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1987–88 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

Season headlinesEdit

Major rule changesEdit

Beginning in 1987–88, the following rules changes were implemented:

Season outlookEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.[1]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Syracuse
2 Purdue
3 North Carolina
4 Pittsburgh
5 Kentucky
6 Indiana
7 Kansas
8 Missouri
9 Michigan
10 Wyoming
11 Iowa
12 Temple
13 Louisville
14 Florida
15 Duke
16 Georgetown
17 Arizona
18 Georgia Tech
19 Oklahoma
20 DePaul

Conference membership changesEdit

These schools joined new conferences for the 1987–88 season.

School Former conference New conference
Arkansas State Southland Conference American South Conference
Lamar Southland Conference American South Conference
Louisiana Tech Southland Conference American South Conference
New Orleans NCAA Division I Independent American South Conference
SW Louisiana NCAA Division I Independent American South Conference
Texas-Rio Grande Valley NCAA Division I Independent American South Conference
UCF NCAA Division I Independent American South Conference

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

Conference standingsEdit

1987-88 American South Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Louisiana Tech 7 3   .700     22 9   .710
New Orleans 7 3   .700     21 11   .656
Lamar 5 5   .500     20 11   .645
Arkansas State 4 6   .400     21 14   .600
Texas-Rio Grande Valley 4 6   .400     14 14   .500
Louisiana-Lafayette 3 7   .300     12 16   .429
1988 American South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[2]
1987–88 AMCU-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Missouri State 12 2   .857     22 7   .759
Cleveland State 11 3   .786     22 8   .733
Wisconsin–Green Bay 9 5   .643     18 9   .667
Eastern Illinois 7 7   .500     17 11   .607
Western Illinois 6 8   .429     15 12   .556
Northern Iowa 4 10   .286     10 18   .357
Illinois-Chicago 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Valparaiso 3 11   .214     12 16   .429
1988 AMCU-8 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Temple 18 0   1.000     32 2   .941
Rhode Island 14 4   .778     28 7   .800
West Virginia 12 6   .667     18 14   .563
Saint Joseph's 9 9   .500     15 14   .517
Penn State 9 9   .500     13 14   .481
George Washington 7 11   .389     13 15   .464
St. Bonaventure 7 11   .389     13 15   .464
Duquesne 6 12   .333     11 21   .344
UMass 5 13   .278     10 17   .370
Rutgers 3 15   .167     7 22   .241
1988 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 North Carolina 11 3   .786     27 7   .794
#14 NC State 10 4   .714     24 8   .750
#5 Duke 9 5   .643     28 7   .800
Georgia Tech 8 6   .571     22 10   .688
Maryland 6 8   .429     18 13   .581
Virginia 5 9   .357     13 18   .419
Clemson 4 10   .286     14 15   .483
Wake Forest 3 11   .214     10 18   .357
1988 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Pittsburgh 12 4   .750     24 7   .774
#9 Syracuse 11 5   .688     26 9   .743
Georgetown 9 7   .563     20 10   .667
Villanova 9 7   .563     24 13   .649
St. John's 8 8   .500     17 12   .586
Seton Hall 8 8   .500     22 13   .629
Boston College 6 10   .375     18 15   .545
Providence 5 11   .313     11 17   .393
Connecticut 4 12   .250     20 14   .588
1988 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 1988[3]; Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Oklahoma 12 2   .857     35 4   .897
#20 Kansas State 11 3   .786     25 9   .735
Kansas 9 5   .643     27 11   .711
Missouri 7 7   .500     19 11   .633
Iowa State 6 8   .429     20 12   .625
Oklahoma State 4 10   .286     14 16   .467
Nebraska 4 10   .286     13 18   .419
Colorado 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
1988 Big Eight Tournament winner
As of March 3, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll
1987-88 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Boise State 13 3   .813     24 6   .800
Idaho 11 5   .688     19 11   .633
Montana State 10 6   .625     19 11   .633
Idaho State 8 8   .500     15 13   .536
Nevada 8 8   .500     15 13   .536
Montana 7 9   .438     18 11   .621
Northern Arizona 7 9   .438     10 18   .357
Weber State 6 10   .375     9 21   .300
Eastern Washington 2 14   .125     6 21   .222
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP poll[4]
1987–88 Big South Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Coastal Carolina 9 3   .750     17 11   .607
Baptist College 8 4   .667     17 12   .586
Radford 8 4   .667     16 14   .533
Winthrop 5 7   .417     17 13   .567
UNC Asheville 5 7   .417     13 15   .464
Augusta State 4 8   .333     8 18   .308
Campbell 3 9   .250     11 16   .407
1988 Big South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Purdue 16 2   .889     29 4   .879
#10 Michigan 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
#17 Iowa 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
