Most and Fewest Points Scored in an NCAA Tournament Championship Game (School)

Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian and His 1990 UNLV Runnin' Rebels Scored the Most Points in an NCAA Tournament Championship Game

Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian and His 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels Scored the Most Points in an NCAA Tournament Championship Game

Offense is just not the name of the game in college basketball anymore. These are some low-scoring affairs in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

So, it’s likely that tonight’s Final may produce a team that makes the second list below – lowest scores by a team in the Championship game.

As with a previous post – schools with the lowest scores in any round – this is broken up into two groupings: all-time, and since 1979 for a fairer, modern look. Those old-school teams (literally) didn’t score as much. 1978-79 was the first season when schools were seeded for the Tournament.

That UConn-Butler Championship (53-41) in 2011 produced two of the lowest scores in the modern era. The 41 by Butler even made the all-time list.

Some of the lowest scores were winners (noted by an asterisk).

But first, the highest single-team point totals in NCAA Tournament Finals history.

Would you believe that in the 74 National Finals that have been played (1939-2012), only one team has ever broken 100-points! That would be Jerry “The Shark” Tarkanian‘s UNLV Runnin’ Rebels of 1990.

Tarkanian, by the way, was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame today.

MOST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS

  YEAR SCHOOL PTS  OPPONENT PTS  OT 
1. 1990  Nevada-Las Vegas (1)  103  Duke (3) 73   
2. 1964  UCLA  98  Duke  83   
3. 1978  Kentucky  94  Duke  88   
4. 1954  La Salle  92  Bradley  76   
4. 1969  UCLA  92  Purdue  72   
4. 1975  UCLA  92  Kentucky  85   
7. 1965  UCLA  91  Michigan  80   
8. 1995  UCLA (1) 89  Arkansas (2) 78   
8. 2000  Michigan State (1) 89  Florida (5) 76   
8. 2009  North Carolina (1) 89  Michigan State (2)  72   

FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS (ALL TIME)

  YEAR SCHOOL PTS  OPPONENT PTS  OT 
1. 1939  Ohio State  33  Oregon  46   
2. 1941  Washington State  34  Wisconsin  39   
2. 1943  Georgetown  34  Wyoming  46   
4. 1949  Oklahoma State  36  Kentucky  46   
5. 1942  Dartmouth  38  Stanford  53   
6. 1941  Wisconsin* 39  Washington State  34   
7. 1946  North Carolina  40  Oklahoma State  43   
7. 1944  Dartmouth  40  Utah  42  OT 
9. 2011  Butler (8) 41  Connecticut (3) 53   
10. 1944  Utah* 42  Dartmouth  40  OT 
10. 1940  Kansas  42  Indiana  60   
10. 1948  Baylor  42  Kentucky  58   

FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS (SINCE 1979)

  YEAR SCHOOL PTS  OPPONENT PTS  OT 
1. 2011  Butler (8) 41  Connecticut (3) 53   
2. 1981  North Carolina (2) 50  Indiana (3) 63   
3. 1992  Michigan (6) 51  Duke (1) 71   
4. 2002  Indiana (5) 52  Maryland (1) 64   
4. 1983  Houston (1) 52  North Carolina State (6) 54   
6. 2011  Connecticut (3)* 53  Butler (8) 41   
7. 1980  UCLA (8) 54  Louisville (2) 59   
7. 1983  North Carolina State (6)*
54  Houston (1) 52   
9. 2006  UCLA (2) 57  Florida (3) 73   
10. 2010  Butler (5) 59  Duke (1) 61   
10. 2012  Kansas (2) 59  Kentucky (1) 67   
10. 1980  Louisville (2) *
59  UCLA (8) 54   

Thanks to sports-reference.com‘s play index.

Photo: deseretnews.com

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