| Al McGuire (1st title)|
12 Mar 1977 – 28 Mar 1977
| Butch Lee Marquette|
| Marquette (1st title, 2nd title game,
2nd Final Four)|
North Carolina (4th title game,
7th Final Four)
UNLV (1st Final Four)
UNC Charlotte (1st Final Four)
Cedric Maxwell Charlotte
Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball
1972 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
The 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 American schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the National Champion of Men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on Saturday, March 12, 1977, and ended with the championship game on Monday, March 28 in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game. This was the final tournament in which teams were not seeded.
Marquette, coached by Al McGuire, won the national title with a 67–59 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Butch Lee of Marquette was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Publicly announcing his retirement during the middle of the season, McGuire retired as head coach immediately after the game. UNLV and UNC Charlotte (now known by the shorter "Charlotte") were third and fourth place, respectively. Marquette's seven losses were a record at the time for the most losses in a season by a national champion, exceeded four years later in 1981 by Indiana with nine.
All four regionals were played on Thursday and Saturday. The opening round the preceding weekend played twelve games on Saturday and four on Sunday.
1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Wikipedia
* – Denotes overtime period
Cole Field House - College Park, Maryland
First round games were played at Raleigh, North Carolina and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday, March 12.
Most of the excitement surrounding the Western Regional was the anticipated matchup between top 5 ranked teams UCLA and UNLV. UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian had lost 3 times in the tournament to UCLA while he was at Long Beach State, including a heartbreaking 57-55 loss in the 1971 West Regional final in which Long Beach State led by 11 in the second half. Many felt this UNLV team gave him the best opportunity to beat his longtime nemesis. But he never got the chance as UCLA was stunned in the regional semi final by unranked Idaho State. This was the first time since 1963 that UCLA made the tournament but failed to get to the Final Four. UNLV went on to easily beat Idaho State 107-90.
Marriott Center - Provo, Utah
First round games were played at Pocatello, Idaho and Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, March 12.
Rupp Arena - Lexington, Kentucky
First round games were played at Bloomington, Indiana and Baton Rouge, Louisiana on Sunday, March 13.
Myriad Convention Center - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
First round games were played at Omaha, Nebraska and Norman, Oklahoma on Saturday, March 12.
Omni Coliseum - Atlanta, Georgia