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2004 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
2004 Final Four logo
2004 Final Four logo
Season 2003–04
Teams 65
Finals Site Alamodome
San Antonio, Texas
Champions Connecticut (2nd title)
Runner-Up Georgia Tech (1st title game)
Semifinalists Duke (14th Final Four)
Oklahoma State (6th Final Four)
Winning Coach Jim Calhoun (2nd title)
MOP Emeka Okafor Connecticut
Attendance 716,899
Top scorer Ben Gordon Connecticut
(154 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«2003  2005»

The 2004 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 16, 2004, and ended with the championship game on April 5 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. A total of 64 games were played.

This was the first year in which the regional sites were referred to by the cities in which the games were held in instead of the "East", "Midwest", "South", and "West" designations. It was also the first year that the matchups for the national semifinals were determined at least in part by the overall seeding of the top team in each regional. The top four teams in the tournament were Kentucky, Duke, Stanford, and Saint Joseph's. Had all of those teams advanced to the Final Four, Kentucky would have played Saint Joseph's and Duke would have played Stanford in the semifinal games. Only Duke advanced to the Final Four, where it played and lost to Connecticut in the semifinals.

Connecticut, coached by Jim Calhoun, won the national title with an 82-73 victory in the final game over Georgia Tech, coached by Paul Hewitt. Emeka Okafor of Connecticut was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Contents

Locations

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Opening Round

First and Second Rounds

Later Rounds

Region Site
East Rutherford East Rutherford, New Jersey
St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri
Atlanta Atlanta, Georgia
Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona
Finals San Antonio, Texas

Qualifying Teams

East Region - East Rutherford
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 St. Joseph's Phil Martelli Atlantic 10 27-1 At-Large Bid
#2 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big 12 30-3 Tournament Champion
#3 Pittsburgh Jamie Dixon Big East 29-4 At-Large Bid
#4 Wake Forest Skip Prosser ACC 19-9 At-Large Bid
#5 Florida Billy Donovan SEC 20-10 At-Large Bid
#6 Wisconsin Bo Ryan Big Ten 24-6 Tournament Champion
#7 Memphis John Calipari C-USA 21-7 At-Large Bid
#8 Texas Tech Bob Knight Big 12 23-11 At-Large Bid
#9 UNC Charlotte Bobby Lutz C-USA 21-8 At-Large Bid
#10 South Carolina Dave Odom SEC 23-10 At-Large Bid
#11 Richmond Jerry Wainwright Atlantic 10 20-12 At-Large Bid
#12 Manhattan Bobby Gonzalez MAAC 24-5 Tournament Champion
#13 Virginia Commonwealth Jeff Capel CAA 23-7 Tournament Champion
#14 Central Florida Kirk Speraw Atlantic Sun 24-5 Tournament Champion
#15 Eastern Washington Ray Giacoletti Big Sky 16-12 Tournament Champion
#16 Liberty Randy Dunton Big South 17-14 Tournament Champion
Midwest Region - St. Louis
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Kentucky Tubby Smith SEC 26-4 Tournament Champion
#2 Gonzaga Mark Few WCC 27-2 Tournament Champion
#3 Georgia Tech Paul Hewitt ACC 23-9 At-Large Bid
#4 Kansas Bill Self Big 12 22-9 At-Large Bid
#5 Providence Tim Welsh Big East 20-8 At-Large Bid
#6 Boston College Al Skinner Big East 23-9 At-Large Bid
#7 Michigan State Tom Izzo Big Ten 18-11 At-Large Bid
#8 Washington Lorenzo Romar Pac-10 19-11 At-Large Bid
#9 UAB Mike Anderson C-USA 20-9 At-Large Bid
#10 Nevada Trent Johnson WAC 22-8 Tournament Champion
#11 Utah Kerry Rupp Mountain West 24-8 Tournament Champion
#12 Pacific Bob Thomason Big West 23-7 Tournament Champion
#13 UIC Jimmy Collins Horizon 24-7 Tournament Champion
#14 Northern Iowa Greg McDermott Missouri Valley 20-9 Tournament Champion
#15 Valparaiso Homer Drew Mid-Continent 17-12 Tournament Champion
Play-in Winner Florida A&M Mike Gillespie MEAC 14-16 Tournament Champion
Play-in Loser Lehigh Billy Taylor Patriot 18-10 Tournament Champion
South Region - Atlanta
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski ACC 27-5 At-Large Bid
#2 Mississippi State Rick Stansbury SEC 25-3 At-Large Bid
#3 Texas Rick Barnes Big 12 25-8 At-Large Bid
#4 Cincinnati Bob Huggins C-USA 24-6 Tournament Champion
#5 Illinois Bruce Weber Big Ten 24-6 At-Large Bid
#6 North Carolina Roy Williams ACC 18-10 At-Large Bid
#7 Xavier Thad Matta Atlantic 10 23-10 Tournament Champion
#8 Seton Hall Louis Orr Big East 19-9 At-Large Bid
#9 Arizona Lute Olson Pac-10 20-9 At-Large Bid
#10 Louisville Rick Pitino C-USA 20-9 At-Large Bid
#11 Air Force Joe Scott Mountain West 22-6 At-Large Bid
#12 Murray State Mick Cronin Ohio Valley 25-5 Tournament Champion
#13 East Tennessee State Murry Bartow SoCon 24-5 Tournament Champion
#14 Princeton John Thompson III Ivy 19-7 Regular Season Champion
#15 Monmouth Dave Calloway Northeast 21-11 Tournament Champion
#16 Alabama State Rob Spivery SWAC 16-14 Tournament Champion
West Region - Phoenix
Seed School Coach Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Stanford Mike Montgomery Pac-10 29-1 Tournament Champion
#2 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Big East 27-6 Tournament Champion
#3 North Carolina State Herb Sendek ACC 20-9 At-Large Bid
#4 Maryland Gary Williams ACC 19-11 Tournament Champion
#5 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Big East 21-7 At-Large Bid
#6 Vanderbilt Kevin Stallings SEC 21-9 At-Large Bid
#7 DePaul Dave Leitao C-USA 21-9 At-Large Bid
#8 Alabama Mark Gottfried SEC 17-12 At-Large Bid
#9 Southern Illinois Matt Painter Missouri Valley 25-4 At-Large Bid
#10 Dayton Brian Gregory Atlantic 10 24-8 At-Large Bid
#11 Western Michigan Steve Hawkins Mid-American 26-4 Tournament Champion
#12 Brigham Young Steve Cleveland Mountain West 19-8 At-Large Bid
#13 UTEP Billy Gillispie WAC 22-7 At-Large Bid
#14 Louisiana-Lafayette Jessie Evans Sun Belt 18-8 Tournament Champion
#15 Vermont Tom Brennan America East 22-8 Tournament Champion
#16 Texas-San Antonio Tim Carter Southland 16-12 Tournament Champion

