2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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Template:Infobox 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 concluded prematurely on March 12, 2020. The 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was scheduled to end in Atlanta on April 6, 2020, but was ultimately canceled. All other postseason tournaments were canceled as well. Practices officially began in late September.[1]

On March 12, 2020, the NCAA announced that all remaining winter and spring championships for both men's and women's sports were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first cancellation in the history of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Rule changes[edit source | edit]

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 took effect in 2019–20 for all NCAA divisions, with one exception.[2][3]

  • 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 Page Template:Fraction/styles.css has no content.40+18 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).[4] This change took immediate effect in Division I, but was 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.

Season headlines[edit source | edit]

  • 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,[5] 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.[6]
  • 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.[7]
  • 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.[8]
  • 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.[9] The story was picked up by multiple national media outlets the next day.[10][11]
  • 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.[12]
  • 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.[13]
  • 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.[14]
  • 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.[15]
    • The Horizon League announced that Purdue University Fort Wayne would leave the Summit League to join the Horizon League in July 2020.[16]
  • 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.[17]
  • 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.[18]
    • 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.[19]
    • 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.[20]
  • 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.[21]
  • 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).[22]
  • 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.[23]
  • 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.[24]
  • November 12 – The Western Athletic Conference officially announced Tarleton State's entry into the league effective July 1, 2020.[25]
  • 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.[26]
  • January 21 – The Kansas StateKansas game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl. In the final seconds of a game that Kansas would win 81–60, State's DaJuan Gordon went up for a layup that was blocked by Kansas' Silvio De Sousa. After the block, De Sousa stood over Gordon, leading to an altercation that escalated into a bench-clearing melee. During the brawl, De Sousa and several other players threw punches, and De Sousa held a chair above his head until it was taken from him by a Kansas assistant. Kansas did not wait for the Big 12 Conference to take action, announcing the next day that De Sousa would be suspended indefinitely, pending the Big 12 review of the incident.[27]
  • January 22 – The Big 12 issued suspensions for four players involved in the previous night's Kansas State–Kansas brawl. De Sousa drew the longest suspension at 12 games. Kansas teammate David McCormack was suspended for 2 games, while Kansas State's James Love and Antonio Gordon were respectively banned for 8 and 3 games.[28]
  • February 7 – The Big South Conference officially announced that North Carolina A&T State University would leave its longtime home of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the Big South effective with the 2021–22 school year.[29]
  • February 18 – The NCAA announced that it was considering a proposal that would allow student-athletes in all sports a one-time waiver to transfer to a new school without having to sit out a season. This would place all NCAA sports under the same transfer rules; currently, first-time transfers are only required to sit out a season in baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, and men's ice hockey. The existing criteria for the waiver would be extended to these five sports—namely, a player must receive a transfer release from his or her previous school, leave that school academically eligible, maintain academic progress at the new school, and not be under any disciplinary suspension.[30]
  • Responses to the coronavirus pandemic:
    • March 9
      • The Associated Press released, what would be their final, top 25 of NCAAM Division I Basketball poll. It featured Kansas, Gonzaga, Dayton, Florida State, and Baylor in the top 5 respectfully.
    • March 10
    • March 11
    • March 12
      • All Division I conference tournaments that had yet to be completed were canceled, even those in progress.[36]
      • Some schools—most notably Duke and Kansas—suspended all athletic travel indefinitely. Both the Blue Devils and the presumptive top overall seed Jayhawks had been expected to decline NCAA tournament bids before the cancellation of the tournament.[36]
      • The NCAA announced that all remaining winter and spring championships would be canceled for both men's and women's sports in all divisions.[37] It is the first cancellation in the history of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.[37]
    • March 13
      • The Florida Senate passed a resolution declaring Florida State national champions for the 2019–2020 season. The resolution, introduced by Republican Joe Gruters, passed by a vote of 37–2.[38]

Milestones and records[edit source | edit]

Conference membership changes[edit source | edit]

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.[69] 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.[70]

Arenas[edit source | edit]

New arenas[edit source | edit]

  • 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.

