|MOP Glen Rice Michigan|
Finals site Kingdome
|Dates 16 Mar 1989 – 3 Apr 1989|
|Champions Michigan (1st title, 3rd title game,
4th Final Four)|
Runner-up Seton Hall (1st title game, 1st Final Four)
Semifinalists Duke (7th Final Four) Illinois (4th Final Four)
Winning coach Steve Fisher (1st title)
Top scorer Glen Rice Michigan (184 points)
Champion Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
Similar 1990 NCAA Division I, 1992 NCAA Division I, 1985 NCAA Division I, 1996 NCAA Division I, 1997 NCAA Division I
The 1989 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 16, 1989, and ended with the championship game on April 3 in Seattle. A total of 63 games were played.
Michigan, coached by Steve Fisher, won the national title with an 80–79 overtime victory in the final game over Seton Hall, coached by P. J. Carlesimo. Glen Rice of Michigan set an NCAA tournament record by scoring 184 points in six games and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.
Just prior to the start of this tournament, Michigan coach Bill Frieder had announced that he would accept the head coaching position at Arizona State University at the end of the season. Michigan athletic director Bo Schembechler promptly fired Frieder and appointed top assistant Fisher as interim coach, stating famously, that "a Michigan man is going to coach a Michigan team."
Two 16-seeded teams came within one point of victory in the first round, and a third came with six points. This tournament was also unusual in that all four 11-seeds advanced out of the first round.
The 1989 Tournament was the second one since 1980, with 1987 being the first, in which the defending national champion did not participate in the tournament. Kansas, winner of the 1988 NCAA title, had been placed on probation for violations committed by former coach Larry Brown and was barred from the tournament. Brown left Kansas immediately after winning the national championship to return to coaching in the NBA with the San Antonio Spurs, leaving first-year coach Roy Williams to coach the team. It is the only time the Jayhawks have missed the NCAA tournament between 1984 and 2016. The defending champion would not be left out of the next year's tournament again until 2008. The tournament was notable for the poor performance of the SEC conference. With traditional stalwart Kentucky missing the postseason after experiencing its first losing season since 1927, none of the five SEC teams represented won its opening round game, hardly a performance expected by a purported power conference.
First and second rounds
* – Denotes overtime period
Final Four @ Seattle
(* – Denotes Overtime)
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First and second rounds