1983–84 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1983–84 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1983 and ended with the Final Four in Seattle, Washington on April 2, 1984. The Georgetown Hoyas won their first NCAA national championship with an 84–75 victory over the Houston Cougars, who were making their third consecutive appearance in the Final Four.

Season headlinesEdit

Major rule changesEdit

Beginning in 1983–84, the following rules changes were implemented:[1]

  • If a team was in the bonus situation within the last two minutes of the game and all of overtime, common fouls resulted in two free throws. This rule was changed back to the one-and-one free throw situation after a month due to its unpopularity.
  • Several conferences were granted permission to experiment with a 45-second shot clock (either for the entire game or shut off in the last 4:00 of the second half) the three-point shot from 19 feet, and coaching boxes to limit coaches to their bench areas.

Season outlookEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.[2]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina
2 Kentucky
3 Houston
4 Georgetown
5 Memphis State
6 Louisville
7 Iowa
8 Maryland
9 UCLA
10 Oregon State
11 LSU
12 Michigan State
13 Fresno State
14 Arkansas
15 Boston College
16 Georgia
17 Kansas
18 DePaul
19 Indiana
20 Oklahoma

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School FG%
Joe Jakubick Akron 30.1 Akeem Olajuwon Houston 13.5 Craig Lathen UIC 9.4 Akeem Olajuwon Houston 67.5
Lewis Jackson Alabama St. 29.0 Carey Scurry Long Island 13.5 Danny Tarkanian UNLV 8.5 Bobby Lee Hurt Alabama 66.4
Devin Durrant BYU 27.9 Xavier McDaniel Wichita St. 13.1 Reid Gettys Houston 8.4 Keith Walker Utica 66.0
Alfredrick Hughes Loyola (IL) 27.6 Donald Newman Ark.–Little Rock 12.9 Andre LaFleur Northeastern 7.9 Patrick Ewing Georgetown 65.8
Wayman Tisdale Oklahoma 27.0 Michael Cage San Diego St. 12.6 Tony William Florida St. 7.7 A. C. Green Oregon St. 65.7
Jeff Cross Maine 12.6
Free Throw Percentage
Player School FT%
Steve Alford Indiana 91.3
Joe Carrabino Harvard 90.5
Chris Mullin St. John's 90.4
Bob Ferry Harvard 90.3
Vince Cunningham UTSA 87.9
[3]

