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1989 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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MOP  Glen Rice Michigan
Teams  64
Finals site  Kingdome
Dates  16 Mar 1989 – 3 Apr 1989
Attendance  613,242
1989 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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

  • Atlanta (Omni Coliseum)
  • Boise, Idaho (BSU Pavilion)
  • Dallas (Reunion Arena)
  • Greensboro, North Carolina (Greensboro Coliseum)
  • Indianapolis (Hoosier Dome)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (Memorial Gymnasium)
  • Providence, Rhode Island (Providence Civic Center)
  • Tucson, Arizona (McKale Center)
  • Bracket

    * – Denotes overtime period

    Final Four @ Seattle

    (* – Denotes Overtime)


    CBS Sports

  • Jim Nantz & James Brown served as studio hosts.
  • Brent Musburger and Billy Packer – First Round (DePaul–Memphis State) at Boise, Idaho; Second Round at Indianapolis, Indiana and Atlanta, Georgia; East Regionals at East Rutherford, New Jersey; Final Four at Seattle, Washington
  • Dick Stockton and Bill Raftery – Second Round at Greensboro, North Carolina and Dallas, Texas; West Regionals at Denver, Colorado
  • Tim Brant and Len Elmore – Second Round at Boise, Idaho; Southeast Regionals at Lexington, Kentucky
  • Verne Lundquist and Tom Heinsohn – First Round (Louisiana State–UTEP) and Second Round at Tucson, Arizona; Midwest Regionals at Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Steve Zabriskie and Curry Kirkpatrick – Second Round at Nashville, Tennessee
  • Greg Gumbel and Quinn Buckner – Second Round at Providence, Rhode Island
  • ESPN and NCAA Productions

  • Tim Brando (NCAA Tournament Today) and John Saunders (NCAA Tournament Tonight) served as studio hosts and Dick Vitale served as studio analyst.
  • Bob Carpenter and Quinn Buckner – First Round (South Carolina–North Carolina State) & (Notre Dame–Vanderbilt) at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mike Gorman and Ron Perry – First Round (Rutgers–Iowa) & (Princeton–Georgetown) at Providence, Rhode Island
  • Mike Patrick and Dan Bonner – First Round (Minnesota–Kansas State) & (South Carolina State–Duke) at Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Bob Rathbun and Bucky Waters – First Round (Siena–Stanford) & (Tennessee–West Virginia) at Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Tom Hammond and Clark Kellogg – First Round (UALR–Louisville) & (Ball State–Pittsburgh) at Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Mick Hubert and Jim Gibbons – First Round (Loyola Marymount–Arkansas) & (McNeese State–Illinois) at Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Ron Franklin – First Round (Bucknell–Syracuse) & (Texas–Georgia Tech) at Dallas, Texas
  • Frank Fallon and Bob Ortegel – First Round (Colorado State–Florida) & (Creighton–Missouri) at Dallas, Texas
  • – First Round (Louisiana Tech–LaSalle) & (Middle Tennessee State–Florida State) at Nashville, Tennessee
  • John Sanders and Gary Thompson – First Round (East Tennessee State–Oklahoma) & (Providence–Virginia) at Nashville, Tennessee
  • Ralph Hacker and Dan Belluomini – First Round (Xavier–Michigan) & (Iowa State–UCLA) at Atlanta, Georgia
  • Fred White and Larry Conley – First Round (South Alabama–Alabama) & (Southern–North Carolina) at Atlanta, Georgia
  • Brad Nessler and Irv Brown – First Round (Robert Morris–Arizona) at Boise, Idaho
  • Ted Robinson and – First Round (Clemson–St. Mary's) & (Idaho–UNLV) at Boise, Idaho
  • Pete Solomon and Bob Elliott – First Round (Evansville–Oregon State) at Tucson, Arizona
  • Barry Tompkins and Bruce Larson – First Round (SW Missouri State–Seton Hall) & (George Mason–Indiana) at Tucson, Arizona
  • First and second rounds

    CBS Radio


  • – East Regionals at East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • – Midwest Regionals at Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • – Southeast Regionals at Lexington, Kentucky
  • Ted Robinson and – West Regionals at Denver, Colorado
  • Final Four

  • – at Seattle, Washington
  • References

    1989 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia