1984–85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 1984–85 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1984 and ended with the Final Four in Lexington, Kentucky on April 1, 1985. The Villanova Wildcats won their first NCAA national championship with a 66–64 victory over the defending champion, top-ranked Georgetown Hoyas, it was the second time in three seasons that the national champion had 10 losses.

Season headlines[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

Beginning in 1984–85, the following rules changes were implemented:[1]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.[2]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Georgetown
2 Illinois
3 DePaul
4 Indiana
5 Oklahoma
6 Duke
7 St. John's
8 Memphis State
9 Washington
10 SMU
11 UNLV
12 Syracuse
13 NC State
14 LSU
15 Virginia Tech
16 Arkansas
17 Louisville
18 Kentucky
19 Kansas
20 Georgia Tech

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

1984–85 AMCU-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Cleveland State 11 3   .786     21 8   .724
Western Illinois 10 4   .714     14 14   .500
Eastern Illinois 9 5   .643     20 10   .667
Missouri State 8 6   .571     17 13   .567
Illinois-Chicago 7 7   .500     14 14   .500
Northern Iowa 6 8   .429     12 16   .429
Valparaiso 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Green Bay 1 13   .071     4 24   .143
1985 AMCU-8 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[3]
1984–85 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
West Virginia 16 2   .889     20 9   .690
Temple 15 3   .833     25 6   .806
Saint Joseph's 13 5   .722     19 12   .613
Rutgers 9 9   .500     16 14   .533
George Washington 9 9   .500     14 14   .500
UMass 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
St. Bonaventure 7 11   .389     14 15   .483
Duquesne 6 12   .333     12 18   .400
Penn State 4 14   .222     8 19   .296
Rhode Island 2 16   .111     8 20   .286
1985 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Georgia Tech 9 5   .643     27 8   .771
#7 North Carolina 9 5   .643     27 9   .750
#16 NC State 9 5   .643     23 10   .697
#10 Duke 8 6   .571     23 8   .742
Maryland 8 6   .571     25 12   .676
Clemson 5 9   .357     16 13   .552
Wake Forest 5 9   .357     15 14   .517
Virginia 3 11   .214     17 16   .515
1985 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 St. John's 15 1   .938     31 4   .886
#1 Georgetown 14 2   .875     35 3   .921
#15 Syracuse 9 7   .563     22 9   .710
Villanova 9 7   .563     25 10   .714
Pittsburgh 8 8   .500     17 12   .586
Boston College 7 9   .438     20 11   .645
Connecticut 6 10   .375     13 15   .464
Providence 3 13   .188     11 20   .355
Seton Hall 1 15   .063     10 18   .357
† 1985 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 1, 1985[4]; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Oklahoma 13 1   .929     31 6   .838
#13 Kansas 11 3   .786     26 8   .765
Iowa State 7 7   .500     21 13   .618
Missouri 7 7   .500     18 14   .563
Kansas State 5 9   .357     14 14   .500
Colorado 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Nebraska 5 9   .357     16 14   .533
Oklahoma State 3 11   .214     12 16   .429
1985 Big Eight Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Michigan 16 2   .889     26 4   .867
#12 Illinois 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
Purdue 11 7   .611     20 9   .690
Ohio State 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Iowa 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Michigan State 10 8   .556     19 10   .655
Indiana 7 11   .389     19 14   .576
Minnesota 6 12   .333     13 15   .464
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     14 14   .500
Northwestern 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Rankings from AP Poll)
1984–85 ECAC South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Navy 11 3   .786     26 6   .813
Richmond 11 3   .786     21 11   .656
George Mason 10 4   .714     18 11   .621
William & Mary 9 5   .643     16 12   .571
James Madison 7 7   .500     14 14   .500
UNC Wilmington 4 10   .286     12 16   .429
American 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
East Carolina 1 13   .071     7 21   .250
1985 ECAC South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[5]
1984–85 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#18 Tulsa 12 4   .750     23 8   .742
Illinois State 11 5   .688     22 8   .733
Wichita State 11 5   .688     18 13   .581
Creighton 9 7   .563     20 12   .625
Bradley 9 7   .563     17 13   .567
Southern Illinois 6 10   .375     14 14   .500
