2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2003–04 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2003, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 5, 2004 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Connecticut Huskies won their second NCAA national championship with an 82–73 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Season headlinesEdit

Major rule changesEdit

Beginning in 2003–04, the following rules changes were implemented:[2]

  • Officials could consult courtside monitor at the end of either half or any extra period to determine: (1) if a field-goal try beat the horn; (2) whether a shot-clock violation at the end of the first half beat the horn; or, (3) whether a shot-clock violation that would determine the outcome of a game beat the horn. The officials also could use a courtside monitor to correct a timer’s mistake or to determine if the game clock or shot clock expired at or near the end of a period.
  • A team would have control when a player of that team had disposal of the ball for a throw-in.

Season outlookEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 13, 2003.[3]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Connecticut (69)
2 Duke (1)
3 Michigan State (1)
4 Arizona
5 Missouri
6 Kansas (1)
7 Syracuse
8 Florida
9 North Carolina
10 Kentucky
11 Texas
12 Illinois
13 St. Joseph's
14 Oklahoma
15 Wisconsin
16 Gonzaga
17 Louisville
18 Cincinnati
19 Wake Forest
20 Stanford
21 Notre Dame
22 Pittsburgh
23 Marquette
24 North Carolina State
25 Oklahoma State
ESPN/USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Connecticut (25)
2 Duke (3)
3 Michigan State (1)
4 Arizona
5 Kansas
6 Missouri
7 Syracuse
8 Florida
9 Kentucky
10 North Carolina
11 Texas
12 Gonzaga
13 Illinois
14 Wisconsin
15 Oklahoma
16 Louisville
17 Stanford
18 St. Joseph's
19 Cincinnati
Notre Dame
21 Wake Forest
22 Pittsburgh
23 Marquette
24 Oklahoma State
25 Maryland

Conference membership changesEdit

These schools joined new conferences for the 2003–04 season.

School Former conference New conference
Centenary NCAA Division I Independent Mid-Continent Conference
Elon Big South Conference Southern Conference
Jacksonville State Atlantic Sun Conference Ohio Valley Conference
Lipscomb NCAA Division I Independent Atlantic Sun Conference
Morris Brown NCAA Division I Independent Defunct[4]
Samford Atlantic Sun Conference Ohio Valley Conference
UMBC Northeast Conference America East Conference
VMI Southern Conference Big South Conference

