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1988 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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MOP  Danny Manning Kansas
Teams  64
Finals site  Kemper Arena
Dates  17 Mar 1988 – 4 Apr 1988
Attendance  558,998
1988 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Champions  Kansas (2nd title, 5th title game, 8th Final Four)
Runner-up  Oklahoma (2nd title game, 3rd Final Four)
Semifinalists  Arizona (1st Final Four) Duke (6th Final Four)
Winning coach  Larry Brown (1st title)
Top scorer  Danny Manning Kansas (163 points)
Champion  Kansas Jayhawks Men's Basketball
Similar  1990 NCAA Division I, 1987 NCAA Division I, 1992 NCAA Division I, 1985 NCAA Division I, 1982 NCAA Division I

The 1988 NCAA Division I Men's 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 17, 1988, and ended with the championship game on April 4 returning to Kansas City, Missouri for the 10th time. A total of 63 games were played.

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Kansas, coached by Larry Brown, won the national title with an 83–79 victory in the final game over Big Eight Conference rival Oklahoma, coached by Billy Tubbs. As of 2016, this was the last national championship game to feature two schools from the same conference. Danny Manning of Kansas was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Even though the Final Four was contested only 40 miles from its campus in Lawrence, Kansas, Kansas was considered a long shot against the top rated Sooners because Oklahoma had previously easily defeated the Jayhawks twice that season—at home in Norman, Oklahoma and on the road in Kansas' Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas's upset was the third biggest point-spread upset in Championship Game history. After this upset, the 1988 Kansas team was remembered as "Danny and the Miracles."

First and second rounds

  • Atlanta (Omni Coliseum)
  • Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Dean Smith Center)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (Riverfront Coliseum)
  • Hartford, Connecticut (Hartford Civic Center)
  • Lincoln, Nebraska (Bob Devaney Sports Center)
  • Los Angeles (Pauley Pavilion)
  • Salt Lake City (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
  • South Bend, Indiana (Edmund P. Joyce Center)
  • Teams

    (#) Kentucky was later stripped of its two NCAA tournament wins due to an ineligible player.

    Bracket

    * – Denotes overtime period

    Southeast Regional – Birmingham, Alabama

    (#) Kentucky was later stripped of its two NCAA tournament wins due to an ineligible player.

    Announcers

  • Brent Musburger and Billy Packer
  • Dick Stockton and Billy Cunningham
  • Tim Brant and Bill Raftery
  • Verne Lundquist and Tom Heinsohn
  • Tim Ryan and Curry Kirkpatrick
  • References

    1988 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia


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