Indiana State 6 10   .375     14 15   .483
Drake 4 12   .250     12 15   .444
West Texas A&M 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
1985 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Pacific Coast Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#9 UNLV 17 1   .944     28 4   .875
Fresno State 15 3   .833     23 9   .719
Cal State Fullerton 11 7   .611     17 13   .567
Utah State 10 8   .556     17 11   .607
San Jose State 10 8   .556     16 13   .552
UC Irvine 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
UC Santa Barbara 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
Pacific 5 13   .278     9 19   .321
New Mexico State 4 14   .222     7 20   .259
Long Beach State 2 16   .111     4 23   .148
1985 PCAA Tournament winner
1984–85 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Washington 13 5   .722     22 10   .688
USC 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
Oregon State 12 6   .667     22 9   .710
Arizona 12 6   .667     21 10   .677
UCLA 12 6   .667     21 12   .636
Oregon 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Arizona State 7 11   .389     12 16   .429
Washington State 5 13   .278     13 15   .464
California 5 13   .278     13 15   .464
Stanford 3 15   .167     11 17   .393
As of November 25, 2011[6]; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#20 LSU 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
#19 Georgia 12 6   .667     22 9   .710
Alabama 11 7   .611     23 10   .697
Kentucky 11 7   .611     18 13   .581
Florida 9 9   .500     18 12   .600
Mississippi State 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
Tennessee 8 10   .444     22 15   .595
Auburn 8 10   .444     22 12   .647
Ole Miss 5 13   .278     11 17   .393
Vanderbilt 4 14   .222     11 17   .393
1985 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chattanooga 14 2   .875     24 8   .750
Marshall 12 4   .750     21 13   .618
The Citadel 11 5   .688     18 11   .621
Western Carolina 8 8   .500     14 14   .500
VMI 7 9   .438     16 14   .533
Appalachian State 7 9   .438     14 14   .500
Davidson 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Furman 4 12   .250     7 21   .250
East Tennessee State 3 13   .188     9 18   .333
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1985; Rankings from AP Poll
1984–85 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#17 Texas Tech 12 4   .750     23 8   .742
SMU 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
Texas A&M 10 6   .625     19 11   .633
Arkansas 10 6   .625     22 13   .629
TCU 8 8   .500     16 12   .571
Houston 8 8   .500     16 14   .533
Texas 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Baylor 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
Rice 3 13   .188     11 16   .407
1985 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Statistical leaders[edit]

Postseason tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Final Four - Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E1 Georgetown 77
W1 St John's 59
E1 Georgetown 64
S8 Villanova 66
S8 Villanova 52
M2 Memphis State 45

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Semifinals (March 27) Finals (March 29)
      
Tennessee 67
Indiana 74
Indiana 62
UCLA 65
UCLA 75
Louisville 66
Third place game
   
Tennessee 100
Louisville 84

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Johnny Dawkins G Junior Duke
Patrick Ewing C Senior Georgetown
Keith Lee F/C Senior Memphis State
Xavier McDaniel F Senior Wichita State
Chris Mullin F Senior St. John's
Wayman Tisdale F Senior Oklahoma


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Len Bias F Junior Maryland
Jon Koncak C Senior Southern Methodist
Mark Price G Junior Georgia Tech
Kenny Walker F Junior Kentucky
Dwayne Washington G Sophomore Syracuse

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017–18 NCAA Men's Basketball Records, Page 4" (PDF). 2017–18 NCAA Men's Basketball Media Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association. 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  2. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. p. 910. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  3. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Mid-Continent Conference Season Summary
  4. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Big East Conference Season Summary
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1984-85 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Season Summary
  6. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved November 25, 2011.