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March Madness Championship Games List

Legendary players, underdog stories, game-winning shots, and brackets! What else could we be talking about except March Madness?

This 68-team tournament, running from mid-March through the first week of April, decides the National Champion of the College Basketball season. Dubbed March Madness for the surprising upsets and Cinderella stories, the tournament was created in 1939 and has occurred every year since, even being televised since the late 1960's.

The tournament originally consisted of a bracket of eight teams until being expanded to 16 teams in 1951. Two years later, the brackets were increased to include 25 teams, and again expanded in 1975 to accommodate 32 teams. Multiple expansions have occured since, the most notable being to 64 teams in 1985 and 68 teams in 2011.

In earlier versions of the tournament, only conference champions of Division-1 schools were invited, but in the modern tournament, all 32 conference champions in the NCAA earn an automatic bid. The remaining 36 spots in the tournament are awarded to at-large teams (teams performing well enough to earn a spot in the tournament) by a selection committee, which you can read more about here. The teams are then sorted into regions of the bracket, and play begins!

In this article, we will be going through every champion of the March Madness Tournament, dating all the way back to 1939. With the 2018 Tournament coming up soon, maybe a quick history lesson will help you build the perfect bracket this year!

(NBA Draft pick) indicates a current NBA player and their current team (as of 2018).


2020 March Madness Championship Game

To be determined due to the Coronavirus outbreak.


2019 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Virginia Cavaliers

Coach: Tony Bennett

Runner-Up: Texas Tech Red Raiders

Coach: Chris Beard

Final Score: Virginia Cavaliers 85 - 77 Texas Tech Red Raiders

Location: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Notable Players:

  • Guard Kyle Guy (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard De'Andre Hunter
  • Guard Ty Jerome
  • Guard Jarrett Culver
  • Guard Matt Mooney
  • Guard Davide Moretti

2018 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Villanova Wildcats

Coach: Jay Wright

Runner-Up: Michigan Wolverines

Coach: John Beilein

Final Score: Villanova Wildcats 79 - 62 Michigan Wolverines

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Guard-Forward Mikal Bridges
  • Guard Donte DiVencenzo (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Omari Spellman
  • Guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
  • Guard Zavier Simpson
  • Forward Moritz Wagner

2017 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels

Coach: Roy Williams

Runner-Up: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Coach: Mark Few

Final Score: North Carolina Tar Heels 71 - 65 Gonzaga Bulldogs

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

Notable Players:


2016 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Villanova Wildcats - Coach Jay Wright

Runner-Up: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Roy Williams

Final Score: Villanova Wildcats 77 - 74 North Carolina Tar Heels

Location: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Notable Players:


2015 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Runner-Up: Wisconsin Badgers - Coach Bo Ryan

Final Score: Duke Blue Devils 68 - 63 Wisconsin Badgers

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:


2014 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Uconn Huskies - Coach Kevin Ollie

Runner-Up: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach John Calipari

Final Score: Uconn Huskies 60 - 54 Kentucky Wildcats

Location: AT&T; Stadium, Arlington, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Guard Shabbaz Napier (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Ryan Boatright
  • Guard Niels Giffey
  • Forward Julius Randle (NBA Draft pick #7, Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Guard James Young (NBA Draft pick #17, Philadelphia 76ers)
  • Guard Andrew Harrison (NBA Draft pick #44, Memphis Grizzlies)

2013 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Louisville Cardinals* - Coach Rick Pitino

Runner-Up: Michigan Wolverines - Coach John Beilein

Final Score: Louisville Cardinals 82 - 76 Michigan Wolverines

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Notable Players:

  • Guard Luke Hancock (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Peyton Siva
  • Guard Russ Smith
  • Forward Glenn Robinson III (NBA Draft pick #40, Indiana Pacers)
  • Guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (NBA Draft pick #24, New York Knicks)
  • Forward Mitch McGary (NBA Draft pick #21, Oklahoma City Thunder G-League)

*Championship Vacated


2012 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach John Calipari

Runner-Up: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Bill Self

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 67 - 59 Kansas Jayhawks

Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Notable Players:

  • Center Anthony Davis (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (NBA Draft pick #2, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Guard Terrence Jones (NBA Draft pick #18, Golden State Warriors G-League)
  • Guard Tyshawn Taylor
  • Forward Thomas Robinson
  • Center Jeff Withey (NBA Draft pick #39, Dallas Mavericks)