Arenas closing[edit source | edit]

Temporary arenas[edit source | edit]

  • 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 split its 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.[74][75]

Season outlook[edit source | edit]

Pre-season polls[edit source | edit]

The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.

Ranking Team
1 Michigan State (60)
2 Kentucky (2)
3 Kansas (3)
4 Duke
5 Louisville
6 Florida
7 Maryland
8 Gonzaga
9 North Carolina
10 Villanova
11 Virginia
12 Seton Hall
13 Texas Tech
14 Memphis
15 Oregon
16 Baylor
17 Utah State
18 Ohio State
19 Xavier
20 Saint Mary's
21 Arizona
22 LSU
23 Purdue
24 Auburn
25 VCU
USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Michigan State (30)
2 Kentucky
3 Kansas (1)
4 Duke (1)
5 Louisville
6 Florida
7 Gonzaga
8 Maryland
9 Virginia
10 Villanova
11 North Carolina
12 Texas Tech
13 Seton Hall
14 Oregon
15 Memphis
16 Ohio State
17 Arizona
18 Baylor
19 Utah State
20 Saint Mary's
21 Xavier
22 Purdue
23 Auburn
24 LSU
25 Tennessee

Regular season[edit source | edit]

Early season tournaments[edit source | edit]

Names Dates Location No. teams champion
2K Empire Classic November 21–23 Madison Square Garden
(Manhattan, New York)
4 Duke
Charleston Classic November 21–24 TD Arena
(Charleston, SC)
8 Florida
Junkanoo Jam November 21–24 Gateway Gym
(Bimini, Bahamas)
4 Duquesne
Myrtle Beach Invitational November 21–22, 24 HTC Center
(Conway, SC)
8 Baylor
Hall of Fame Tip Off November 23–24 Mohegan Sun Arena
(Uncasville, CT)
4 Virginia (Naismith)

Rider (Springfield)

The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase November 23–25 Kendall Issacs National Gymnasium
(Nassau, BH)
8 Liberty
Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic November 23–25 Montego Bay Convention Center
(Montego Bay, Jamaica)
8 Utah State
Paradise Jam Tournament November 23–26 Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
8 Nevada
MGM Resorts Main Event November 24, 26 T-Mobile Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
8 Colorado
CBE Hall of Fame Classic November 26–27 Sprint Center
(Kansas City, MO)
4 Butler
Legends Classic November 26–27 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
4 Auburn
Cayman Islands Classic November 25–27 John Gray Gymnasium
(George Town, Cayman Islands)
8 George Mason
Gulf Coast Showcase November 25–27 Hertz Arena
(Estero, FL)
8 La Salle
Maui Invitational November 25–27 Lahaina Civic Center
(Lahaina, HI)
8 Kansas
Cancún Challenge November 26–27 Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
(Cancún, MX)
8 West Virginia (Riviera Division)

Northern Iowa (Mayan Division)

Battle 4 Atlantis November 27–29 Imperial Arena
(Nassau, BAH)
8 Michigan
NIT Season Tip-Off November 27, 29 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
4 Oklahoma State
Las Vegas Invitational November 28–29 Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas Valley, NV)
4 San Diego State
Orlando Invitational November 28 – December 1 HP Field House
(Lake Buena Vista, FL)
8 Maryland
Wooden Legacy November 28 – December 1 Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, CA)
8 Arizona
Barclays Center Classic November 29–30 Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
2 Memphis
Emerald Coast Classic November 29–30 The Arena at NFSC
(Niceville, FL)
4 Florida State
Battle At the Boardwalk Classic December 20–21 Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, NJ)
4 Drexel
Diamond Head Classic December 22–23, 25 Stan Sheriff Center
Honolulu, HI
8 Houston

Upsets[edit source | edit]

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).

