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1993 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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Winning coach  Dean Smith (2nd title)
Teams  64
Finals site  Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Dates  18 Mar 1993 – 5 Apr 1993
Attendance  715,246
1993 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
Champions  North Carolina (3rd title, 6th title game, 11th Final Four)
Runner-up  Michigan (Vacated) (5th title game, 6th Final Four)
Semifinalists  Kansas (10th Final Four) Kentucky (10th Final Four)
MOP  Donald Williams North Carolina
Top scorer  Donald Williams North Carolina (118 points)
Champion  North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball
Similar  1992 NCAA Division I, 1995 NCAA Division I, 1997 NCAA Division I, 1999 NCAA Division I, 1996 NCAA Division I

The 1993 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 18, 1993, and ended with the championship game on April 5 in New Orleans, Louisiana. A total of 63 games were played.


North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith, won the national title with a 77–71 victory in the final game over Michigan, coached by Steve Fisher. Donald Williams of North Carolina was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. The most memorable play in the championship game came in the last seconds as Michigan's Chris Webber tried to call a timeout with his team down by 2 points when double-teamed by North Carolina. Michigan had already used all of its timeouts, so Webber's gaffe resulted in a technical foul. Michigan subsequently vacated its entire 1992–93 schedule, including its six NCAA Tournament games, after it emerged that Webber had received under-the-table payments from a booster.

In a game that featured two great individual battles (one between Bobby Hurley and Jason Kidd, and the other between Grant Hill and Lamond Murray), two-time defending champion Duke was upset in the second round by California.

This year's Final Four was the closest the tournament came to having all four top seeds advance to the semifinals until all four did advance in the 2008 tournament. Indiana University was the only top seed not to make it out of its regional; it was defeated by the 2-seed, the University of Kansas, in the Midwest regional finals. This tournament is also notable for the uneven distribution of first-round upsets. While there were no upsets in the East, one 'minor' upset in the Midwest (9th seed Xavier defeated 8th seed New Orleans; Xavier was the betting favorite at all sports books in Las Vegas), and one 'medium' upset in the Southeast (11th seed Tulane beat 6th seed Kansas State), the West featured three remarkable upsets amongst the top 5 seeds, with a 12, a 13, and a 15-seed advancing to the second round in that region. At the time, 15-seed Santa Clara's victory over 2-seed Arizona was only the second such upset, and following the 2016 tournament, is one of only eight times that a 15-seed defeated a 2-seed since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams.

First and second rounds

  • Indianapolis, Indiana (Hoosier Dome)
  • Nashville, Tennessee (Memorial Gym)
  • Orlando, Florida (Orlando Arena)
  • Rosemont, Illinois (Rosemont Horizon)
  • Salt Lake City, Utah (Jon M. Huntsman Center)
  • Syracuse, New York (Carrier Dome)
  • Tucson, Arizona (McKale Center)
  • Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum)
  • Final Four @ New Orleans, Louisiana

    * Michigan's entire 1992–93 schedule results were vacated, on November 7, 2002, as part of the settlement of the University of Michigan basketball scandal. Unlike forfeiture, a vacated game does not result in the other school being credited with a win, only with Michigan removing the wins from its own record.


  • James Brown/Jim Nantz and Billy Packer – Brown/Packer, First & Second Round at Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Nantz/Packer, West Regional at Seattle; Final Four at New Orleans
  • Dick Stockton and Al McGuire – First & Second Round at Indianapolis; Southeast Regional at Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Verne Lundquist and Clark Kellogg – First & Second Round at Rosemont, Illinois; East Regional at East Rutherford, New Jersey
  • James Brown and Bill Raftery – Midwest Regional at St. Louis
  • Greg Gumbel and Digger Phelps – First & Second Round at Tucson, Arizona
  • Sean McDonough and Derrek Dickey – First & Second Round at Orlando, Florida
  • Mike Gorman and Larry Farmer – First & Second Round at Salt Lake City
  • Mel Proctor and Dan Bonner – First & Second Round at Syracuse, New York
  • Tim Ryan and Ann Meyers – First & Second Round at Nashville, Tennessee
  • References

    1993 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia

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