2011 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Uconn Huskies - Coach Jim Calhoun

Runner-Up: Butler Bulldogs - Coach Brad Stevens

Final Score: Uconn Huskies 53 - 41 Butler Bulldogs

Location: Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Guard Kemba Walker (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Jeremy Lamb (NBA Draft pick #12, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Guard Shabazz Napier (NBA Draft pick #24, Portland Trail Blazers)
  • Guard Shelvin Mack (NBA Draft pick #34, Orlando Magic)
  • Forward Matt Howard
  • Guard Chase Stigall

2010 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Runner-Up: Butler Bulldogs - Coach Brad Stevens

Final Score: Duke Blue Devils 61 - 59 Butler Bulldogs

Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:

  • Forward Kyle Singler (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Miles Plumlee (NBA Draft pick #26, Atlanta Hawks G-League)
  • Forward Mason Plumlee (NBA Draft pick #22, Denver Nuggets)
  • Guard Shelvin Mack (NBA Draft pick #34, Orlando Magic)
  • Forward Gordan Hayward (NBA Draft pick #9, Boston Celtics)
  • Guard Willie Veasley

2009 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Roy Williams

Runner-Up: Michigan State Spartans - Coach Tom Izzo

Final Score: North Carolina Tar Heels 89 - 72 Michigan State Spartans

Location: Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Notable Players:

  • Guard Wayne Ellington (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Ty Lawson
  • Guard Danny Green (NBA Draft pick #46, San Antonio Spurs)
  • Guard Kalin Lucas
  • Center Goran Suton
  • Guard Durrell Summers

2008 March Madness Championship Game

Champion:

Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Bill Self

Runner-Up:

Memphis Tigers - Coach John Calipari

Final Score:

Kansas Jayhawks 75 - 68 Memphis Tigers

Location:

Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Guard Mario Chalmers (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Darrell Arthur (NBA Draft pick #27, Denver Nuggets)
  • Center Cole Aldrich (NBA Draft pick #11, Minnesota Timberwolves)
  • Guard Derrick Rose (NBA Draft pick #1, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Forward Joey Dorsey
  • Forward Chris Douglas-Roberts

2007 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Florida Gators - Coach Billy Donovan

Runner-Up: Ohio State Buckeyes - Coach Thad Matta

Final Score: Florida Gators 84 - 75 Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Notable Players:

  • Forward Corey Brewer (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center Al Horford (NBA Draft pick #3, Boston Celtics)
  • Center Joakim Noah (NBA Draft pick #9, New York Knicks)
  • Guard Mike Conley (NBA Draft pick #4, Memphis Grizzlies)
  • Center Greg Oden
  • Guard Jamar Butler

2006 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Florida Gators - Coach Billy Donovan

Runner-Up: UCLA Bruins - Coach Ben Howland

Final Score: Florida Gators 73 - 57 UCLA Bruins

Location: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:

  • Center Joakim Noah (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center Al Horford (NBA Draft pick #3, Boston Celtics)
  • Forward Corey Brewer (NBA Draft pick #7, Los Angeles Lakers)
  • Guard Darren Collison (NBA Draft pick #21, Indiana Pacers)
  • Guard Jordan Farmar
  • Guard Arron Afflalo (NBA Draft pick #27, Orlando Magic)

2005 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Roy Williams

Runner-Up: Illinois Fighting Illini - Coach Bruce Weber

Final Score: North Carolina Tar Heels 75 - 70 Illinois Fighting Illini

Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Forward Sean May (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Raymond Felton (NBA Draft pick #5, Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Forward Marvin Williams (NBA Draft pick #2, Charlotte Hornets)
  • Guard Deron Williams (NBA Draft pick #3, Cleveland Cavaliers)
  • Guard Dee Brown
  • Guard Luther Head

2004 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Uconn Huskies - Coach Jim Calhoun

Runner-Up: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - Coach Paul Hewitt

Final Score: Uconn Huskies 82 - 73 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Center Emeka Okafor (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Ben Gordon
  • Forward Charlie Villanueva
  • Guard Marvin Lewis
  • Guard B.J. Elder
  • Guard Jarrett Jack (NBA Draft pick #22, New York Knicks)