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

Conference Regular
Season Winner[5]
Player of the Year
Venue (City)
America East Conference Boston University Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont[6] 2004 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Walter Brown Arena
(Boston, Massachusetts)
(Except Finals)
Atlantic 10 Conference St. Joseph's (East)
Dayton (West)
Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph's[8] 2004 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament University of Dayton Arena
(Dayton, Ohio)
Atlantic Coast Conference Duke Julius Hodge, North Carolina State[10] 2004 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Atlantic Sun Conference Troy Greg Davis, Troy[12] 2004 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Curb Event Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Central Florida[12]
Big 12 Conference Oklahoma State Tony Allen, Oklahoma State[13] 2004 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament American Airlines Center
(Dallas, Texas)
Oklahoma State[14]
Big East Conference Pittsburgh Emeka Okafor, Connecticut[15] 2004 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City, New York)
Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington Alvin Snow, Eastern Washington[16] 2004 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Reese Court
(Cheney, Washington)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Eastern Washington[17]
Big South Conference Birmingham-Southern & Liberty Danny Gathings, High Point[18] 2004 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Liberty[18]
Big Ten Conference Illinois Devin Harris, Wisconsin[19] 2004 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Conseco Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
Big West Conference Utah State & Pacific Miah Davis, Pacific[20] 2004 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Colonial Athletic Association Virginia Commonwealth Domonic Jones, Virginia Commonwealth[21] 2004 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Virginia Commonwealth[21]
Conference USA Cincinnati, Memphis, Charlotte, DePaul & UAB Antonio Burks, Memphis[22] 2004 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Bank Arena
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
Horizon League Wisconsin-Milwaukee Dylan Page, Wisconsin-Milwaukee[24] 2004 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Arena
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
(Except First Round)
Ivy League Princeton Jason Forte, Brown[25] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Manhattan Luis Flores, Manhattan[26] 2004 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Pepsi Arena
(Albany, New York)
Mid-American Conference Kent State (East)
Western Michigan (West)
Mike Williams, Western Michigan[28] 2004 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Gund Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Western Michigan[28]
Mid-Continent Conference Valparaiso Odell Bradley, IUPUI[29] 2004 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Kemper Arena
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference South Carolina State & Coppin State Thurman Zimmerman, South Carolina State 2004 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Florida A&M[31]
Missouri Valley Conference Southern Illinois Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois[32] 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Savvis Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Northern Iowa[33]
Mountain West Conference Air Force Rafael Araújo, Brigham Young & Nick Welch, Air Force[34] 2004 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Pepsi Center
(Denver, Colorado)
Northeast Conference Monmouth & St. Francis (NY) Ron Robinson, Central Connecticut State[36] 2004 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Monmouth[37]
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay Cuthbert Victor, Murray State[38] 2004 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Murray State[38]
Pacific-10 Conference Stanford Josh Childress, Stanford[39] 2004 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles, California)
Patriot League Lehigh & American Austen Rowland, Lehigh[41] 2004 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Lehigh[42]
Southeastern Conference Kentucky (East)
Mississippi State (West)
Lawrence Roberts, Mississippi State[43] 2004 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Georgia Dome
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Southern Conference East Tennessee State (North)
Georgia Southern, Charleston & Davidson (South)
Zakee Wadood, East Tennessee State[45] 2004 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament North Charleston Coliseum
(North Charleston, South Carolina)
East Tennessee State[46]
Southland Conference Southeastern Louisiana, Texas-San Antonio & Texas–Arlington LeRoy Hurd, Texas-San Antonio[47] 2004 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Convocation Center
(San Antonio, Texas)
Texas-San Antonio[47]
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State Attarius Norwood, Mississippi Valley State[48] 2004 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Fair Park Arena
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Alabama State[49]
Sun Belt Conference Arkansas-Little Rock (East)
Louisiana-Lafayette (West)
Mike Wells, Western Kentucky[50] 2004 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament E. A. Diddle Arena
(Bowling Green, Kentucky)
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Blake Stepp, Gonzaga[52] 2004 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leavey Center
(Santa Clara, California)
Western Athletic Conference UTEP & Nevada Kirk Snyder, Nevada[54] 2004 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Save Mart Center
(Fresno, California)

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
Keydren Clark St. Peter's 26.7 Paul Millsap LA Tech 12.5 Greg Davis Troy 8.3 Marques Green St. Bonaventure 4.0
Kevin Martin W. Carolina 24.9 Jaime Lloreda LSU 11.6 Martell Bailey Illinois-Chicago 7.8 Obie Trotter Alabama A&M 3.0
David Hawkins Temple 24.4 Emeka Okafor UConn 11.5 Aaron Miles Kansas 7.3 Chakowby Hicks Norfolk St. 3.0
Taylor Coppenrath Vermont 24.1 Nate Lofton SE Louisiana 10.9 Andrés Rodríguez American 7.3 Zakee Wadood E. Tennessee St. 2.8
Luis Flores Manhattan 24.0 Nigel Wyatte Wagner 10.4 Raymond Felton N. Carolina 7.1 Jameer Nelson St. Joseph's 2.8
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%
Anwar Ferguson Houston 4.1 Nigel Dixon W. Kentucky 67.8 Brad Lechtenberg San Diego 51.1 Blake Ahearn Missouri St. 97.5
Emeka Okafor UConn 4.1 Sean Finn Dayton 66.3 James Odoms Mercer 48.8 JJ Redick Duke 95.3
D'or Fischer West Virginia 4.0 Adam Mark Belmont 66.2 Tyson Dorsey Samford 48.7 Jake Sullivan Iowa St. 93.3
Gerrick Morris S. Florida 4.0 David Harrison Colorado 63.1 Antonio Burks Stephen F. Austin 47.6 Steve Drabyn Belmont 91.4
Nick Billings Binghamton 3.5 Cuthbert Victor Murray St. 62.9 Trey Guidry Illinois St. 46.0 Chris Hernandez Stanford 91.4

