1999 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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1999 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1999 Final Four logo
1999 Final Four logo
Season1998–99
Teams64
Finals siteTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
ChampionsConnecticut (1st title)
Runner-upDuke (8th title game)
SemifinalistsMichigan State (3rd Final Four)
Ohio State (Vacated) (9th Final Four)
Winning coachJim Calhoun (1st title)
MOPRichard Hamilton Connecticut
Attendance720,685
Top scorerRichard Hamilton Connecticut
(145 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1998 2000»
 
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1999 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
1999 Final Four logo
1999 Final Four logo
Season1998–99
Teams64
Finals siteTropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
ChampionsConnecticut (1st title)
Runner-upDuke (8th title game)
SemifinalistsMichigan State (3rd Final Four)
Ohio State (Vacated) (9th Final Four)
Winning coachJim Calhoun (1st title)
MOPRichard Hamilton Connecticut
Attendance720,685
Top scorerRichard Hamilton Connecticut
(145 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1998 2000»

The 1999 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 11, 1999, and ended with the championship game on March 29 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. A total of 63 games were played. This year's Final Four was the first—and so far, only—to be held in a baseball-specific facility, as Tropicana Field is home to the Tampa Bay Rays (then known as the Devil Rays).

The Final Four consisted of Connecticut, making their first ever Final Four appearance, Ohio State, making their ninth Final Four appearance and first since 1968, Michigan State, making their third Final Four appearance and first since their 1979 national championship, and Duke, the overall number one seed and making their first Final Four appearance since losing the national championship game in 1994.

In the national championship game, Connecticut defeated Duke 77-74 to win their first ever national championship, snapping Duke's 32-game winning streak. Duke nonetheless tied the record for most games won during a single season, with 37, which they co-held until Kentucky's 38-win season in 2011-2012(The 2007-08 Memphis team actually broke this record first, but the team was later forced to forfeit their entire season due to eligibility issues surrounding the team).

Richard "Rip" Hamilton of Connecticut was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. This was a significant victory for the program, as it cemented Connecticut's reputation as a true basketball power after decades of barely missing the Final Four.

This tournament is also historically notable as the coming-out party for Gonzaga as a rising mid-major power. The Bulldogs became the nation's basketball darlings during a run to the West Regional final in which they defeated three major-conference powers, including 1998 Final Four participant Stanford, and took UConn literally to the last minute before losing. Gonzaga has made every NCAA tournament since then, and is now generally considered to be a high-major program despite its mid-major conference affiliation.

Due to violations committed by Ohio State head coach Jim O'Brien, the Buckeyes were forced to vacate their appearance in the 1999 Final Four.[1]

Locations[edit]

First and Second Rounds[edit]

Later Rounds[edit]

RegionSite
EastEast Rutherford, New Jersey (Continental Airlines Arena)
MidwestSt. Louis, Missouri (Trans World Dome)
SouthKnoxville, Tennessee (Thompson–Boling Arena)
WestPhoenix, Arizona (America West Arena)
FinalsSt. Petersburg, Florida (Tropicana Field)

Teams[edit]