2003 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Syracuse Orange - Coach Jim Boeheim

Runner-Up: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Roy Williams

Final Score: Syracuse Orange 81 - 78 Kansas Jayhawks

Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Notable Players:

  • Forward Carmelo Anthony (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Gerry McNamara
  • Forward Hakim Warrick
  • Forward Nick Collison (NBA Draft pick #12, Oklahoma City Thunder)
  • Guard Kirk Hinrich
  • Forward Jeff Graves

2002 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Maryland Terrapins - Coach Gary Williams

Runner-Up: Indiana Hoosiers - Coach Mike Davis

Final Score: Maryland Terrapins 64 - 52 Indiana Hoosiers

Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Notable Players:

  • Guard Juan Dixon (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Lonny Baxter
  • Forward Chris Wilcox
  • Guard Kyle Hornsby
  • Guard Dane Fife
  • Forward Jared Jeffries

2001 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Runner-Up: Arizona Wildcats - Coach Lute Olson

Final Score: Duke Blue Devils 82 - 72 Arizona Wildcats

Location: Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Notable Players:

  • Forward Shane Battier (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Mike Dunleavy (NBA Draft pick #3, Atlanta Hawks)
  • Forward Carlos Boozer
  • Forward Richard Jefferson (NBA Draft pick #13, Denver Nuggets)
  • Guard Gilbert Arenas
  • Forward Luke Walton

2000 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Michigan State Spartans - Coach Tom Izzo

Runner-Up: Florida Gators - Coach Billy Donovan

Final Score: Michigan State Spartans 89 - 76 Florida Gators

Location: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:

  • Guard Mateen Cleaves (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Jason Richardson
  • Forward A.J. Granger
  • Forward Mike Miller (NBA Draft pick #5, Denver Nuggets)
  • Forward Udonis Haslem (NBA Draft undrafted, Miami Heat)
  • Forward Matt Bonner

1999 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Uconn Huskies - Coach Jim Calhoun

Runner-Up: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Final Score: Uconn Huskies 77 - 74 Duke Blue Devils

Location: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida

Notable Players:

  • Guard Richard Hamilton (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Albert Mouring
  • Guard Ricky Moore
  • Forward Shane Battier
  • Guard Trajan Langdon
  • Guard William Avery

1998 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Tubby Smith

Runner-Up: Utah Utes - Coach Rick Majerus

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 78 - 69 Utah Utes

Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Guard Jeff Sheppard (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Scott Padgett
  • Center Nazr Mohammed
  • Guard Andre Miller
  • Forward Alex Jensen
  • Center Michael Doleac

1997 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Arizona Wildcats - Coach Lute Olson

Runner-Up: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Rick Pitino

Final Score: Arizona Wildcats 84 - 79 Kentucky Wildcats

Location: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:

  • Guard Miles Simon (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Mike Bibby
  • Guard Jason Terry
  • Forward Ron Mercer
  • Forward Scott Padgett
  • Center Nazr Mohammed

1996 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Rick Pitino

Runner-Up: Syracuse Orange - Coach Jim Boeheim

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 76 - 67 Syracuse Orange

Location: Izod Center, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Notable Players:

  • Guard Tony Delk (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Ron Mercer
  • Forward Antoine Walker
  • Forward John Wallace
  • Forward Todd Burgan
  • Guard Lazarus Sims

1995 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach Jim Harrick

Runner-Up: Arkansas Razorbacks - Coach Nolan Richardson

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 89 - 78 Arkansas Razorbacks

Location: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Notable Players:

  • Forward Ed O'Bannon (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Toby Bailey
  • Forward Charles O'Bannon
  • Forward Corliss Williamson
  • Forward Scotty Thurman
  • Guard Clint McDaniel

1994 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Arkansas Razorbacks - Coach Nolan Richardson

Runner-Up: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Final Score: Arkansas Razorbacks 76 - 72 Duke Blue Devils

Location: Charlotte Coliseum, Charlotte, North Carolina

Notable Players:

  • Forward Corliss Williamson (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Scotty Thurman
  • Guard Clint McDaniel
  • Forward Grant Hill
  • Guard Jeff Capel
  • Guard Chris Collins

