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1996–97 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 1996–97 NCAA Division I men's basketball season concluded in the 64-team 1997 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament whose finals were held at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Arizona Wildcats earned their first national championship by defeating the Kentucky Wildcats 84–79 on March 31, 1997. They were coached by Lute Olsen and the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player was Arizona's Miles Simon.

In the 32-team 1997 National Invitation Tournament, the Michigan Wolverines defeated the Florida State Seminoles at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Michigan later vacated the 1997 NIT title after Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock were ruled ineligible.

Following the season, the 1997 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American Consensus First team included Tim Duncan, Danny Fortson, Raef LaFrentz, Ron Mercer, and Keith Van Horn.

Season headlinesEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 25 from the pre-season AP Poll.

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Cincinnati
2 Kansas
3 Kentucky
4 Wake Forest
5 UCLA
6 Utah
7 Villanova
8 North Carolina
9 Michigan
10 Duke
11 Iowa State
12 Syracuse
13 Arkansas
14 Fresno State
15 Massachusetts
16 Texas
17 New Mexico
18 Stanford
19 Arizona
20 Clemson
21 Boston College
22 Minnesota
23 Iowa
24 George Washington
25 Marquette

Conference membership changesEdit

These schools joined new conferences for the 1996–97 season.

School Former conference New conference
Baylor Southwest Conference Big 12 Conference
Boise State Big Sky Conference Big West Conference
Cal Poly American West Conference Big West Conference
Cal State Northridge American West Conference Big Sky Conference
Colorado Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Eastern Illinois Mid-Continent Conference Ohio Valley Conference
Houston Southwest Conference Conference USA
Idaho Big Sky Conference Big West Conference
Iowa State Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Kansas Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Kansas State Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Missouri Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Nebraska Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
North Texas Southland Conference Big West Conference
Oklahoma Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma State Big Eight Conference Big 12 Conference
Portland State NCAA Division II Big Sky Conference
Rice Southwest Conference Western Athletic Conference
Sacramento State American West Conference Big Sky Conference
San Jose State Big West Conference Western Athletic Conference
SMU Southwest Conference Western Athletic Conference
Southern Utah American West Conference NCAA Division I Independent
TCU Southwest Conference Western Athletic Conference
Texas Southwest Conference Big 12 Conference
Texas A&M Southwest Conference Big 12 Conference
Texas Tech Southwest Conference Big 12 Conference
Tulsa Missouri Valley Conference Western Athletic Conference
UNLV Big West Conference Western Athletic Conference

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

27 conference seasons concluded with a single-elimination tournament, with only the Big Ten Conference, Ivy League and the Pac-10 Conference choosing not to conduct conference tournaments. Conference tournament winners received an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Conference Regular
Season Winner[1]
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
America East Conference Boston University Tunji Awojobi, Boston University[2] 1997 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Case Gym
(Boston, Massachusetts)
Boston University[3]
Atlantic 10 Conference St. Joseph's (East)
Xavier (West)
Marc Jackson, Temple[4] 1997 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament The Spectrum
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
St. Joseph's[5]
Atlantic Coast Conference Duke Tim Duncan, Wake Forest[6] 1997 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
North Carolina[7]
Big 12 Conference Kansas Raef LaFrentz, Kansas[8] 1997 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Kemper Arena
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Kansas[9]
Big East Conference Villanova Pat Garrity, Notre Dame[10] 1997 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City, New York)
Boston College[10]
Big Sky Conference Northern Arizona Charles Thomas, Northern Arizona[11] 1997 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Walkup Skydome
(Flagstaff, Arizona)
Montana[11]
Big South Conference UNC Asheville Josh Pittman, UNC Asheville[12] 1997 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Vines Center
(Lynchburg, Virginia)
Charleston Southern[12]
Big Ten Conference Minnesota (Vacated) Bobby Jackson, Minnesota (Vacated)[13] No Tournament
Big West Conference Pacific (Western)
Nevada (Eastern)
Faron Hand, Nevada[14] 1997 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Lawlor Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)
Pacific[14]
Colonial Athletic Association Old Dominion Odell Hodge, Old Dominion[15] 1997 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Old Dominion[15]
Conference USA Cincinnati Danny Fortson, Cincinnati[16] 1997 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament Kiel Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Marquette[16]
Ivy League Princeton Sydney Johnson, Princeton[17] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Iona Mindaugas Timinskas, Iona[18] 1997 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Marine Midland Arena
(Buffalo, New York)
Fairfield[19]
Mid-American Conference Bowling Green
Miami (OH)
Antonio Daniels, Bowling Green[20] 1997 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament SeaGate Convention Centre
(Toledo, Ohio)
Miami (OH)[20]
Mid-Continent Conference Valparaiso Bryce Drew, Valparaiso[21] 1997 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament The MARK of the Quad Cities
(Moline, Illinois)
Valparaiso[21]
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coppin State Roderick Blakney, South Carolina State 1997 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Coppin State
Midwestern Collegiate Conference Butler Jon Neuhouser, Butler[22] 1997 MCC Men's Basketball Tournament Nutter Center
(Dayton, Ohio)
Butler
Missouri Valley Conference Illinois State Jason Daisy, Northern Iowa[23] 1997 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Kiel Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Illinois State
Northeast Conference Long Island Charles Jones, Long Island[24] 1997 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Schwartz Athletic Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
Long Island[25]
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay
Murray State
Bubba Wells, Austin Peay[26] 1997 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Gaylord Entertainment Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Murray State[26]
Pacific-10 Conference Arizona Ed Gray, California[27] No Tournament
Patriot League Navy Adonal Foyle, Colgate[28] 1997 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Alumni Hall
(Annapolis, Maryland)
Navy[29]
Southeastern Conference South Carolina (East)
Ole Miss (West)
Ron Mercer, Kentucky[30] 1997 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Pyramid Arena
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Kentucky
Southern Conference Marshall (North)
Chattanooga (South)
Johnny Taylor, Chattanooga[31] 1997 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Chattanooga[32]
Southland Conference Texas State Rosell Ellis, McNeese State[33] 1997 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
(Shreveport, Louisiana)
Texas State
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State Randy Bolden, Texas Southern[34] 1997 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Jackson State
Sun Belt Conference South Alabama Muntrelle Dobbins, Little Rock[35] 1997 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Barton Coliseum
(Little Rock, Arkansas)
South Alabama
Trans America Athletic Conference College of Charleston Anthony Johnson, College of Charleston[36] 1997 TAAC Men's Basketball Tournament John Kresse Arena
(Charleston, South Carolina)
College of Charleston
West Coast Conference St. Mary's
Santa Clara
Marlon Garnett, Santa Clara[37] 1997 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Gersten Pavilion
(Los Angeles, California)
St. Mary's
Western Athletic Conference Fresno State (Pacific)
Utah (Mountain)
Anthony Carter, Hawaii
Keith Van Horn, Utah [38]
1997 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Utah

