1984–85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1984–85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1984 and ended with the Final Four in Lexington, Kentucky on April 1, 1985. The Villanova Wildcats won their first NCAA national championship with a 66–64 victory over the defending champion, top-ranked Georgetown Hoyas. It was the second time in three seasons that the national champion had 10 losses.

Season headlinesEdit

Major rule changesEdit

Beginning in 1984–85, the following rules changes were implemented:[1]

Season outlookEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

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

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Georgetown
2 Illinois
3 DePaul
4 Indiana
5 Oklahoma
6 Duke
7 St. John's
8 Memphis State
9 Washington
10 SMU
11 UNLV
12 Syracuse
13 NC State
14 LSU
15 Virginia Tech
16 Arkansas
17 Louisville
18 Kentucky
19 Kansas
20 Georgia Tech

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%
Xavier McDaniel Wichita St. 27.2 Xavier McDaniel Wichita St. 14.8 Robbie Weingard Hofstra 9.5 Keith Walker Utica 71.3
Alfredrick Hughes Loyola (IL) 26.3 Benoit Banjamin Creighton 14.1 Carl Golston Loyola (IL) 9.2 Vernon Moore Creighton 67.4
Dan Palombizio Ball St. 26.3 Carey Scurry Long Island 14.1 Jim Les Bradley 8.8 Dave Hoppen Nebraska 64.6
Joe Dumars McNeese St. 25.8 Karl Towns Monmouth 12.3 Taurence Chisholm Delaware 8.0 David Robinson Navy 64.4
Terry Catledge S. Alabama 25.6 Robert Sanders Miss. Valley St. 11.9 Brian Carr Nebraska 7.9 John Staves Southern 63.8
Derrick Gervin UTSA 25.6
Free Throw Percentage
Player School FT%
Craig Collins Penn St. 95.9
Steve Alford Indiana 92.1
Steve Eggink Marist 92.0
Dennis Nutt TCU 91.7
Bruce Timko Youngstown St. 90.7
[3]