1993 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Dean Smith

Runner-Up: Michigan Wolverines - Coach Steve Fisher

Final Score: North Carolina Tar Heels 77 - 71 Michigan Wolverines

Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Notable Players:

  • Guard Donald Williams (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Derrick Phelps
  • Forward George Lynch
  • Guard Jalen Rose
  • Forward Chris Webber
  • Center Juwan Howard

1992 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Runner-Up: Michigan Wolverines - Coach Steve Fisher

Final Score: Duke Blue Devils 71 - 51 Michigan Wolverines

Location: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Notable Players:

  • Guard Bobby Hurley (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Grant Hill
  • Center Christian Laettner
  • Guard Jalen Rose
  • Forward Chris Webber
  • Center Juwan Howard

1991 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Runner-Up: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Roy Williams

Final Score: Duke Blue Devils 72 - 65 Kansas Jayhawks

Location: RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:

  • Center Christian Laettner (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Grant Hill
  • Guard Bobby Hurley
  • Guard Adonis Jordan
  • Guard Terry Brown
  • Forward Mark Randall

1990 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UNLV Rebels - Coach Jerry Tarkanian

Runner-Up: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Final Score: UNLV Rebels 103 - 73 Duke Blue Devils

Location: McNichols Sports Arena, Denver, Colorado

Notable Players:

  • Guard Anderson Hunt (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Larry Johnson
  • Guard Greg Anthony
  • Guard Bobby Hurley
  • Center Christian Laettner
  • Guard Phil Henderson

1989 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Michigan Wolverines - Coach Steve Fisher

Runner-Up: Seton Hall Pirates - Coach P. J. Carlesimo

Final Score: Michigan Wolverines 80 - 79 Seton Hall Pirates

Location: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Notable Players:

  • Forward Glen Rice (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Rumeal Robinson
  • Center Terry Mills
  • Guard John Morton
  • Guard Gerald Greene
  • Forward Daryll Walker

1988 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Larry Brown

Runner-Up: Oklahoma Sooners - Coach Billy Tubbs

Final Score: Kansas Jayhawks 83 - 79 Oklahoma Sooners

Location: Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Forward Danny Manning (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Milt Newton
  • Guard Kevin Pritchard
  • Forward Dave Sieger
  • Center Stacey King
  • Forward Harvey Grant

1987 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Indiana Hoosiers - Coach Bobby Knight

Runner-Up: Syracuse Orange - Coach Jim Boeheim

Final Score: Indiana Hoosiers 74 - 73 Syracuse Orange

Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Notable Players:

  • Guard Keith Smart (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Steve Alford
  • Forward Daryl Thomas
  • Guard Sherman Douglas
  • Center Rony Seikaly
  • Guard Greg Monroe

1986 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Louisville Cardinals - Coach Denny Crum

Runner-Up: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Final Score: Louisville Cardinals 72 - 69 Duke Blue Devils

Location: Reunion Arena, Dallas, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Center Pervis Ellison (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Herbert Crook
  • Forward Billy Thompson
  • Guard Johnny Dawkins
  • Center Jay Bilas
  • Guard David Henderson

1985 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Villanova Wildcats - Coach Rollie Massimino

Runner-Up: Georgetown Hoyas - Coach John Thompson

Final Score: Villanova Wildcats 66 - 64 Georgetown Hoyas

Location: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Forward Ed Pinckney (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Dwayne McClain
  • Forward Harold Pressley
  • Center Patrick Ewing
  • Forward Reggie Williams
  • Guard David Wingate

1984 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Georgetown Hoyas - Coach John Thompson

Runner-Up: Houston Cougars - Coach Guy Lewis

Final Score: Georgetown Hoyas 84 - 75 Houston Cougars

Location: Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Notable Players:

  • Center Patrick Ewing (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Reggie Williams
  • Guard David Wingate
  • Center Hakeem Olajuwon
  • Forward Michael Young
  • Guard Alvin Franklin

1983 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: NC State Wolfpack - Coach Jim Valvano

Runner-Up: Houston Cougars - Coach Guy Lewis

Final Score: NC State Wolfpack 54 - 52 Houston Cougars

Location: Bob King Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Notable Players:

  • Guard Sidney Lowe
  • Forward Thurl Bailey
  • Guard Dereck Whittenburg
  • Center Hakeem Olajuwon (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Clyde Drexler
  • Guard Alvin Franklin

