1977 NCAA Championship

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The 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 32 American schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the National Champion of Men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It began on March 12, 1977, and ended with the championship game on March 28 in Atlanta, Georgia. A total of 32 games were played, including a national third place game. This was the final tournament in which teams were not seeded.

Marquette, coached by Al McGuire, won the national title with a 67–59 victory in the final game over North Carolina, coached by Dean Smith. Butch Lee of Marquette was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. Publicly announcing his retirement during the middle of the season, McGuire retired as head coach immediately after the game. UNLV and Charlotte (at that time known by a longer abbreviation of its full name, UNC Charlotte) were third and fourth place, respectively. Marquette's 7 losses were a record at the time for the most losses in a season by a National Champion.


Region Team Coach Finished Final opponent Score
East Duquesne John Cinicola Round of 32 VMI L 73–66
East Hofstra Roger Gaeckler Round of 32 Notre Dame L 90–83
East Kentucky Joe B. Hall Regional Runner-up North Carolina L 79–72
East North Carolina Dean Smith Runner Up Marquette L 67–59
East Notre Dame Digger Phelps Sweet Sixteen North Carolina L 79–77
East Princeton Pete Carril Round of 32 Kentucky L 72–58
East Purdue Fred Schaus Round of 32 North Carolina L 69–66
East VMI Charlie Schmaus Sweet Sixteen Kentucky L 93–78
Mideast Central Michigan Dick Parfitt Round of 32 Charlotte L 91–86
Mideast Charlotte Lee Rose Fourth Place UNLV L 106–94
Mideast Detroit Dick Vitale Sweet Sixteen Michigan L 86–81
Mideast Holy Cross George Blaney Round of 32 Michigan L 92–81
Mideast Michigan Johnny Orr Regional Runner-up Charlotte L 75–68
Mideast Middle Tennessee State Jimmy Earle Round of 32 Detroit L 93–76
Mideast Syracuse Jim Boeheim Sweet Sixteen Charlotte L 81–59
Mideast Tennessee Ray Mears Round of 32 Syracuse L 93–88
Midwest Arizona Fred Snowden Round of 32 Southern Illinois L 81–77
Midwest Arkansas Eddie Sutton Round of 32 Wake Forest L 86–80
Midwest Cincinnati Gale Catlett Round of 32 Marquette L 66–51
Midwest Kansas State Jack Hartman Sweet Sixteen Marquette L 67–66
Midwest Marquette Al McGuire Champion North Carolina W 67–59
Midwest Providence Dave Gavitt Round of 32 Kansas State L 87–80
Midwest Southern Illinois Paul Lambert Sweet Sixteen Wake Forest L 86–81
Midwest Wake Forest Carl Tacy Regional Runner-up Marquette L 82–68
West Idaho State Jim Killingsworth Regional Runner-up UNLV L 107–90
West Long Beach State Dwight Jones Round of 32 Idaho State 83–72
West Louisville Denny Crum Round of 32 UCLA L 87–79
West San Francisco Bob Gaillard Round of 32 UNLV L 121–95
West St. John’s Lou Carnesecca Round of 32 Utah L 72–68
West UCLA Gene Bartow Sweet Sixteen Idaho State L 76–75
West UNLV Jerry Tarkanian Third Place Charlotte W 106–94
West Utah Jerry Pimm Sweet Sixteen UNLV L 83–88


East region

Cole Field House - College Park, Maryland

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
   VMI 73  
   Duquesne 66  
     VMI 78  
     Kentucky 93  
   Kentucky 72
   Princeton 58  
       Kentucky 72
     North Carolina 79
   Notre Dame 90  
   Hofstra 83  
     Notre Dame 77
     North Carolina 79  
   North Carolina 69
   Purdue 66  

West region

Most of the excitement surrounding the Western Regional was the anticipated matchup between top 5 ranked teams UCLA and UNLV. UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian had lost 3 times in the tournament to UCLA while he was at Long Beach State, including a heartbreaking 57-55 loss in the 1971 West Regional final in which Long Beach State led by 11 in the second half. Many felt this UNLV team gave him the best opportunity to beat his longtime nemesis. But he never got the chance as UCLA was stunned in the regional semi final by unranked Idaho State. This was the first time since 1963 that UCLA made the tournament but failed to get to the Final Four. UNLV went on to easily beat Idaho State 107-90.

Marriott Center - Provo, Utah

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
   UCLA 87  
   Louisville 79  
     UCLA 75  
     Idaho State 76  
   Idaho State 83
   Long Beach State 72  
       Idaho State 90
     UNLV 107
   Utah 72  
   St. John's 68  
     Utah 83
     UNLV 88  
   UNLV 121
   San Francisco 95  

Mideast region

Rupp Arena - Lexington, Kentucky

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
   Michigan 92  
   Holy Cross 81  
     Michigan 86  
     Detroit 81  
   Detroit 93
   Middle Tennessee St. 76  
       Michigan 68
     Charlotte 75
   Charlotte 91  
   Central Michigan 86*  
     Charlotte 81
     Syracuse 59  
   Syracuse 93
   Tennessee 88*  

Midwest region

Myriad Convention Center - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
   Marquette 66  
   Cincinnati 51  
     Marquette 67  
     Kansas State 66  
   Kansas State 87
   Providence 80  
       Marquette 82
     Wake Forest 68
   Wake Forest 86  
   Arkansas 80  
     Wake Forest 86
     Southern Illinois 81  
   Southern Illinois 81
   Arizona 77  

Final Four

Omni Coliseum - Atlanta, Georgia

National Semifinals National Championship Game
E  North Carolina 84  
W  UNLV 83  
    E  North Carolina 59
  MW  Marquette 67
ME  Charlotte 49
MW  Marquette 51   National Third Place Game
W  UNLV 106
ME  Charlotte 94