2000 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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2000 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
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2000 Final Four logo
Season 1999–00
Teams 64
Finals site RCA Dome
Indianapolis, Indiana
Champions Michigan State (2nd title)
Runner-up Florida (1st title game)
Semifinalists North Carolina (15th Final Four)
Wisconsin (2nd Final Four)
Winning coach Tom Izzo (1st title)
MOP Mateen Cleaves Michigan State
Attendance 624,777
Top scorer Morris Peterson Michigan State
(105 points)
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
«1999 2001»

The 2000 NCAA Men's Division I 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, 2000, and ended with the championship game on April 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana at the RCA Dome. A total of 63 games were played.

Due to a string of upsets throughout the tournament, only one top-four seed advanced to the Final Four. That was Michigan State, who finished the season as the #1 team in the nation and was given the top seed in the Midwest Region and the top overall seed. The highest seeded of the other three Final Four teams was Florida, who won the East Region as the fifth seed. Two eight-seeds made the Final Four, with Wisconsin and North Carolina rounding the bracket out. Wisconsin won the West Region while North Carolina won the South Region, with both regions seeing their top three seeds eliminated during the first weekend of play.

Michigan State won their first national championship since 1979 by defeating Florida 89-76 in the final game. Mateen Cleaves of Michigan State was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while Morris Peterson was its leading scorer.

Despite the string of upsets, no seed lower than 11 won a game in the tournament. The only 11 seed to win was Pepperdine, which defeated Indiana in the East Region's first round in what turned out to be Bob Knight's last game coaching the Hoosiers before his firing that offseason. Also, two teams that qualified as 10 seeds advanced to the Sweet Sixteen as Seton Hall in the East and Gonzaga in the West both advanced.

Because of the upsets, the Elite Eight consisted of one top seed (Michigan State), one second seed (Iowa State), one third seed (Oklahoma State), one fifth seed (Florida), one sixth seed (Purdue), one seventh seed (Tulsa), and two eighth seeds (Wisconsin and North Carolina).

Locations

First and Second Rounds

Later Rounds

Region Site
East Syracuse, New York (Carrier Dome)
Midwest Auburn Hills, Michigan (The Palace of Auburn Hills)
South Austin, Texas (Frank Erwin Center)
West Albuquerque, New Mexico (The Pit)
Finals Indianapolis, Indiana (RCA Dome)