1982 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Dean Smith

Runner-Up: Georgetown Hoyas - Coach John Thompson

Final Score: North Carolina Tar Heels 63 - 62 Georgetown Hoyas

Location: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Notable Players:

  • Forward James Worthy (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Michael Jordan
  • Forward Sam Perkins
  • Center Patrick Ewing
  • Forward Eric Smith
  • Guard Sleepy Floyd

1981 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Indiana Hoosiers - Coach Bobby Knight

Runner-Up: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Dean Smith

Final Score: Indiana Hoosiers 63 - 50 North Carolina Tar Heels

Location: Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Notable Players:

  • Guard Isiah Thomas (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Randy Wittman
  • Forward Landon Turner
  • Forward James Worthy
  • Forward Sam Perkins
  • Guard Al Wood

1980 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Louisville Cardinals - Coach Denny Crum

Runner-Up: UCLA Bruins - Coach Larry Brown

Final Score: Louisville Cardinals 59 - 54 UCLA Bruins

Location: Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, Indiana

Notable Players:

  • Guard Darrell Griffith (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Jerry Eaves
  • Forward Wiley Brown
  • Guard Rod Foster
  • Forward Kiki Vandeweghe
  • Guard Mike Sanders

1979 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Michigan State Spartans - Coach Jud Heathcote

Runner-Up: Indiana State Sycamores - Coach Bill Hodges

Final Score: Michigan State Spartans 75 - 64 Indiana State Sycamores

Location: Jon M. Huntsman Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

Notable Players:

  • Guard Magic Johnson (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Terry Donnelly
  • Forward Greg Kelser
  • Forward Larry Bird
  • Guard Carl Nicks
  • Forward Bob Heaton

1978 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Joe Hall

Runner-Up: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Bill Foster

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 94 - 88 Duke Blue Devils

Location: The Checkerdome, St. Louis, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Forward Jack Givens (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center Rick Robey
  • Forward James Lee
  • Guard Jim Spanarkel
  • Forward Gene Banks
  • Center Mike Gminski

1977 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Marquette Golden Eagles - Coach Al McGuire

Runner-Up: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Dean Smith

Final Score: Marquette Golden Eagles 67 - 59 North Carolina Tar Heels

Location: Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia

Notable Players:

  • Guard Butch Lee (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Jim Boylan
  • Forward Bo Ellis
  • Forward Walter Davis
  • Forward Mike O'Koren
  • Guard Phil Ford

1976 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Indiana Hoosiers - Coach Bobby Knight

Runner-Up: Michigan Wolverines - Coach Johnny Orr

Final Score: Indiana Hoosiers 86 - 68 Michigan Wolverines

Location: Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Notable Players:

  • Center Kent Benson (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Quinn Buckner
  • Forward Scott May
  • Guard Rickey Green
  • Forward Wayman Britt
  • Forward John Robinson

1975 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Joe Hall

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 92 - 85 Kentucky Wildcats

Location: San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego, California

Notable Players:

  • Center Richard Washington (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Dave Meyers
  • Guard Pete Trgovich
  • Guard Kevin Grevey
  • Forward Jack Givens
  • Forward Bob Guyette

1974 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: NC State Wolfpack - Coach Norm Sloan

Runner-Up: Marquette Golden Eagles - Coach Al McGuire

Final Score: NC State Wolfpack 76 - 64 Marquette Golden Eagles

Location: Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina

Notable Players:

  • Guard David Thompson (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Monte Towe
  • Center Tom Burleson
  • Forward Maurice Lucas
  • Forward Bo Ellis
  • Guard Earl Tatum

1973 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Memphis Tigers - Coach Gene Bartow

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 87 - 66 Memphis Tigers

Location: St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Center Bill Walton (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Jamaal Wilkes
  • Guard Larry Hollyfield
  • Guard Larry Finch
  • Forward Larry Kenon
  • Forward Billy Buford

1972 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Florida State Seminoles - Coach Hugh Durham

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 81 - 76 Florida State Seminoles

Location: Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California

Notable Players:

  • Center Bill Walton (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Jamaal Wilkes
  • Guard Larry Hollyfield
  • Guard Ron King
  • Forward Ron Harris
  • Forward Reggie Royals

1971 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Villanova Wildcats - Coach Jack Kraft