Conference standingsEdit

1983–84 AMCU-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Illinois-Chicago 12 2   .857     22 7   .759
Northern Iowa 10 4   .714     18 10   .643
Missouri State 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
Eastern Illinois 7 7   .500     15 13   .536
Western Illinois 6 8   .429     17 13   .567
Green Bay 5 9   .357     9 19   .321
Cleveland State 4 10   .286     14 16   .467
Valparaiso 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
1984 AMCU-8 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[4]
1983–84 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 18 0   1.000     26 5   .839
Saint Joseph's 13 5   .722     20 9   .690
George Washington 11 7   .611     17 12   .586
West Virginia 9 9   .500     20 12   .625
Rutgers 9 9   .500     15 13   .536
St. Bonaventure 8 10   .444     18 13   .581
Duquesne 8 10   .444     10 18   .357
UMass 6 12   .333     12 17   .414
Rhode Island 5 13   .278     6 22   .214
Penn State 3 15   .167     5 22   .185
1984 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 North Carolina 14 0   1.000     28 3   .903
No. 11 Maryland 9 5   .643     24 8   .750
No. 19 Wake Forest 7 7   .500     23 9   .719
No. 14 Duke 7 7   .500     24 10   .706
Georgia Tech 6 8   .429     18 11   .621
Virginia 6 8   .429     21 12   .636
NC State 4 10   .286     19 14   .576
Clemson 3 11   .214     14 14   .500
1984 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 Georgetown 14 2   .875     34 3   .919
No. 18 Syracuse 12 4   .750     23 9   .719
Villanova 12 4   .750     19 12   .613
Boston College 8 8   .500     18 12   .600
St. John's 8 8   .500     18 12   .600
Pittsburgh 6 10   .375     18 13   .581
Connecticut 5 11   .313     13 15   .464
Providence 5 11   .313     15 14   .517
Seton Hall 2 14   .125     9 19   .321
1984 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 2, 1984[5]; Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 7 Oklahoma 13 1   .929     29 5   .853
Kansas 9 5   .643     22 10   .688
Nebraska 7 7   .500     18 12   .600
Iowa State 6 8   .429     16 13   .552
Colorado 6 8   .429     16 13   .552
Kansas State 5 9   .357     14 15   .483
Oklahoma State 5 9   .357     13 15   .464
Missouri 5 9   .357     16 14   .533
1984 Big Eight Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Weber State 12 2   .857     23 8   .742
Montana 9 5   .643     23 7   .767
Montana State 7 7   .500     14 15   .483
Nevada 7 7   .500     17 14   .548
Idaho State 6 8   .429     12 19   .387
Boise State 6 8   .429     15 12   .556
Northern Arizona 5 9   .357     13 14   .481
Idaho 4 10   .286     9 19   .321
Conference tournament winner
1983–84 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Illinois 15 3   .833     26 5   .839
No. 10 Purdue 15 3   .833     22 7   .759
Indiana 13 5   .722     22 9   .710
Michigan 10 8   .556     24 9   .727
Michigan State 8 10   .444     15 13   .536
Ohio State 8 10   .444     15 14   .517
Northwestern 5 13   .278     14 14   .500
Minnesota 6 12   .333     15 13   .536
Iowa 6 12   .333     13 15   .464
Wisconsin* 0 18   .000     0 28   .000
Rankings from AP Poll
*Wisconsin forfeited all games due to NCAA sanctions.
Disputed record (4–14, 8–20)
1983–84 ECC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Bucknell 14 2   .875     24 5   .828
Rider 11 5   .688     20 11   .645
Drexel 10 6   .625     17 12   .586
Hofstra 9 7   .563     14 14   .500
Lafayette 9 7   .563     12 17   .414
Delaware 6 10   .375     11 16   .407
Towson 5 11   .313     10 19   .345
American 5 11   .313     6 22   .214
Lehigh 3 13   .188     4 23   .148
1984 ECC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 ECAC Metro men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Long Island 11 5   .688     20 11   .645
Robert Morris 11 5   .688     17 13   .567
Fairleigh Dickinson 10 6   .625     17 12   .586
Loyola (MD) 10 6   .625     16 12   .571
Marist 8 8   .500     14 15   .483
Siena 8 8   .500     15 13   .536
Saint Francis (PA) 8 8   .500     12 15   .444
Wagner 5 11   .313     8 20   .286
St. Francis (NY) 1 15   .063     2 26   .071
1984 ECAC Metro Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 ECAC North men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northeastern 14 0   1.000     27 5   .844
Canisius 9 5   .643     19 11   .633
Boston University 9 5   .643     16 13   .552
New Hampshire 8 6   .571     15 13   .536
Maine 7 7   .500     17 10   .630
Niagara 5 9   .357     10 18   .357
Vermont 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
Colgate 1 13   .071     5 22   .185
1984 ECAC North Tournament winner
1983–84 ECAC South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Richmond 7 3   .700     22 10   .688
Navy 6 4   .600     24 8   .750
William & Mary 6 4   .600     14 14   .500
George Mason 5 5   .500     21 7   .750
James Madison 5 5   .500     15 14   .517
East Carolina 1 9   .100     4 24   .143
1984 ECAC South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[6]
1983–84 Metro Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 16 Memphis State 11 3   .786     26 7   .788
Louisville 11 3   .786     24 11   .686
Florida State 9 5   .643     20 11   .645
Virginia Tech 8 6   .571     22 13   .629
Tulane 7 7   .500     17 11   .607
South Carolina 5 9   .357     12 16   .429
Southern Miss 4 10   .286     13 15   .464
Cincinnati 0 14   .000     3 25   .107
1984 Metro Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[7]
1983–84 Midwestern City Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Oral Roberts 11 3   .786     21 10   .677
Loyola-Chicago 10 4   .714     20 9   .690
Xavier 9 5   .643     22 11   .667
Butler 7 7   .500     13 15   .464
Evansville 7 7   .500     15 14   .517
Saint Louis 5 9   .357     12 16   .429
Detroit 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Oklahoma City 3 11   .214     8 19   .296
1984 MCC Tournament winner
1983–84 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 12 Tulsa 13 3   .813     27 4   .871
Illinois State 13 3   .813     23 8   .742
Wichita State 11 5   .688     18 12   .600
Creighton 8 8   .500     17 14   .548
Bradley 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Southern Illinois 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Indiana State 6 10   .375     14 14   .500
Drake 4 12   .250     8 20   .286
West Texas A&M 3 13   .188     8 19   .296
1984 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Pacific Coast Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 13 UNLV 16 2   .889     29 6   .829
UC Irvine 14 4   .778     19 10   .655
Fresno State 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
Utah State 12 6   .667     19 11   .633
New Mexico State 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
Cal State Fullerton 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
San Jose State 6 12   .333     10 18   .357
Long Beach State 6 12   .333     9 19   .321
UC Santa Barbara 5 13   .278     10 17   .370
Pacific 1 17   .056     3 27   .100
1984 PCAA Tournament winner
1983–84 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 15 Washington 15 3   .833     24 7   .774
No. 17 Oregon State 15 3   .833     22 7   .759
Oregon 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
UCLA 10 8   .556     17 11   .607
Stanford 8 10   .444     19 12   .613
Arizona State 8 10   .444     13 15   .464
Arizona 8 10   .444     11 17   .393
USC 6 12   .333     11 20   .355
California 5 13   .278     12 16   .429
Washington State 4 14   .222     10 18   .357
As of April 15, 1983[8]; Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Kentucky 14 4   .778     29 5   .853
Auburn 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Florida 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
LSU 11 7   .611     18 11   .621
Alabama 10 8   .556     18 12   .600
Tennessee 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Vanderbilt 8 10   .444     14 15   .483
Georgia 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
Mississippi State 4 14   .222     9 19   .321
Ole Miss 3 15   .167     8 20   .286
1984 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marshall 13 3   .813     25 6   .806
Chattanooga 12 4   .750     24 7   .774
Western Carolina 9 7   .563     15 13   .536
Appalachian State 8 8   .500     13 16   .448
The Citadel 8 8   .500     14 14   .500
Furman 7 9   .438     12 17   .414
East Tennessee State 6 10   .375     9 19   .321
Davidson 5 11   .313     9 19   .321
VMI 4 12   .250     8 19   .296
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1984; Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Houston 15 1   .938     32 5   .865
No. 8 Arkansas 14 2   .875     25 7   .781
SMU 12 4   .750     25 8   .758
Texas Tech 10 6   .625     17 12   .586
Texas A&M 7 9   .438     16 14   .533
Rice 6 10   .375     13 17   .433
TCU 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
Texas 3 13   .188     7 21   .250
Baylor 1 15   .063     5 23   .179
1984 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
VCU 11 3   .786     23 7   .767
Old Dominion 9 5   .643     19 12   .613
South Florida 9 5   .643     17 11   .607
South Alabama 9 5   .643     22 8   .733
UAB 8 6   .571     23 11   .676
Western Kentucky 5 9   .357     12 17   .414
Jacksonville 3 11   .214     12 16   .429
UNC Charlotte 2 12   .143     9 19   .321
1984 Sun Belt Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 West Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego 9 3   .750     18 10   .643
Santa Clara 7 5   .583     22 10   .688
Saint Mary's 7 5   .583     12 16   .429
Gonzaga 6 6   .500     17 10   .630
Pepperdine 6 6   .500     15 13   .536
Loyola Marymount 5 7   .417     12 15   .444
Portland 2 10   .167     11 17   .393
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 9 UTEP 13 3   .813     27 4   .871
BYU 12 4   .750     20 11   .645
New Mexico 10 6   .625     24 11   .686
Wyoming 9 7   .563     17 13   .567
Colorado State 9 7   .563     16 14   .533
Hawaii 6 10   .375     12 16   .429
San Diego State 6 10   .375     15 13   .536
Utah 4 12   .250     11 19   .367
Air Force 3 13   .188     8 19   .296
1984 WAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[9]