Teams

Region Seed Team Coach Finished Final Opponent Score
East
East 1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski Sweet Sixteen 5 Florida L 87-78
East 2 Temple John Chaney Round of 32 10 Seton Hall L 67-65
East 3 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Regional Runner-up 5 Florida L 77-65
East 4 Illinois Lon Kruger Round of 32 5 Florida L 93-76
East 5 Florida Billy Donovan Runner Up 1 Michigan State L 89-76
East 6 Indiana Bob Knight Round of 64 11 Pepperdine L 77-57
East 7 Oregon Ernie Kent Round of 64 10 Seton Hall L 72-71
East 8 Kansas Roy Williams Round of 32 1 Duke L 69-64
East 9 DePaul Pat Kennedy Round of 64 8 Kansas L 81-77
East 10 Seton Hall Tommy Amaker Sweet Sixteen 3 Oklahoma State L 68-66
East 11 Pepperdine Jan van Breda Kolff Round of 32 3 Oklahoma State L 75-67
East 12 Butler Barry Collier Round of 64 5 Florida L 69-68
East 13 Pennsylvania Fran Dunphy Round of 64 4 Illinois L 68-58
East 14 Hofstra Jay Wright Round of 64 3 Oklahoma State L 86-66
East 15 Lafayette Fran O'Hanlon Round of 64 2 Temple L 73-47
East 16 Lamar Mike Deane Round of 64 1 Duke L 82-55
Midwest
Midwest 1 Michigan State Tom Izzo Champion 5 Florida W 89-76
Midwest 2 Iowa State Larry Eustachy Regional Runner-up 1 Michigan State L 75-64
Midwest 3 Maryland Gary Williams Round of 32 6 UCLA L 105-70
Midwest 4 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Sweet Sixteen 1 Michigan State L 75-58
Midwest 5 Kentucky Tubby Smith Round of 32 4 Syracuse L 52-50
Midwest 6 UCLA Steve Lavin Sweet Sixteen 2 Iowa State L 80-56
Midwest 7 Auburn Cliff Ellis Round of 32 2 Iowa State L 79-60
Midwest 8 Utah Rick Majerus Round of 32 1 Michigan State L 73-61
Midwest 9 Saint Louis Lorenzo Romar Round of 64 8 Utah L 48-45
Midwest 10 Creighton Dana Altman Round of 64 7 Auburn L 72-69
Midwest 11 Ball State Ray McCallum Round of 64 6 UCLA L 65-57
Midwest 12 St. Bonaventure Jim Baron Round of 64 5 Kentucky L 85-80
Midwest 13 Samford Jimmy Tillette Round of 64 4 Syracuse L 79-65
Midwest 14 Iona Jeff Ruland Round of 64 3 Maryland L 74-59
Midwest 15 Central Connecticut State Howie Dickenman Round of 64 2 Iowa State L 88-78
Midwest 16 Valparaiso Homer Drew Round of 64 1 Michigan State L 65-38
South
South 1 Stanford Mike Montgomery Round of 32 8 North Carolina L 60-53
South 2 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Round of 32 7 Tulsa L 69-61
South 3 Ohio State Jim O'Brien Round of 32 6 Miami, Florida L 75-62
South 4 Tennessee Jerry Green Sweet Sixteen 8 North Carolina L 74-69
South 5 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Round of 32 4 Tennessee L 65-51
South 6 Miami Leonard Hamilton Sweet Sixteen 7 Tulsa L 80-71
South 7 Tulsa Bill Self Regional Runner-up 8 North Carolina L 59-55
South 8 North Carolina Bill Guthridge National Semifinals 5 Florida L 71-59
South 9 Missouri Quin Snyder Round of 64 8 North Carolina L 84-70
South 10 UNLV Bill Bayno Round of 64 7 Tulsa L 89-62
South 11 Arkansas Nolan Richardson Round of 64 6 Miami, Florida L 75-71
South 12 Utah State Stew Morrill Round of 64 5 Connecticut L 75-67
South 13 Louisiana-Lafayette Jessie Evans Round of 64 4 Tennessee L 63-58
South 14 Appalachian State Buzz Peterson Round of 64 3 Ohio State L 87-61
South 15 UNC-Wilmington Jerry Wainwright Round of 64 2 Cincinnati L 64-47
South 16 South Carolina State Cy Alexander Round of 64 1 Stanford L 84-65
West
West 1 Arizona Lute Olson Round of 32 8 Wisconsin L 66-59
West 2 St. John's Mike Jarvis Round of 32 10 Gonzaga L 82-76
West 3 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Round of 32 6 Purdue L 66-62
West 4 LSU John Brady Sweet Sixteen 8 Wisconsin L 61-48
West 5 Texas Rick Barnes Round of 32 4 LSU L 72-67
West 6 Purdue Gene Keady Regional Runner-up 8 Wisconsin L 64-60
West 7 Louisville Denny Crum Round of 64 10 Gonzaga L 77-66
West 8 Wisconsin Dick Bennett National Semifinals 1 Michigan State L 53-41
West 9 Fresno State Jerry Tarkanian Round of 64 8 Wisconsin L 66-56
West 10 Gonzaga Mark Few Sweet Sixteen 6 Purdue L 75-66
West 11 Dayton Oliver Purnell Round of 64 6 Purdue L 62-61
West 12 Indiana State Royce Waltman Round of 64 5 Texas L 77-61
West 13 Southeast Missouri State Gary Garner Round of 64 4 LSU L 64-61
West 14 Winthrop Gregg Marshall Round of 64 3 Oklahoma L 74-50
West 15 Northern Arizona Mike Adras Round of 64 2 St. John's L 61-56
West 16 Jackson State Andy Stoglin Round of 64 1 Arizona L 71-47

Bids by conference

Bids by Conference
Bids Conference(s)
6 Big Ten, Big 12, SEC
5 Big East
4 C-USA, Pac-10
3 ACC, Atlantic 10
2 Mountain West, Missouri Valley, WAC, WCC
1 19 others

Final four

At RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

National Semifinals

  • April 1, Michigan State (M1) 53, Wisconsin (W8) 41
    In the first half it appeared that the Cinderella run of the Wisconsin Badgers had a great chance of continuing. Wisconsin's slow down offense, smothering defense tempo held the game to a Michigan State Spartans 19-17 lead. However, the only number one seed left in the tournament opened the second half with a 13-2 run, including 10 points from senior Morris Peterson. After the run, Michigan State coasted home against Wisconsin's limited offense.1
    Despite being behind 18-3 to start the game and trailing at halftime, the North Carolina Tar Heels took control of the early minutes of the second half, and managed to sneak ahead 48-42 on standout freshman guard Joseph Forte's second consecutive three-pointer with 15:44 to play. However, the Florida Gators answered back with a 9-0 run to give them the lead for good. The Gators held the Tar Heels to just six points over a 9½ minute span to put them in great shape. Foul trouble ultimately doomed the Tar Heels, and the Gators advanced to their first ever National Championship game.2

