1986–87 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 1986–87 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1986 and ended with the Final Four in New Orleans, Louisiana on March 30, 1987.

Season headlines[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

Beginning in 1986–87, the following rules changes were implemented:[1]

  • The three-point field goal was introduced and set at 19 feet, 9 inches from the center of the basket.
  • A television replay could be used to prevent or rectify a scorer’s or timer’s mistake or a malfunction of the clock.

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

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

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina
2 Louisville
3 Indiana
4 Purdue
5 UNLV
6 Georgia Tech
7 Oklahoma
8 Kansas
9 Navy
10 Iowa
11 Kentucky
12 Auburn
13 Alabama
14 Illinois
15 Syracuse
16 Pittsburgh
17 NC State
18 Georgetown
19 Arizona
20 Cleveland State

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

1986–87 AMCU-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Southwest Missouri State 13 1   .929     28 6   .824
Cleveland State 10 4   .714     25 8   .758
Illinois-Chicago 9 5   .643     17 15   .531
Wisconsin–Green Bay 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
Northern Iowa 7 7   .500     13 15   .464
Valparaiso 4 10   .286     12 16   .429
Eastern Illinois 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
Western Illinois 2 12   .143     12 16   .429
1987 AMCU-8 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 North Carolina 14 0   1.000     32 4   .889
#13 Clemson 10 4   .714     25 6   .806
#17 Duke 9 5   .643     24 9   .727
Virginia 8 6   .571     21 10   .677
Georgia Tech 7 7   .500     16 13   .552
NC State 6 8   .429     20 14   .588
Wake Forest 2 12   .143     14 15   .483
Maryland 0 14   .000     9 17   .346
1987 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 Temple 17 1   .944     32 4   .889
West Virginia 15 3   .833     23 8   .742
Rhode Island 12 6   .667     20 10   .667
Penn State 9 9   .500     15 12   .556
Saint Joseph's 9 9   .500     16 13   .552
Duquesne 7 11   .389     12 17   .414
UMass 7 11   .389     11 16   .407
George Washington 6 12   .333     10 19   .345
Rutgers 5 13   .278     8 20   .286
St. Bonaventure 3 15   .167     5 23   .179
1987 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Georgetown 12 4   .750     29 5   .853
#12 Pittsburgh 12 4   .750     25 8   .758
#10 Syracuse 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Providence 10 6   .625     25 9   .735
St. John's 10 6   .625     21 9   .700
Villanova 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Seton Hall 4 12   .250     15 14   .517
Boston College 3 13   .188     11 18   .379
Connecticut 3 13   .188     9 19   .321
1987 Big East Tournament winner
As of March 30, 1987[3]; Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Big Eight men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Missouri 11 3   .786     24 10   .706
#20 Kansas 9 5   .643     25 11   .694
Oklahoma 9 5   .643     24 10   .706
Kansas State 8 6   .571     20 11   .645
Nebraska 7 7   .500     21 12   .636
Iowa State 5 9   .357     13 15   .464
Oklahoma State 4 10   .286     8 20   .286
Colorado 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
1987 Big Eight Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

