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1997 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament

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Winning coach  Lute Olson (1st title)
Dates  13 Mar 1997 – 31 Mar 1997
Attendance  646,531
MOP  Miles Simon Arizona
Teams  64
Finals site  RCA Dome
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Champions  Arizona (1st title, 1st title game, 3rd Final Four)
Runner-up  Kentucky (9th title game, 12th Final Four)
Semifinalists  Minnesota (Vacated) (1st Final Four) North Carolina (13th Final Four)
Top scorer  Miles Simon Arizona (132 points)
Champion  Arizona Wildcats men's basketball
Similar  1998 NCAA Division I, 1995 NCAA Division I, 1999 NCAA Division I, 1993 NCAA Division I, 2001 NCAA Division I

The 1997 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 13, 1997, and ended with the championship game on March 31 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the RCA Dome. A total of 63 games were played.


The Final Four consisted of Kentucky Wildcats men's basketball, who entered the tournament as the defending national champions, Minnesota, making their first Final Four appearance, Arizona, making their third Final Four appearance and first since 1994, and North Carolina, making their thirteenth Final Four appearance and first since 1995.

In the national championship game, Arizona defeated Kentucky in overtime 84-79 to win their first national championship. For the second time in the last three seasons, the defending national champions reached the final game and lost.

Miles Simon of Arizona was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Several years later, Minnesota was stripped of its Final Four appearance following the discovery of NCAA academic rule violations. In addition, the Gophers were stripped of their Big Ten title they had also won.

Arizona also became the only school since the introduction of the 64-team bracket in 1985, to defeat three number 1 seeds in the tournament, having upset overall number one seed Kansas in addition to their two Final Four victories.

The tournament also saw the third victory by a #15 seed over a #2 seed, as Coppin State defeated South Carolina in their first round matchup. In addition, a #14 seed advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for only the second time, as Southeast Region #14 seed Tennessee-Chattanooga defeated both Georgia and Illinois.

First and second rounds

March 13 and 15
Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Host: Wake Forest University) The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan Pyramid Arena, Memphis, Tennessee
March 14 and 16
Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona (Host: University of Arizona)


March 20 and 22
Midwest Regional, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas West Regional, San Jose Arena, San Jose, California
March 21 and 23
East Regional, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York (Host: Syracuse University) Southeast Regional, BJCC Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

Final Four

March 29 and 31
RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana


  • *Overtime game
  • Final Four @ Indianapolis, Indiana

  • *Overtime Game
  • Announcers

  • Jim Nantz and Billy Packer – First & Second Round at Tucson, AZ; Southeast Regional at Birmingham, AL; Final Four at Indianapolis, IN
  • Sean McDonough and Bill Raftery – First & Second Round at Winston-Salem, NC; West Regional at San Jose, CA
  • Tim Ryan and Al McGuire – First & Second Round at Memphis, TN; Midwest Regional at San Antonio, TX
  • Gus Johnson and Quinn Buckner – First & Second Round at Auburn Hills, MI; East Regional at Syracuse, NY
  • Tim Brando and George Raveling – First & Second Round at Charlotte, NC
  • Mike Gorman and Jon Sundvold – First & Second Round at Pittsburgh, PA
  • Ted Robinson and Derrek Dickey – First & Second Round at Kansas City, MO
  • Gary Thorne and Dan Bonner – First & Second Round at Salt Lake City, UT
  • References

    1997 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Wikipedia