1979–80 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1979–80 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 17, 1979, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 1980 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on March 24, 1980, at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The Louisville Cardinals won their first NCAA national championship with a 59–54 victory over the UCLA Bruins.

Rule changesEdit

  • Officials were ordered to more strictly enforce foul rules already on the books, including bench decorum, hand-checking and charging fouls.
  • An excessive time-out will result in two free throws (technical foul), a rule which would figure prominently in the outcome of the 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Season outlookEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 20 from the AP and UPI polls during the pre-season.[2]

'Associated Press'
Ranking Team
1 Indiana (28)
2 Kentucky (5)
3 Duke (18)
4 Ohio State (7)
5 Notre Dame (1)
6 North Carolina
7 Louisiana State
9 DePaul
10 Louisville
11 Purdue
12 Syracuse
13 Virginia
14 Texas A&M
15 Brigham Young
16 St. John's
17 Oregon State
18 Marquette
19 Georgetown
20 Kansas
UPI Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Indiana
2 Ohio State
3 Notre Dame
4 North Carolina
5 Kentucky
6 Duke
8 Louisiana State
9 DePaul
11 Purdue
12 Syracuse
13 Texas A&M
14 Louisville
15 St. John's
16 Oregon State
17 Brigham Young
18 Iowa
19 Marquette

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

Conference Regular
Season Winner[3]
Player of the Year
Venue (City)
Atlantic Coast Conference Maryland Albert King, Maryland[4] 1980 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Big East Conference Georgetown, St. John's & Syracuse John Duren, Georgetown[5] 1980 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Providence Civic Center
(Providence, Rhode Island)
Big Eight Conference Missouri Rolando Blackman, Kansas State[6] 1980 Big Eight Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Kemper Arena
(Kansas City, Missouri)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Kansas State
Big Sky Conference Weber State Don Newman, Idaho [7] 1980 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Dee Events Center
(Ogden, Utah)
Weber State
Big Ten Conference Indiana None Selected No Tournament
East Coast Conference St. Joseph's (East)
Lafayette (West)
Michael Brooks, La Salle 1980 East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament The Palestra
La Salle
Eastern Athletic Association (Eastern 8) Villanova, Duquesne & Rutgers Earl Belcher, St. Bonaventure[8] 1980 Eastern 8 Men's Basketball Tournament Civic Arena
Eastern College Athletic
Conference (ECAC)
Division I ECAC members
played as independents
during the regular season
(see note)
1980 ECAC Metro Region Tournament Nassau Coliseum
(Uniondale, New York)
1980 ECAC South Men's Basketball Tournament Hampton Coliseum
(Hampton, Virginia)
Old Dominion
ECAC North Boston University & Northeastern Rufus Harris, Maine &
Ron Perry, Holy Cross[9]
1980 ECAC North Men's Basketball Tournament Hart Center
(Worcester, Massachusetts)
Holy Cross
Ivy League Penn Peter Moss, Brown [10] No Tournament
Metro Conference Louisville Darrell Griffith, Louisville 1980 Metro Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Freedom Hall
(Louisville, Kentucky)
Mid-American Conference Toledo Jim Swaney, Toledo[11] 1980 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Crisler Arena
(Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina A&T State James Ratiff, Howard 1979 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
North Carolina A&T State
Midwestern City Conference Loyola (IL) Calvin Garrett, Oral Roberts[12] 1980 Midwestern City Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Roberts Municipal Stadium
(Evansville, Indiana)
Oral Roberts
Missouri Valley Conference Bradley Lewis Lloyd, Drake[13] 1980 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Robertson Memorial Field House
(Peoria, Illinois)
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State & Western Kentucky Gary Hooker, Murray State[14] 1980 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament E. A. Diddle Arena
(Bowling Green, Kentucky)
Western Kentucky
Pacific-10 Conference Oregon State Don Collins, Washington State[15] No Tournament
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Utah State Dean Hunger, Utah State [16] 1980 PCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
San Jose State
Southeastern Conference Kentucky Kyle Macy, Kentucky[17] 1980 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Southern Conference Furman Jonathan Moore, Furman[18] 1980 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Roanoke Civic Center
(Roanoke, Virginia)
Southland Conference Lamar Andrew Toney, Southwestern Louisiana[19] No Tournament
Southwest Conference Texas A&M Ron Baxter, Texas &
Terry Teagle, Baylor
1980 Southwest Conference Men's Basketball Tournament HemisFair Arena
(San Antonio, Texas)
Texas A&M
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alcorn State Larry Smith, Alcorn State[20] 1980 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Alcorn State
Sun Belt Conference South Alabama James Ray, Jacksonville[21] 1980 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Charlotte Coliseum
(Charlotte, North Carolina) (Semifinals and Finals)
Trans America Athletic Conference Northeast Louisiana George Lett, Centenary[22] 1980 TAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Ewing Coliseum
(Monroe, Louisiana)
West Coast Athletic Conference St. Mary's &
San Francisco
Kurt Rambis, Santa Clara[23] No Tournament
Western Athletic Conference BYU None Selected No Tournament

Note: 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 1980 tournament winner received an automatic bid to the 1980 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in the same way that the tournament champions of conventional athletic conferences did. The ECAC North was a separate, conventional conference.[24]