† Big 8 Tournament winner

1986–87 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Montana State 12 2   .857     21 8   .724
Boise State 10 4   .714     22 8   .733
Montana 8 6   .571     18 11   .621
Nevada 7 7   .500     15 15   .500
Northern Arizona 5 9   .357     11 17   .393
Idaho 5 9   .357     16 14   .533
Idaho State 5 9   .357     15 16   .484
Weber State 4 10   .286     7 22   .241
Conference tournament winner
1986–87 Big South Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Baptist College 12 2   .857     21 9   .700
Campbell 10 4   .714     17 13   .567
UNC Asheville 5 3   .625     15 11   .577
Radford 7 7   .500     17 14   .548
Winthrop 1 7   .125     8 20   .286
Coastal Carolina 4 4   .500     12 16   .429
Armstrong 2 6   .250     6 22   .214
Augusta State 3 11   .214     8 19   .296
1987 Big South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Indiana 15 3   .833     30 4   .882
#7 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 5   .833
#6 Iowa 14 4   .778     30 5   .857
#11 Illinois 13 5   .722     23 8   .742
Michigan 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Ohio State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Michigan State 6 12   .333     11 17   .393
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Minnesota 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
As of March 30, 1987[4]; Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 PCAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 UNLV 18 0   1.000     37 2   .949
UC Santa Barbara 10 8   .556     16 12   .571
San Jose State 10 8   .556     16 14   .533
Cal State Fullerton 9 9   .500     17 13   .567
New Mexico State 9 9   .500     15 15   .500
UC Irvine 9 9   .500     14 14   .500
Utah State 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Long Beach State 7 11   .389     10 17   .370
Pacific 6 12   .333     10 17   .370
Fresno State 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
1987 PCAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Navy 13 1   .929     26 6   .813
UNC Wilmington 9 5   .643     18 12   .600
Richmond 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
James Madison 8 6   .571     20 10   .667
George Mason 7 7   .500     15 13   .536
American 5 9   .357     13 14   .481
East Carolina 4 10   .286     12 16   .429
William & Mary 2 12   .143     5 22   .185
1987 CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 East Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Bucknell 11 3   .786     22 9   .710
Lafayette 10 4   .714     16 13   .552
Lehigh 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
Rider 8 6   .571     12 16   .429
Drexel 7 7   .500     14 14   .500
Towson 5 9   .357     14 16   .467
Hofstra 4 10   .286     9 19   .321
Delaware 3 11   .214     12 16   .429
1987 ECC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 ECAC North men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northeastern 17 1   .944     27 7   .794
Niagara 14 4   .778     21 10   .677
Boston University 12 6   .667     18 12   .600
Canisius 12 6   .667     16 12   .571
Siena 12 6   .667     17 12   .586
Hartford 8 10   .444     14 14   .500
Maine 6 12   .333     10 18   .357
Vermont 3 15   .167     5 23   .179
New Hampshire 3 15   .167     4 24   .143
Colgate 3 15   .167     4 23   .148
1987 ECAC North Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Gulf Star Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Stephen F. Austin 10 0   1.000     22 8   .733
Sam Houston State 6 4   .600     16 12   .571
Southwest Texas State 5 5   .500     13 15   .464
Northwestern State 4 6   .400     15 13   .536
Southeastern Louisiana 4 6   .400     10 21   .323
Nicholls State 1 9   .100     9 18   .333
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 NCAA Division I men's basketball independents standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 DePaul - -       28 3   .903
#16 New Orleans - -       26 4   .867
#18 Notre Dame - -       24 8   .750
Texas-Rio Grande Valley - -       16 12   .571
Marquette - -       16 13   .552
Miami (FL) - -       15 16   .484
Dayton - -       13 15   .464
Central Florida - -       12 15   .444
Maryland-Baltimore County - -       12 15   .444
Chicago State - -       11 17   .393
Southwestern Louisiana - -       11 17   .393
U.S. International - -       11 17   .393
Utica - -       10 16   .385
Brooklyn - -       10 18   .357
Northern Illinois - -       9 19   .321
Central Connecticut State - -       8 21   .276
Eastern Washington - -       5 23   .179
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Ivy League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Penn 10 4   .714     13 14   .481
Princeton 9 5   .643     16 9   .640
Cornell 9 5   .643     15 11   .577
Dartmouth 7 7   .500     15 11   .577
Yale 7 7   .500     14 12   .538
Columbia 6 8   .429     12 14   .462
Harvard 4 10   .286     9 17   .346
Brown 4 10   .286     9 18   .333
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Saint Peter's 11 3   .786     21 8   .724
La Salle 10 4   .714     20 13   .606
Army 8 6   .571     14 15   .483
Iona 8 6   .571     16 14   .533
Holy Cross 6 8   .429     9 19   .321
Fordham 6 8   .429     14 16   .467
Fairfield 5 9   .357     15 16   .484
Manhattan 2 12   .143     6 21   .222
1987 MAAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Metro Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Louisville 9 3   .750     18 14   .563
Memphis State 8 4   .667     26 8   .765
Southern Miss 6 6   .500     23 11   .676
Florida State 6 6   .500     19 11   .633
South Carolina 5 7   .417     15 14   .517
Virginia Tech 5 7   .417     10 18   .357
Cincinnati 3 9   .250     12 16   .429
