2007_NCAA_Men's_Division_I_Basketball_Tournament

2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

The 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 NCAA schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. Team selections were announced on March 11, 2007, and the tournament began on March 13, 2007 with the play-in game between Florida A&M and Niagara, and concluded with the championship game on April 2, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Florida Gators repeated as national champions with an 84-75 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes. Florida's Corey Brewer was named the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. Florida became the first team to repeat since the 1991-92 Duke Blue Devils, and this was the first time in history that the exact same starting five were able to repeat as champions.

This tournament was significant for bracketologists because it had many fewer upsets than in previous years. There were only 12 games in which a lower-seeded team defeated a higher-seeded team, and eight of these "upsets" were by teams ranked only one seed lower than their opponent. UNLV, seeded seventh in the Midwest Regional, was the lowest-seeded team to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. This marked the first time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams that no team seeded eighth or lower played in the Sweet Sixteen.

Tournament procedure

A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. All teams are seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals, while the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65.

The first and second-round games were played at the following sites:March 15 and 17:

HSBC Arena, Buffalo, New York (Hosts: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Canisius College and Niagara University)
ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California (Host: University of the Pacific)
Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky (Host: University of Kentucky)
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Host: Wake Forest University)March 16 and 18:
United Center, Chicago, Illinois (Host: Big Ten Conference)
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (Host: Ohio State University)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington (Host: Washington State University)
New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana (Host: Tulane University)

The NCAA had also resumed naming the regionals after geographic directions. Regionals were named after their host cities from 2004 to 2006. The regional final sites were:March 22 and 24:

South Regional, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (Host: University of Texas at San Antonio)
West Regional, HP Pavilion, San José, California (Host: San José State University)March 23 and 25:
East Regional, Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey (Host: Rutgers University)
Midwest Regional, Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri (Host: Missouri Valley Conference)

Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia, hosted by Georgia Tech. The semi-final games were held on March 31 and the final on April 2, 2007

Qualifying teams

Team names are those listed on the NCAA's scoreboard for the play-in game and first round matchups. Only UCLA, UNLV, and USC (Southern California) use abbreviations; all other names are unabbreviated except for the common abbreviation "A&M".

Here are the top seeded teams in each regional and their overall seeds.

  • Midwest Regional (St. Louis) (top seed: Florida; top overall seed)
  • West Regional (San Jose) (top seed: Kansas; fourth overall seed)
  • East Regional (East Rutherford) (top seed: North Carolina; third overall seed)
  • South Regional (San Antonio) (top seed: Ohio State; second overall seed)

Listed by Grouping & Seeding

Midwest Regional - St. Louis
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Florida SEC 29-5 Tournament Champion
#2 Big Ten 29-5 At-Large Bid
#3 Pac-10 26-7 Tournament Champion
#4 ACC 24-8 At-Large Bid
#5 Horizon 27-6 At-Large Bid
#6 Big East 24-7 At-Large Bid
#7 Mountain West 28-6 Tournament Champion
#8 Pac-10 20-10 At-Large Bid
#9 Big Ten 21-11 At-Large Bid
#10 Georgia Tech ACC 20-11 At-Large Bid
#11 Big South 28-4 Tournament Champion
#12 CAA 24-8 At-Large Bid
#13 Southern 29-4 Tournament Champion
#14 Mid-American 18-14 Tournament Champion
#15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Southland 26-6 Tournament Champion
#16 Jackson State SWAC 21-13 Tournament Champion
East Regional - East Rutherford
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
#1 ACC 28-6 Tournament Champion
#2 Big East 26-6 Tournament Champion
#3 Washington State Pac-10 25-7 At-Large Bid
#4 Big 12 24-9 At-Large Bid
#5 Pac-10 23-11 At-Large Bid
#6 Vanderbilt SEC 20-11 At-Large Bid
#7 ACC 20-11 At-Large Bid
#8 Big East 24-9 At-Large Bid
#9 Big Ten 22-11 At-Large Bid
#10 Big 12 21-12 At-Large Bid
#11 Atlantic 10 23-8 Tournament Champion
#12 SEC 21-13 At-Large Bid
#13 WAC 25-8 Tournament Champion
#14 Mid-Continent 23-10 Tournament Champion
#15 Atlantic Sun 23-9 Tournament Champion
#16 Ohio Valley 21-11 Tournament Champion
South Regional - San Antonio
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Ohio State Big Ten 30-3 Tournament Champion
#2 C-USA 30-3 Tournament Champion
#3 Texas A&M Big 12 25-6 At-Large Bid
#4 Virginia ACC 20-10 At-Large Bid
#5 SEC 22-10 At-Large Bid
#6 Big East 23-9 At-Large Bid
#7 WAC 28-4 At-Large Bid
#8 Mountain West 25-8 At-Large Bid
#9 Xavier Atlantic 10 24-8 At-Large Bid
#10 Missouri Valley 22-10 Tournament Champion
#11 Pac-10 18-12 At-Large Bid
#12 Long Beach State Big West 24-7 Tournament Champion
#13 America East 23-9 Tournament Champion
#14 Ivy 22-8 Regular Season Champion
#15 North Texas Sun Belt 23-10 Tournament Champion
#16 Northeast 22-11 Tournament Champion
West Regional - San Jose
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
#1 Kansas Big 12 30-4 Tournament Champion
#2 UCLA Pac-10 26-5 At-Large Bid
#3 Big East 27-7 At-Large Bid
#4 Southern Illinois Missouri Valley 27-6 At-Large Bid
#5 Virginia Tech ACC 21-11 At-Large Bid
#6 ACC 22-10 At-Large Bid
#7 Big Ten 20-10 At-Large Bid
#8 SEC 21-11 At-Large Bid
#9 Big East 22-10 At-Large Bid
#10 WCC 23-10 Tournament Champion
#11 Virginia Commonwealth CAA 27-6 Tournament Champion
#12 Big Ten 23-11 At-Large Bid
#13 Patriot 25-8 Tournament Champion
#14 Wright State Horizon 23-9 Tournament Champion
#15 Weber State Big Sky 20-11 Tournament Champion
#16 Niagara
(Play-in Winner)
MAAC 22-11 Tournament Champion
#16B
(Play-in Loser)
MEAC 21-13 Tournament Champion