Statistical leadersEdit

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Steals Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Charles Jones Long Island 30.1 Tim Duncan Wake Forest 14.7 Kenny Mitchell Dartmouth 7.8 Joel Hoover Maryland Eastern Shore 3.2
Ed Gray California 24.8 Adonal Foyle Colgate 13.1 Brevin Knight Stanford 7.8 Philip Huyler Florida Atlantic 3.2
Adonal Foyle Colgate 24.4 Lorenzo Coleman Tennessee Tech 11.9 Kareem Gilbert Tennessee State 7.6 Kellii Taylor Pittsburgh 3.2
Raymond Tutt UC Santa Barbara 24.0 Tony Battie Texas Tech 11.8 Jamar Smiley Illinois State 7.3 Moe Segar St. Peter's 3.1
Antonio Daniels Bowling Green 24.0 Muntrelle Dobbins Little Rock 11.4 Chad Peckinpaugh Eastern Illinois 7.3 Mustafa Barksdale Monmouth 3.0
Blocked Shots Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Three-Point FG Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Adonal Foyle Colgate 6.4 Todd MacCulloch Washington .676 Corey Reed Radford .476 Aaron Zobrist Lamar .906
Lorenzo Coleman Tennessee Tech 4.8 Sean Scott Central Connecticut .670 D. J. Bosse Kent State .475 Keith Van Horn Utah .904
Richard Lugo St. Francis (NY) 4.5 Rosell Ellis McNeese State .668 Louis Bullock Michigan .472 Jim Williamson Loyola Marymount .902
Jerome James Florida A&M 4.4 Ed Sears Ohio .647 Andrew Mavis Northern Arizona .471 Marcus Wilson Evansville .901
Kelvin Cato Iowa State 4.2 Lorenzo Coleman Tennessee Tech .645 Bryce Drew Valparaiso .457 Trajan Langdon Duke .897

Post-Season TournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Final Four – RCA Dome, Indianapolis, IndianaEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E1 North Carolina 58
SE4 Arizona 66
SE4 Arizona 84*
W1 Kentucky 79
M1 Minnesota 69
W1 Kentucky 78

National Invitation TournamentEdit

Semifinals & FinalsEdit

Semifinals Finals
      
  Florida State 71
  Connecticut 65
  Florida State 73
  Michigan 82
  Michigan 77
  Arkansas 62
  • Third Place - Connecticut 74, Arkansas 64

Michigan later forfeited its entire 1996–97 schedule after Robert Traylor, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock were found to have taken money from a Michigan booster.

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit

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Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Tim Duncan C Senior Wake Forest
Danny Fortson F Junior Cincinnati
Raef LaFrentz C Junior Kansas
Ron Mercer F Sophomore Kentucky
Keith Van Horn F Senior Utah


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Chauncey Billups G Sophomore Colorado
Bobby Jackson G Senior Minnesota
Antawn Jamison F Sophomore North Carolina
Brevin Knight G Senior Stanford
Jacque Vaughn G Senior Kansas

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major freshman of the year awardsEdit

  • USBWA Freshman of the Year: No Award Given
  • Sporting News Freshman of the Year: No Award Given

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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