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 68 - 62 Villanova Wildcats

Location: Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Notable Players:

  • Center Steve Patterson
  • Guard Terry Schofield
  • Guard Henry Bibby
  • Forward Howard Porter (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Clarence Smith
  • Forward Hank Siemionkowski

1970 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Jacksonville Dolphins - Coach Joe Williams

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 80 - 69 Jacksonville Dolphins

Location: Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland

Notable Players:

  • Forward Sidney Wicks (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center Steve Patterson
  • Guard Curtis Rowe
  • Center Artis Gilmore
  • Guard Vaughn Wedeking
  • Guard Rex Morgan

1969 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Purdue Boilermakers - Coach George King

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 92 - 72 Purdue Boilermakers

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Lynn Shackelford
  • Guard Curtis Rowe
  • Forward Rick Mount
  • Guard Bill Keller
  • Center Jerry Johnson

1968 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Dean Smith

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 78 - 55 North Carolina Tar Heels

Location: Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California

Notable Players:

  • Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Lynn Shackelford
  • Guard Lucius Allen
  • Forward Larry Miller
  • Guard Charlie Scott
  • Center Rusty Clark

1967 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Dayton Flyers - Coach Don Donoher

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 79 - 64 Dayton Flyers

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Lynn Shackelford
  • Guard Lucius Allen
  • Forward Don May
  • Guard Bob Hooper
  • Guard Rudy Waterman

1966 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UTEP Miners - Coach Don Haskins

Runner-Up: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Adolph Rupp

Final Score: UTEP Miners 72 - 65 Kentucky Wildcats

Location: Cole Field House, College Park, Maryland

Notable Players:

  • Guard Bobby Joe Hill
  • Forward Dave Lattin
  • Guard Orsten Artis
  • Guard Pat Riley
  • Guard Louie Dampier
  • Forward Larry Conley

1965 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Michigan Wolverines - Coach Dave Strack

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 91 - 80 Michigan Wolverines

Location: Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Oregon

Notable Players:

  • Guard Gail Goodrich
  • Forward Kenny Washington
  • Forward Edgar Lacey
  • Forward Cazzie Russell
  • Forward Oliver Darden
  • Center Bill Buntin

1964 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: UCLA Bruins - Coach John Wooden

Runner-Up: Duke Blue Devils - Coach Vic Bubas

Final Score: UCLA Bruins 98 - 83 Duke Blue Devils

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Guard Walt Hazzard (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Gail Goodrich
  • Forward Kenny Washington:
  • Forward Jeff Mullins
  • Forward Jack Marin
  • Center Jay Buckley

1963 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Loyola Wolfpack - Coach George Ireland

Runner-Up: Cincinnati Bearcats - Coach Ed Jucker

Final Score: Loyola Wolfpack 60 - 58 Cincinnati Bearcats

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Center Les Hunter
  • Forward Vic Rouse
  • Forward Jerry Harkness
  • Forward Ron Bonham
  • Forward Tom Thacker
  • Guard Tony Yates

1962 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Cincinnati Bearcats - Coach Ed Jucker

Runner-Up: Ohio State Buckeyes - Coach Fred Taylor

Final Score: Cincinnati Bearcats 71 - 59 Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Center Paul Hogue (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Tom Thacker
  • Guard Tony Yates
  • Forward Jerry Lucas
  • Center Gary Bradds
  • Forward John Havlicek

1961 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Cincinnati Bearcats - Coach Ed Jucker

Runner-Up: Ohio State Buckeyes - Coach Fred Taylor

Final Score: Cincinnati Bearcats 70 - 65 Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Center Paul Hogue
  • Forward Tom Thacker
  • Forward Bob Wiesenhahn
  • Forward Jerry Lucas (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Larry Siegfried
  • Forward John Havlicek

1960 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Ohio State Buckeyes - Coach Fred Taylor

Runner-Up: California Golden Bears - Coach Pete Newell

Final Score: Ohio State Buckeyes 75 - 55 California Golden Bears

Location: Cow Palace, Daly City, California

Notable Players:

  • Forward Jerry Lucas (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Larry Siegfried
  • Forward John Havlicek
  • Guard Dick Doughty
  • Forward Bill McClintock
  • Guard Tandy Gillis

1959 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: California Golden Bears - Coach Pete Newell

