1978–79 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
|1978–79 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Duke Blue Devils|
|Tournament dates||March 9, 1979 – |
March 26, 1979
|National Championship||Special Events Center|
Salt Lake City, Utah
|NCAA Champions||Michigan State Spartans|
|Helms National Champions||Michigan State Spartans|
|Other champions||Indiana Hoosiers (NIT)|
|Player of the Year|
|Larry Bird, Indiana State|
|Player of the Year|
|Larry Bird, Indiana State|
The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.
Conference membership changesEdit
The 1978–79 season was most notable for the expansion of the Pacific-8 Conference to 10 members with the addition of the men's athletic programs of Arizona and Arizona State (the conference did not sponsor women's sports until the 1986–87 school year). The conference duly renamed itself the Pacific-10 Conference.
|School||Former Conference||New Conference|
|Arizona State Sun Devils||WAC||Pac-10|
|William & Mary Indians||Southern||Independent|
Conference winners and tournamentsEdit
Of 22 Division I basketball conferences, 13 determined their league champion with a single-elimination tournament, while seven leagues sent their regular-season champion to the NCAA Tournament. The Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) did not receive an automatic tournament bid until the 1979–80 season, while the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) received their automatic bid in 1980–81.
From 1975 to 1982, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), a loosely organized sports federation of Northeastern colleges and universities, organized Division I ECAC regional tournaments for those of its members that were independents in basketball. Each 1979 tournament winner received an automatic bid to the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in the same way that the tournament champions of conventional athletic conferences did.
|Lawrence Butler||Idaho St.||30.1||Monti Davis||Tenn. St.||16.2||Murray Brown||Florida St.||69.1||Darrell Mauldin||Campbell||92.1|
|Larry Bird||Indiana St.||28.6||Bill Cartwright||San Francisco||15.7||Jeff Ruland||Iona||67.1||Kurt Kanaskie||La Salle||91.7|
|Nick Galis||Seton Hall||27.5||Lionel Garrett||Southern||15.5||Steve Johnson||Oregon St.||66.1||Jim Krivacs||Texas||91.0|
|James Tillman||Eastern Kentucky||26.9||Larry Bird||Indiana St.||14.9||Jonathan Green||Tennessee St.||65.6||Tom Orner||Butler||90.9|
|Paul Dawkins||Northern Illinois||26.7||Larry Knight||Loyola-Illinois||14.3||Wiley Peck||Mississippi St.||64.4||Ron Perry||Holy Cross||90.8|
|National Semifinals||National Finals|
National Invitation TournamentEdit
Semifinals & FinalsEdit
- Third Place – Alabama 96, Ohio State 86
Consensus All-American teamsEdit
|Larry Bird||F||Senior||Indiana State|
|Magic Johnson||G||Sophomore||Michigan State|
|Bill Cartwright||C||Senior||San Francisco|
|Calvin Natt||C||Senior||Northeast Louisiana|
|Mike O'Koren||F||Junior||North Carolina|
|Kelly Tripucka||F||Sophomore||Notre Dame|
|Sly Williams||F||Junior||Rhode Island|
Major player of the year awardsEdit
- Wooden Award: Larry Bird, Indiana State
- Naismith Award: Larry Bird, Indiana State
- Associated Press Player of the Year: Larry Bird, Indiana State
- UPI Player of the Year: Larry Bird, Indiana State
- NABC Player of the Year: Larry Bird, Indiana State
- Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA): Larry Bird, Indiana State
- Adolph Rupp Trophy: Larry Bird, Indiana State
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Larry Bird, Indiana State
Major coach of the year awardsEdit
- Associated Press Coach of the Year: Bill Hodges, Indiana State
- Henry Iba Award (USBWA): Dean Smith, North Carolina
- NABC Coach of the Year: Ray Meyer, DePaul
- UPI Coach of the Year: Bill Hodges, Indiana State
- Sporting News Coach of the Year: Bill Hodges, Indiana State
Other major awardsEdit
A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended.
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