2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2019. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season will end with the Final Four in Atlanta on April 6, 2020. Practices officially began in late September.
|2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Michigan State|
|Regular season||November 5, 2019 – March 8, 2020|
|Tournament dates||March 17, 2020 – April 6, 2020|
|National Championship||Mercedes-Benz Stadium|
- 1 Rule changes
- 2 Season headlines
- 3 Conference membership changes
- 4 Arenas
- 5 Season outlook
- 6 Regular season
- 7 Postseason
- 8 Conference standings
- 9 Award winners
- 10 Coaching changes
- 11 See also
- 12 References
On June 5, 2019, the NCAA announced that its Playing Rules Oversight Panel had approved a suite of rules changes that its Men's Basketball Rules Committee had recommended the previous month. These changes will take effect in 2019–20 for all NCAA divisions unless otherwise indicated.
- The three-point line was moved from its prior distance of 20 feet 9 inches (6.32 m) from the center of the basket to the FIBA standard of 6.75 meters (22 ft 2 in). The NCAA published diagrams on June 17, 2019 reflecting the new three-point line, including its distance from the sidelines near the corners of the court. In the corners, the three-point line is exactly 40 1⁄8 inches (102 cm) from the sidelines, resulting in the shortest three-point distance being essentially identical to the FIBA standard of 6.6 meters (21 ft 8 in). This change takes immediate effect in Division I, but will be delayed to 2020–21 for Divisions II and III.
- On offensive rebounds in the frontcourt, the shot clock is now reset to 20 seconds instead of the full 30.
- Any derogatory on-court comments regarding a player's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability result in a flagrant-2 technical foul and automatic ejection.
- Two new rules apply during the last two minutes of regulation and the last two minutes of any overtime period:
- Coaches are allowed to call live-ball timeouts. Previously, coaches were prohibited from calling live-ball timeouts at any time.
- The list of calls that can be reviewed via instant replay expanded to include basket interference and goaltending.
- May 9, 2019 – The NCAA announced its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2019–20 school year. A total of nine programs in eight sports were declared ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the required APR benchmark, including the following Division I men's basketball team:
- June 3, 2019 – The Sun Belt Conference, which a year earlier had announced a series of radical changes in its men's basketball scheduling format that would have taken effect with the 2019–20 season, announced that it had placed those changes on hold. The Sun Belt will proceed with one element of the plan, namely an expansion of the conference schedule to 20 games. In its announcement, the conference noted that the original plan had been based on data related to the RPI, an NCAA tournament selection metric that had been replaced by the significantly different NET effective with the 2019 tournament.
- June 18 – The ASUN Conference officially announced that Bellarmine University, currently a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference, would move to Division I and join the ASUN effective with the 2020–21 school year.
- June 20 – The Summit League announced that the University of Missouri–Kansas City would return to the conference on July 1, 2020 after seven years in the Western Athletic Conference.
- June 21 – The Boston-area sports news website Digital Sports Desk reported that the University of Connecticut (UConn) was expected to announce by the end of the month that it would leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin many of its former conference mates in the Big East Conference in 2020. The story was picked up by multiple national media outlets the next day.
- June 27 – The Big East and UConn jointly announced that the school would join the Big East; though the official announcements did not specify a time, it was expected that the Huskies would become members in 2020.
- July 15 – Binghamton rising sophomore forward Calistus Anyichie drowned in an incident at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York. The incident was being investigated as an accident.
- July 26 – Multiple media reports indicated that UConn and The American had reached a buyout agreement that will lead to UConn joining the Big East in July 2020. The exit fee was reportedly $17 million.
- August 5
- The NCAA issued a set of rules that outlined new certification requirements for agents who sought to represent college underclassmen who declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft but wish to maintain college eligibility while evaluating their draft prospects. The new requirements were that the agents hold a bachelor's degree; have been certified by the NBA players' union, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), for at least three years; hold professional liability insurance; and pass an in-person exam administered each November at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. The bachelor's degree requirement was immediately dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule", as it was widely viewed as preventing Paul, who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, and Draymond Green, among others, from representing underclassmen because he does not have a bachelor's degree.
- The Horizon League announced that Purdue University Fort Wayne would leave the Summit League to join the Horizon League in July 2020.
- August 12 – After widespread criticism by media and NBA players, the NCAA amended the so-called "Rich Paul Rule" regarding agent certification. Agents such as Paul who do not hold bachelor's degrees but meet all other NCAA requirements will be allowed to represent underclassmen if they are in good standing with the NBPA.