Conference standingsEdit

1984–85 AMCU-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cleveland State 11 3   .786     21 8   .724
Western Illinois 10 4   .714     14 14   .500
Eastern Illinois 9 5   .643     20 10   .667
Missouri State 8 6   .571     17 13   .567
Illinois-Chicago 7 7   .500     14 14   .500
Northern Iowa 6 8   .429     12 16   .429
Valparaiso 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Green Bay 1 13   .071     4 24   .143
1985 AMCU-8 Tournament winner
Rankings from [4]
1984–85 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
West Virginia 16 2   .889     20 9   .690
Temple 15 3   .833     25 6   .806
Saint Joseph's 13 5   .722     19 12   .613
Rutgers 9 9   .500     16 14   .533
George Washington 9 9   .500     14 14   .500
UMass 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
St. Bonaventure 7 11   .389     14 15   .483
Duquesne 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     8 19   .296
Rhode Island 2 16   .111     8 20   .286
1985 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Georgia Tech 9 5   .643     27 8   .771
No. 7 North Carolina 9 5   .643     27 9   .750
No. 16 NC State 9 5   .643     23 10   .697
No. 10 Duke 8 6   .571     23 8   .742
Maryland 8 6   .571     25 12   .676
Clemson 5 9   .357     16 13   .552
Wake Forest 5 9   .357     15 14   .517
Virginia 3 11   .214     17 16   .515
1985 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 St. John's 15 1   .938     31 4   .886
No. 1 Georgetown 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
No. 15 Syracuse 9 7   .563     22 9   .710
Villanova 9 7   .563     25 10   .714
Pittsburgh 8 8   .500     17 12   .586
Boston College 7 9   .438     20 11   .645
Connecticut 6 10   .375     13 15   .464
Providence 3 13   .188     11 20   .355
Seton Hall 1 15   .063     10 18   .357
† 1985 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 1, 1985[5]; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Oklahoma 13 1   .929     31 6   .838
No. 13 Kansas 11 3   .786     26 8   .765
Iowa State 7 7   .500     21 13   .618
Missouri 7 7   .500     18 14   .563
Kansas State 5 9   .357     14 14   .500
Colorado 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Nebraska 5 9   .357     16 14   .533
Oklahoma State 3 11   .214     12 16   .429
1985 Big Eight Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Nevada 11 3   .786     21 10   .677
Montana 10 4   .714     22 7   .759
Weber State 9 5   .643     20 9   .690
Northern Arizona 8 6   .571     17 12   .586
Montana State 7 7   .500     11 17   .393
Boise State 5 9   .357     16 13   .552
Idaho State 5 9   .357     15 18   .455
Idaho 1 13   .071     8 22   .267
Conference tournament winner
1984–85 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 2 Michigan 16 2   .889     26 4   .867
No. 12 Illinois 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
Purdue 11 7   .611     20 9   .690
Ohio State 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Iowa 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Michigan State 10 8   .556     19 10   .655
Indiana 7 11   .389     19 14   .576
Minnesota 6 12   .333     13 15   .464
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     14 14   .500
Northwestern 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Rankings from AP Poll)
1984–85 ECC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Bucknell 10 4   .714     19 10   .655
Lafayette 8 6   .571     15 13   .536
Drexel 8 6   .571     10 18   .357
Rider 7 7   .500     14 15   .483
Delaware 7 7   .500     12 16   .429
Lehigh 6 8   .429     12 19   .387
Hofstra 5 9   .357     14 15   .483
Towson 5 9   .357     7 21   .250
1985 ECC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 ECAC Metro men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marist 11 3   .786     16 11   .593
Fairleigh Dickinson 10 4   .714     21 10   .677
Long Island 9 5   .643     15 13   .536
Loyola (MD) 8 6   .571     16 14   .533
Saint Francis (PA) 6 8   .429     9 19   .321
Wagner 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Robert Morris 4 10   .286     9 19   .321
St. Francis (NY) 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
1985 ECAC Metro Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 ECAC North men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Canisius 13 3   .813     20 10   .667
Northeastern 13 3   .813     22 9   .710
Siena 12 4   .750     22 7   .759
Niagara 11 5   .688     16 12   .571
Boston University 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
Vermont 5 11   .313     9 19   .321
Maine 5 11   .313     11 17   .393
New Hampshire 4 12   .250     7 22   .241
Colgate 0 16   .000     5 21   .192
Hartford       7 21   .250
1985 ECAC North Tournament winner
1984–85 ECAC South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Navy 11 3   .786     26 6   .813
Richmond 11 3   .786     21 11   .656
George Mason 10 4   .714     18 11   .621
William & Mary 9 5   .643     16 12   .571
James Madison 7 7   .500     14 14   .500
UNC Wilmington 4 10   .286     12 16   .429
American 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
East Carolina 1 13   .071     7 21   .250
1985 ECAC South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[6]
1984–85 Metro Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 5 Memphis State 13 1   .929     31 4   .886
Virginia Tech 10 4   .714     20 9   .690
Cincinnati 8 6   .571     17 14   .548
South Carolina 6 8   .429     15 13   .536
Tulane 6 8   .429     15 13   .536
Louisville 6 8   .429     19 18   .514
Florida State 4 10   .286     14 16   .467
Southern Miss 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
1985 Metro Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[7]
1984–85 Midwestern City Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 14 Loyola-Chicago 13 1   .929     27 6   .818
Butler 9 5   .643     19 10   .655
Oral Roberts 8 6   .571     15 15   .500
Detroit 8 6   .571     16 12   .571
Xavier 7 7   .500     16 13   .552
Saint Louis 6 8   .429     13 15   .464
Evansville 4 10   .286     13 16   .448
Oklahoma City 1 13   .071     6 20   .231
1985 MCC Tournament winner
1984–85 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 18 Tulsa 12 4   .750     23 8   .742
Illinois State 11 5   .688     22 8   .733
Wichita State 11 5   .688     18 13   .581
Creighton 9 7   .563     20 12   .625
Bradley 9 7   .563     17 13   .567
Southern Illinois 6 10   .375     14 14   .500
Indiana State 6 10   .375     14 15   .483
Drake 4 12   .250     12 15   .444
West Texas A&M 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
1985 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Pacific Coast Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 9 UNLV 17 1   .944     28 4   .875
Fresno State 15 3   .833     23 9   .719
Cal State Fullerton 11 7   .611     17 13   .567
Utah State 10 8   .556     17 11   .607
San Jose State 10 8   .556     16 13   .552
UC Irvine 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
UC Santa Barbara 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
Pacific 5 13   .278     9 19   .321
New Mexico State 4 14   .222     7 20   .259
Long Beach State 2 16   .111     4 23   .148
1985 PCAA Tournament winner
1984–85 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Washington 13 5   .722     22 10   .688
USC 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
Oregon State 12 6   .667     22 9   .710
Arizona 12 6   .667     21 10   .677
UCLA 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Oregon 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Arizona State 7 11   .389     12 16   .429
Washington State 5 13   .278     13 15   .464
California 5 13   .278     13 15   .464
Stanford 3 15   .167     11 17   .393
As of November 25, 2011[8]; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 20 LSU 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
No. 19 Georgia 12 6   .667     22 9   .710
Alabama 11 7   .611     23 10   .697
Kentucky 11 7   .611     18 13   .581
Florida 9 9   .500     18 12   .600
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
Tennessee 8 10   .444     22 15   .595
Auburn 8 10   .444     22 12   .647
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     11 17   .393
Vanderbilt 4 14   .222     11 17   .393
1985 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chattanooga 14 2   .875     24 8   .750
Marshall 12 4   .750     21 13   .618
The Citadel 11 5   .688     18 11   .621
Western Carolina 8 8   .500     14 14   .500
VMI 7 9   .438     16 14   .533
Appalachian State 7 9   .438     14 14   .500
Davidson 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Furman 4 12   .250     7 21   .250
East Tennessee State 3 13   .188     9 18   .333
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1985; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 8 Louisiana Tech 11 1   .917     29 3   .906
McNeese State 9 3   .750     18 10   .643
Lamar 8 4   .667     20 12   .625
Arkansas State 6 6   .500     14 14   .500
Northeast Louisiana 4 8   .333     17 12   .586
Texas-Arlington 3 9   .250     12 16   .429
North Texas 1 11   .083     5 23   .179
1985 Southland Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[9]
1984–85 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 17 Texas Tech 12 4   .750     23 8   .742
SMU 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
Texas A&M 10 6   .625     19 11   .633
Arkansas 10 6   .625     22 13   .629
TCU 8 8   .500     16 12   .571
Houston 8 8   .500     16 14   .533
Texas 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Baylor 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
Rice 3 13   .188     11 16   .407
1985 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 VCU 12 2   .857     26 6   .813
UAB 11 3   .786     25 9   .735
Old Dominion 9 5   .643     19 12   .613
South Florida 6 8   .429     18 12   .600
Jacksonville 6 8   .429     15 14   .517
South Alabama 6 8   .429     15 13   .536
Western Kentucky 5 9   .357     14 14   .500
UNC Charlotte 1 13   .071     5 23   .179
1985 Sun Belt Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 West Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Pepperdine 11 1   .917     23 9   .719
Santa Clara 9 3   .750     20 9   .690
Saint Mary's 7 5   .583     15 12   .556
San Diego 5 7   .417     16 11   .593
Gonzaga 4 8   .333     15 13   .536
Portland 3 9   .250     14 14   .500
Loyola Marymount 3 9   .250     11 16   .407
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UTEP 12 4   .750     22 10   .688
San Diego State 11 5   .688     23 8   .742
New Mexico 9 7   .563     19 13   .594
Colorado State 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
BYU 9 7   .563     15 14   .517
Utah 8 8   .500     15 16   .484
Wyoming 7 9   .438     15 14   .517
Hawaii 5 11   .313     10 18   .357
Air Force 2 14   .125     8 20   .286
1985 WAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[10]