Brackets

(*) - Number of asterisks denotes number of overtimes.

Final Four – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Midwest Regional – St. Louis, Missouri

West Regional – San Jose, California

East Regional – East Rutherford, New Jersey

South Regional – San Antonio, Texas

Play-In Game – Dayton, Ohio

Winner advances to 16th seed in West Regional vs. (1) Kansas.

Schools listed with abbreviations:
1 - Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Scores and schedule

Unless otherwise specified, all games were on CBS, except for the play-in game, which aired on ESPN and two additional games. Those games were broadcast on CSTV except in the natural areas of the teams involved, as those were broadcast on CBS. Times listed are US EDT (UTC-4).

Team names are those listed on the NCAA's scoreboard for the play-in game and first-round matchups. Only UNLV and UCLA use abbreviations; all other names are unabbreviated except for the common abbreviation "A&M".

Opening Rounds

First round upsets, close games, and other facts

The two major upsets of the first round were #11 Virginia Commonwealth's win over #6 Duke (West Regional), and #11 Winthrop's win over #6 Notre Dame (Midwest Regional). VCU beat Duke, 79-77, on a shot by Eric Maynor with 1.8 seconds left, sending Duke out for the first time in the first round since 1996. Winthrop's highly-touted offense built a 21-point second-half lead before surviving a late Notre Dame rally to win, 74-64, earning their first tournament victory in school history. The only overtime game of the first round was in the South Regional, between #7 Nevada and #10 Creighton, ending 77-71 in favor of the Nevada Wolf Pack. Other close games included #3 Oregon squeaking by #14 Miami (Ohio), 58-56 (Midwest Regional), #5 Virginia Tech's win over #12 Illinois 54-52 (West Regional), and #9 Xavier's win over #8 BYU, 79-77 (South Regional). The highest score accumulated by a team in the 2007 tournament went to Tennessee's 121 points over Long Beach State (South Regional), which set a school record. This was the first year since 1993 that a #10 seed did not advance to the second round. It was also only the second time in the last 17 years that a #12 seed failed to advance against a #5 seed. #15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi had leads of 10-0 and 25-7 in the first half against the #2 Wisconsin Badgers but Wisconsin prevailed 76-63.

Second round upsets, close games, and other facts

The two biggest upsets of the second round were #6 Vanderbilt's win over #3 Washington State (East Regional) and #7 UNLV's win over #2 Wisconsin (Midwest Regional). Vanderbilt won a heart-stopper, 78-74, in double overtime. UNLV won by six points, 74-68, in their biggest win since the 1990s. Other overtime games included #1 Ohio State's 78-71 win over #9 Xavier (South Regional) and #3 Pittsburgh's 84-79 overtime victory over #11 Virginia Commonwealth (West Regional). Ohio State's Ron Lewis hit a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to force overtime against Xavier, and Pittsburgh fought Virginia Commonwealth's comeback from 19 points down to come up with the victory. Other close games were #3 Texas A&M over #6 Louisville, 72-69 (South Regional), #5 Butler's victory over #4 Maryland, 62-59 (Midwest Regional), and #5 Tennessee defeating #4 Virginia, 77-74 (South Regional). This tournament marked the first time since 1995 that a double-digit seed did not advance to the Sweet 16 (Midwest #7 seed UNLV was the lowest).

