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2007 NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Tournament
2007FinalFour.png
2007 Final Four logo
Season 2006–07
Teams 65
Finals site Georgia Dome
Atlanta
Champions Florida (2nd title, 3rd title game,
4th Final Four)
Runner-up Ohio State (5th title game,
9th Final Four)
Semifinalists
Winning coach Billy Donovan (2nd title)
MOP Corey Brewer Florida
Attendance 696,992
Top scorer Ron Lewis Ohio State
(108 points)
NCAA Division I Men's Tournaments
«2006 2008»

The 2007 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament involved 65 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2006–07 basketball season. Team selections were announced on March 11, 2007, and the tournament began on March 13, 2007, with the Opening round game and concluded with the championship game on April 2 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.[1]

Both of the finalists from the year before returned to the Final Four as Florida, who returned its entire starting lineup from the year before, and UCLA advanced. They were joined in the Final Four by Ohio State, who was making its first appearance since their 1999 appearance (later vacated), and Georgetown, appearing for the first time since their national runner-up finish in 1985.

Florida defeated Ohio State in the championship 84–75 to win their second consecutive championship. This marked the second time in 2007 that a Florida team beat an Ohio State team to win a national championship, as Florida's football team won the BCS National Championship Game over Ohio State in January. Florida's Corey Brewer was named the Most Outstanding Player.[2] Florida became the first team to repeat since Duke in 1992.[2]

This tournament was significant 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. No. 7-seed UNLV was the lowest-seeded team to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. This marked the second time since the tournament expanded to at least 64 teams that no team seeded No. 8 or lower played in the Sweet Sixteen; the other instance was in 1995. Southland Conference champion Texas A&M-Corpus Christi made their first NCAA appearance.

This was the first Tournament since 2003 that regional sites were designated as "East", "West", "South", and "Midwest", rather than by the names of the host cities.

Tournament procedure[edit]

A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Of that total, 30 of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which did not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion, Penn. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The initial game on March 13 officially named the Opening Round game, but popularly called the "play-in game", had Niagara, winner of the Mid-Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament, facing Florida A&M, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, for a chance to play top seed Kansas in the First Round of the Tournament. Niagara defeated Florida A&M, 77–69, to advance to play Kansas.

All teams are seeded 1 to 16 within their regionals, while the Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65.

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Buffalo
Buffalo
Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem
Lexington
Lexington
New Orleans
New Orleans
Columbus
Columbus
Chicago
Chicago
Sacramento
Sacramento
Spokane
Spokane
2007 first and second rounds (note: the play-in game was held in Dayton, Ohio)

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 22/24
South Regional, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (Host: University of Texas at San Antonio)
West Regional, HP Pavilion, San Jose, California (Host: San José State University)
  • March 23/25
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, hosted by Georgia Tech. The semi-final games were held on March 31 and the final on April 2, 2007.

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San Antonio
San Antonio
St. Louis
St. Louis
San Jose
San Jose
East Rutherford
East Rutherford
Atlanta
Atlanta
2007 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

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

  • March 15/17
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 16/18
United Center, Chicago (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 (Host: Tulane University)

Qualifying teams[edit]

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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".[3]

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; second overall seed)
  • South Regional (San Antonio) (top seed: Ohio State; third overall seed)

Listed by grouping and seeding[edit]