- September 30
- California governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law, which upon taking effect in 2023 will prohibit public colleges and universities in the state from punishing their athletes for earning endorsement income. The bill places the state in direct conflict with the NCAA's current business model, which prohibits college athletes from receiving such income. At the time the bill was signed, several other states were proposing similar laws.
- A group of Louisville Cardinals players who were not involved in the NCAA rules violations that caused the team to be stripped of its 2013 national title and 2012 Final Four appearance reached a confidential settlement of a lawsuit against the NCAA. One portion of the settlement was authorized to be revealed—while Louisville's team records remained vacated, all honors and statistics for these players were restored. Most notably, Luke Hancock, who was a plaintiff in the suit, was once again officially recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Final Four.
- Officials at Tarleton State University, current members of the Division II Lone Star Conference, announced that the school had accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference. Full details, including the joining date, were expected to be revealed in the following days, but were delayed by more than a month.
- October 4 – Officials at the University of St. Thomas, a Minnesota school that will be expelled from its longtime athletic home of the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in 2021, announced that the school had received an invitation to join the Summit League upon its MIAC departure. In order for St. Thomas to directly transition to the Summit, it must receive a waiver of an NCAA rule stating that Division III schools can only transition to Division II.
- October 22 – The Associated Press preseason All-American team was released. Michigan State guard Cassius Winston was the lone unanimous selection (65 votes). Joining him on the team were Marquette guard Markus Howard (57 votes), Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (47), Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (46), and Memphis center James Wiseman (32).
- October 29 – The NCAA board of governors voted unanimously to begin the process of changing institutional rules so that college athletes can profit from their names, images, and likenesses, while still maintaining a distinction between college and professional sports. The proposal calls for each of the three NCAA divisions to draft new rules consistent with this mandate, with a target date of January 2021.
- November 8 – The NCAA ruled incoming Memphis freshman star and preseason All-American James Wiseman ineligible because his family had received moving expenses from current head coach Penny Hardaway in 2017, a year before Hardaway was hired by the school. Despite his not having been employed by Memphis at the time, the NCAA considered Hardaway to be a Memphis booster because the former NBA star had donated large amounts to the school's athletic program more than a decade earlier. Memphis and Wiseman received an injunction to halt the NCAA's ruling from a local judge, and Wiseman played in the Tigers' season opener later that day.
- November 12 – The Western Athletic Conference officially announced Tarleton State's entry into the league effective July 1, 2020.
- November 14 – In the next major development in the Wiseman story, he dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA, and Memphis declared him ineligible and withdrew him from play. The school also announced it would seek reinstatement from the NCAA.
Milestones and recordsEdit
- During the season, the following players reached the 2,000 career point milestone – Hampton guard Jermaine Marrow, Marquette guard Markus Howard, College of Charleston guard Grant Riller, Howard swingman Charles Williams, Seton Hall guard Myles Powell, and Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle.
- November 5 – Colorado State center Nico Carvacho became the Mountain West Conference all-time leading rebounder, grabbing 11 in a win over Denver. He surpassed Jordan Caroline’s 958 career mark.
- November 8 – Utah defeated Mississippi Valley State 143–49 to set an NCAA record for largest margin of victory (94 points) over a Division I opponent.
- December 1 – Cameron Parker of Sacred Heart had 24 assists in the Pioneers' 101–57 win over NCAA Division III school Pine Manor, setting a new record for single-game assists by a Division I men's player. He also became the first player in at least the past 20 seasons to record 20 or more assists in a game while failing to score. The previous D-I record of 22 assists had been accomplished four times, most recently by Trae Young of Oklahoma in 2017.
- January 17 – Michigan State’s Cassius Winston became the Big Ten’s all-time assist leader, passing fellow Spartan Mateen Cleaves’ career mark of 816 in a win over Wisconsin.
Conference membership changesEdit
Two schools joined new conferences for the 2019–20 season. Both moved between Division I and Division II, with one joining Division I and the other leaving Division I.
|School||Former Conference||New Conference|
|Merrimack||Northeast-10 Conference (D-II)||Northeast Conference|
|Savannah State||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (D-II)|
In addition, two existing Division I teams assumed new athletic identities.