Runner-Up: West Virginia Mountaineers - Coach Fred Schaus

Final Score: California Golden Bears 71 - 70 West Virginia Mountaineers

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Guard Denny Fitzpatrick
  • Guard Dick Doughty
  • Forward Bill McClintock
  • Guard Jerry West (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center Willie Akers
  • Center Robert Clousson

1958 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Adolph Rupp

Runner-Up: Seattle Redhawks - Coach John Castellani

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 84 - 72 Seattle Redhawks

Location: Freedom Hall, Louisville, Kentucky

Notable Players:

  • Guard Vernon Hatton
  • Forward Johnny Cox
  • Forward John Crigler
  • Forward Elgin Baylor (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Charlie Brown
  • Guard Jerry Frizzell

1957 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Frank McGuire

Runner-Up: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Dick Harp

Final Score: North Carolina Tar Heels 54 - 53 Kansas Jayhawks

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Guard Lennie Rosenbluth
  • Guard Pete Brennan
  • Guard Tommy Kearns
  • Center Wilt Chamberlain (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Gene Elstun
  • Guard Maurice King

1956 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: San Francisco Dons - Coach Phil Woolpert

Runner-Up: Iowa Hawkeyes - Coach Bucky O'Connor

Final Score: San Francisco Dons 83 - 71 Iowa Hawkeyes

Location: McGaw Hill, Evanston, Illinois

Notable Players:

  • Center Bill Russell
  • Forward Carl Boldt
  • Guard Gene Brown
  • Forward Carl Cain
  • Guard Bill Seaberg
  • Center Bill Schoof

1955 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: San Francisco Dons - Coach Phil Woolpert

Runner-Up: La Salle Explorers - Coach Ken Loeffler

Final Score: San Francisco Dons 77 - 63 La Salle Explorers

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Center Bill Russell (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Jerry Mullen
  • Guard K.C. Jones
  • Guard Charles Singley
  • Forward Tom Gola
  • Guard Fran O'Malley

1954 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: La Salle Explorers - Coach Ken Loeffler

Runner-Up: Bradley Braves - Coach Forddy Anderson

Final Score: La Salle Explorers 92 - 76 Bradley Braves

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Forward Tom Gola (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Charles Singley
  • Guard Fran O'Malley
  • Guard John Kent
  • Forward Dick Estergard
  • Guard Bob Carney

1953 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Indiana Hoosiers - Coach Branch McCracken

Runner-Up: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Phog Allen

Final Score: Indiana Hoosiers 69 - 68 Kansas Jayhawks

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Center Don Schlundt
  • Forward Charley Kraak
  • Guard Bobby Leonard
  • Forward B.H. Born (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Al Kelley
  • Guard Dean Kelley

1952 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Phog Allen

Runner-Up: St. John's Redmen - Coach Frank McGuire

Final Score: Kansas Jayhawks 80 - 63 St. John's Redmen

Location: Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington

Notable Players:

  • Center Clyde Lovellette (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Bill Lienhard
  • Forward Bob Kenney
  • Center Bob Zawoluk
  • Forward Jack McMahon
  • Guard Ron MacGilvray

1951 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Adolph Rupp

Runner-Up: Kansas State Wildcats - Coach Jack Gardner

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 68 - 58 Kansas State Wildcats

Location: Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Notable Players:

  • Center Bill Spivey (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Shelby Linville
  • Guard Bobby Watson
  • Guard Jim Iverson
  • Guard Dick Knostman
  • Guard Robert Rousey

1950 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: CCNY Beavers - Coach Nat Holman

Runner-Up: Bradley Braves - Coach Forddy Anderson

Final Score: CCNY Beavers 71 - 68 Bradley Braves

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players:

  • Guard Irwin Dambrot (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Ed Warner
  • Guard Alvin Roth
  • Center Paul Unruh
  • Forward Gene Melchiorre
  • Forward Billy Mann

1949 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Adolph Rupp

Runner-Up: Oklahoma State Cowboys - Coach Henry Iba

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 46 - 36 Oklahoma State Cowboys

Location: Hec Edmundson Pavilion, Seattle, Washington

Notable Players:

  • Center Alex Groza (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Ralph Beard
  • Forward Wallace Jones
  • Guard Joe Bradley
  • Forward Bob Harris
  • Forward Tom Jaquet

