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For the first time, teams were seeded in the tournament. Ultimately Michigan State, featuring Magic Johnson defeated Larry Bird's Indiana State in the final.

Final Four

Logo School Seed/Region
Champion MichSt Michigan State Spartans #2 Mideast
Runner-up IndySt Indiana State Sycamores #1 Midwest
Third Place DePaul DePaul Blue Demons #2 West
Fourth Place
East
Penn Penn Quakers #9 East

All-Tournament Team

Player School
Magic Johnson (Most Outstanding) Michigan State
Greg Kelser Michigan State
Larry Bird Indiana State
Mark Aguirre DePaul
Gary Garland DePaul

East Region

First Round

(7) Temple 70-75 (10) St. John's
(8) Iona 92-83 (9) Penn

Second Round

(2) Duke 78-80 (10) St. John's
(3) Georgetown 58-64 (6) Rutgers
(1) North Carolina 71-72 (9) Penn
(4) Syracuse 89-81 (5) UConn

Semifinals

(10) St. John's 67-65 (6) Rutgers
(9) Penn 84-76 (4) Syracuse

Final

(10) St. John's 62-64 (9) Penn

Mideast Region

First Round

(7) Detroit 87-95 (10) Lamar
(8) Tennessee 97-81 (9) Eastern Kentucky

Second Round

(2) Michigan State 78-80 (10) Lamar
(3) LSU 71-57 (6) Appalachian State
(1) Notre Dame 73-67 (8) Tennessee
(4) Syracuse 72-74 (5) Toledo

Semifinals

(2) Michigan State 87-71 (3) LSU
(1) Notre Dame 79-71 (5) Toledo

Final

(2) Michigan State 80-68 (1) Notre Dame

Midwest Region

First Round

(7) Weber State 81-78 (OT) (10) New Mexico State
(8) Virginia Tech 70-53 (9) Jacksonville

Second Round

(2) Arkansas 74-63 (7) Weber State
(3) Louisville 69-66 (6) South Alabama
(1) Indiana State 86-69 (8) Virginia Tech
(4) Texas 76-90 (5) Oklahoma

Semifinals

(2) Arkansas 73-62 (3) Louisville
(1) Indiana State 93-72 (5) Oklahoma

Final

(2) Arkansas 71-73 (1) Indiana State

West Region

First Round

(7) USC 86-67 (10) Utah State
(8) Utah 88-92 (OT) (9) Pepperdine

Second Round

(2) DePaul 89-78 (7) USC
(3) Marquette 73-48 (6) Pacific
(1) UCLA 76-71 (9) Pepperdine
(4) San Francisco 86-83 (5) BYU

Semifinals

(2) DePaul 62-56 (3) Marquette
(1) UCLA 99-81 (4) San Francisco

Final

(2) DePaul 95-91 (1) UCLA

National Semifinals

(9) Penn 67-101 (2) Michigan State
(2) DePaul 74-76 (1) Indiana State

Championship Game

(2) Michigan State 75-64 (1) Indiana State


NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
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