Regional Semifinals (Sweet Sixteen) upsets, close games, other facts

No upsets or overtime games occurred in this round of the tournament, although there were several very close games. In the South Region, #2 Memphis barely defeated #3 Texas A&M as Aggie senior Acie Law, after a solid performance for most of the game, missed an open layup with under a minute left. A controversial clock situation with 3.1 seconds left added to the emotion. #1 Ohio State sneaked past #5 Tennessee, coming back from 20 points down to win, 85-84, with a blocked shot by Buckeye Greg Oden with 0.2 seconds left. In the East Region, #2 Georgetown won possibly the most controversial game of the tournament, beating #6 Vanderbilt, 66-65, on a shot by Jeff Green with 2.5 seconds left. The play was controversial because some analysts and fans believe Green traveled before launching the shot.

Regional Finals (Elite Eight)

The seeds of the Elite Eight teams were four #1s, three #2s, and one #3. This was the lowest combination of seeds in an Elite Eight since seeding began in the NCAA Tournament.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

  • South Final at San Antonio:

South Regional Final
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Ohio State 41 51 92
Memphis 38 38 76

Although Ohio State star freshman Greg Oden got into early foul trouble, a close game at the half turned into a blowout as the Buckeyes went on a 20-8 run to win. Game leaders were Memphis' Jeremy Hunt with 26 points, and Robert Dozier with 11 rebounds. This ended Memphis' 25-game win streak, previously the longest in the nation.

*West Final at San Jose:

West Regional Final
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
UCLA 35 33 68
Kansas 31 24 55

After a tight first-half, the Bruins slowly put away the top-seeded Jayhawks in the second-half using their 2006 national championship game experience, along with a strong defense. Shooting percentage was a key factor in the game as UCLA shot 53% to Kansas's 41%. UCLA's Arron Afflalo led all scorers with 24 points while Brandon Rush of Kansas led the Jayhawks with 18. UCLA and Kansas combined for 35 steals, breaking the previous tournament record of 28.
Sunday, March 25, 2007

  • East Final at East Rutherford:

East Regional Final
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half OT Final
Georgetown 44 37 15 96
North Carolina 50 31 3 84

North Carolina led for most of the game and controlled virtually the entire second half, but Georgetown rallied from ten points down with six minutes remaining to force overtime. The Tar Heels were outscored 15-3 in the extra session, capping a spectacular collapse in which they missed 22 of their final 23 field goal attempts. Georgetown reached its first Final Four since 1985, when John Thompson III's father John Thompson (Jr.) was coach—and Thompson III became the first coach to succeed his father in coaching a team to the Final Four. With North Carolina's loss in the regional final, this marked the first time since the tournament field expanded to 64 teams that no ACC team made it to the Final Four for two consecutive years. The last time that no ACC team made it to the Final Four in consecutive years was in 1979 and 1980.

*Midwest Final at St. Louis:

Midwest Regional Final
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Florida 40 45 85
Oregon 38 39 77

In what was actually a close game for most of regulation, Florida's three-point shots, along with a 20-9 run in the second half, amounted to a Gator win. Florida player Lee Humphrey led his team with seven three-pointers, and added up a total of 23 points. In one of the more odd moments of the tournament, Humphrey shot a three-pointer through the side of the net, causing a 10-minute delay as the net was repaired.

Final Four

All of the 2007 Final Four teams had participated in the 2006 tournament. Ohio State was knocked out in the second round by Georgetown, who would lose to Florida in the Minneapolis Regional Semifinals. Florida would go on to defeat UCLA in the championship game. The four teams were all previous champions as well — Ohio State (1960), Georgetown (1984), UCLA (several), and Florida (2006) — marking the fourth time that all of the Final Four teams were past champions (joining 1993, 1995 and 1998 Final Fours). Also, it was the first time in nine years that no two Final Four teams were from the same conference.

All games at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

National Semifinals

South-East National Semifinal
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Ohio State 27 40 67
Georgetown 23 37 60

Due to sloppy and inconsistent play (12 turnovers in the first half) and a lack of aggressive rebounding techniques, Georgetown was unable to overcome being without Roy Hibbert for a good portion of the game, as Hibbert played less than 24 minutes due to foul trouble.

Midwest-West National Semifinal
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Florida 29 47 76
UCLA 23 43 66

In the beginning, Florida struggled with UCLA's swarming defense, but ten minutes into the game they took a double-digit lead, and Lee Humphrey, in a performance reminiscent of the previous year's national title game, blew the game open in the second half hitting three consecutive three-pointers. Humphrey's shots proved too much to overcome and UCLA never threatened in the second half.