Statistical leadersEdit

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School FG% Player School FT%
Tony Murphy Southern 32.1 Larry Smith Alcorn St. 15.1 Steve Johnson Oregon St. 71.0 Brian Magid G. Washington 92.9
Lewis Lloyd Drake 30.2 Lewis Lloyd Drake 15.0 Ron Charles Michigan St. 67.6 Randy Nesbit The Citadel 92.5
Harry Kelly TX Southern 29.0 Rickey Brown Mississippi St. 14.4 Cherokee Rhone Centenary 66.6 Kyle Macy Kentucky 91.2
Ken Page New Mexico 28.0 Monti Davis Tenn. St. 13.3 Roosevelt Bouie Syracuse 65.4 Greg Manning Maryland 90.8
James Tillman Eastern Kentucky 27.2 Gary Hooker Murray St. 12.3 Murray Brown Florida St. 64.6 Eddie White Gonzaga 89.2

Post-Season tournamentsEdit

NCAA tournamentEdit

Louisville's "doctors of dunk" brought Denny Crum his first NCAA title with a 59–54 win over surprise finalist UCLA and coach Larry Brown. Wooden Award winner Darrell Griffith was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Final FourEdit

Played at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana

National Semifinals National Finals
E5 Iowa 72
MW2 Louisville 80
MW2 Louisville 59
W8 UCLA 54
ME6 Purdue 62
W8 UCLA 67
  • Third Place – Purdue 75, Iowa 58

National Invitation TournamentEdit

The first year of the Ralph Sampson era ended with a Virginia Cavaliers NIT Championship – a 58–55 win over Minnesota. 7'4 freshman Sampson was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

NIT semifinals and finalEdit

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Semifinals Finals
  UNLV 71
  Virginia 90
  Virginia 58
  Minnesota 55
  Minnesota 65
  Illinois 63
  • Third Place – Illinois 84, UNLV 74


Consensus All-American teamsEdit

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Mark Aguirre F Sophomore DePaul
Michael Brooks F Senior La Salle
Joe Barry Carroll C Senior Purdue
Darrell Griffith G Senior Louisville
Kyle Macy G Senior Kentucky

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Mike Gminski C Senior Duke
Albert King F Junior Maryland
Mike O'Koren F Senior North Carolina
Kelvin Ransey G Senior Ohio State
Sam Worthen G Senior Marquette

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit

Coaching changesEdit

A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended.[25]

Team Former
Alabama C. M. Newton Wimp Sanderson Newton resigned to take the same position at Southeastern Conference rival Vanderbilt
Akron Ken Cunningham Bob Rupert
Army Mike Krzyzewski Pete Gaudet
Baptist David Reese Phil Carter
Boise State Bus Connor Dave Leach
Cal State Fullerton Bobby Dye George McQuarn
Colorado State Jim Williams Tony McAndrews
Cornell Ben Bluitt Tom Miller
Duke Bill Foster Mike Krzyzewski[26] Duke hired the untested Krzyzewski after a 9–17 season at Army.
Fairleigh Dickinson Al Lobalbo Don Feeley
Florida Ed Visscher Norm Sloan
George Mason John Linn Joe Harrington
Georgia Southern J. B. Scearce John Nelson
Hofstra Joe Harrington Dick Berg
Iona Jim Valvano Pat Kennedy
Iowa State Lynn Nance Rick Samuels Johnny Orr Nance resigned mid-season after an 8–10 start.
Lafayette Roy Chipman Will Rackley
Lamar Billy Tubbs Pat Foster
Loyola (IL) Jerry Lyne Gene Sullivan
Loyola Marymount Ron Jacobs Ed Goorjian
Michigan Johnny Orr Bill Frieder
Navy Bob Hamilton Paul Evans
Nebraska Joe Cipriano Moe Iba Iba took the helm after Cipriano died of cancer in November 1980.[27]
Nevada-Reno Jim Carey Sonny Allen
Niagara Dan Raskin Peter Lonergan
NC State Norm Sloan Jim Valvano Sloan resigned at NC State to take over at Florida, his alma mater, to rebuild the Gators as they moved into their new arena.
Northwestern Louisiana Tynes Hildebrand Wayne Yates
Ohio Dale Bandy Danny Nee
Oklahoma Dave Bliss Billy Tubbs
Pittsburgh Tim Grgurich Roy Chipman
Purdue Lee Rose Gene Keady
San Francisco Dan Belluomini Pete Barry
South Carolina Frank McGuire Bill Foster Hall of Fame coach McGuire retired after 30 years of coaching.
South Carolina State Tim Autry Johnny Jones
South Florida Chip Conner Gordon Gibbons Lee Rose Conner was fired in January[28] and later replaced with Rose – fresh off of a Final Four at Purdue.
Southern Methodist Sonny Allen Dave Bliss
Southern Utah Stan Jack Tom McCracken
Tennessee Tech Cliff Malpass Tom Deaton
Tulsa Jim King Bill Franey Nolan Richardson King resigned due to family concerns in February.[29] Tulsa hired reigning NJCAA championship coach Richardson.
UC Irvne Tim Tift Bill Mulligan
Valparaiso Ken Rochlitz Tom Smith
Western Kentucky Gene Keady Clem Haskins
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bob Gottlieb Bob Voight


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