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1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

Year1977
Teams32
FinalFourArenaThe Omni
FinalFourCityAtlanta, Georgia
ChampionsMarquette
TitleCount1st
RunnerUpNorth Carolina
GameCount4th
Semifinal1Charlotte
FinalFourCount1st
Semifinal2UNLV
FinalFourCount21st
CoachAl McGuire
CoachCount1st
MOPButch Lee
MOPTeamMarquette
Attendance241,610
OneTopScorer*
TopScorerCedric Maxwell
TopScorerTeamCharlotte
Points123

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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.


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