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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.

Contents

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

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 AP Poll[3]
1984–85 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Georgia Tech 9 5   .643     27 8   .771
#7 North Carolina 9 5   .643     27 9   .750
#16 NC State 9 5   .643     23 10   .697
#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
#3 St. John's 15 1   .938     31 4   .886
#1 Georgetown 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#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[4]; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Oklahoma 13 1   .929     31 6   .838
#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 Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Michigan 16 2   .889     26 4   .867
#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 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[5]
1984–85 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#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
#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[6]; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#20 LSU 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
#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 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#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

Statistical leadersEdit

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. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Mid-Continent Conference Season Summary
  4. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Season Summary
  6. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved November 25, 2011.