The 2006 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 2005–06 basketball season. It began on March 14, 2006, and concluded on April 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.
None of the Tournament's top seeds advanced to the Final Four, the first time since 1980 that this occurred. For the second time in history, a team seeded 11th advanced to the Final Four as George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association won the Washington, D.C. region. They were joined by Atlanta region winner LSU (who was the first team to advance to the Final Four as an 11-seed in 1986), Oakland region winner UCLA, who had not made the Final Four since they won the National Championship in 1995, and Minneapolis region winner Florida, who had not made the Final Four since their runner-up finish in 2000 also in Indianapolis.
George Mason's run was one of several upsets by lower-seeded teams in the tournament. For the second consecutive year, a No. 14 seed beat a No. 3 seed as Northwestern State defeated Iowa. No. 13 seed Bradley also defeated No. 4 seed Kansas and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen by defeating No. 5-seeded Pittsburgh in the Second Round. Two No. 12 seeds won as well, as Montana and Texas A&M both won their respective First Round matchups. For the second straight year, Milwaukee won as a double-digit seed, this time as the No. 11-seeded Panthers defeated Oklahoma in the First Round.
|2006 NCAA Division I|
Men's Basketball Tournament
2006 Final Four logo
|Finals site||RCA Dome|
|Champions||Florida Gators (1st title, 2nd title game,|
3rd Final Four)
|Runner-up||UCLA Bruins (13th title game,|
16th Final Four)
|Winning coach||Billy Donovan (1st title)|
|MOP||Joakim Noah (Florida)|
|Top scorers||Glen Davis LSU|
Joakim Noah Florida
A total of 65 teams were selected to participate in the tournament. Of that total, 31 of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. Penn earned an automatic bid by winning the regular-season title of the Ivy League, which did not conduct a conference tournament. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.
The initial game on March 14 officially named the Opening Round game, but popularly called the "play-in game", had Monmouth, winner of the Northeast Conference Tournament, facing Hampton, who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Tournament, for a chance to play top seed Villanova in the First Round of the Tournament. Monmouth defeated Hampton, 71–49, to advance to play Villanova.
All teams were seeded from 1 to 16 within their regions. The Selection Committee seeded the entire field from 1 to 65. In a practice used since 2004, the ranking of the four top seeds against each other would determine the pairings in the Final Four. The top overall seed would be seeded to play the fourth overall seed in the national semifinals, should both teams advance that far. In 2006, these rankings were as follows: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Connecticut, No. 3 Villanova, and No. 4 Memphis.
The first and second-round games were played at the following sites:
The four regionals were officially named after the four host cities, a practice which also began in 2004. However, in 2007, the NCAA returned to naming regionals by their geographic location. The 2006 regionals were:
Each regional winner advanced to the Final Four, held on April 1 and 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, hosted by Butler University and the Horizon League. This was the fourth and final time the RCA Dome would host the Final Four before moving to Lucas Oil Stadium. For the first time, the tournament came to Jacksonville, Florida, playing games at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This marked the sixth city and fifth metropolitan area in the state of Florida to host games. The 2006 tournament also marked the final tournament games held at the Huntsman Center and Oakland (now Oracle) Arena. Tournament games have moved to downtown Salt Lake City and the Vivint Smart Home Arena since, to take advantage of more amenities there as opposed to the campus of the University of Utah. As for Oakland, there are currently no games scheduled in the near future, with 2022 scheduled to host games at the new Chase Center in downtown San Francisco. As the Golden State Warriors will also be moving to the Chase Center once it opens, it is unclear what will happen to the Oracle Arena once their primary tenant moves out.
|No. 1||Duke||ACC||Mike Krzyzewski||30–3||Tournament Champion|
|No. 2||Texas||Big 12||Rick Barnes||27–6||At-Large Bid|
|No. 3||Iowa||Big Ten||Steve Alford||25–8||Tournament Champion|
|No. 4||LSU||SEC||John Brady||23–8||At-Large Bid|
|No. 5||Syracuse||Big East||Jim Boeheim||23–11||Tournament Champion|
|No. 6||West Virginia||Big East||John Beilein||20–10||At-Large Bid|
|No. 7||California||Pac-10||Ben Braun||20–10||At-Large Bid|
