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1996 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1996 Final Four logo
1996 Final Four logo
Teams 64
Finals Site Continental Airlines Arena
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Champions Kentucky (6th title)
Runner-Up Syracuse (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Mississippi State (1st Final Four)
UMass (1st Final Four)
Winning Coach Rick Pitino (1st title)
MOP Tony Delk Kentucky
Attendance 631,834
Top scorer John Wallace Syracuse
(131 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1995  1997»

The 1996 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 14, 1996, and ended with the championship game on April 1 at Continental Airlines Arena in the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, New Jersey. A total of 63 games were played.

The Final Four venue was notable for two reasons:

  • This marked the first time that the NCAA finals had been held in Greater New York since 1950.
  • This was also the last (men's) Final Four to be held in a basketball/hockey-specific facility. Every Final Four since has been held in a domed stadium (usually built for football) because of NCAA venue capacity requirements. Therefore, this was also the last time the NCAA finals have been held in the Greater New York area (for the time being).

Kentucky, coached by Rick Pitino, won the national title with a 76–67 victory in the final game over Syracuse, coached by Jim Boeheim. Tony Delk of Kentucky was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Kentucky's run to the championship was one of the most dominant in NCAA tournament history, as the Wildcats won each of their first four games by at least 20 points and won every game by at least 7 points.

The committee that put together the bracket in 1996 was criticized for placing what clearly seemed to be the best two teams in college basketball - UMass and Kentucky - on the same side of the bracket so that they faced each other in the national semifinal - not the final game itself.

UConn, coached by Jim Calhoun and UMass, coached by John Calipari, were later stripped of their wins, including UMass' final four appearance by the NCAA because a player had accepted illegal gifts from agents.[1]

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Locations

Region Site Other Locations
East Atlanta, Georgia Providence, Rhode Island, Richmond, Virginia
Midwest Minneapolis, Minnesota Dallas, Texas, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Southeast Lexington, Kentucky Indianapolis, Indiana, Orlando, Florida
West Denver, Colorado Albuquerque, New Mexico, Tempe, Arizona
Finals East Rutherford, New Jersey

Teams

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Massachusetts John Calipari National Semifinals 1 Kentucky L 81-74
East 2 Georgetown John Thompson Elite Eight 1 Massachusetts L 86-62
East 3 Texas Tech James Dickey Sweet Sixteen 2 Georgetown L 98-90
East 4 Marquette Mike Deane Round of 32 12 Arkansas L 65-56
East 5 Penn State Jerry Dunn Round of 64 12 Arkansas L 86-80
East 6 North Carolina Dean Smith Round of 32 3 Texas Tech L 92-73
East 7 New Mexico Dave Bliss Round of 32 2 Georgetown L 73-62
East 8 Bradley Jim Molinari Round of 64 9 Stanford L 66-58
East 9 Stanford Mike Montgomery Round of 32 1 UMass L 79-74
East 10 Kansas State Tom Asbury Round of 64 7 New Mexico L 69-48
East 11 New Orleans Tic Price Round of 64 6 North Carolina L 83-62
East 12 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Sweet Sixteen 1 Massachusetts L 79-63
East 13 Monmouth Wayne Szoke Round of 64 4 Marquette L 68-44
East 14 Northern Illinois Brian Hammel Round of 64 3 Texas Tech L 74-73
East 15 Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling Round of 64 2 Georgetown L 93-56
East 16 Central Florida Kirk Speraw Round of 64 1 Massachusetts L 92-70
Midwest
Midwest 1 Kentucky Rick Pitino Champion 4 Syracuse W 76-67
Midwest 2 Wake Forest Dave Odom Elite Eight 1 Kentucky L 83-63
Midwest 3 Villanova Steve Lappas Round of 32 6 Louisville L 68-64
Midwest 4 Utah Rick Majerus Sweet Sixteen 1 Kentucky L 101-70
Midwest 5 Iowa State Tim Floyd Round of 32 4 Utah L 73-67
Midwest 6 Louisville Denny Crum Sweet Sixteen 2 Wake Forest L 60-59
Midwest 7 Michigan Steve Fisher Round of 64 10 Texas L 80-76
Midwest 8 UW–Green Bay Mike Heideman Round of 64 9 Virginia Tech L 61-48
Midwest 9 Virginia Tech Bill C. Foster Round of 32 1 Kentucky L 84-60
Midwest 10 Texas Tom Penders Round of 32 2 Wake Forest L 65-62
Midwest 11 Tulsa Steve Robinson Round of 64 6 Louisville L 82-80
Midwest 12 California Todd Bozeman Round of 64 5 Iowa State L 74-64
Midwest 13 Canisius John Beilein Round of 64 4 Utah L 72-43
Midwest 14 Portland Rob Chavez Round of 64 3 Villanova L 92-58
Midwest 15 Northeastern Louisiana Mike Vining Round of 64 2 Wake Forest L 62-50
Midwest 16 San Jose State Stan Morrison Round of 64 1 Kentucky L 110-72
Southeast
Southeast 1 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Sweet Sixteen 5 Mississippi State L 60-55
Southeast 2 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Elite Eight 5 Mississippi State L 73-63
Southeast 3 Georgia Tech Bobby Cremins Sweet Sixteen 2 Cincinnati L 87-70
Southeast 4 UCLA Jim Harrick Round of 64 13 Princeton L 43-41
Southeast 5 Mississippi State Richard Williams National Semifinals 4 Syracuse L 77-69
Southeast 6 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 64 11 Boston College L 64-51
Southeast 7 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 2 Cincinnati L 78-65
Southeast 8 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Round of 64 9 Eastern Michigan L 75-60
Southeast 9 Eastern Michigan Ben Braun Round of 32 1 Connecticut L 95-81
Southeast 10 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Round of 64 7 Temple L 61-43
Southeast 11 Boston College Jim O'Brien Round of 32 3 Georgia Tech L 103-89
Southeast 12 Virginia Commonwealth Sonny Smith Round of 64 5 Mississippi State L 58-51
Southeast 13 Princeton Pete Carril Round of 32 5 Mississippi State L 63-41
Southeast 14 Austin Peay Dave Loos Round of 64 3 Georgia Tech L 90-79
Southeast 15 UNC-Greensboro Randy Peele Round of 64 2 Cincinnati L 66-61
Southeast 16 Colgate Jack Bruen Round of 64 1 Connecticut L 68-59
West
West 1 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 8 Georgia L 76-69
West 2 Kansas Roy Williams Elite Eight 4 Syracuse L 60-57
West 3 Arizona Lute Olson Sweet Sixteen 2 Kansas L 83-80
West 4 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Runner Up 1 Kentucky L 76-67
West 5 Memphis Larry Finch Round of 64 12 Drexel L 75-63
West 6 Iowa Tom Davis Round of 32 3 Arizona L 87-73
West 7 Maryland Gary Williams Round of 64 10 Santa Clara L 91-79
West 8 Georgia Tubby Smith Sweet Sixteen 4 Syracuse L 83-81
West 9 Clemson Rick Barnes Round of 64 8 Georgia L 81-74
West 10 Santa Clara Dick Davey Round of 32 2 Kansas L 76-51
West 11 George Washington Mike Jarvis Round of 64 6 Iowa L 81-79
West 12 Drexel Bill Herrion Round of 32 4 Syracuse L 69-58
West 13 Montana State Mick Durham Round of 64 4 Syracuse L 88-55
West 14 Valparaiso Homer Drew Round of 64 3 Arizona L 90-51
West 15 South Carolina State Cy Alexander Round of 64 2 Kansas L 92-54
West 16 Western Carolina Phil Hopkins Round of 64 1 Purdue L 73-71

