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1983 NCAA Tournament: How they got there

In the 1983 tournament, the Houston Cougars were the top seed in the Midwest, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack were the No. 6 seed in the West Region. Here's how the two teams advanced to the 1983 Final Four in Albuquerque.

First round

Midwest: No. 1 Houston — bye

West: No. 6 N.C. State 69, No. 11 Pepperdine 67 (2OT)

Second round

Midwest: Houston 60, No. 8 Maryland 50

West: N.C. State 71, No. 3 UNLV 70

Region semifinals

Midwest: Houston 70, No. 4 Memphis State 63

West: N.C. State 75, No. 10 Utah 56

Region finals

Midwest: Houston 89, No. 3 Villanova 71

West: N.C. State 63, No. 1 Virginia 62

Final Four semifinals

Houston 94, Louisville (Mideast No. 1) 81

N.C. State 67, Georgia (East No. 4) 60

Championship game

North Carolina State 54, Houston 52

Championship Game boxscore

At Albuquerque, N.M.

N.C. STATE 54, HOUSTON 52

North Carolina State

Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.

Thurl Bailey 39 7-16 1-2 5 0 1 15

Lorenzo Charles 25 2-7 0-0 7 0 2 4

Cozell McQueen 34 1-5 2-2 12 1 4 4

Dereck Whittenburg 39 6-7 2-2 5 1 3 14

Sidney Lowe 40 4-9 0-1 0 8 2 8

Alvin Battle 4 0-1 2-2 1 1 1 2

Terry Gannon 18 3-4 1-2 1 2 3 7

Ernie Myers 1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 0

Totals 200 23-59 8-11 34 13 16 54

Houston

Player Min. FG-A FT-A Reb. A PF Pts.

Clyde Drexler 25 1-5 2-2 2 0 4 4

Larry Michaeux 18 2-6 0-0 6 0 1 4

Akeem Olajuwon 38 7-15 6-7 18 1 1 20

Alvin Franklin 35 2-6 0-1 0 3 0 4

Michael Young 30 3-10 0-4 8 1 0 6

Benny Anders 17 4-9 25 2 1 2 10

Reid Gettys 20 2-2 0-0 2 2 3 4

David Rose 7 0-1 0-0 1 0 2 0

Bryan Williams 10 0-1 0-0 4 1 3 0

Totals 200 21-55 10-19 44 9 16 52