2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2004–05 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2004, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2005 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 4, 2005 at the Edward Jones Dome in Saint Louis, Missouri. The North Carolina Tar Heels won their fourth NCAA national championship with a 75–70 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini.

Season headlinesEdit

Season outlookEdit

Pre-season pollsEdit

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 11, 2004.[2]

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

Conference membership changesEdit

These schools joined new conferences for the 2004–05 season.

School Former conference New conference
Longwood NCAA Division II NCAA Division I Independent
Miami (FL) Big East Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Northern Colorado NCAA Division II NCAA Division I Independent
UC Davis NCAA Division II NCAA Division I Independent
Utah Valley NJCAA NCAA Division I Independent
Virginia Tech Big East Conference Atlantic Coast Conference

Regular seasonEdit

Conference winners and tournamentsEdit

30 conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record. However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records. The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; however, it may receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Ivy League is the only Division I conference that does not hold a conference tournament, instead sending their regular-season champion.

Conference Regular
Season Winner[3]
Player of the Year
Venue (City)
America East Conference Vermont Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont[4] 2005 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Events Center
(Vestal, New York)
(Except Finals)
Atlantic 10 Conference St. Joseph's (East)
George Washington (West)
Pat Carroll, St. Joseph's &
Steven Smith, La Salle[6]
2005 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Bank Arena
George Washington[7]
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina JJ Redick, Duke[8] 2005 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament MCI Center
(Washington, D.C.)
Atlantic Sun Conference Central Florida & Gardner–Webb Mike Bell, Florida Atlantic[10] 2005 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Curb Event Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Central Florida[10]
Big 12 Conference Kansas & Oklahoma Wayne Simien, Kansas[11] 2005 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Kemper Arena
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Oklahoma State[12]
Big East Conference Boston College & Connecticut Hakim Warrick, Syracuse[13] 2005 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
Big Sky Conference Portland State Seamus Boxley, Portland State[14] 2005 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Memorial Coliseum
(Portland, Oregon)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Big South Conference Winthrop Pele Paelay, Coastal Carolina[16] 2005 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Winthrop Coliseum
(Rock Hill, South Carolina)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Big Ten Conference Illinois Dee Brown, Illinois[18] 2005 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament United Center
Big West Conference Pacific David Doubley, Pacific[20] 2005 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Utah State[20]
Colonial Athletic Association Old Dominion Alex Loughton, Old Dominion[21] 2005 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Old Dominion[21]
Conference USA Louisville Eddie Basden, Charlotte[22] 2005 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament FedExForum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Horizon League Wisconsin-Milwaukee Ed McCants, Wisconsin-Milwaukee[24] 2005 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Arena
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
(Except First Round)
Ivy League Penn Tim Begley, Penn[26] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Niagara & Rider Juan Mendez, Niagara[27] 2005 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament HSBC Arena
(Buffalo, New York)
Mid-American Conference Miami (OH) (East)
Western Michigan & Toledo (West)
Turner Battle, Buffalo[29] 2005 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Gund Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Mid-Continent Conference Oral Roberts Caleb Green, Oral Roberts[31] 2005 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament John Q. Hammons Arena
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State Chakowby Hicks, Norfolk State[33] 2005 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
Delaware State[34]
Missouri Valley Conference Southern Illinois Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois[35] 2005 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Savvis Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Southern Illinois[36]
Mountain West Conference Utah Andrew Bogut, Utah[37] 2005 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Pepsi Center
(Denver, Colorado)
New Mexico[38]
Northeast Conference Monmouth Blake Hamilton, Monmouth[39] 2005 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Fairleigh Dickinson[40]
Ohio Valley Conference Tennessee Tech Willie Jenkins, Tennessee Tech[41] 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Gaylord Entertainment Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Eastern Kentucky[42]
Pacific-10 Conference Arizona Ike Diogu, Arizona State[43] 2005 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles)
Patriot League Holy Cross Kevin Hamilton, Holy Cross[45] 2005 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Bucknell[46]
Southeastern Conference Kentucky (East)
Alabama & LSU (West)
Brandon Bass, LSU[47] 2005 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Gaylord Entertainment Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Southern Conference Chattanooga (North)
Davidson (South)
Brendan Winters, Davidson[49] 2005 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament McKenzie Arena
(Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Southland Conference Southeastern Louisiana & Northwestern State Joe Thompson, Sam Houston State[51] 2005 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Prather Coliseum
(Natchitoches, Louisiana)
Southeastern Louisiana[52]
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama A&M Obie Trotter, Alabama A&M[53] 2005 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Alabama A&M[54]
Sun Belt Conference Arkansas-Little Rock (East)
Denver (West)
Yemi Nicholson, Denver[55] 2005 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament UNT Coliseum
(Denton, Texas)
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Ronny Turiaf, Gonzaga[57] 2005 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leavey Center
(Santa Clara, California)
Western Athletic Conference Nevada Nick Fazekas, Nevada[59] 2005 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Lawlor Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)

