2000 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
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2000 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament
2000 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
Finals siteRCA Dome
Indianapolis, Indiana
ChampionsMichigan State Spartans (2nd title, 2nd title game,
4th Final Four)
Runner-upFlorida Gators (1st title game,
2nd Final Four)
Winning coachTom Izzo (1st title)
MOPMateen Cleaves (Michigan State)
Top scorerMorris Peterson Michigan State
(105 points)

The 2000 NCAA Division I Men's 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 #2 team in the nation and was given the top seed in the Midwest Region. 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). This is the most recent title won by the Big Ten Conference.

Schedule and venues

2000 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
2000 first and second rounds
2000 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament is located in the United States
Auburn Hills
Auburn Hills
2000 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

The following are the sites that were selected to host each round of the 2000 tournament:

First and Second Rounds

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)

For the third time in a decade, and fourth time overall, Indianapolis was the host city of the Final Four. The tournament saw one new host city and three new host venues included for the first time. The tournament came to Cleveland for the first time ever, hosted on the campus of Cleveland State University. This marked the first new host venue on a college campus since the first appearance of Thompson-Boling Arena in 1990, and the first host city to debut on a college campus since Boise in 1983. The tournament returned to Nashville at the then-four-year-old Gaylord Entertainment Center downtown, with previous tournaments having been hosted in Memorial Gym on the campus of Vanderbilt University. And for the first time since 1954, the tournament returned to Buffalo, at the HSBC Arena (now KeyBank Center). The first round tournament games coincided with the date of the arena's name change; previously it had been known as Marine Midland Arena. For the fifth, and as of 2018 most recent, time, both the Huntsman Center and McKale Center were chosen as the two first and second round hosts of the West regionals. All 13 venues have gone on to host more tournament games since this season. Any future tournament games to be held in Cleveland would be played at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse; if in Salt Lake City, Vivint Arena.


East Regional - Syracuse
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Duke Mike Krzyzewski ACC 27-4 Automatic
#2 Temple John Chaney Atlantic 10 26-5 Automatic
#3 Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Big 12 24-6 At-Large
#4 Illinois Lon Kruger Big Ten 21-9 At-Large
#5 Florida Billy Donovan SEC 24-7 At-Large
#6 Indiana Bob Knight Big Ten 20-8 At-Large
#7 Oregon Ernie Kent Pac-10 22-7 At-Large
#8 Kansas Roy Williams Big 12 23-9 At-Large
#9 DePaul Pat Kennedy Conference USA 21-10 At-Large
#10 Seton Hall Tommy Amaker Big East 20-9 At-Large
#11 Pepperdine Jan van Breda Kolff West Coast 24-8 At-Large
#12 Butler Barry Collier MCC 23-7 Automatic
#13 Penn Fran Dunphy Ivy League 21-7 Automatic
#14 Hofstra Jay Wright America East 24-6 Automatic
#15 Lafayette Fran O'Hanlon Patriot League 24-6 Automatic
#16 Lamar Mike Deane Southland 15-15 Automatic
South Regional - Austin
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Stanford Mike Montgomery Pac-10 26-3 At-Large
#2 Cincinnati Bob Huggins Conference USA 28-3 At-Large
#3 Ohio State Jim O'Brien Big Ten 22-6 At-Large
#4 Tennessee Jerry Green SEC 24-6 At-Large
#5 Connecticut Jim Calhoun Big East 24-9 At-Large
#6 Miami (FL) Leonard Hamilton Big East 21-10 At-Large
#7 Tulsa Bill Self WAC 29-4 At-Large
#8 North Carolina Bill Guthridge ACC 18-13 At-Large
#9 Missouri Quin Snyder Big 12 18-12 At-Large
#10 UNLV Bill Bayno Mountain West 20-9 Automatic
#11 Arkansas Nolan Richardson SEC 19-14 Automatic
#12 Utah State Stew Morrill Big West 28-5 Automatic
#13 Louisiana-Lafayette Jessie Evans Sun Belt 25-8 Automatic
#14 Appalachian State Buzz Peterson Southern 23-8 Automatic
#15 UNC-Wilmington Jerry Wainwright CAA 18-12 Automatic
#16 South Carolina State Cy Alexander MEAC 20-13 Automatic
Midwest Regional - Auburn Hills
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Michigan State Tom Izzo Big Ten 26-7 Automatic
#2 Iowa State Larry Eustachy Big 12 29-4 Automatic
#3 Maryland Gary Williams ACC 24-9 At-Large
#4 Syracuse Jim Boeheim Big East 24-5 At-Large
#5 Kentucky Tubby Smith SEC 22-9 At-Large
#6 UCLA Steve Lavin Pac-10 19-11 At-Large
#7 Auburn Cliff Ellis SEC 23-9 At-Large
#8 Utah Rick Majerus Mountain West 22-8 At-Large
#9 Saint Louis Lorenzo Romar Conference USA 19-13 Automatic
#10 Creighton Dana Altman Missouri Valley 23-9 Automatic
#11 Ball State Ray McCallum Mid-American 22-8 Automatic
#12 St. Bonaventure Jim Baron Atlantic 10 21-9 At-Large
#13 Samford Jimmy Tillette TAAC 21-10 Automatic
#14 Iona Jeff Ruland MAAC 20-10 Automatic
#15 Central Connecticut State Howie Dickenman NEC 25-5 Automatic
#16 Valparaiso Homer Drew Mid-Continent 19-12 Automatic
West Regional - Albuquerque
Seed School Coach Conference Record Bid Type
#1 Arizona Lute Olson Pac-10 26-6 Automatic
#2 St. John's Mike Jarvis Big East 24-7 Automatic
#3 Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Big 12 26-6 At-Large
#4 LSU John Brady SEC 26-5 At-Large
#5 Texas Rick Barnes Big 12 23-8 At-Large
#6 Purdue Gene Keady Big Ten 21-9 At-Large
#7 Louisville Denny Crum Conference USA 19-11 At-Large
#8 Wisconsin Dick Bennett Big Ten 18-13 At-Large
#9 Fresno State Jerry Tarkanian WAC 24-9 At-Large
#10 Gonzaga Mark Few West Coast 24-8 Automatic
#11 Dayton Oliver Purnell Atlantic 10 22-8 At-Large
#12 Indiana State Royce Waltman Missouri Valley 22-9 At-Large
#13 Southeast Missouri State Gary Garner Ohio Valley 22-6 Automatic
#14 Winthrop Gregg Marshall Big South 21-8 Automatic
#15 Northern Arizona Mike Adras Big Sky 20-10 Automatic
#16 Jackson State Andy Stoglin SWAC 17-15 Automatic