Bids by conference

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference
6 ACC, Big East, C-USA, SEC
4 Atlantic 10, Big 12
3 Big Ten, Mountain West, Pac-10
2 Missouri Valley, WAC
1 20 others

Final four

The Alamodome was host of the Final Four and National Championship in 2004.

At Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

National Semifinals

  • April 3, 2004
    With the Connecticut Huskies trailing by 8 points with less than 3 minutes to go, it looked as if the Duke Blue Devils were going to spoil Jim Calhoun's chance at a second national title. Connecticut's All-American center Emeka Okafor was limited to just 22 minutes because of early foul trouble, but he came up clutch with several big plays down the stretch and finished with 18 points and only 3 fouls. By contrast, all three of Duke's centers fouled out, including Shelden Williams, who committed his fifth foul with 3:04 to play. In addition, Duke went without a field goal for the last 4 1/2 minutes until Chris Duhon's meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was denied his 65th NCAA Tournament victory which would have tied him with Dean Smith for the all-time record.[1]
  • Will Bynum's layup in the final moments kept the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets dream for a National Championship alive as they defeated the Oklahoma State Cowboys, in a nail-biter, in the first of the National Semifinal doubleheader. Georgia Tech led for most of the game including a seven-point edge at halftime. However, Oklahoma State was able to tie the game on John Lucas's three-pointer with 26.3 seconds left. Georgia Tech then milked the clock which set up Bynum's game-winner. Georgia Tech advanced to their first ever National Championship appearance. Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton was denied yet another chance at an elusive national title.[2]

National Championship Game

  • April 5, 2004
    The 2004 National Championship Game proved to be a coronation for the Connecticut Huskies as they handled Paul Hewitt's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Emeka Okafor led Connecticut with 24 points and was an easy choice for Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. Guard Ben Gordon added 21 points to Connecticut's cause. The victory gave Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun his second National Championship (1999).[3]

