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2001 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
2001 Final Four logo
2001 Final Four logo
Season 2000–01
Teams 65
Finals Site H.H.H. Metrodome
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Champions Duke (3rd title)
Runner-Up Arizona (2nd title game)
Semifinalists Maryland (1st Final Four)
Michigan State (5th Final Four)
Winning Coach Mike Krzyzewski (3rd title)
MOP Shane Battier Duke
Attendance 612,089
Top scorer Jason Williams Duke
(154 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«2000  2002»

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 change necessitated a play-in game between the #64 and #65 ranked teams, with the winner playing against a #1 seed in the first round. 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.

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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

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National Semifinals

  • March 31, 2001
    The fourth meeting of the year between rivals 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. After several questionable calls lead to foul trouble for Lonny Baxter, 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]
  • 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

President George W. Bush congratulating the 2001 champions from Duke University on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • April 2, 2001
    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 region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Duke 95  
16  Monmouth 52  
  1  Duke 94  
 
  9  Missouri 81  
8  Georgia 68
9  Missouri 70  
  1  Duke 76  
  4  UCLA 63  
5  Ohio St. 68*  
12  Utah St. 77  
  12  Utah St. 50
 
  4  UCLA 75  
4  UCLA 61
13  Hofstra 48  
  1  Duke 79
  6  USC 69
6  USC 69  
11  Oklahoma St. 54  
  6  USC 74
 
  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
 
  2  Kentucky 92  
2  Kentucky 72
15  Holy Cross 68  

West region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Stanford 88  
16  NC-Greensboro 60  
  1  Stanford 90  
 
  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
 
  13  Kent St 43  
4  Indiana 73
13  Kent St 77  
  1  Stanford 73
  3  Maryland 87
6  Wisconsin 49  
11  Georgia St 50  
  11  Georgia St 60
 
  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
 
  15  Hampton 57  
2  Iowa St 57
15  Hampton 58  

South region

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

Midwest region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Illinois 96  
16  Northwestern St. 54  
  1  Illinois 79  
 
  9  Charlotte 61  
8  Tennessee 63
9  Charlotte 70  
  1  Illinois 80  
  4  Kansas 64  
5  Syracuse 79  
12  Hawaii 69  
  5  Syracuse 58
 
  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
 
  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
 
  2  Arizona 73  
2  Arizona 101
15  Eastern Illinois 76  

Final four

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

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