Bracket

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East region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Massachusetts 92  
16  Central Florida 70  
  1  Massachusetts 79  
 
  9  Stanford 74  
8  Bradley 58
9  Stanford 66  
  1  Massachusetts 79  
  12  Arkansas 63  
5  Penn St. 80  
12  Arkansas 86  
  12  Arkansas 65
 
  4  Marquette 56  
4  Marquette 68
13  Monmouth 44  
  1  Massachusetts 86
  2  Georgetown 62
6  North Carolina 83  
11  New Orleans 62  
  6  North Carolina 73
 
  3  Texas Tech 92  
3  Texas Tech 74
14  Northern Illinois 73  
  3  Texas Tech 90
  2  Georgetown 98  
7  New Mexico 69  
10  Kansas St. 48  
  7  New Mexico 65
 
  2  Georgetown 75  
2  Georgetown 93
15  Mississippi Valley St. 56  

Midwest region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Kentucky 110  
16  San Jose St. 72  
  1  Kentucky 84  
 
  9  Virginia Tech 60  
8  UW–Green Bay 49
9  Virginia Tech 61  
  1  Kentucky 101  
  4  Utah 70  
5  Iowa St. 74  
12  California 64  
  5  Iowa St. 67
 
  4  Utah 73  
4  Utah 72
13  Canisius 43  
  1  Kentucky 83
  2  Wake Forest 63
6  Louisville 82  
11  Tulsa 80*  
  6  Louisville 68
 
  3  Villanova 64  
3  Villanova 92
14  Portland 58  
  6  Louisville 59
  2  Wake Forest 60  
7  Michigan 76  
10  Texas 80  
  10  Texas 62
 
  2  Wake Forest 65  
2  Wake Forest 64
15  Northeast Louisiana 50  

Southeast region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Connecticut 68  
16  Colgate 59  
  1  Connecticut 95  
 
  9  Eastern Michigan 81  
8  Duke 60
9  Eastern Michigan 75  
  1  Connecticut 55  
  5  Mississippi State 60  
5  Mississippi State 58  
12  Virginia Commonwealth 51  
  5  Mississippi State 65
 
  13  Princeton 45  
4  UCLA 41
13  Princeton 43  
  5  Mississippi State 73
  2  Cincinnati 63
6  Indiana 51  
11  Boston College 64  
  11  Boston College 89
 
  3  Georgia Tech 103  
3  Georgia Tech 90
14  Austin Peay 79  
  3  Georgia Tech 70
  2  Cincinnati 87  
7  Temple 61  
10  Oklahoma 43  
  7  Temple 65
 
  2  Cincinnati 78  
2  Cincinnati 66
15  NC-Greensboro 61  

West region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Purdue 73  
16  Western Carolina 71  
  1  Purdue 69  
 
  8  Georgia 76  
8  Georgia 81
9  Clemson 74  
  8  Georgia 81  
  4  Syracuse 83  
5  Memphis 63  
12  Drexel 75  
  12  Drexel 58
 
  4  Syracuse 69  
4  Syracuse 88
13  Montana St. 55  
  4  Syracuse 60
  2  Kansas 57
6  Iowa 81  
11  George Washington 79  
  6  Iowa 73
 
  3  Arizona 87  
3  Arizona 90
14  Valparaiso 51  
  3  Arizona 80
  2  Kansas 83  
7  Maryland 79  
10  Santa Clara 91  
  10  Santa Clara 51
 
  2  Kansas 76  
2  Kansas 92
15  South Carolina St. 54  

Final Four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
                 
E1  Massachusetts 74  
M1  Kentucky 81  
    M1  Kentucky 76
  W4  Syracuse 67
SE5  Mississippi State 69
W4  Syracuse 77  

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