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 25.8 Paul Millsap LA Tech 12.4 Damitrius Coleman Mercer 8.0* Obie Trotter Alabama A&M 3.9
Taylor Coppenrath Vermont 25.1 Andrew Bogut Utah 12.2 Will Funn Portland St. 8.0* Chakowby Hicks Norfolk St. 3.4
Juan Mendez Niagara 23.5 Lance Allred Weber St. 12.0 Marcus Williams UConn 7.8 Keydren Clark St. Peter's 3.3
Rob Monroe Quinnipiac 22.7 Michael Harris Rice 11.7 Walker Russell Jacksonville St. 7.3 Hosea Butler Miss. Valley St. 3.3
Bo McCalebb New Orleans 22.6 Dwayne Jones St. Joseph's 11.6 José Juan Barea Northeastern 7.3 Eddie Basden Charlotte 3.2
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%
Deng Gai Fairfield 5.5 Bruce Brown Hampton 66.2 Salim Stoudamire Arizona 50.4 Blake Ahearn Missouri St. 94.7
Shawn James Northeastern 5.4 Nate Harris Utah St. 65.2 Will Whittington Marist 49.2 JJ Redick Duke 93.8
Shelden Williams Duke 3.7 Eric Williams Wake Forest 63.0 Dennis Trammell Ball St. 48.4 Vince Greene Illinois St. 92.0
Kyle Hines UNC-Greensboro 3.5 Chad McKnight Morehead St. 63.0 Chris Lofton Tennessee 46.5 Salim Stoudamire Arizona 91.0
Dwayne Jones St. Joseph's 3.0 Aaron Andrews Morgan St. 62.5 Drake Diener DePaul 46.2 Jamaal Hilliard Lafayette 91.0

* Coleman and Funn tied for the national assists lead. Each player had 224 assists in 28 games.

Post-Season TournamentsEdit

NCAA TournamentEdit

The NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 15, 2005 with the opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and concluded on April 4 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, MO. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. The Big East Conference led the way with eight bids. North Carolina won their fourth NCAA title, beating Illinois 75–70 in the final. North Carolina forward Sean May was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Final Four – St. Louis, Missouri – Edward Jones DomeEdit

National Semifinals National Championship Game
M1 Illinois 72
W4 Louisville 57
M1 Illinois 70
E1 North Carolina 75
E1 North Carolina 87
S5 Michigan State 71

National Invitation TournamentEdit

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, and 24 other teams were also invited. Dave Odom's South Carolina Gamecocks won the title, defeating the Saint Joseph's Hawks 60–57 in the championship game. The Gamecocks' Carlos Powell was named tournament MVP.

NIT Semifinals & FinalEdit

Semifinals Final
  Maryland 67
  South Carolina 75
  South Carolina 60
  Saint Joseph's 57
  Saint Joseph's 70
  Memphis 58

Award winnersEdit

Consensus All-American teamsEdit

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Andrew Bogut C Sophomore Utah
Wayne Simien F Senior Kansas
Hakim Warrick F Senior Syracuse
JJ Redick G Junior Duke
Chris Paul G Sophomore Wake Forest
Dee Brown G Junior Illinois

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Luther Head G Senior Illinois
Sean May C Junior North Carolina
Salim Stoudamire G Senior Arizona
Ike Diogu F Junior Arizona State
Deron Williams G Junior Illinois