After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University (LIU) merged the athletic programs of its two main campuses—the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II LIU Post Pioneers—into a single program that now plays as the LIU Sharks. The Sharks inherited the Division I and Northeast Conference memberships of the Brooklyn campus, with some sports to be based in Brooklyn and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York. Specific to basketball, LIU announced that the unified men's and women's teams in that sport would be based in Brooklyn.
On July 1, 2019, the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) announced that its athletic program, formerly known as the UMKC Kangaroos, would officially become the Kansas City Roos, with "Roos" having long been used as a short form of the former "Kangaroos" nickname.
- Robert Morris moved into the new UPMC Events Center after playing last season at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, a facility at the school's North Athletic Complex. The Colonials played their first game there on November 12, 2019 however the Colonials lost their first game in the new arena losing to crosstown rival Pitt 71–57.
- High Point will play its final season at the Millis Athletic Convocation Center, home to the Panthers since 1992. They will open the new Nido Quebin Arena and Conference Center for the 2020–21 season.
- This will be Liberty's final season playing games full-time at the Vines Center, home to the Flames since 1990. The school will open the adjoining Liberty Arena, with less than half of the capacity at Vines Center, for the 2020–21 season. The Vines Center will continue to be used for games in which attendance is expected to exceed 4,000.
- Immediately after the 2018–19 season, Duquesne began an extensive renovation of the on-campus Palumbo Center. When the venue reopens, expected for the 2020–21 school year, it will be renamed UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, via a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the family foundation of late Duquesne star Chuck Cooper, the first African American selected in an NBA draft. At the time of announcement, the final capacity of the renovated venue had not been determined, but Duquesne's athletic director expected it to have about the same capacity as the pre-renovation Palumbo Center (4,390). Duquesne will split their home games between three venues in 2019–20: PPG Paints Arena, La Roche University's Kerr Fitness Center, and Robert Morris University's new UPMC Events Center.
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
Early season tournamentsEdit
An upset is a victory by an underdog team. In the context of NCAA Division I Men's Basketball this generally constitutes an unranked team defeating a team currently ranked In the Top 25. This list will highlight those upsets of ranked teams by unranked teams as well as upsets of #1 teams. Rankings are from the AP Poll.
Bold type indicates winning teams in "true road games"-i.e., those played on an opponent's home court (including secondary homes, such as Intrust Bank Arena for Wichita State).
|#2 Kentucky||69–62||#1 Michigan State||November 5, 2019||Champions Classic|
|Washington||67–64||#16 Baylor||November 8, 2019||Armed Forces Classic|
|Texas||70–66||#23 Purdue||November 9, 2019|
|Florida State||63–51||#6 Florida||November 10, 2019||Sunshine Showdown|
|Winthrop||61–59||#18 Saint Mary's||November 11, 2019|
|Evansville||67–64||#1 Kentucky||November 12, 2019|
|VCU||84–82||#23 LSU||November 13, 2019|
|Tennessee||75–62||#20 Washington||November 16, 2019||James Naismith Classic|
|UConn||62–59||#15 Florida||November 17, 2019|
|Georgetown||82–66||#22 Texas||November 21, 2019||2K Empire Classic|
|Florida||70–65||#18 Xavier||November 24, 2019||Charleston Classic|
|Virginia Tech||71–66||#3 Michigan State||November 25, 2019||Maui Invitational|
|Stephen F. Austin||85–83OT||#1 Duke||November 26, 2019|
|Michigan||73–64||#6 North Carolina||November 28, 2019||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|Iowa||72–61||#12 Texas Tech||November 28, 2019||Las Vegas Invitational|
|Michigan||82–64||#8 Gonzaga||November 29, 2019||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|Florida State||60–57||#17 Tennessee||November 29, 2019||Emerald Coast Classic|