Postseason tournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

Final Four – Alamodome, San Antonio, TexasEdit

National Semifinals National Championship
E2 Oklahoma State 65
M3 Georgia Tech 67
M3 Georgia Tech 73
W2 Connecticut 82
S1 Duke 78
W2 Connecticut 79

National Invitation TournamentEdit

Semifinals & FinalsEdit

Semifinals Finals
  Rutgers 84
  Iowa State 81
  Rutgers 55
  Michigan 62
  Oregon 53
  Michigan 78

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Emeka Okafor C Junior Connecticut
Jameer Nelson G Senior St. Joseph's
Lawrence Roberts F Junior Mississippi State
Andre Emmett G Senior Texas Tech
Ryan Gomes F Junior Providence

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Devin Harris G Junior Wisconsin
Julius Hodge F Junior North Carolina State
Luke Jackson F Senior Oregon
Josh Childress G Junior Stanford
Blake Stepp G Senior Gonzaga

Major player of the year awardsEdit

Major freshman of the year awardsEdit

Major coach of the year awardsEdit

Other major awardsEdit

Coaching changesEdit

A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended.[55]

Team Former
Air Force Joe Scott Chris Mooney
Akron Dan Hipsher Keith Dambrot
Auburn Cliff Ellis Jeff Lebo
Chattanooga Jeff Lebo John Shulman
Dartmouth Dave Faucher Terry Dunn
Eastern Washington Ray Giacoletti Mike Burns
Florida International Donnie Marsh Sergio Rouco
Georgetown Craig Esherick John Thompson III
Houston Ray McCallum Tom Penders
James Madison Sherman Dillard Dean Keener
Louisiana-Lafayette Jessie Evans Robert Lee
La Salle Billy Hahn John Giannini Hahn resigned following rape allegations against two of his players.[56]
Loyola (MD) Scott Hicks Jimmy Patsos
Loyola (IL) Larry Farmer Jim Whitesell
Maine John Giannini Ted Woodward
Marist Dave Magarity Matt Brady
UMBC Tom Sullivan Randy Monroe
Maryland-Eastern Shore Thomas Trotter Larry Lessett
Miami (FL) Perry Clark Frank Haith
Montana Pat Kennedy Larry Krystkowiak Montana hired Grizzlies' all-time leading scorer & Idaho Stampede head coach Krystkowiak.
Navy Don DeVoe Billy Lange
Nevada Trent Johnson Mark Fox Nevada promoted top assistant Fox after Johnson left for Stanford.
Ohio State Jim O'Brien Thad Matta O'Brien was fired after recruiting violations involving Aleksandar Radojević surfaced.
Princeton John Thompson III Joe Scott
San Francisco Philip Mathews Jessie Evans
Southern Illinois Matt Painter Chris Lowery Painter left to be top assistant at his alma mater, Purdue.
Southern Methodist Mike Dement Robert Lineburg Jimmy Tubbs SMU fired Dement with three games left in the regular-season.[57]
Southern Miss James Green Larry Eustachy
St. John's Mike Jarvis Kevin Clark Norm Roberts
Stanford Mike Montgomery Trent Johnson Montgomery left to become head coach of the Golden State Warriors.
Texas A&M Melvin Watkins Billy Gillispie
Texas-Pan American Bob Hoffman Robert Davenport
Towson Michael Hunt Pat Kennedy
Utah Rick Majerus Ray Giacoletti
UNLV Charlie Spoonhour Lon Kruger
UTEP Billy Gillispie Doc Sadler
Xavier Thad Matta Sean Miller


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