Winner Score Loser Date Tournament/Event
#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
TCU 65–54 #18 Texas Tech January 21, 2020
Tulsa 80–40 #20 Memphis January 22, 2020
Indiana 67–63 #11 Michigan State January 23, 2020
SMU 74–70 #20 Memphis January 25, 2020
Arizona State 66–65 #22 Arizona January 25, 2020 Rivalry
Virginia 61–56 #5 Florida State January 28, 2020
Texas Tech 89–81 #12 West Virginia January 29, 2020
UCLA 72–68 #20 Colorado January 30, 2020
Xavier 74–62 #10 Seton Hall February 1, 2020
Creighton 76–61 #8 Villanova February 1, 2020
Wisconsin 64–63 #14 Michigan State February 1, 2020
Providence 65–61 #16 Butler February 1, 2020
Michigan 69–63 #25 Rutgers February 1, 2020 B1G Super Saturday
Tulsa 54–51 #23 Wichita State February 1, 2020 Rivalry
Cincinnati 64–62 #21 Houston February 1, 2020
Stanford 70–60 #11 Oregon February 1, 2020
Purdue 104–68 #17 Iowa February 5, 2020
Providence 73–56 #21 Creighton February 5, 2020
Vanderbilt 99–90 #18 LSU February 5, 2020
Michigan 77–68 #16 Michigan State February 8, 2020 Rivalry
Oklahoma 69–59 #13 West Virginia February 8, 2020
UCLA 65–52 #23 Arizona February 8, 2020
Oregon State 63–53 #14 Oregon February 8, 2020 Civil War
Marquette 76–57 #19 Butler February 9, 2020
Michigan State 70–69 #22 Illinois February 11, 2020
Georgia Tech 64–58 #5 Louisville February 12, 2020
Indiana 89–77 #21 Iowa February 13, 2020
Oklahoma State 73–70 #24 Texas Tech February 15, 2020
Georgetown 73–66 #19 Butler February 15, 2020
Clemson 77–62 #5 Louisville February 15, 2020
Alabama 88–82 #25 LSU February 15, 2020
Rutgers 72–57 #22 Illinois February 15, 2020
Missouri 85–73 #11 Auburn February 15, 2020
SMU 73–72OT #20 Houston February 15, 2020 Rivalry
Providence 74–71 #10 Seton Hall February 15, 2020
Illinois 62–56 #9 Penn State February 18, 2020
Georgia 65–55 #13 Auburn February 19, 2020
NC State 88–66 #6 Duke February 19, 2020 Tobacco Road
Arizona State 77–72 #14 Oregon February 20, 2020
#3 Kansas 64–61 #1 Baylor February 22, 2020
Providence 84–72 #19 Marquette February 22, 2020
Memphis 60–59 #22 Houston February 22, 2020
TCU 67–60OT #17 West Virginia February 22, 2020
UCLA 70–63 #18 Colorado February 22, 2020
UNLV 66–63 #4 San Diego State February 22, 2020
Indiana 68–60 #9 Penn State February 23, 2020
Texas 67–57 #20 West Virginia February 24, 2020
Wake Forest 113–1012OT #7 Duke February 25, 2020 Tobacco Road
Oklahoma 65–51 #22 Texas Tech February 25, 2020
Wisconsin 81–74 #19 Michigan February 27, 2020
California 76–62 #21 Colorado February 27, 2020
Texas 68–58 #22 Texas Tech February 29, 2020
Providence 58–54 #12 Villanova February 29, 2020
Clemson 70–69 #6 Florida State February 29, 2020
TCU 75–72 #2 Baylor February 29, 2020
Oklahoma 73–62 #20 West Virginia February 29, 2020
Virginia 52–50 #7 Duke February 29, 2020
St. John's 91–71 #10 Creighton March 1, 2020
Stanford 72–64 #21 Colorado March 1, 2020
Rutgers 78–67 #9 Maryland March 3, 2020
Tennessee 81–73 #6 Kentucky March 3, 2020
Purdue 77–68 #18 Iowa March 3, 2020
Texas A&M 78–75 #17 Auburn March 4, 2020
UConn 77–71 #21 Houston March 5, 2020
West Virginia 76–64 #4 Baylor March 7, 2020
Northwestern 80–69 #20 Penn State March 7, 2020
Utah State 59–56 #5 San Diego State March 7, 2020 Mountain West Tournament
Saint Mary's 51–50 #14 BYU March 9, 2020 West Coast Tournament

Conference winners and tournaments[edit source | edit]

Each of the 32 Division I athletic conferences ends its regular season with a single-elimination tournament. The team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.