|Purdue||59–56||#20 VCU||November 29, 2019||Emerald Coast Classic|
|Creighton||83–76OT||#12 Texas Tech||November 29, 2019||Las Vegas Invitational|
|Saint Mary's||81–73||#15 Utah State||November 29, 2019|
|Indiana||80–64||#17 Florida State||December 3, 2019||Big Ten–ACC Challenge|
|Purdue||69–40||#5 Virginia||December 4, 2019||Big Ten–ACC Challenge|
|Iowa State||76–66||#16 Seton Hall||December 8, 2019||Big East/Big 12 Battle|
|Penn State||76–69||#4 Maryland||December 10, 2019|
|Texas Tech||70–55||#1 Louisville||December 10, 2019||Jimmy V Classic|
|Northern Iowa||79–76||#24 Colorado||December 10, 2019|
|Illinois||71–62||#5 Michigan||December 11, 2019|
|Rutgers||68–48||#22 Seton Hall||December 14, 2019||Garden State Hardwood Classic|
|Wake Forest||80–78||#23 Xavier||December 14, 2019||Skip Prosser Classic|
|Wofford||68–64||#17 North Carolina||December 15, 2019|
|Minnesota||84–71||#3 Ohio State||December 15, 2019|
|Cincinnati||78–66||#21 Tennessee||December 18, 2019||SEC/American Alliance|
|Utah||69–66||#6 Kentucky||December 18, 2019||Neon Hoops Showcase|
|Seton Hall||52–48||#7 Maryland||December 19, 2019|
|#18 Villanova||56–55||#1 Kansas||December 21, 2019||Big East/Big 12 Battle|
|Colorado||78–76OT||#13 Dayton||December 21, 2019||Chicago Legends|
|St. John's||70–67||#16 Arizona||December 21, 2019||Al Attles Classic|
|South Carolina||70–59||#9 Virginia||December 22, 2019|
|Houston||75–71||#21 Washington||December 25, 2019||Diamond Head Classic|
|Colorado||74–65||#4 Oregon||January 2, 2020|
|Wisconsin||61–57||#5 Ohio State||January 3, 2020|
|Georgia||65–62||#9 Memphis||January 4, 2020||SEC/American Alliance|
|Marquette||71–60||#10 Villanova||January 4, 2020|
|Rutgers||72–61||#20 Penn State||January 7, 2020|
|Boston College||60–53||#18 Virginia||January 7, 2020|
|Iowa||67–49||#12 Maryland||January 10, 2020|
|Indiana||66–54||#11 Ohio State||January 11, 2020|
|Wisconsin||58–49||#20 Penn State||January 11, 2020|
|Syracuse||63–55OT||#18 Virginia||January 11, 2020|
|Purdue||71–42||#8 Michigan State||January 12, 2020|
|Minnesota||75–67||#19 Michigan||January 12, 2020|
|Oregon State||82–65||#24 Arizona||January 12, 2020|
|Clemson||79–72||#3 Duke||January 14, 2020|
|Wisconsin||56–54||#17 Maryland||January 14, 2020|
|South Carolina||81–78||#10 Kentucky||January 15, 2020|
|Georgetown||83–80||#25 Creighton||January 15, 2020|
|Temple||65–53||#16 Wichita State||January 15, 2020|
|Alabama||83–64||#4 Auburn||January 15, 2020||Iron Bowl of Basketball|
|Washington State||72–61||#8 Oregon||January 16, 2020|
|Iowa||90–83||#19 Michigan||January 17, 2020|
|Penn State||90–76||#21 Ohio State||January 18, 2020|
|DePaul||79–66||#5 Butler||January 18, 2020|
|Florida||69–47||#4 Auburn||January 18, 2020|
|Kansas State||84–68||#12 West Virginia||January 18, 2020|
|Arizona||75–54||#20 Colorado||January 18, 2020|
|Houston||65–54||#16 Wichita State||January 18, 2020|
Major player of the year awardsEdit
Major freshman of the year awardsEdit
Major coach of the year awardsEdit
Other major awardsEdit
Two teams changed coaches between their first practice and first game of the season; one change was permanent, while the other was planned to be temporary. Several other teams will change coaches during and after the season.
|Hawaiʻi||Eran Ganot||Chris Gerlufsen||Hawaiʻi announced on November 6, two days before the Rainbow Warriors' season opener, that Ganot had taken a medical leave of absence, with top assistant Gerlufsen named as acting head coach. The school added that Ganot was expected to return to the program, but provided no details on his condition. Ganot returned to the Hawaiʻi sidelines on December 29.|
|Niagara||Patrick Beilein||Greg Paulus||Beilein, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein, had been hired from Division II Le Moyne after last season, but announced his resignation on October 24, 2019 for undisclosed personal reasons. The Purple Eagles named assistant Paulus as interim head coach for the 2019–20 season, and removed the interim tag on November 7, the day before the team's season opener.|
|UNC Wilmington||C. B. McGrath||Rob Burke||McGrath was fired on January 13 after a 26–58 record in 2½ seasons at Wilmington, including starting the season 5−14 overall and 0–6 in CAA, and replaced by assistant Burke for the rest of the season.|
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