1948 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Kentucky Wildcats - Coach Adolph Rupp

Runner-Up: Baylor Bears - Coach Bill Henderson

Final Score: Kentucky Wildcats 58 - 42 Baylor Bears

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players::

  • Center Alex Groza (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Ralph Beard
  • Forward Wallace Jones
  • Forward James Owens
  • Guard Bill Johnson
  • Center Don Heathington

1947 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Holy Cross Crusaders - Coach Doggie Julian

Runner-Up: Oklahoma Sooners - Coach Bruce Drake

Final Score: Holy Cross Crusaders 58 - 47 Oklahoma Sooners

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players:

  • Center George Kaftan (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Bob Cousy
  • Forward Dermott O'Connell
  • Guard Paul Courty
  • Center Bill Waters
  • Guard Paul Merchant

1946 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Oklahoma State Cowboys - Coach Henry Iba

Runner-Up: North Carolina Tar Heels - Coach Ben Carnevale

Final Score: Oklahoma State Cowboys 43 - 40 North Carolina Tar Heels

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players:

  • Center Bob Kurland (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Weldon Kern
  • Forward A.L. Bennett
  • Forward John Dillon
  • Center Horace McKinney
  • Forward Jim Jordan

1945 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Oklahoma State Cowboys - Coach Henry Iba

Runner-Up: NYU Violets - Coach Howard Cann

Final Score: Oklahoma State Cowboys 49 - 45 NYU Violets

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players:

  • Center Bob Kurland (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Weldon Kern
  • Guard Cecil Hankins
  • Guard Al Grenert
  • Guard Don Forman
  • Center Dolph Schayes

1944 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Utah Utes - Coach Vadal Peterson

Runner-Up: Dartmouth Big Green - Coach Earl Brown

Final Score: Utah Utes 42 - 40 Dartmouth Big Green

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players:

  • Guard Arnold Ferrin (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Herb Wilkinson
  • Forward Bob Lewis
  • Forward Aud Brindley
  • Guard Richard McGuire
  • Guard Walter Mercer

1943 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Wyoming Cowboys - Coach Everett Shelton

Runner-Up: Georgetown Hoyas - Coach Elmer Ripley

Final Score: Wyoming Cowboys 46 - 34 Georgetown Hoyas

Location: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Notable Players:

  • Guard Ken Sailors (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center Milo Komenich
  • Forward Jim Weir
  • Guard Bill Hassett
  • Guard Dan Kraus
  • Center John Mahnken

1942 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Stanford Cardinal - Coach Everett Dean

Runner-Up: Dartmouth Big Green - Coach O.B. Cowles

Final Score: Stanford Cardinal 53 - 38 Dartmouth Big Green

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Forward Howard Dallmar (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Jack Dana
  • Center Ed Voss
  • Guard George Munroe
  • Guard Stanley Skaug
  • Forward Robert Myers

1941 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Wisconsin Badgers - Coach Bud Foster

Runner-Up: Washington State Cougars - Coach Jack Friel

Final Score: Wisconsin Badgers 39 - 34 Washington State Cougars

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Guard John Kotz (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Forward Gene Englund
  • Guard Fred Rehm
  • Forward Kirk Gebert
  • Center Ray Sundquist
  • Guard Marv Gilberg

1940 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Indiana Hoosiers - Coach Branch McCracken

Runner-Up: Kansas Jayhawks - Coach Phog Allen

Final Score: Indiana Hoosiers 60 - 42 Kansas Jayhawks

Location: Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City, Missouri

Notable Players:

  • Guard Marvin Huffman (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Guard Paul Armstrong
  • Guard Herman Schaefer
  • Guard Howard Engleman
  • Guard William Hogben
  • Forward Ralph Miller

1939 March Madness Championship Game

Champion: Oregon Ducks - Coach Howard Hobson

Runner-Up: Ohio State Buckeyes - Coach Harold Olsen

Final Score: Oregon Ducks 46 - 33 Ohio State Buckeyes

Location: Patten Gymnasium, Evanston, Illinois

Notable Players:

  • Guard Bobby Anet
  • Guard Wally Johansen
  • Forward Laddie Gale
  • Guard Jimmy Hull (Tournament Most Outstanding Player)
  • Center William Sattler
  • Guard Charles Maag


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