Conference Regular
season first place
Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
venue (city)
America East Conference Vermont Anthony Lamb, Vermont[76] John Becker, Vermont[76] 2020 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
American Athletic Conference Cincinnati[lower-alpha 2], Houston and Tulsa Precious Achiuwa, Memphis[77] Frank Haith, Tulsa[77] 2020 American Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Dickies Arena
(Fort Worth, TX)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Atlantic 10 Conference Dayton Obi Toppin, Dayton[78] Anthony Grant, Dayton[78] 2020 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Atlantic Coast Conference Florida State Tre Jones, Duke[79] Leonard Hamilton, Florida State[79] 2020 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, NC)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Atlantic Sun Conference Liberty[lower-alpha 2] and North Florida Caleb Homesley, Liberty[80] Matthew Driscoll, North Florida &
Ritchie McKay, Liberty[80]
2020 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Liberty
Big 12 Conference Kansas Udoka Azubuike, Kansas[81] Scott Drew, Baylor[81] 2020 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Sprint Center
(Kansas City, MO)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Big East Conference Creighton,[lower-alpha 2] Villanova and Seton Hall Myles Powell, Seton Hall[82] Greg McDermott, Creighton[82] 2020 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City, NY)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Big Sky Conference Eastern Washington Mason Peatling, Eastern Washington[83] Shantay Legans, Eastern Washington[84] 2020 Big Sky Conference Men's Basketball Tournament CenturyLink Arena
(Boise, ID)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Big South Conference Radford[lower-alpha 2] and Winthrop Carlik Jones, Radford[85] Mike Jones, Radford[85] 2020 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Quarterfinals/semifinals: #1 seed
Final: Top surviving seed
Big Ten Conference Maryland, Michigan State and Wisconsin[lower-alpha 2] Luka Garza, Iowa[86] Greg Gard, Wisconsin[86] 2020 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, IN)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Big West Conference UC Irvine Lamine Diane, Cal State Northridge[87] Russell Turner, UC Irvine[87] 2020 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Honda Center
(Anaheim, CA)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Colonial Athletic Association Hofstra Nathan Knight, William & Mary[88] Dane Fischer, William & Mary[85] 2020 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Entertainment and Sports Arena
(Washington, DC)
Conference USA North Texas Javion Hamlet, North Texas[89] Grant McCasland, North Texas[89] 2020 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Frisco, TX)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Horizon League Wright State Loudon Love, Wright State[90] Dennis Gates, Cleveland State &
Scott Nagy, Wright State[90]
2020 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament First Round and Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(Indianapolis, IN)
Northern Kentucky
Ivy League Yale Paul Atkinson, Yale & A. J. Brodeur, Penn[91] James Jones, Yale[91] 2020 Ivy League Men's Basketball Tournament Lavietes Pavilion
(Boston, MA)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic[92]
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Siena Jalen Pickett, Siena[93] Shaheen Holloway, Saint Peter's[94] 2020 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, NJ)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Mid-American Conference Akron (East)[lower-alpha 2]
Ball State & Northern Illinois (West)
Loren Cristian Jackson, Akron[95] John Groce, Akron[95] 2020 Mid-American Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First round: Campus sites
Remainder: Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
(Cleveland, OH)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina Central Jibri Blount, North Carolina Central[96] Willie Jones, North Carolina A&T[96] 2020 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Missouri Valley Conference Northern Iowa AJ Green, Northern Iowa[97] Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa[98] 2020 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Enterprise Center
(St. Louis, MO)
Mountain West Conference San Diego State Malachi Flynn, San Diego State[99] Brian Dutcher, San Diego State[99] 2020 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, NV)
Utah State
Northeast Conference Merrimack[lower-alpha 3] Isaiah Blackmon, Saint Francis (PA)[100] Joe Gallo, Merrimack[100] 2020 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Robert Morris
Ohio Valley Conference Belmont[lower-alpha 2] and Murray State Terry Taylor, Austin Peay[101] A. W. Hamilton, Eastern Kentucky[101] 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Evansville, IN)
Pac-12 Conference Oregon Payton Pritchard, Oregon[102] Mick Cronin, UCLA[102] 2020 Pac-12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament T-Mobile Arena
(Paradise, NV)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Patriot League Colgate Sa'eed Nelson, American[103] Matt Langel, Colgate[103] 2020 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus sites Boston University
Southeastern Conference Kentucky Immanuel Quickley, Kentucky (Coaches),[104]
Mason Jones, Arkansas[105] & Reggie Perry, Mississippi State[106] (AP)
John Calipari, Kentucky (Coaches)[104]
Buzz Williams, Texas A&M (AP)[105]
2020 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Bridgestone Arena
(Nashville, TN)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Southern Conference East Tennessee State Isaiah Miller, UNC Greensboro[107] Steve Forbes, East Tennessee State[107] 2020 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Harrah's Cherokee Center
(Asheville, NC)
East Tennessee State
Southland Conference Stephen F. Austin Kevon Harris, Stephen F. Austin[108] Kyle Keller, Stephen F. Austin[108] 2020 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, TX)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Southwestern Athletic Conference Prairie View A&M Devonte Patterson, Prairie View A&M[109] Byron Smith, Prairie View A&M[109] 2020 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Bartow Arena
(Birmingham, AL)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
Summit League North Dakota State[lower-alpha 2] and South Dakota State Douglas Wilson, South Dakota State[110] Eric Henderson, South Dakota State[110] 2020 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Denny Sanford Premier Center
(Sioux Falls, SD)
North Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference Little Rock Nijal Pearson, Texas State[111] Darrell Walker, Little Rock[111] 2020 Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First three rounds: Campus sites
Semifinals and final: Smoothie King Center
(New Orleans, LA)
Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Filip Petrušev, Gonzaga[112] Damon Stoudamire, Pacific[112] 2020 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Milan Acquaah, California Baptist[113] Chris Jans, New Mexico State[113] 2020 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Tournament canceled due to coronavirus pandemic
  1. Unlike the vast majority of NCAA Division I conferences, the Big East classifies its career scoring leaders strictly by performance in regular-season conference games. Bell had been the conference's all-time scoring leader when all games were considered.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Top seed in conference tournament.
  3. Ineligible for the NEC tournament due to transition from NCAA Division II.