RegionSeedTeamCoachFinishedFinal OpponentScore
East
East1DukeMike KrzyzewskiRunner Up1 ConnecticutL 77-74
East2MiamiLeonard HamiltonRound of 3210 PurdueL 73-63
East3CincinnatiBob HugginsRound of 326 TempleL 64-54
East4TennesseeJerry GreenRound of 3212 Southwest Missouri StateL 81-51
East5WisconsinDick BennettRound of 6412 Southwest Missouri StateL 43-32
East6TempleJohn ChaneyRegional Runner-up1 DukeL 85-64
East7TexasRick BarnesRound of 6410 PurdueL 58-54
East8College of CharlestonJohn KresseRound of 649 TulsaL 62-53
East9TulsaBill SelfRound of 321 DukeL 97-56
East10PurdueGene KeadySweet Sixteen6 TempleL 77-55
East11Kent StateGary WatersRound of 646 TempleL 61-54
East12Southwest Missouri StateSteve AlfordSweet Sixteen1 DukeL 78-61
East13DelawareMike BreyRound of 644 TennesseeL 62-52
East14George MasonJim LarranagaRound of 643 CincinnatiL 72-48
East15LafayetteFran O'HanlonRound of 642 Miami, FloridaL 75-54
East16Florida A&MMickey ClaytonRound of 641 DukeL 99-58
Midwest
Midwest1Michigan StateTom IzzoNational Semifinals1 DukeL 68-62
Midwest2UtahRick MajerusRound of 3210 Miami, OhioL 66-58
Midwest3KentuckyTubby SmithRegional Runner-up1 Michigan StateL 73-66
Midwest4ArizonaLute OlsonRound of 6413 OklahomaL 61-60
Midwest5CharlotteBobby LutzRound of 3213 OklahomaL 85-72
Midwest6KansasRoy WilliamsRound of 323 KentuckyL 92-88
Midwest7WashingtonBob BenderRound of 6410 Miami, OhioL 59-58
Midwest8VillanovaSteve LappasRound of 649 MississippiL 72-70
Midwest9Ole MissRod BarnesRound of 321 Michigan StateL 74-66
Midwest10Miami, OhioCharlie ColesSweet Sixteen3 KentuckyL 58-43
Midwest11EvansvilleJim CrewsRound of 646 KansasL 95-74
Midwest12Rhode IslandJim HarrickRound of 645 CharlotteL 81-70
Midwest13OklahomaKelvin SampsonSweet Sixteen1 Michigan StateL 54-46
Midwest14New Mexico StateLou HensonRound of 643 KentuckyL 82-60
Midwest15Arkansas StateDickey NuttRound of 642 UtahL 80-58
Midwest16Mount St. Mary'sJim PhelanRound of 641 Michigan StateL 76-53
South
South1AuburnCliff EllisSweet Sixteen4 Ohio StateL 72-64
South2MarylandGary WilliamsSweet Sixteen3 St. John'sL 76-62
South3St. John'sMike JarvisRegional Runner-up4 Ohio StateL 77-74
South4Ohio State (Vacated)Jim O'BrienNational Semifinals1 ConnecticutL 64-58
South5UCLA (Vacated)Steve LavinRound of 6412 DetroitL 56-53
South6IndianaBob KnightRound of 323 St. John'sL 86-61
South7LouisvilleDenny CrumRound of 6410 CreightonL 62-58
South8SyracuseJim BoeheimRound of 649 Oklahoma StateL 69-61
South9Oklahoma StateEddie SuttonRound of 321 AuburnL 81-74
South10CreightonDana AltmanRound of 322 MarylandL 75-63
South11George WashingtonTom PendersRound of 646 IndianaL 108-88
South12DetroitPerry WatsonRound of 324 Ohio StateL 75-44
South13Murray StateTevester AndersonRound of 644 Ohio StateL 72-58
South14SamfordJimmy TilletteRound of 643 St. John'sL 69-43
South15ValparaisoHomer DrewRound of 642 MarylandL 82-60
South16WinthropGregg MarshallRound of 641 AuburnL 80-41
West
West1ConnecticutJim CalhounChampion1 DukeW 77-74
West2StanfordMike MontgomeryRound of 3210 GonzagaL 82-74
West3North CarolinaBill GuthridgeRound of 6414 Weber StateL 76-74
West4ArkansasNolan RichardsonRound of 325 IowaL 82-72
West5IowaTom DavisSweet Sixteen1 ConnecticutL 78-68
West6FloridaBilly DonovanSweet Sixteen10 GonzagaL 73-72
West7MinnesotaClem HaskinsRound of 6410 GonzagaL 75-63
West8MissouriNorm StewartRound of 649 New MexicoL 61-59
West9New MexicoDave BlissRound of 321 ConnecticutL 78-56
West10GonzagaDan MonsonRegional Runner-up1 ConnecticutL 67-62
West11PennFran DunphyRound of 646 FloridaL 75-61
West12UABMurry BartowRound of 645 IowaL 77-64
West13SienaPaul HewittRound of 644 ArkansasL 94-80
West14Weber StateRon AbegglenRound of 326 FloridaL 82-74
West15Alcorn StateDavey WhitneyRound of 642 StanfordL 69-57
West16Texas-San AntonioTim CarterRound of 641 ConnecticutL 91-66

