) defeated defending champion Marquette 84-81 in overtime. The victory was even sweeter for Miami Redskin fans as former Marquette coach Al McGuire had earlier strongly criticized the NCAA for matching Marquette against Kentucky in the second round, with Marquette being given a first-round opponent in Miami that was supposedly not even worthy of providing an adequate tune-up game for Marquette.

Unranked Cal State Fullerton pulled off two upsets, first over 4th ranked New Mexico (coached by Norm Ellenberger and led by Michael Cooper) and then over top 10 University of San Francisco (featuring Bill Cartwright). The loss was especially painful for New Mexico as the regional semi finals and finals were scheduled on the Lobos home court in Albuquerque. Cal State Fullerton then almost upset Arkansas in the West Regional final, losing by 3 points.



Region Site Other Locations
East Providence, Rhode Island Charlotte, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Mideast Dayton, Ohio Indianapolis, Indiana, Knoxville, Tennessee
Midwest Lawrence, Kansas Tulsa, Oklahoma, Wichita, Kansas
West Albuquerque, New Mexico Eugene, Oregon, Tempe, Arizona
Finals St. Louis, Missouri


Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East 1Q Duke Bill E. Foster Runner Up Kentucky L 94-88
East 3Q Furman Joe Williams Round of 32 Indiana L 63-62
East 1L Indiana Bob Knight Sweet Sixteen Villanova L 61-60
East 4L La Salle Paul Westhead Round of 32 Villanova L 103-97
East 4Q Penn Bob Weinhauer Sweet Sixteen Duke L 84-80
East 3L Rhode Island Jack Kraft Round of 32 Duke L 63-62
East 2L St. Bonaventure Jim Satalin Round of 32 Penn L 92-83
East 2Q Villanova Rollie Massimino Elite Eight Duke L 90-72
Mideast 4L Florida State Hugh Durham Round of 32 Kentucky L 85-76
Mideast 1Q Kentucky Joe B. Hall Champion Duke W 94-88
Mideast 1L Marquette Hank Raymonds Round of 32 Miami, Ohio L 84-81
Mideast 3Q Miami, Ohio Darrell Hedric Sweet Sixteen Kentucky L 91-69
Mideast 2Q Michigan State Jud Heathcote Elite Eight Kentucky L 52-49
Mideast 3L Providence Dave Gavitt Round of 32 Michigan State L 77-63
Mideast 2L Syracuse Jim Boeheim Round of 32 Western Kentucky L 87-86
Mideast 4Q Western Kentucky Jim Richards Sweet Sixteen Michigan State L 90-69
Midwest 3Q Creighton Tom Apke Round of 32 DePaul L 80-78
Midwest 1L DePaul Ray Meyer Elite Eight Notre Dame L 84-64
Midwest 4Q Houston Guy Lewis Round of 32 Notre Dame L 100-77
Midwest 2Q Louisville Denny Crum Sweet Sixteen DePaul L 90-89
Midwest 1Q Missouri Norm Stewart Round of 32 Utah L 86-79
Midwest 2L Notre Dame Digger Phelps Fourth Place Arkansas L 71-69
Midwest 4L St. John's Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 Louisville L 76-68
Midwest 3L Utah Jerry Pimm Sweet Sixteen Notre Dame L 69-56
West 2L Arkansas Eddie Sutton Third Place Notre Dame W 71-69
West 4L Cal State Fullerton Bob Dye Elite Eight Arkansas L 61-58
West 3L Kansas Ted Owens Round of 32 UCLA L 83-76
West 2Q New Mexico Norm Ellenberger Round of 32 Cal State Fullerton L 90-85
West 1L North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 San Francisco L 68-64
West 3Q San Francisco Bob Gaillard Sweet Sixteen Cal State Fullerton L 75-72
West 1Q UCLA Gary Cunningham Sweet Sixteen Arkansas L 74-70
West 4Q Weber State Neil McCarthy Round of 32 Arkansas L 73-52



East region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  1Q  Duke 63  
3L  Rhode Island 62  
  1Q  Duke 84  
  4Q  Pennsylvania 80  
4Q  Pennsylvania 92
  2L  St. Bonaventure 83  
    1Q  Duke 90
  2Q  Villanova 72
  1L  Indiana 63  
3Q  Furman 62  
  1L  Indiana 60
  2Q  Villanova 61  
2Q  Villanova 103
  4L  La Salle 97  

Midwest region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  3L  Utah 86  
1Q  Missouri 79**  
  3L  Utah 56  
  2L  Notre Dame 69  
2L  Notre Dame 100
  4Q  Houston 77  
    2L  Notre Dame 84
  1L  DePaul 64
  1L  DePaul 80  
3Q  Creighton 78  
  1L  DePaul 90
  2Q  Louisville 89**  
2Q  Louisville 76
  4L  St. John's 68  

Mideast region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  2Q  Michigan St. 77  
3L  Providence 63  
  1Q  Michigan St. 90  
  4Q  Western Kentucky 69  
4Q  Western Kentucky 87
  2L  Syracuse 86*  
    1Q  Michigan St. 49
  2Q  Kentucky 52
  3Q  Miami-OH 84  
1L  Marquette 81*  
  3Q  Miami-OH 69
  2Q  Kentucky 91  
1Q  Kentucky 85
  4L  Florida St. 76  

West region

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
  1Q  UCLA 83  
3L  Kansas 76  
  1Q  UCLA 70  
  2L  Arkansas 74  
2L  Arkansas 73
  4Q  Weber St. 52  
    2L  Arkansas 61
  4L  Cal State Fullerton 58
  3Q  San Francisco 68  
1L  North Carolina 64  
  3Q  San Francisco 72
  4L  Cal State Fullerton 75  
4L  Cal State Fullerton 90
  2Q  New Mexico 85  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  Duke 90  
MW  Notre Dame 86  
    E  Duke 88
  ME  Kentucky 94
ME  Kentucky 64
W  Arkansas 59   Third-place
MW  Notre Dame 69
W  Arkansas 71

Q = automatic qualifier bid L = at-large bid (including 5 automatic bids seeded with at-large teams)

  1. ^ Washington Post - March 6, 1978

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