Brackets

East Regional

  First round
March 18-19
Second round
March 20-21
Regional semifinals
March 25
Regional finals
March 27
                                     
1  Saint Joseph's 82  
16  Liberty 63  
  1  Saint Joseph's 70  
Buffalo
  8  Texas Tech 65  
8  Texas Tech 76
9  UNC-Charlotte 73  
  1  Saint Joseph's 84  
  4  Wake Forest 80  
5  Florida 60  
12  Manhattan 75  
  12  Manhattan 80
Raleigh
  4  Wake Forest 84  
4  Wake Forest 79
13  Virginia Commonwealth 78  
  1  Saint Joseph's 62
  2  Oklahoma State 64
6  Wisconsin 76  
11  Richmond 64  
  6  Wisconsin 55
Milwaukee
  3  Pittsburgh 59  
3  Pittsburgh 53
14  Central Florida 44  
  3  Pittsburgh 51
  2  Oklahoma State 63  
7  Memphis 59  
10  South Carolina 43  
  7  Memphis 53
Kansas City
  2  Oklahoma State 70  
2  Oklahoma State 75
15  Eastern Washington 56  

Midwest Regional

  First round
March 18-19
Second round
March 20-21
Regional semifinals
March 26
Regional finals
March 28
                                     
1  Kentucky 96  
16  Florida A&M 76  
  1  Kentucky 75  
Columbus
  9  UAB 76  
8  Washington 100
9  UAB 102  
  9  UAB 74  
  4  Kansas 100  
5  Providence 58  
12  Pacific 66  
  12  Pacific 63
Kansas City
  4  Kansas 78  
4  Kansas 78
13  UIC 53  
  4  Kansas 71
  3  Georgia Tech 79*
6  Boston College 58  
11  Utah 51  
  6  Boston College 54
Milwaukee
  3  Georgia Tech 57  
3  Georgia Tech 65
14  Northern Iowa 60  
  3  Georgia Tech 72
  10  Nevada 67  
7  Michigan State 66  
10  Nevada 72  
  10  Nevada 91
Seattle
  2  Gonzaga 72  
2  Gonzaga 76
15  Valparaiso 49  

South Regional

  First round
March 18-19
Second round
March 20-21
Regional semifinals
March 26
Regional finals
March 28
                                     
1  Duke 96  
16  Alabama State 61  
  1  Duke 90  
Raleigh
  8  Seton Hall 62  
8  Seton Hall 80
9  Arizona 76  
  1  Duke 72  
  5  Illinois 62  
5  Illinois 72  
12  Murray State 53  
  5  Illinois 92
Columbus
  4  Cincinnati 68  
4  Cincinnati 80
13  East Tennessee State 77  
  1  Duke 66
  7  Xavier 63
6  North Carolina 63  
11  Air Force 52  
  6  North Carolina 75
Denver
  3  Texas 78  
3  Texas 66
14  Princeton 49  
  3  Texas 71
  7  Xavier 79  
7  Xavier 80  
10  Louisville 70  
  7  Xavier 89
Orlando
  2  Mississippi State 74  
2  Mississippi State 85
15  Monmouth 52  

West Regional

  First round
March 18-19
Second round
March 20-21
Regional semifinals
March 25
Regional finals
March 27
                                     
1  Stanford 71  
16  Texas-San Antonio 45  
  1  Stanford 67  
Seattle
  8  Alabama 70  
8  Alabama 65
9  Southern Illinois 64  
  8  Alabama 80  
  5  Syracuse 71  
5  Syracuse 80  
12  Brigham Young 75  
  5  Syracuse 72
Denver
  4  Maryland 70  
4  Maryland 86
13  UTEP 83  
  8  Alabama 71
  2  Connecticut 87
6  Vanderbilt 71  
11  Western Michigan 58  
  6  Vanderbilt 75
Orlando
  3  North Carolina State 73  
3  North Carolina State 61
14  Louisiana-Lafayette 52  
  6  Vanderbilt 53
  2  Connecticut 73  
7  DePaul 76*  
10  Dayton 69  
  7  DePaul 55
Buffalo
  2  Connecticut 72  
2  Connecticut 70
15  Vermont 53  

Final four

  National Semifinals
April 3
National Championship Game
April 5
                 
E2  Oklahoma State 65  
M3  Georgia Tech 67  
    M3  Georgia Tech 73
  W2  Connecticut 82
S1  Duke 78
W2  Connecticut 79  

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