#16 Illinois 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
Indiana 11 7   .611     19 10   .655
Ohio State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Wisconsin 6 12   .333     12 16   .429
Michigan State 5 13   .278     10 18   .357
Minnesota 4 14   .222     10 18   .357
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
Rankings from AP Poll
1987-88 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Richmond 11 3   .786     26 7   .788
American 9 5   .643     14 14   .500
George Mason 9 5   .643     20 10   .667
North Carolina-Wilmington 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
Navy 6 8   .429     12 16   .429
James Madison 5 9   .357     10 18   .357
William & Mary 5 9   .357     10 19   .345
East Carolina 3 11   .214     8 20   .286
1988 CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[5]
1987–88 East Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Lafayette 11 3   .786     19 10   .655
Delaware 9 5   .643     19 9   .679
Drexel 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
Lehigh 8 6   .571     21 10   .677
Bucknell 7 7   .500     16 12   .571
Rider 6 8   .429     10 19   .345
Towson 4 10   .286     14 16   .467
Hofstra 2 12   .143     6 21   .222
1988 ECC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 ECAC North men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Siena 16 2   .889     23 6   .793
Boston University 14 4   .778     23 8   .742
Hartford 12 6   .667     15 16   .484
Niagara 12 6   .667     15 15   .500
Northeastern 11 7   .611     15 13   .536
Maine 10 8   .556     13 15   .464
Canisius 7 11   .389     7 20   .259
New Hampshire 3 15   .167     4 25   .138
Colgate 3 15   .167     4 23   .148
Vermont 2 16   .111     3 24   .111
1988 ECAC North Tournament[6] winner
Rankings from AP Poll
Template:1987–88 Independent men's basketball standings
1987–88 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cornell 11 3   .786     17 10   .630
Dartmouth 10 4   .714     18 8   .692
Princeton 9 5   .643     17 9   .654
Yale 8 6   .571     12 14   .462
Penn 8 6   .571     10 16   .385
Harvard 6 8   .429     11 15   .423
Brown 2 12   .143     6 20   .231
Columbia 2 12   .143     6 20   .231
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
La Salle 14 0   1.000     24 10   .706
Saint Peter's 11 3   .786     20 9   .690
Fordham 9 5   .643     18 15   .545
Holy Cross 8 6   .571     14 15   .483
Iona 5 9   .357     11 16   .407
Army 4 10   .286     9 19   .321
Fairfield 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Manhattan 1 13   .071     7 23   .233
1988 MAAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Metro Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Louisville 9 3   .750     24 11   .686
Florida State 7 5   .583     19 11   .633
South Carolina 6 6   .500     19 10   .655
Virginia Tech 6 6   .500     19 10   .655
Memphis State 6 6   .500     20 12   .625
Southern Miss 5 7   .417     19 11   .633
Cincinnati 3 9   .250     11 17   .393
1988 Metro Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[7]
Template:1987–88 Midwestern Collegiate Conference men's basketball standings
1987–88 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern Michigan 14 2   .875     22 8   .733
Central Michigan 10 6   .625     19 13   .594
Ohio 9 7   .563     16 14   .533
Ball State 8 8   .500     14 14   .500
Western Michigan 7 9   .438     12 17   .414
Bowling Green 7 9   .438     12 16   .429
Kent State 6 10   .375     10 18   .357
Miami 6 10   .375     9 18   .333
Toledo 5 11   .313     15 12   .556
Mid-American Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Carolina A&T 16 0   1.000     26 3   .897
Florida A&M 11 5   .688     22 8   .733
South Carolina State 10 6   .625     16 13   .552
Howard 9 7   .563     15 12   .556
Coppin State 8 7   .533     13 14   .481
Morgan State 7 8   .467     13 17   .433
Maryland-Eastern Shore 5 11   .313     7 20   .259
Bethune-Cookman 4 12   .250     6 21   .222
Delaware State 1 15   .063     3 25   .107
1988 MEAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[8]
1987–88 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 11 Bradley 12 2   .857     26 5   .839
Wichita State 11 3   .786     20 10   .667
Illinois State 9 5   .643     18 13   .581
Creighton 6 8   .429     16 16   .500
Southern Illinois 6 8   .429     12 16   .429
Drake 5 9   .357     14 14   .500
Tulsa 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Indiana State 3 11   .214     7 21   .250
1988 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[9]
1987–88 ECAC Metro men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Fairleigh Dickinson 13 3   .813     23 7   .767
Marist* 13 3   .813     18 9   .667
Monmouth 11 5   .688     16 13   .552
Robert Morris 9 7   .563     14 14   .500
Long Island 8 8   .500     14 14   .500
Loyola (MD) 6 10   .375     8 22   .267
St. Francis (NY) 5 11   .313     11 18   .379
Saint Francis (PA) 4 12   .250     7 20   .259
Wagner 3 13   .188     9 18   .333
1988 ECAC Metro Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll


*Ineligible for conference tournament

1987–88 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Murray State 12 4   .750     19 10   .655
Tennessee State 11 5   .688     15 13   .536
Austin Peay 10 6   .625     19 11   .633
Middle Tennessee 9 7   .563     15 12   .556
Tennessee-Martin 9 7   .563     13 14   .481
Tennessee Tech 7 9   .438     13 15   .464
Eastern Kentucky 7 9   .438     13 14   .481
Southeast Missouri State 5 11   .313     8 19   .296
Morehead State 2 14   .125     7 20   .259
1996 Ohio Valley Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[10]
1987–88 Pacific Coast Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 UNLV 15 3   .833     28 6   .824
UC Santa Barbara 13 5   .722     22 8   .733
Utah State 13 5   .722     21 10   .677
Long Beach State 11 7   .611     17 12   .586
UC Irvine 9 9   .500     16 14   .533
New Mexico State 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
San Jose State 8 10   .444     14 15   .483
Cal State Fullerton 7 11   .389     12 17   .414
Fresno State 6 12   .333     9 19   .321
Pacific 0 18   .000     5 24   .172
1988 PCAA Tournament winner
1987–88 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Arizona 17 1   .944     35 3   .921
Oregon State 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
UCLA 12 6   .667     16 14   .533
Stanford 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
Oregon 10 8   .556     16 14   .533
Washington State 7 11   .389     13 16   .448
Arizona State 6 12   .333     13 16   .448
USC 5 13   .278     7 21   .250
California 5 13   .278     9 20   .310
Washington 5 13   .278     10 19   .345
1988 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of April 15, 1988[11]; Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Kentucky 13 5   .722     27 6   .818
Auburn 11 7   .611     19 11   .633
Florida 11 7   .611     23 12   .657
LSU 10 8   .556     16 14   .533
Vanderbilt 10 8   .556     20 11   .645
Tennessee 9 9   .500     16 13   .552
Georgia 8 10   .444     20 16   .556
Ole Miss 6 12   .333     13 16   .448
Alabama 6 12   .333     14 17   .452
Mississippi State 6 12   .333     14 15   .483
1988 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987–88 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marshall 14 2   .875     24 8   .750
Furman 11 5   .688     18 10   .643
Davidson 9 7   .563     15 13   .536
East Tennessee State 9 7   .563     14 15   .483
Appalachian State 8 8   .500     16 13   .552
Chattanooga 8 8   .500     20 13   .606
VMI 6 10   .375     13 17   .433
The Citadel 5 11   .313     8 20   .286
Western Carolina 2 14   .125     8 19   .296
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1988; Rankings from AP Poll
Template:1987–88 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
1987–88 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
SMU 12 4   .750     28 7   .800
Arkansas 11 5   .688     21 9   .700
Baylor 11 5   .688     23 11   .676
Houston 10 6   .625     18 13   .581
Texas 10 6   .625     16 13   .552
Texas A&M 8 8   .500     16 15   .516
Texas Tech 4 12   .250     9 19   .321
TCU 3 13   .188     9 19   .321
Rice 3 13   .188     6 21   .222
1988 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987-88 SWAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Southern 12 2   .857     24 7   .774
Texas Southern 11 3   .786     21 8   .724
Grambling 9 5   .643     13 17   .433
Jackson State 7 7   .500     13 15   .464
Mississippi Valley State 5 9   .357     8 20   .286
Alcorn State 5 9   .357     8 21   .276
Alabama State 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Prairie View 3 11   .214     5 22   .185
† 1988 SWAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[12]
1987–88 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Charlotte 11 3   .786     22 9   .710
VCU 10 4   .714     23 12   .657
Old Dominion 9 5   .643     18 12   .600
South Alabama 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
UAB 7 7   .500     16 15   .516
Western Kentucky 6 8   .429     15 13   .536
South Florida 3 11   .214     6 22   .214
Jacksonville 2 12   .143     8 21   .276
1988 Sun Belt Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[13]
Template:1987–88 Trans America Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
1987–88 West Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Loyola Marymount 14 0   1.000     28 4   .875
Saint Mary's 9 5   .643     19 9   .679
Santa Clara 9 5   .643     20 11   .645
Pepperdine 8 6   .571     17 13   .567
Gonzaga 7 7   .500     16 12   .571
San Francisco 5 9   .357     13 15   .464
San Diego 3 11   .214     11 17   .393
Portland 1 13   .071     6 22   .214
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1987-88 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
BYU 13 3   .813     26 6   .813
Wyoming 11 5   .688     26 6   .813
Utah 11 5   .688     19 11   .633
Texas-El Paso 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
New Mexico 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Colorado State 8 8   .500     22 13   .629
San Diego State 5 11   .313     12 17   .414
Air Force 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
Hawaii 2 14   .125     4 25   .138
1988 WAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[14]

