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2003 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
2003 Final Four logo
2003 Final Four logo
Season 2002–03
Teams 65
Finals Site Louisiana Superdome
New Orleans, Louisiana
Champions Syracuse (1st title, 3rd title game,
4th Final Four)
Runner-Up Kansas (7th title game,
12th Final Four)
Semifinalists Marquette (3rd Final Four)
Texas (3rd Final Four)
Winning Coach Jim Boeheim (1st title)
MOP Carmelo Anthony Syracuse
Attendance 715,080
Top scorer Carmelo Anthony Syracuse
(21 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«2002  2004»

The 2003 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 18, 2003, and ended with the championship game on April 7 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A total of 64 games were played.

Syracuse, coached by Jim Boeheim, won the national title with a 81-78 victory in the final game over Kansas, coached by Roy Williams. Carmelo Anthony of Syracuse was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Syracuse beat four Big 12 teams on its way to the title: Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas. Those helped earn Boeheim the national title that had eluded him in 1987 and 1996.

Because of the start of the Iraq war, CBS moved its telecasts of the games played on the first Thursday afternoon of the tournament to ESPN, allowing for expanded news coverage. To make up for lost advertising revenue, an additional time slot was opened the following Sunday evening for more CBS telecasts.

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Locations

The 2003 play-in game was played on Tuesday, March 18, at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio, as it had been since its inception in 2001.

The first and second-round games were played at the following sites:

March 20 and 22
Ford Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Host: Big 12 Conference)
Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Host: University of Utah)
RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana (Hosts: Butler University and Horizon League)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane Arena (Host: Washington State University)
March 21 and 23
Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Center, Birmingham, Alabama (Host: Southeastern Conference)
FleetCenter, Boston, Massachusetts (Host: Boston College)
Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, Tennessee (Host: Vanderbilt University)
St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida (Host: University of South Florida)

The regional final sites were:

March 27 and 29
Midwest Regional, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota (Host: University of Minnesota)
West Regional, Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, Anaheim, California (Host: Big West Conference)
March 28 and 30
East Regional, Pepsi Arena, Albany, New York (Host: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Siena College)
South Regional, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (Host: University of Texas at San Antonio)

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four at the Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana, hosted by the Sun Belt Conference and the University of New Orleans. The semi-final games were held on April 5 and the final on April 7, 2003.