Postseason tournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Final Four - Kingdome, Seattle, WashingtonEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E7 Virginia 47*
MW2 Houston 49
W1 Georgetown 84
MW2 Houston 75
ME1 Kentucky 40
W1 Georgetown 53

National Invitation TournamentEdit

NIT Semifinals and FinalEdit

Semifinals Finals
      
Southwestern Louisiana 59
Notre Dame 65
Notre Dame 63
Michigan 83
Michigan 78
Virginia Tech 75
Third place game
   
Southwestern Louisiana 70
Virginia Tech 71

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Patrick Ewing C Junior Georgetown
Michael Jordan G Junior North Carolina
Akeem Olajuwon C Junior Houston
Sam Perkins F Senior North Carolina
Wayman Tisdale F Sophomore Oklahoma


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Michael Cage F Senior San Diego State
Devin Durrant F Senior Brigham Young
Keith Lee F/C Junior Memphis State
Chris Mullin F/G Junior St. John's
Melvin Turpin C/F Senior Kentucky
Leon Wood G Senior Cal State Fullerton

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017–18 NCAA Men's Basketball Records, Page 4" (PDF). 2017–18 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. p. 910. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  3. ^ "1985 NCAA Basketball Record Book, pages 99–101". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Fall 1985. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Mid-Continent Conference Season Summary
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Big East Conference Season Summary
  6. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Season Summary
  7. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference Season Summary
  8. ^ "2017-18 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 72. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  9. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Western Athletic Conference Season Summary