Statistical leaders[edit source | edit]

Points per game
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Markus Howard Marquette 27.8 Kevin Marfo Quinnipiac 13.3 Kameron Langley North Carolina A&T 8.0 Jacob Gilyard Richmond 3.2
Jhivvan Jackson UTSA 26.8 John Mooney Notre Dame 12.7 Javon Levi UTRGV 7.9 Fatts Russell Rhode Island 2.9
Jermaine Marrow Hampton 24.8 Willie Jackson Toledo 12.0 Zavier Simpson Michigan 7.9 Sa'eed Nelson American 2.8
Antoine Davis Detroit Mercy 24.3 Cletrell Pope Bethune–Cookman 11.9 Jason Preston Ohio 7.4 Isaiah Miller UNC Greensboro 2.8
Luka Garza Iowa 23.9 James Butler Drexel 11.7 Josh Sharkey Samford 7.2 Josh Sharkey Samford 2.7
Blocked shots per game
Field goal percentage
Three-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Osasumwen Osaghae FIU 3.81 Udoka Azubuike Kansas .748 Stefan Gonzalez UC Davis .477 Terrell Gomez Cal State Northridge .948
Kylor Kelley Oregon St. 3.45 Shamarkus Kennedy McNeese State .679 Jake Toolson BYU .470 Nathan Hoover Wofford .930
Romaro Gill Seton Hall 3.17 Osasumwen Osaghae FIU .671 Dru Kuxhausen McNeese State .458 Immanuel Quickley Kentucky .923
Hayden Koval Central Arkansas 3.06 Nick Richards Kentucky .644 Saddiq Bey Villanova .451 AJ Green Northern Iowa .917
Liam Robbins Drake 2.91 Chevez Goodwin Wofford .640 Nate Kennell Bradley .447 Cameron Healy Albany .908