Postseason tournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Final Four - Rupp Arena, Lexington, KentuckyEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E1 Georgetown 77
W1 St John's 59
E1 Georgetown 64
S8 Villanova 66
S8 Villanova 52
M2 Memphis State 45

National Invitation TournamentEdit

NIT Semifinals and FinalEdit

Semifinals (March 27) Finals (March 29)
      
Tennessee 67
Indiana 74
Indiana 62
UCLA 65
UCLA 75
Louisville 66
Third place game
   
Tennessee 100
Louisville 84

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Johnny Dawkins G Junior Duke
Patrick Ewing C Senior Georgetown
Keith Lee F/C Senior Memphis State
Xavier McDaniel F Senior Wichita State
Chris Mullin F Senior St. John's
Wayman Tisdale F Senior Oklahoma


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Len Bias F Junior Maryland
Jon Koncak C Senior Southern Methodist
Mark Price G Junior Georgia Tech
Kenny Walker F Junior Kentucky
Dwayne Washington G Sophomore Syracuse

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. ^ "1986 NCAA Basketball Record Book, pages 105–107". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Fall 1986. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  4. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Mid-Continent Conference Season Summary
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  6. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Season Summary
  7. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference Season Summary
  8. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved November 25, 2011.
  9. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Southland Conference Season Summary
  10. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Western Athletic Conference Season Summary