Championship Game

  • April 3, 2000
    • Michigan State (M1) 89, Florida (E5) 76
    Michigan State senior Mateen Cleaves limped his way to the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. Cleaves sprained his ankle with 16:18 to play in the 2nd half, and this was after Florida had trimmed Michigan State's double digit halftime lead to 50-44. Cleaves returned about four minutes later, and immediately helped lead the Spartans on a 16-6 run to put the game out of reach. The lone top-seed remaining would bring order to a tournament filled with upsets as they salted away the victory for the school's second National Championship (1979). Michigan State coach Tom Izzo earned his first title, from his second straight final four appearance. Morris Peterson led the Spartans with 21 points.3

Bracket

East Regional - Syracuse, New York

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Duke 82
16 Lamar 55
1 Duke 69
Winston-Salem
8 Kansas 64
8 Kansas 81
9 DePaul 77*
1 Duke 78
5 Florida 87
5 Florida 69
12 Butler 68*
5 Florida 93
Winston-Salem
4 Illinois 76
4 Illinois 68
13 Pennsylvania 58
5 Florida 77
3 Oklahoma State 65
6 Indiana 57
11 Pepperdine 77
11 Pepperdine 67
Buffalo
3 Oklahoma State 75
3 Oklahoma State 86
14 Hofstra 66
3 Oklahoma State 68
10 Seton Hall 66
7 Oregon 71*
10 Seton Hall 72
10 Seton Hall 67
Buffalo
2 Temple 65*
2 Temple 73
15 Lafayette 47

South Regional - Austin, Texas

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Stanford 84
16 South Carolina St 65
1 Stanford 53
Birmingham
8 North Carolina 60
8 North Carolina 84
9 Missouri 70
8 North Carolina 74
4 Tennessee 69
5 Connecticut 75
12 Utah St 67
5 Connecticut 51
Birmingham
4 Tennessee 65
4 Tennessee 63
13 Louisiana-Lafayette 58
8 North Carolina 59
7 Tulsa 55
6 Miami-FL 75
11 Arkansas 71
6 Miami-FL 75
Nashville
3 Ohio St 62
3 Ohio St 87
14 Appalachian St 61
6 Miami-FL 71
7 Tulsa 80
7 Tulsa 89
10 UNLV 62
7 Tulsa 69
Nashville
2 Cincinnati 61
2 Cincinnati 64
15 UNC-Wilmington 47

Midwest Regional - Auburn Hills, Michigan

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Michigan State 65
16 Valparaiso 38
1 Michigan State 73
Cleveland
8 Utah 61
8 Utah 48
9 St. Louis 45
1 Michigan State 75
4 Syracuse 58
5 Kentucky 85
12 St. Bonaventure 80**
5 Kentucky 50
Cleveland
4 Syracuse 52
4 Syracuse 79
13 Samford 65
1 Michigan State 75
2 Iowa State 64
6 UCLA 65
11 Ball State 57
6 UCLA 105
Minneapolis
3 Maryland 70
3 Maryland 74
14 Iona 59
6 UCLA 56
2 Iowa State 80
7 Auburn 72
10 Creighton 69
7 Auburn 60
Minneapolis
2 Iowa State 79
2 Iowa State 88
15 Central Connecticut St 78

West Regional - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Round of 16 Quarterfinals Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
                       
1 Arizona 71
16 Jackson St. 47
1 Arizona 59
Salt Lake City
8 Wisconsin 66
8 Wisconsin 66
9 Fresno St. 56
8 Wisconsin 61
4 LSU 48
5 Texas 77
12 Indiana St. 61
5 Texas 67
Salt Lake City
4 LSU 72
4 LSU 64
13 Southeast Missouri St. 61
8 Wisconsin 64
6 Purdue 60
6 Purdue 62
11 Dayton 61
6 Purdue 66
Tucson
3 Oklahoma 62
3 Oklahoma 74
14 Winthrop 50
6 Purdue 75
10 Gonzaga 66
7 Louisville 66
10 Gonzaga 77
10 Gonzaga 82
Tucson
2 St John's 76
2 St John's 61
15 Northern Arizona 56

Final Four @ Indianapolis, Indiana

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E5 Florida 71
S8 North Carolina 59
E5 Florida 76
M1 Michigan State 89
M1 Michigan State 53
W8 Wisconsin 41

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