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 9 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]


* - Denotes overtime period

East Regional - Syracuse, New York

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
1 Duke 82
16 Lamar 55
1 Duke 69
8 Kansas 64
8 Kansas 81
9 DePaul 77*
1 Duke 78
5 Florida 87
5 Florida 69
12 Butler 68*
5 Florida 93
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
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
2 Temple 65*
2 Temple 73
15 Lafayette 47

Southeast Regional - Austin, Texas

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
1 Stanford 84
16 South Carolina St 65
1 Stanford 53
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
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
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
2 Cincinnati 61
2 Cincinnati 64
15 UNC-Wilmington 47

Midwest Regional - Auburn Hills, Michigan

First round Second round Regional Semifinals Regional Finals
1 Michigan State 65
16 Valparaiso 38
1 Michigan State 73
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
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
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
2 Iowa State 79
2 Iowa State 88
15 Central Connecticut St 78

West Regional - Albuquerque, New Mexico

First round Second round 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
3 Oklahoma 62
3 Oklahoma 74
14 Winthrop 50
6 Purdue 75
10 Gonzaga 66
7 Louisville 66
10 Gonzaga 77
10 Gonzaga 82
2 St John's 76
2 St John's 61
15 Northern Arizona 56

Final Four at 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


CBS Sports had exclusive TV coverage. They were carried on a regional basis until the "Elite Eight", at which point all games were shown nationally.

Greg Gumbel once again served as the studio host, joined by analyst Clark Kellogg.


Westwood One had exclusive radio coverage.

Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s) Round(s) Site(s)
John Rooney Midwest 1st/2nd rounds Cleveland
Wayne Larrivee Midwest 1st/2nd rounds Minneapolis
Kevin Harlan Jon Sundvold Midwest Regional Michigan
John Rooney (Michigan State games) Bill Raftery (Michigan State games) Final Four Indiana
Marty Brennaman (Florida – North Carolina) Dave Gavitt (Florida – North Carolina)

Tommy Tighe once again served as studio host.

Local radio

Region Seed Teams Flagship station Play-by-play announcer Color analyst(s)
E 5 Florida WRUF-AM (Florida) Mick Hubert Mark Wise
S 8 North Carolina WCHL-AM (North Carolina) Woody Durham Mick Mixon
MW 1 Michigan State WJIM-AM/WJIM-FM (Michigan State) Mark Champion Gus Ganakas
MW 4 Syracuse (Syracuse)
MW 5 Kentucky (Kentucky)
MW 8 Utah (Utah)
MW 9 Saint Louis (Saint Louis)
MW 12 St. Bonaventure WHDL-AM 1450/WPIG-FM 95.7 (St. Bonaventure) Gary Nease John Watson
MW 13 Samford WVSU-FM 91.1 (Samford) Scott Griffin Mike Royer
MW 16 Valparaiso (Valparaiso)
W 4 LSU WDGL-FM 98.1, WWL-AM 870 Jim Hawthorne Kevin Ford
W 8 Wisconsin WIBA-AM/WOLX-FM (Wisconsin) Matt Lepay Mike Lucas

See also


  1. ^ CNN Sports Illustrated. "2000 NCAA National Semifinals: (MW1) Michigan State 53, (W8) Wisconsin 41". CNNSI.com. Retrieved .
  2. ^ CNN Sports Illustrated. "2000 NCAA National Semifinals: (E5) Florida 71, (S8) North Carolina 59". CNNSI.com. Archived from the original on 26 March 2008. Retrieved .
  3. ^ CNN Sports Illustrated. "2000 NCAA National Championship: (MW1) Michigan State 89, (E5) Florida 76". CNNSI.com. Retrieved .

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