Teams

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Elite Eight 3 Syracuse L 63-47
East 2 Wake Forest Skip Prosser Round of 32 10 Auburn L 68-62
East 3 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Champion 2 Kansas W 81-78
East 4 Louisville Rick Pitino Round of 32 12 Butler L 79-71
East 5 Mississippi State Rick Stansbury Round of 64 12 Butler L 47-46
East 6 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Round of 32 3 Syracuse L 68-56
East 7 Saint Joseph's Phil Martelli Round of 64 10 Auburn L 65-63
East 8 California Ben Braun Round of 32 1 Oklahoma L 74-65
East 9 North Carolina State Herb Sendek Round of 64 8 California L 76-74
East 10 Auburn Cliff Ellis Sweet Sixteen 3 Syracuse L 79-78
East 11 Pennsylvania Fran Dunphy Round of 64 6 Oklahoma State L 77-63
East 12 Butler Todd Lickliter Sweet Sixteen 1 Oklahoma L 65-54
East 13 Austin Peay Dave Loos Round of 64 4 Louisville L 86-64
East 14 Manhattan Bobby Gonzalez Round of 64 3 Syracuse L 76-65
East 15 East Tennessee State Ed DeChellis Round of 64 2 Wake Forest L 76-73
East 16 South Carolina State Cy Alexander Round of 64 1 Oklahoma L 71-54
Midwest
Midwest 1 Kentucky Tubby Smith Elite Eight 3 Marquette L 83-69
Midwest 2 Pittsburgh Ben Howland Sweet Sixteen 3 Marquette L 77-74
Midwest 3 Marquette Tom Crean National Semifinals 2 Kansas L 94-61
Midwest 4 Dayton Oliver Purnell Round of 64 13 Tulsa L 84-71
Midwest 5 Wisconsin Bo Ryan Sweet Sixteen 1 Kentucky L 63-57
Midwest 6 Missouri Quin Snyder Round of 32 3 Marquette L 101-92
Midwest 7 Indiana Mike Davis Round of 32 2 Pittsburgh L 74-52
Midwest 8 Oregon Ernie Kent Round of 64 9 Utah L 60-58
Midwest 9 Utah Rick Majerus Round of 32 1 Kentucky L 74-54
Midwest 10 Alabama Mark Gottfried Round of 64 7 Indiana L 67-62
Midwest 11 Southern Illinois Bruce Weber Round of 64 6 Missouri L 72-71
Midwest 12 Weber State Joe Cravens Round of 64 5 Wisconsin L 81-74
Midwest 13 Tulsa John Phillips Round of 32 5 Wisconsin L 61-60
Midwest 14 Holy Cross Ralph Willard Round of 64 3 Marquette L 72-68
Midwest 15 Wagner Dereck Whittenburg Round of 64 2 Pittsburgh L 87-61
Midwest 16 IUPUI Ron Hunter Round of 64 1 Kentucky L 95-64
South
South 1 Texas Rick Barnes National Semifinals 3 Syracuse L 95-84
South 2 Florida Billy Donovan Round of 32 7 Michigan State L 68-46
South 3 Xavier Thad Matta Round of 32 6 Maryland L 77-64
South 4 Stanford Mike Montgomery Round of 32 5 Connecticut L 85-74
South 5 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Sweet Sixteen 1 Texas L 82-78
South 6 Maryland Gary Williams Sweet Sixteen 7 Michigan State L 60-58
South 7 Michigan State Tom Izzo Elite Eight 1 Texas L 85-76
South 8 LSU John Brady Round of 64 9 Purdue L 80-56
South 9 Purdue Gene Keady Round of 32 1 Texas L 77-67
South 10 Colorado Ricardo Patton Round of 64 7 Michigan State L 79-64
South 11 UNC-Wilmington Brad Brownell Round of 64 6 Maryland L 75-73
South 12 BYU Steve Cleveland Round of 64 5 Connecticut L 58-53
South 13 San Diego Brad Holland Round of 64 4 Stanford L 77-69
South 14 Troy Don Maestri Round of 64 3 Xavier L 71-59
South 15 Sam Houston State Bob Marlin Round of 64 2 Florida L 85-55
South 16 UNC-Asheville Eddie Biedenbach Round of 64 1 Texas L 82-61
South 16 Texas Southern Ronnie Courtney Preliminary Round 16 UNC-Asheville L 92-84
West
West 1 Arizona Lute Olson Elite Eight 2 Kansas L 78-75
West 2 Kansas Roy Williams Runner Up 3 Syracuse L 81-78
West 3 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Sweet Sixteen 2 Kansas L 69-65
West 4 Illinois Bill Self Round of 32 5 Notre Dame L 68-60
West 5 Notre Dame Mike Brey Sweet Sixteen 1 Arizona L 88-71
West 6 Creighton Dana Altman Round of 64 11 Central Michigan L 79-73
West 7 Memphis John Calipari Round of 64 10 Arizona State L 84-71
West 8 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Round of 64 9 Gonzaga L 74-69
West 9 Gonzaga Mark Few Round of 32 1 Arizona L 96-95
West 10 Arizona State Rob Evans Round of 32 2 Kansas L 108-76
West 11 Central Michigan Jay Smith Round of 32 3 Duke L 86-60
West 12 UW–Milwaukee Bruce Pearl Round of 64 5 Notre Dame L 70-69
West 13 Western Kentucky Dennis Felton Round of 64 4 Illinois L 65-60
West 14 Colorado State Dale Layer Round of 64 3 Duke L 67-57
West 15 Utah State Stew Morrill Round of 64 2 Kansas L 64-61
West 16 Vermont Tom Brennan Round of 64 1 Arizona L 80-51

Bids by conference

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
6 Big 12, SEC
5 Big Ten, Pac-10
4 ACC, Big East, C-USA
3 Atlantic 10, Mountain West
2 Horizon, Missouri Valley, WCC
1 19 others

Final four

The Louisiana Superdome was host of the Final Four and National Championship in 2003.

At Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans

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National Semifinals

  • April 5, 2003
    Freshman Carmelo Anthony scored 33 points leading the Syracuse Orangemen past the Texas Longhorns in the night cap of the National Semifinal doubleheader. Syracuse opened up a comfortable 2nd half lead, but that was trimmed to four with just 1:08 remaining. However, freshman Gerry McNamara iced the game with clutch foul shooting in the final minutes. The win put Syracuse and coach Jim Boeheim one win away from their first ever National Championship. Texas was the last number one seed remaining in the tournament.[1]