Midwest Regional – St. Louis
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
No. 1 Florida SEC 29–5 Tournament Champion
No. 2 Wisconsin Big Ten 29–5 At-Large Bid
No. 3 Oregon Pac-10 26–7 Tournament Champion
No. 4 Maryland ACC 24–8 At-Large Bid
No. 5 Butler Horizon 27–6 At-Large Bid
No. 6 Notre Dame Big East 24–7 At-Large Bid
No. 7 UNLV Mountain West 28–6 Tournament Champion
No. 8 Arizona Pac-10 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 9 Purdue Big Ten 21–11 At-Large Bid
No. 10 Georgia Tech ACC 20–11 At-Large Bid
No. 11 Winthrop Big South 28–4 Tournament Champion
No. 12 Old Dominion CAA 24–8 At-Large Bid
No. 13 Davidson Southern 29–4 Tournament Champion
No. 14 Miami (Ohio) Mid-American 18–14 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Southland 26–6 Tournament Champion
No. 16 Jackson State SWAC 21–13 Tournament Champion
East Regional – East Rutherford
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
No. 1 North Carolina ACC 28–6 Tournament Champion
No. 2 Georgetown Big East 26–6 Tournament Champion
No. 3 Washington State Pac-10 25–7 At-Large Bid
No. 4 Texas Big 12 24–9 At-Large Bid
No. 5 USC Pac-10 23–11 At-Large Bid
No. 6 Vanderbilt SEC 20–11 At-Large Bid
No. 7 Boston College ACC 20–11 At-Large Bid
No. 8 Marquette Big East 24–9 At-Large Bid
No. 9 Michigan State Big Ten 22–11 At-Large Bid
No. #10 Texas Tech Big 12 21–12 At-Large Bid
No. 11 George Washington Atlantic 10 23–8 Tournament Champion
No. 12 Arkansas SEC 21–13 At-Large Bid
No. 13 New Mexico State WAC 25–8 Tournament Champion
No. 14 Oral Roberts Mid-Continent 23–10 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Belmont Atlantic Sun 23–9 Tournament Champion
No. 16 Eastern Kentucky Ohio Valley 21–11 Tournament Champion


South Regional – San Antonio
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
No. 1 Ohio State Big Ten 30–3 Tournament Champion
No. 2 Memphis C-USA 30–3 Tournament Champion
No. 3 Texas A&M Big 12 25–6 At-Large Bid
No. 4 Virginia ACC 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 5 Tennessee SEC 22–10 At-Large Bid
No. 6 Louisville Big East 23–9 At-Large Bid
No. 7 Nevada WAC 28–4 At-Large Bid
No. 8 Brigham Young Mountain West 25–8 At-Large Bid
No. 9 Xavier Atlantic 10 24–8 At-Large Bid
No. 10 Creighton Missouri Valley 22–10 Tournament Champion
No. 11 Stanford Pac-10 18–12 At-Large Bid
No. 12 Long Beach State Big West 24–7 Tournament Champion
No. 13 Albany America East 23–9 Tournament Champion
No. 14 Penn Ivy 22–8 Regular Season Champion
No. 15 North Texas Sun Belt 23–10 Tournament Champion
No. 16 Central Connecticut State Northeast 22–11 Tournament Champion
West Regional – San Jose
Seed School Conference Record Berth Type
No. 1 Kansas Big 12 31–4 Tournament Champion
No. 2 UCLA Pac-10 26–5 At-Large Bid
No. 3 Pittsburgh Big East 27–7 At-Large Bid
No. 4 Southern Illinois Missouri Valley 27–6 At-Large Bid
No. 5 Virginia Tech ACC 21–11 At-Large Bid
No. 6 Duke ACC 22–10 At-Large Bid
No. 7 Indiana Big Ten 20–10 At-Large Bid
No. 8 Kentucky SEC 21–11 At-Large Bid
No. 9 Villanova Big East 22–10 At-Large Bid
No. 10 Gonzaga WCC 23–10 Tournament Champion
No. 11 VCU CAA 27–6 Tournament Champion
No. 12 Illinois Big Ten 23–11 At-Large Bid
No. 13 Holy Cross Patriot 25–8 Tournament Champion
No. 14 Wright State Horizon 23–9 Tournament Champion
No. 15 Weber State Big Sky 20–11 Tournament Champion
No. 16* Niagara
(Play-in Winner)
MAAC 22–11 Tournament Champion
No. 16* Florida A&M
(Play-in Loser)
MEAC 21–13 Tournament Champion

*Opening Round participants

Bracket[edit]

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

Opening Round game – Dayton, Ohio[edit]

Winner advances to West Regional vs. No. 1 Kansas.