Postseason[edit source | edit]

Conference standings[edit source | edit]

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Award winners[edit source | edit]

2020 Consensus All-America team[edit source | edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Luka Garza C Junior Iowa
Markus Howard PG Senior Marquette
Myles Powell PG/SG Senior Seton Hall
Payton Pritchard PG Senior Oregon
Obi Toppin PF Sophomore Dayton

Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Udoka Azubuike C Senior Kansas
Vernon Carey Jr. PF Freshman Duke
Devon Dotson PG Sophomore Kansas
Malachi Flynn PG/SG Junior San Diego State
Cassius Winston PG Senior Michigan State

Major player of the year awards[edit source | edit]

Major freshman of the year awards[edit source | edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit source | edit]

Other major awards[edit source | edit]

Coaching changes[edit source | edit]

One team changed coaches between its first practice and first game of the season. Several other teams changed coaches during and after the season.

Team Former
Air Force Dave Pilipovich Joe Scott Air Force fired Pilipovich on March 9 after 8+ seasons, in which the Falcons went 110–151 overall with only 1 season finishing above .500 overall.[133] On March 31, Air Force hired Georgia assistant Joe Scott to serve his second stint as the Falcons' head coach, the first being from 2000-2004.[134]
Alabama State Lewis Jackson Jackson announced his registration from Alabama State on March 27 after 15 seasons at his alma mater, finishing with an overall record of 207–262.[135]
Alcorn State Montez Robinson Landon Bussie Robinson's contract was not renewed on March 23, ending his 5-year tenure at Alcorn State with a 69–86 overall record.[136] Prairie View A&M assistant Bussie was named the new head coach of the Braves on April 23.[137]
Central Arkansas Russ Pennell Anthony Boone Pennell, who had been on a leave of absence from UCA for undisclosed personal reasons since December 16, announced on January 7 that he will not return to his alma mater after 5½ seasons. Assistant coach Boone, who served as interim coach during Pennell's initial leave, continued in that role for the rest of the season, and had the interim tag removed on March 9.[138][139]
East Tennessee State Steve Forbes Forbes left East Tennessee on April 30 after 5 seasons to accept the Wake Forest head coaching job.[140]
Evansville Walter McCarty Bennie Seltzer Todd Lickliter McCarty was initially placed on administrative leave on December 27 pending a Title IX investigation against him. Assistant coach Seltzer served as the interim coach of the Purple Aces during McCarty's initial absence.[141] On January 21, Evansville fired McCarty following additional allegations of misconduct, and named former Butler/Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter, who had served as assistant coach under McCarty last season before resigning due to health problems, as the new head coach.[142]
Georgia Southern Mark Byington Brian Burg Byington left Georgia Southern on March 20 after 7 seasons to accept the James Madison job.[143] On March 29, The Eagles named Texas Tech assistant coach Burg as their new head coach.[144]
Grand Canyon Dan Majerle Bryce Drew Grand Canyon fired Majerle on March 13 after 7 seasons. While the former NBA star had led the Antelopes to a 136–89 overall record including top-three WAC finishes in each of his first six seasons, the team went 13–17 this past season, tying for fifth in the WAC.[145] Former Valparaiso/Vanderbilt coach Drew was hired as the new head coach on March 17.[146]
Iona Tim Cluess Tra Arnold Rick Pitino After not coaching during the 2019–20 season due to an undisclosed health issue, Cluess stepped down on March 13 after 10 seasons at Iona. Under Cluess, the Gaels won 203 games overall, including winning the MAAC regular season and/or the conference tournament from 2012–2019.[147] After a 2-year absence from college coaching, former Louisville coach Pitino was hired to replace him the next day.[148]