National Championship

National Championship
Teams 1st Half 2nd Half Final
Florida 40 44 84
Ohio State 29 46 75
A rematch of a regular season meeting, won 86-60 by Florida in Gainesville, The Gators survived 25 points and 12 rebounds from Buckeyes center Greg Oden with stellar play from guards Lee Humphrey and Taurean Green with inside contributions coming from Al Horford (18 points) and tourney Most Outstanding Player Corey Brewer. Billy Donovan became the third-youngest coach (at age 41) to win two titles. Only Bob Knight (at Indiana) and San Francisco's Phil Woolpert both won two titles at the age of 40.

The Gators are the first team ever to hold the NCAA Division I college football and basketball titles in the same academic year (2006-07) and calendar year (2006 and 2007). Coincidentally, Florida also beat Ohio State (by a score of 41-14) in the College Football Championship, the first time in college sports history that identical matchups and results have occurred in both football and basketball championships. This was also the first time in NCAA D-I men's basketball history that the exact same starting five were able to win back-to-back titles (Joakim Noah, Corey Brewer, Lee Humphrey, Al Horford, Taurean Green). Florida's Lee Humphrey also set the all-time NCAA Tournament record for three-point field goals made with 47. Humphrey surpassed Bobby Hurley's record of 42. Florida has now also done a three peat in basketball, football and basketball again.

Record by Conference

Conference # of Bids Record Win % Sweet Sixteen Elite Eight Final Four Championship Game Champions
C-USA 1 3-1 .750 1 1 - - -
SEC 5 11-4 .733 3 1 1 1 1
Pac-10 6 10-6 .625 3 2 1 - -
Big Ten 6 9-6 .600 1 1 1 1 -
Big 12 4 6-4 .600 2 1 - - -
Big East 6 7-6 .538 2 1 1 - -
ACC 7 7-7 .500 1 1 - - -
Horizon 2 2-2 .500 1 - - - -
Missouri Valley 2 2-2 .500 1 - - - -
Mountain West 2 2-2 .500 1 - - - -
Big South 1 1-1 .500 - - - - -
MAAC 1 1-1* .500 - - - - -
Atlantic 10 2 1-2 .333 - - - - -
CAA 2 1-2 .333 - - - - -
WAC 2 1-2 .333 - - - - -

The America East, Atlantic Sun, Big Sky, Big West, Ivy, MEAC, Mid-American, Mid-Continent, Northeast, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland, Sun Belt, SWAC, and WCC all went 0-1.

* The MAAC went 1-1 since Niagara won the Play-in Game.

Television and radio

For the 26th consecutive year, CBS Sports telecast the tournament, and for the 17th consecutive year, broadcast every game from the first round to the championship, with Jim Nantz and Billy Packer calling the Final Four. Nantz was in a stretch in which he would broadcast Super Bowl XLI, the Final Four, and The Masters golf tournament all in a 10-week period.

The complete list of announcing teams follows:

Greg Gumbel once again served as the studio host, joined by analysts Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis.

CSTV, owned by CBS, telecast the George Washington-Vanderbilt and the Virginia-Albany contests (in addition to the local CBS affiliates nearest to the participating teams in those games, and those using their digital subchannels for multicasting). Those games served as the first-ever live tourney telecasts on CSTV, which also provided a highlights show after each day of competition.

For the first three rounds of the tournament, games were also shown on DirecTV through the Mega March Madness pay-per-view service and on March Madness on Demand, a broadband Internet video streaming service that was a joint venture between CBS SportsLine (now known as CBSSports.com) and the NCAA.

The opening round game was broadcast on ESPN for the sixth consecutive year.

Westwood One once again had the live radio coverage. Kevin Harlan once again served as the play-by-play man at the Final Four with Bill Raftery and John Thompson on color. Thompson the elder is the father of current Georgetown coach John Thompson III.

Basketball courts

During the first- and second-round games in New Orleans, as part of the continuing recovery process from Hurricane Katrina, the NCAA allowed an additional floor decal recognizing the work of Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge and the NCAA Home Team program through the subregional's host institution, Tulane University. This marked the first time that a logo other than that of the NCAA or an NCAA member school has been allowed at an NCAA-sanctioned championship event. In addition, Tulane student athletes and athletic department personnel built a new house, valued at $75,000 (US), which was paid for by the NCAA and their corporate partner Lowe's, on Girod Street between the New Orleans Arena, site of the games, and the Louisiana Superdome, which has hosted four Final Fours. Also, for the first time, custom-made, identical courts were used at all four regional sites in San Jose, St. Louis, San Antonio and East Rutherford. In addition, the NCAA logo in the center of the court has been changed in a way. The large NCAA logo is now put on the court digitally using computers. This contrasts with previous years when they would give the owners of the court a decal to place on the court.

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