Play-In Game
March 13
     
16 Florida A&M 69
16 Niagara 77

Midwest Regional – St. Louis, Missouri[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 17–18
Regional semifinals
March 23
Regional finals
March 25
                       
1 Florida 112
16 Jackson State 69
1 Florida 74
New Orleans
9 Purdue 67
8 Arizona 63
9 Purdue 72
1 Florida 65
5 Butler 57
5 Butler 57
12 Old Dominion 46
5 Butler 62
Buffalo
4 Maryland 59
4 Maryland 82
13 Davidson 70
1 Florida 85
3 Oregon 77
6 Notre Dame 64
11 Winthrop 74
11 Winthrop 61
Spokane
3 Oregon 75
3 Oregon 58
14 Miami (Ohio) 56
3 Oregon 76
7 UNLV 72
7 UNLV 67
10 Georgia Tech 63
7 UNLV 74
Chicago
2 Wisconsin 68
2 Wisconsin 76
15 Texas A&M-CC 63

West Regional – San Jose, California[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 17–18
Regional semifinals
March 22
Regional finals
March 24
                       
1 Kansas 107
16 Niagara 67
1 Kansas 88
Chicago
8 Kentucky 76
8 Kentucky 67
9 Villanova 58
1 Kansas 61
4 Southern Illinois 58
5 Virginia Tech 54
12 Illinois 52
5 Virginia Tech 48
Columbus
4 Southern Illinois 63
4 Southern Illinois 61
13 Holy Cross 51
1 Kansas 55
2 UCLA 68
6 Duke 77
11 VCU 79
11 VCU 79
Buffalo
3 Pittsburgh 84*
3 Pittsburgh 79
14 Wright State 58
3 Pittsburgh 55
2 UCLA 64
7 Indiana 70
10 Gonzaga 57
7 Indiana 49
Sacramento
2 UCLA 54
2 UCLA 70
15 Weber State 42

East Regional – East Rutherford, New Jersey[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 17–18
Regional semifinals
March 23
Regional finals
March 25
                       
1 North Carolina 86
16 Eastern Kentucky 65
1 North Carolina 81
Winston-Salem
9 Michigan State 67
8 Marquette 49
9 Michigan State 61
1 North Carolina 74
5 USC 64
5 USC 77
12 Arkansas 60
5 USC 87
Spokane
4 Texas 68
4 Texas 79
13 New Mexico State 67
1 North Carolina 84
2 Georgetown 96*
6 Vanderbilt 77
11 George Washington 44
6 Vanderbilt 78**
Sacramento
3 Washington State 74
3 Washington State 70
14 Oral Roberts 54
6 Vanderbilt 65
2 Georgetown 66
7 Boston College 84
10 Texas Tech 75
7 Boston College 55
Winston-Salem
2 Georgetown 62
2 Georgetown 80
15 Belmont 55

South Regional – San Antonio, Texas[edit]

First round
March 15–16
Second round
March 17–18
Regional semifinals
March 22
Regional finals
March 24
                       
1 Ohio State 78
16 Central Connecticut State 57
1 Ohio State 78*
Lexington
9 Xavier 71
8 BYU 77
9 Xavier 79
1 Ohio State 85
5 Tennessee 84
5 Tennessee 121
12 Long Beach State 86
5 Tennessee 77
Columbus
4 Virginia 74
4 Virginia 84
13 Albany 57
1 Ohio State 92
2 Memphis 76
6 Louisville 78
11 Stanford 58
6 Louisville 69
Lexington
3 Texas A&M 72
3 Texas A&M 68
14 Penn 52
3 Texas A&M 64
2 Memphis 65
7 Nevada 77*
10 Creighton 71
7 Nevada 62
New Orleans
2 Memphis 78
2 Memphis 73
15 North Texas 58

Final Four – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

National Semifinals
March 31
National Championship
April 2
           
M1 Florida 76
W2 UCLA 66
M1 Florida 84
S1 Ohio State 75
E2 Georgetown 60
S1 Ohio State 67

Game summaries[edit]

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[edit]

First round upsets, close games, and other facts[edit]

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.[4][5]

Second round upsets, close games, and other facts[edit]

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. The Ohio State win over Xavier had a controversial ending as prior to Lewis's game-tying shot, Buckeye Greg Oden shoved a Xavier player, Justin Cage, in the back and onto the floor. Had an intentional foul been called, Xavier would have been awarded two foul shots and ball possession. Instead, a regular personal foul was called. Subsequently, Xavier missed the second free throw, allowing Lewis to shoot the game-tying 3.[6] Other close games were #3 Texas A&M winning 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 seeded team did not advance to the Sweet 16 (Midwest #7 seed UNLV was the lowest team in the Sweet 16).[7][8]

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

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.[9] #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 as Green appeared to travel, despite fans and analysts claiming it was a clean drop step.[10][11][12]

Regional Finals (Elite Eight)[edit]

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.