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.[61]

Team Former
Air Force Chris Mooney Jeff Bzdelik Mooney left for Richmond after only one year.
Alabama State Rob Spivery Lewis Jackson Spivery jumped jobs within the SWAC.
BYU Steve Cleveland Dave Rose Cleveland left to take the coaching position at Fresno State, Associate head coach Rose was elevated to the top spot.
Centenary Kevin Johnson Rob Flaska
Charleston Southern Jim Platt Barclay Radebaugh
Cincinnati Bob Huggins Andy Kennedy Mick Cronin Huggins resigned after a power struggle with Cincinnati's Athletic Director. Assistant Kennedy coached the season but was replaced by Cronin after the 2005–06 season's end.[62]
Coastal Carolina Pete Strickland Buzz Peterson Coastal scored a high-profile hire, bringing in fired Tennessee coach Peterson.
DePaul Dave Leitao Jerry Wainwright Leitao left for Virginia, paving the way for Chicago native Wainwright to return home.
East Carolina Bill Herrion Ricky Stokes ECU Athletic Director Terry Holland hired his former player to lead the Pirates.
Eastern Illinois Rick Samuels Mike Miller
Eastern Kentucky Travis Ford Jeff Neubauer EKU hires West Virginia's top assistant after Ford leaves for UMass.
Eastern Michigan Jim Boone Charles Ramsey
Florida Atlantic Sidney Green Matt Doherty FAU fires Green and hires deposed North Carolina coach Doherty.
Fresno State Ray Lopes Steve Cleveland
IPFW Doug Noll Joe Pechota Dane Fife IPFW makes the 25-year-old Fife the youngest head coach in Division I.[63]
Jacksonville Hugh Durham Cliff Warren Durham retired after 37 seasons and 633 victories.[64]
Louisiana-Monroe Mike Vining Orlando Early
Loyola Marymount Steve Aggers Rodney Tention
Massachusetts Steve Lappas Travis Ford Lappas was fired after UMass missed the postseason in all four of his seasons there.
Mississippi Valley State Lafayette Stribling James Green
New Hampshire Phil Rowe Bill Herrion
New Mexico State Lou Henson Tony Stubblefield Reggie Theus Henson officially retired on January 22, 2005 due to health reasons. After the season, Louisville assistant and former NBA All-Star Theus was hired.
Portland State Heath Schroyer Ken Bone
Purdue Gene Keady Matt Painter Purdue executed their succession plan as Keady stepped aside for top assistant (and former Purdue player) Painter.
Richmond Jerry Wainwright Chris Mooney Richmond turned to Princeton offense disciple Mooney after Wainwright left for DePaul
Rider Don Harnum Tommy Dempsey Dempsey took over as Harnum became Rider AD.
San Jose State Phil L. Johnson George Nessman
Savannah State Ed Daniels Horace Broadnax
Siena Rob Lanier Fran McCaffery
Southeastern Louisiana Billy Kennedy Jim Yarbrough
Southern California Henry Bibby Jim Saia Tim Floyd Bibby was fired four games into the season. Coaching veteran Floyd was hired after the season.
Stony Brook Nick Macarchuk Steve Pikiell
St. Francis (NY) Ron Ganulin Brian Nash
Tennessee Buzz Peterson Bruce Pearl Pearl parlayed Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Sweet 16 run into a Southeastern Conference head coaching job.
Tulane Shawn Finney Dave Dickerson Tulane hired top Maryland assistant Dickerson.
Tulsa John Phillips Doug Wojcik Tulsa tapped Tom Izzo assistant Wojcik.
UC Riverside John Masi David Spencer
UNC Greensboro Fran McCaffery Mike Dement
Vermont Tom Brennan Mike Lonergan Colorful coach Brennan retired after 19 years.
Virginia Pete Gillen Dave Leitao Gillen steps down after seven years (but only one NCAA bid) at the helm.
VMI Bart Bellairs Duggar Baucom
Western Carolina Steve Shurina Larry Hunter
Wisconsin-Milwaukee Bruce Pearl Rob Jeter UWM brought back former Panther assistant Jeter after Pearl left for Tennessee.
Youngstown State John Robic Jerry Slocum


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