|No. 8||George Washington||Atlantic 10||Karl Hobbs||26–2||At-Large Bid|
|No. 9||UNC Wilmington||CAA||Brad Brownell||25–7||Tournament Champion|
|No. 10||North Carolina State||ACC||Herb Sendek||21–9||At-Large Bid|
|No. 11||Southern Illinois||Missouri Valley||Chris Lowery||22–10||Tournament Champion|
|No. 12||Texas A&M||Big 12||Billy Gillispie||21–8||At-Large Bid|
|No. 13||Iona||MAAC||Jeff Ruland||23–7||Tournament Champion|
|No. 14||Northwestern State||Southland||Mike McConathy||25–7||Tournament Champion|
|No. 15||Pennsylvania||Ivy||Fran Dunphy||20–8||Regular Season Champion|
|No. 16||Southern||SWAC||Rob Spivery||19–12||Tournament Champion|
|No. 1||Memphis||C-USA||John Calipari||30–3||Tournament Champion|
|No. 2||UCLA||Pac-10||Ben Howland||27–6||Tournament Champion|
|No. 3||Gonzaga||WCC||Mark Few||27–3||Tournament Champion|
|No. 4||Kansas||Big 12||Bill Self||25–7||Tournament Champion|
|No. 5||Pittsburgh||Big East||Jamie Dixon||24–7||At-Large Bid|
|No. 6||Indiana||Big Ten||Mike Davis||18–11||At-Large Bid|
|No. 7||Marquette||Big East||Tom Crean||20–10||At-Large Bid|
|No. 8||Arkansas||SEC||Stan Heath||22–9||At-Large Bid|
|No. 9||Bucknell||Patriot||Pat Flannery||26–4||Tournament Champion|
|No. 10||Alabama||SEC||Mark Gottfried||17–12||At-Large Bid|
|No. 11||San Diego State||Mountain West||Steve Fisher||24–8||Tournament Champion|
|No. 12||Kent State||Mid-American||Jim Christian||25–8||Tournament Champion|
|No. 13||Bradley||Missouri Valley||Jim Les||20–10||At-Large Bid|
|No. 14||Xavier||Atlantic 10||Sean Miller||21–10||Tournament Champion|
|No. 15||Belmont||Atlantic Sun||Rick Byrd||20–10||Tournament Champion|
|No. 16||Oral Roberts||Mid-Continent||Scott Sutton||21–11||Tournament Champion|
|Washington, D.C. Regional|
|No. 1||Connecticut||Big East||Jim Calhoun||27–3||At-Large Bid|
|No. 2||Tennessee||SEC||Bruce Pearl||21–7||At-Large Bid|
|No. 3||North Carolina||ACC||Roy Williams||23–8||At-Large Bid|
|No. 4||Illinois||Big Ten||Bruce Weber||25–6||At-Large Bid|
|No. 5||Washington||Pac-10||Lorenzo Romar||24–6||At-Large Bid|
|No. 6||Michigan State||Big Ten||Tom Izzo||22–11||At-Large Bid|
|No. 7||Wichita State||Missouri Valley||Mark Turgeon||24–8||At-Large Bid|
|No. 8||Kentucky||SEC||Tubby Smith||21–12||At-Large Bid|
|No. 9||UAB||C-USA||Mike Anderson||24–6||At-Large Bid|
|No. 10||Seton Hall||Big East||Louis Orr||18–11||At-Large Bid|
|No. 11||George Mason||CAA||Jim Larranaga||25–7||At-Large Bid|
|No. 12||Utah State||WAC||Stew Morrill||23–8||At-Large Bid|
|No. 13||Air Force||Mountain West||Jeff Bzdelik||24–6||At-Large Bid|
|No. 14||Murray State||Ohio Valley||Mick Cronin||24–6||Tournament Champion|
|No. 15||Winthrop||Big South||Gregg Marshall||23–7||Tournament Champion|
|No. 16||Albany||America East||Will Brown||21–10||Tournament Champion|
|No. 1||Villanova||Big East||Jay Wright||25–4||At-Large Bid|
|No. 2||Ohio State||Big Ten||Thad Matta||25–5||At-Large Bid|
|No. 3||Florida||SEC||Billy Donovan||27–6||Tournament Champion|
|No. 4||Boston College||ACC||Al Skinner||26–7||At-Large Bid|
|No. 5||Nevada||WAC||Mark Fox||27–5||Tournament Champion|
|No. 6||Oklahoma||Big 12||Kelvin Sampson||20–8||At-Large Bid|
|No. 7||Georgetown||Big East||John Thompson III||21–9||At-Large Bid|
|No. 8||Arizona||Pac-10||Lute Olson||19–12||At-Large Bid|
|No. 9||Wisconsin||Big Ten||Bo Ryan||19–11||At-Large Bid|
|No. 10||Northern Iowa||Missouri Valley||Greg McDermott||23–9||At-Large Bid|
|No. 11||UW-Milwaukee||Horizon||Rob Jeter||21–8||Tournament Champion|
|No. 12||Montana||Big Sky||Larry Krystkowiak||23–6||Tournament Champion|
|No. 13||Pacific||Big West||Bob Thomason||24–7||Tournament Champion|
|No. 14||South Alabama||Sun Belt||John Pelphrey||24–6||Tournament Champion|
|No. 15||Davidson||Southern||Bob McKillop||18–10||Tournament Champion|
|No. 16*||Monmouth||Northeast||Dave Calloway||18–14||Tournament Champion|
|No. 16*||Hampton||MEAC||Bobby Collins||16–15||Tournament Champion|
*Opening Round participants
|Bids by Conference|
|6||SEC, Big Ten|
|4||ACC, Big 12, Pac-10, Missouri Valley|
|2||Atlantic 10, CAA, C-USA, Mountain West, WAC|
(*) – Number of asterisks denotes number of overtimes.
Winner advances to Minneapolis Regional vs. No. 1 Villanova.
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Finals|
|10||North Carolina State||58|
|10||North Carolina State||54|
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Finals|
|11||San Diego State||83|
|Salt Lake City|
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Finals|
|Salt Lake City|
|First round||Second round||Semifinals||Finals|
|National Semifinals||National Championship Game|
|Conference||# of Bids||Record||Win %||R32||S16||E8||F4||CG|
|Big Sky Conference||1||1–1||.500||1||–||–||–||–|
*Monmouth University won the Opening Round game.
The columns R32, S16, E8, F4, and CG respectively stand for the Round of 32, Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship Game.
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