South Regional Final
March 24
4:40 PM ET
Memphis 76–92 Ohio State
Scoring by half: 38-41, 38-51
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Attendance: 26,260

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.[13][14]

West Regional Final
March 24
7:05 PM ET
UCLA 68–55 Kansas
Scoring by half: 35-31, 33-24
HP Pavilion. San Jose, California
Attendance: 18,102

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.[15]

East Regional Final
March 25
5:05 PM ET
Georgetown 96–84 (OT) North Carolina
Scoring by half: 44-50, 37-31 Overtime: 15-3
Continental Airlines Arena, E. Rutherford, New Jersey
Attendance: 19,557

North Carolina led for most of the game and 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, missing 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 Regional Final
March 25
2:40 PM ET
Oregon 77–85 Florida
Scoring by half: 38-40, 39-45
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Attendance: 25,947

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.[16][17] 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[edit]

The Georgia Dome was the site of the Final Four and National Championship in 2007.

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.

South-East National Semifinal
March 31
6:07 PM ET
Georgetown 60–67 Ohio State
Scoring by half: 23-27, 37-40
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: N/A
Ohio State proved to be too much for the Hoyas, even with Ohio State's phenom center Greg Oden sitting most of the game due to foul trouble.
Midwest-West National Semifinal
March 31
8:47 PM ET
UCLA 66–76 Florida
Scoring by half: 23-29, 43-47
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 53,510

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[edit]

April 2
9:21 PM ET
Florida 84–75 Ohio State
Scoring by half: 40-29, 44-46
Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
Attendance: 51,458

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 exactly the 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.

Record by conference[edit]

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.

Media[edit]

Television[edit]

CBS Sports[edit]

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.[18]

The complete list of announcing teams follows:

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

Other television[edit]

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.

Radio[edit]

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.[18]

Basketball courts[edit]

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.[19]

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. Starting in 2010, all tournament games would have the same identical courts.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007 NCAA Basketball Men's Viewable Brackets – NCAA.com
  2. ^ a b ESPN – Ohio State vs. Florida Recap, April 02, 2007
  3. ^ Scoreboard – NCAA.com
  4. ^ ESPN. "NCAA Tournament First Round Scores: Day One-3/15/07". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  5. ^ ESPN. "NCAA Tournament First Round Scores: Day Two-3/16/07". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  6. ^ The New York Times "Out of Bounds" blog
  7. ^ ESPN. "NCAA Tournament Second Round Scores: Day One-3/17/07". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  8. ^ ESPN. "NCAA Tournament Second Round Scores: Day Two-3/18/07". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  9. ^ King Kaufman. 2007-03-23. NCAA Tournament's upset-free first round has led to Sweet 16 humdingers. Plus: Why is time so time-consuming? And: Replays Retrieved on 2007-04-08.
  10. ^ "Green's 'travel' no-call, a historic Final Four and more". CNN. March 24, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  11. ^ Leitch, Will (March 24, 2007). "Replays and Lying Eyes". The New York Times. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ "SI.com". CNN. Retrieved April 22, 2010. 
  13. ^ NCAA Game Summary – Memphis Vs. Ohio State – College Basketball – Ohio State News Story – WEWS Cleveland
  14. ^ ESPN – Memphis vs. Ohio State Recap, March 24, 2007
  15. ^ "UCLA vs. Kansas – Recap: 3/24/07". ESPN.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  16. ^ ESPN – Oregon vs. Florida Recap, March 25, 2007
  17. ^ NCAA Game Summary – Oregon Vs. Florida – College Basketball – Florida News Story – WKMG Orlando
  18. ^ a b CBS Sports. "Tournament and Broadcast Pairings Announced". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2008-02-29. 
  19. ^ http://www.ncaasports.com/story/10062095 Tulane teams with Habitat with Humanity March 15, 2007

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