James Madison Louis Rowe Mark Byington JMU parted ways with Rowe on March 9 following the Dukes' 9–21 season. Rowe had records of 43–85 overall and 21–51 in CAA play after four seasons.[149] The Dukes hired Georgia Southern head coach Mark Byington as his replacement on March 20.[143]
Loyola Marymount Mike Dunlap Stan Johnson Dunlap was relieved of his duties on March 9 after six seasons. Dunlap's record at LMU was 81–101, capped off by 11–21 overall and 4–12 WCC records this past season.[150] The Lions hired Marquette associate coach Johnson as Dunlap's replacement on March 20.[151]
Niagara Patrick Beilein Greg Paulus Beilein, the son of former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein and who had been hired from Division II Le Moyne after last season,[152] 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,[153] and removed the interim tag on November 7, the day before the team's season opener.[154]
Northern Colorado Jeff Linder Steve Smiley Northern Colorado saw its head coaching position open up when Linder left after 4 seasons to take the Wyoming job on March 17.[155] The Bears filled the vacant position by promoting assistant coach Smiley on March 19.[156]
Samford Scott Padgett Bucky McMillan Samford parted ways with Padgett on March 16 after 6 seasons, in which the Bulldogs went 84–115 overall and never finished higher than 6th in SoCon play.[157] On April 8, the school hired McMillan, who spent the last 12 seasons as head coach at Mountain Brook High School, as their new head coach.[158]
Southeast Missouri State Rick Ray Brad Korn Ray was relieved of his head coaching duties on March 3 after 5 seasons at Southeast Missouri State, in which the Redhawks went 51–104 overall.[159] Kansas State assistant coach Korn was hired as Ray's replacement on March 23.[160]
UAB Robert Ehsan Andy Kennedy UAB parted ways with Ehsan on March 13 after 4 seasons, in which the Blazers were 76–57 overall and never made the NCAA or NIT tournament.[161] UAB alum and former Cincinnati/Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was named the new head coach on March 20.[162]
UIC Steve McClain Luke Yaklich UIC parted ways with McClain on March 13 after 5 seasons and a 76–93 overall record.[163] On March 25, The Flames hired Texas assistant Yaklich as their new head coach.[164]
UNC Wilmington C. B. McGrath Rob Burke Takayo Siddle 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 coach Rob Burke for the rest of the season.[165] NC State assistant coach and former UNCW assistant Siddle was named the new head coach of the Seahawks on March 13.[166]
Wake Forest Danny Manning Steve Forbes Wake Forest fired Manning on April 25 after 6 seasons, in which the Demon Deacons went 78–111 overall and finished no higher than 10th place in conference play.[167] The school hired Steve Forbes away from East Tennessee State on April 30.[140]
Western Illinois Billy Wright Rob Jeter After a 53–115 overall record including finishing no higher than 8th place in conference play, Wright's contract was not reneged on March 3, ending his 6-year tenure at Western Illinois.[168] Minnesota assistant coach and former UW–Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter was hired as the new head coach of the Leathernecks on March 30.[169]
Western Michigan Steve Hawkins Clayton Bates Western Michigan parted ways with Hawkins on March 11 after 17 seasons, in which the Broncos went 291–262 overall, but only made the NCAA Tournament twice under his tenure.[170] Associate head coach Bates was promoted to the open job on March 28.[171]
Wyoming Allen Edwards Jeff Linder Wyoming parted ways with Edwards on March 9 after 4 seasons, during which the Cowboys went 60–76 overall, including a 17–48 record in Edwards' final 2 seasons at the school.[172] On March 17, the Cowboys hired Linder from Northern Colorado as their new head coach.[155]

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