Statistical leadersEdit

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Blocked Shots Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School BPG
Hersey Hawkins Bradley 36.3 Kenny Miller Loyola (IL) 13.5 Avery Johnson Southern 13.3 Rodney Blake Saint Joseph's 4.0

Postseason tournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Final Four - Kemper Arena, Kansas City, MissouriEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E2 Duke 59
M6 Kansas 66
M6 Kansas 83
S1 Oklahoma 79
S1 Oklahoma 86
W1 Arizona 78

National Invitation TournamentEdit

NIT Semifinals and FinalEdit

Semifinals Finals
      
  Boston College 67
  Connecticut 73
  Connecticut 72
  Ohio State 67
  Ohio State 64
  Colorado State 62
Third place game
   
  Boston College 57
  Colorado State 58

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Sean Elliott F Junior Arizona
Gary Grant G Senior Michigan
Hersey Hawkins G Senior Bradley
Danny Manning F Senior Kansas
J.R. Reid F/C Sophomore North Carolina


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Danny Ferry F Junior Duke
Jerome Lane F Junior Pittsburgh
Mark Macon G Freshman Temple
Mitch Richmond G Senior Kansas State
Rony Seikaly C Senior Syracuse
Michael Smith F/C Junior Brigham Young

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. p. 954. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  2. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 American South Conference Season Summary
  3. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Big East Conference Season Summary
  4. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Big Sky Conference Season Summary
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Colonial Athletic Association Season Summary
  6. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference North Season Summary
  7. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Metropolitan Collegiate Athletic Conference Season Summary
  8. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Season Summary
  9. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Missouri Valley Conference Season Summary
  10. ^ sports-reference.com 1995-96 Ohio Valley Conference Season Summary
  11. ^ "2017-18 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 72. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  12. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Southwest Athletic Conference Season Summary
  13. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Sun Belt Conference Season Summary
  14. ^ sports-reference.com 1987-88 Western Athletic Conference Season Summary