Bids by conference[edit]

Bids by Conference
BidsConference(s)
7Big Ten
6SEC
5Big 12, Big East
4C-USA, Pac-10
3Atlantic 10, ACC, Missouri Valley, WAC
2Mid-American
119 others

Bracket[edit]

East region[edit]

Round of 16QuarterfinalsRegional SemifinalsRegional Finals
            
1Duke99
16Florida A&M58
1Duke97
9Tulsa56
8College of Charleston53
9Tulsa62
1Duke78
12SW Missouri St.61
5Wisconsin32
12SW Missouri St.43
12SW Missouri St.81
4Tennessee51
4Tennessee62
13Delaware52
1Duke85
6Temple64
6Temple61
11Kent St.54
6Temple64
3Cincinnati54
3Cincinnati72
14George Mason48
6Temple77
10Purdue55
7Texas54
10Purdue58
10Purdue73
2Miami-FL63
2Miami-FL75
15Lafayette54

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 21
#1 Duke Blue Devils 85, #6 Temple Owls 64
Pts: T. Langdon - 23
Rebs: E. Brand - 8
Asts: C. Carrawell - 7
Pts: L. Barnes, M. Karcher - 19
Rebs: L. Barnes - 8
Asts: P. Sanchez - 4
Halftime Score: Duke, 43-31
Continental Airlines Arena - East Rutherford, NJ
Attendance: 19,557
Referees: Frankie Bourdeaux, Ted Valentine, Scott Thornley

Midwest region[edit]

Round of 16QuarterfinalsRegional SemifinalsRegional Finals
            
1Michigan State76
16Mount St. Mary's53
1Michigan State74
9Ole Miss66
8Villanova70
9Ole Miss72
1Michigan State54
13Oklahoma46
5Charlotte81
12Rhode Island70
5Charlotte72
13Oklahoma85
4Arizona60
13Oklahoma61
1Michigan State73
3Kentucky66
6Kansas95
11Evansville74
6Kansas88
3Kentucky92*
3Kentucky82
14New Mexico State60
3Kentucky58
10Miami-OH43
7Washington58
10Miami-OH59
10Miami-OH66
2Utah58
2Utah80
15Arkansas State58

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Sunday, March 21
#1 Michigan State Spartans 73, #3 Kentucky 66
Pts: M. Peterson - 19
Rebs: M. Peterson - 10
Asts: M. Cleaves - 7
Pts: H. Evans, T. Prince - 12
Rebs: H. Evans - 6
Asts: W. Turner - 8
Halftime Score: Kentucky, 36-35
Trans World Dome - St. Louis, MO
Attendance: 42,519
Referees: Jim Burr, Bob Donato, Reggie Greenwood

South region[edit]

Round of 16QuarterfinalsRegional SemifinalsRegional Finals
            
1Auburn80
16Winthrop41
1Auburn81
9Oklahoma State74
8Syracuse61
9Oklahoma State69
1Auburn63
4Ohio State72
5UCLA53
12Detroit56
12Detroit44
4Ohio State75
4Ohio State72
13Murray State58
4Ohio State77
3St. John's74
6Indiana108
11George Washington88
6Indiana61
3St. John's86
3St. John's69
14Samford43
3St. John's76
2Maryland62
7Louisville58
10Creighton62
10Creighton63
2Maryland75
2Maryland82
15Valparaiso60