Championship Game

  • April 7, 2003
    This battle was described as which future hall of fame coach would win his first ever national title. Jim Boeheim was in his 27th season as Syracuse head coach, and Roy Williams was in his fifteenth season as Kansas head coach. Both had been disappointed with previous championship game losses (Boeheim: 1987,1996 Williams: 1991). Syracuse dominated with a hot shooting first half to lead by 11 at the break. Gerry McNamara connected on an impressive six three-pointers in the half, which were his 18 points for the game. Kansas fought back to within 80-78 in the final minute and had a chance to tie after Hakim Warrick missed a pair of free throws in the final moments. Warrick would more than atone for his missed foul shots as he came out of nowhere to block Michael Lee's three point attempt with 0.7 on the game clock. After Kirk Hinrich's three-pointer at the buzzer went over the net, Syracuse's victory gave them their first ever national championship, and coach Jim Boeheim the championship he had been chasing all his years at Syracuse. After they won, Coach Boeheim is seen on the sideline actually happy, a true accomplishment in his amazing career. Carmelo Anthony was named Most Outstanding Player (MOP) with 20 points in the win. Syracuse also avenged a second-round loss to Kansas two years earlier.[3]

Bracket

East region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Oklahoma 71  
16  South Carolina St 54  
  1  Oklahoma 74  
Oklahoma City
  8  California 65  
8  California 76
9  North Carolina State 74*  
  1  Oklahoma 65  
  12  Butler 54  
5  Mississippi St 46  
12  Butler 47  
  12  Butler 79
Birmingham
  4  Louisville 71  
4  Louisville 86
13  Austin Peay 64  
  1  Oklahoma 47
  3  Syracuse 63
6  Oklahoma St 77  
11  Pennsylvania 63  
  6  Oklahoma St 56
Boston
  3  Syracuse 68  
3  Syracuse 76
14  Manhattan 65  
  3  Syracuse 79
  10  Auburn 78  
7  Saint Joseph's 63*  
10  Auburn 65  
  10  Auburn 68
Tampa
  2  Wake Forest 62  
2  Wake Forest 76
15  East Tennessee St 73  

South region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Texas 82  
16  UNC-Asheville 61  
  1  Texas 77  
Birmingham
  9  Purdue 67  
8  LSU 56
9  Purdue 80  
  1  Texas 82  
  5  Connecticut 78  
5  Connecticut 58  
12  BYU 53  
  5  Connecticut 85
Spokane
  4  Stanford 74  
4  Stanford 77
13  San Diego 69  
  1  Texas 85
  7  Michigan St 76
6  Maryland 75  
11  UNC-Wilmington 73  
  6  Maryland 77
Nashville
  3  Xavier 64  
3  Xavier 71
14  Troy St 59  
  6  Maryland 58
  7  Michigan St 60  
7  Michigan St 79  
10  Colorado 64  
  7  Michigan St 68
Tampa
  2  Florida 46  
2  Florida 85
15  Sam Houston St 55  

Midwest region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Kentucky 95  
16  IUPUI 64  
  1  Kentucky 74  
Nashville
  9  Utah 54  
8  Oregon 58
9  Utah 60  
  1  Kentucky 63  
  5  Wisconsin 57  
5  Wisconsin 81  
12  Weber St 74  
  5  Wisconsin 61
Spokane
  13  Tulsa 60  
4  Dayton 71
13  Tulsa 84  
  1  Kentucky 69
  3  Marquette 83
6  Missouri 72  
11  Southern Illinois 71  
  6  Missouri 92*
Indianapolis
  3  Marquette 101  
3  Marquette 72
14  Holy Cross 68  
  3  Marquette 77
  2  Pittsburgh 74  
7  Indiana 67  
10  Alabama 62  
  7  Indiana 52
Boston
  2  Pittsburgh 74  
2  Pittsburgh 87
15  Wagner 61  

West region

  First round Second round Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight
                                     
1  Arizona 80  
16  Vermont 51  
  1  Arizona 96**  
Salt Lake City
  9  Gonzaga 95  
8  Cincinnati 69
9  Gonzaga 74  
  1  Arizona 88  
  5  Notre Dame 71  
5  Notre Dame 70  
12  UW–Milwaukee 69  
  5  Notre Dame 68
Indianapolis
  4  Illinois 60  
4  Illinois 65
13  Western Kentucky 60  
  1  Arizona 75
  2  Kansas 78
6  Creighton 73  
11  Central Michigan 79  
  11  Central Michigan 60
Salt Lake City
  3  Duke 86  
3  Duke 67
14  Colorado St 57  
  3  Duke 65
  2  Kansas 69  
7  Memphis 71  
10  Arizona St 84  
  10  Arizona St 76
Oklahoma City
  2  Kansas 108  
2  Kansas 64
15  Utah St 61  

Final four

  National Semifinals National Championship Game
                 
E3  Syracuse 95  
S1  Texas 84  
    E3  Syracuse 81
  W2  Kansas 78
M3  Marquette 61
W2  Kansas 94  

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