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 20
#4 Ohio State Buckeyes 77, #3 St. John's Red Storm 74
Pts: S. Penn - 22
Rebs: S. Penn - 8
Asts: S. Penn - 8
Pts: L. Postell - 24
Rebs: L. Postell, R. Artest - 9
Asts: E. Barkley - 7
Halftime Score: Ohio State, 41-33
Thompson-Boling Arena - Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 24,248
Referees: Dave Libbey, Gene Monje, Mark Whitehead

West region[edit]

Round of 16QuarterfinalsRegional SemifinalsRegional Finals
            
1Connecticut91
16Texas-San Antonio66
1Connecticut78
9New Mexico56
8Missouri59
9New Mexico61
1Connecticut78
5Iowa68
5Iowa77
12UAB64
5Iowa82
4Arkansas72
4Arkansas94
13Siena80
1Connecticut67
10Gonzaga62
6Florida75
11Pennsylvania61
6Florida82
14Weber State74*
3North Carolina74
14Weber State76
6Florida72
10Gonzaga73
7Minnesota63
10Gonzaga75
10Gonzaga82
2Stanford74
2Stanford69
15Alcorn State57

Regional Final Summary[edit]

CBS
Saturday, March 20
#1 Connecticut Huskies 67, #10 Gonzaga 62
Pts: R. Hamilton - 21
Rebs: K. Freeman - 15
Asts: K. El-Amin - 4
Pts: Q. Hall - 18
Rebs: Q. Hall, C. Calvary - 8
Asts: M. Santangelo, R. Floyd, R. Frahm - 2
Halftime Score: Gonzaga, 32-31
Wells Fargo Arena - Phoenix, AZ
Attendance: 18,053
Referees: Mike Patterson, Larry Rose, Bobby Hunt

Final Four[edit]

National SemifinalsNational Championship Game
      
E1Duke68
M1Michigan State62
E1Duke74
W1Connecticut77
S4Ohio State58
W1Connecticut64

Game Summaries[edit]

Final Four[edit]

CBS
March 27
5:00 pm
#1 Connecticut Huskies 64, #4 Ohio State Buckeyes 58
Pts: R. Hamilton 24
Rebs: Ricky Moore 8
Asts: K. El-Amin 6
Pts: M. Redd 15
Rebs: M. Redd 8
Asts: J. Singleton, S. Penn 4
Halftime Score: Connecticut, 36-35
Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL
Attendance: 41,340
Referees: Jim Burr, Larry Rose, Mark Whitehead
CBS
March 27
8:00 pm
#1 Duke Blue Devils 68, #1 Michigan State Spartans 62
Pts: E. Brand 18
Rebs: E. Brand 15
Asts: T. Langdon 3
Pts: M. Peterson 15
Rebs: A. Smith 10
Asts: M. Cleaves 10
Halftime Score: Duke, 32-20
Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL
Attendance: 41,340
Referees: Dave Libbey, Curtis Shaw, John Cahill

National Championship[edit]

CBS
March 29
9:00 pm
#1 Connecticut Huskies 77, #1 Duke Blue Devils 74
Pts: R. Hamilton 27
Rebs: Ricky Moore, K. Freeman 8
Asts: K. El-Amin 4
Pts: T. Langdon 25
Rebs: E. Brand 13
Asts: W. Avery 5
Halftime Score: Duke, 39-37
Tropicana Field - St. Petersburg, FL
Attendance: 41,340
Referees: Tim Higgins, Gerald Boudreaux, Scott Thornley

Announcers[edit]

Additional Notes[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jim O'Brien - Firing controversy (references included)
  2. ^ "Men's College Basketball 1998 - 1999 Chi Square Linear WL - SD". Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Gold Sheet College Basketball Log". Archived from the original on 10 April 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2010.