1987 Metro Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Midwestern Collegiate Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Evansville 8 4   .667     16 12   .571
Loyola (IL) 8 4   .667     16 13   .552
Xavier 7 5   .583     19 13   .594
Saint Louis 7 5   .583     25 10   .714
Oral Roberts 5 7   .417     10 18   .357
Butler 2 10   .167     9 19   .321
Detroit Mercy 2 10   .167     7 21   .250
1987 MCC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Central Michigan 14 2   .875     22 8   .733
Kent State 11 5   .688     19 10   .655
Bowling Green 10 6   .625     15 14   .517
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     14 15   .483
Miami 7 9   .438     14 14   .500
Ohio 7 9   .438     14 14   .500
Western Michigan 7 9   .438     12 16   .429
Toledo 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
Ball State 4 12   .250     9 18   .333
Mid-American Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Howard 13 1   .929     24 4   .857
North Carolina A&T 12 2   .857     24 6   .800
South Carolina State 9 5   .643     14 15   .483
Coppin State 7 6   .538     8 19   .296
Bethune-Cookman 6 8   .429     10 19   .345
Morgan State 5 9   .357     8 20   .286
Delaware State 3 11   .214     4 24   .143
Maryland Eastern Shore 0 13   .000     2 24   .077
Florida A&M - -       12 16   .429
1987 MEAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Tulsa 11 3   .786     22 8   .733
Bradley 10 4   .714     17 12   .586
Wichita State 9 5   .643     22 11   .667
Illinois State 7 7   .500     19 14   .576
Drake 6 8   .429     17 14   .548
Southern Illinois 5 9   .357     12 17   .414
Creighton 4 10   .286     9 19   .321
Indiana State 4 10   .286     9 20   .310
1987 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[5]
1986–87 ECAC Metro men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marist 15 1   .938     20 10   .667
Fairleigh Dickinson 11 5   .688     19 10   .655
Loyola (MD) 10 6   .625     15 14   .517
Wagner 8 8   .500     16 13   .552
Robert Morris 7 9   .438     13 14   .481
St. Francis (PA) 7 9   .438     11 16   .407
Long Island 5 11   .313     13 14   .481
St. Francis (NY) 5 11   .313     11 16   .407
Monmouth 4 12   .250     8 19   .296
1987 NEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Middle Tennessee 11 3   .786     22 7   .759
Akron 9 5   .643     21 9   .700
Eastern Kentucky 5 9   .357     10 18   .357
Austin Peay 8 6   .571     14 14   .500
Morehead State 1 13   .071     8 19   .296
Murray State 8 6   .571     17 12   .586
Youngstown State 8 6   .571     14 15   .483
Tennessee Tech 6 8   .429     14 15   .483
Tennessee State - -       15 12   .556
1987 OVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 UCLA 14 4   .778     25 7   .781
Arizona 13 5   .722     18 12   .600
Washington 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
California 10 8   .556     20 15   .571
Oregon State 10 8   .556     19 11   .633
Stanford 9 9   .500     15 13   .536
Oregon 8 10   .444     16 14   .533
Arizona State 6 12   .333     11 17   .393
Washington State 6 12   .333     10 18   .357
USC 4 14   .222     9 19   .321
1987 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of March 25, 1987[6]; Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Sun Belt Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Western Kentucky 12 2   .857     29 9   .763
Jacksonville 11 3   .786     19 11   .633
UAB 10 4   .714     21 11   .656
Virginia Commonwealth 7 7   .500     17 14   .548
UNC Charlotte 6 8   .429     18 14   .563
South Alabama 6 8   .429     14 14   .500
South Florida 3 11   .214     8 20   .286
Old Dominion 1 13   .071     6 22   .214
1987 Sun Belt Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 9 Alabama 16 2   .889     28 5   .848
Florida 12 6   .667     23 11   .676
Georgia 10 8   .556     18 12   .600
Kentucky 10 8   .556     18 11   .621
Auburn 9 9   .500     18 13   .581
Ole Miss 8 10   .444     15 14   .517
LSU 8 10   .444     24 15   .615
Tennessee 7 11   .389     14 15   .483
Vanderbilt 7 11   .389     18 16   .529
Mississippi State 3 15   .167     7 21   .250
1987 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marshall 15 1   .938     25 6   .806
Chattanooga 14 2   .875     21 8   .724
Davidson 12 4   .750     20 10   .667
Furman 10 6   .625     17 12   .586
The Citadel 6 10   .375     13 15   .464
VMI 5 11   .313     11 17   .393
Western Carolina 4 12   .250     10 19   .345
Appalachian State 3 13   .188     7 21   .250
East Tennessee State 3 13   .188     7 21   .250
1987 Southern Conference Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1987; Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Southland Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Louisiana Tech 9 1   .900     22 8   .733
Arkansas State 5 5   .500     21 13   .618
McNeese State 5 5   .500     14 14   .500
Lamar 4 6   .400     14 15   .483
North Texas State 4 6   .400     11 17   .393
Northeast Louisiana 3 7   .300     13 15   .464
UT Arlington       12 18   .400
1987 Southland Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#19 TCU 14 2   .875     24 7   .774
Baylor 10 6   .625     18 13   .581
Houston 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Texas Tech 9 7   .563     15 14   .517
Arkansas 8 8   .500     19 14   .576
SMU 7 9   .438     16 13   .552
Texas 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
Texas A&M 6 10   .375     17 14   .548
Rice 2 14   .125     8 19   .296
1987 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Southwestern Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Grambling 11 3   .786     16 14   .533
Southern 9 5   .643     19 12   .613
Mississippi Valley State 9 5   .643     13 15   .464
Jackson State 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
Alabama State 7 7   .500     14 14   .500
Texas Southern 7 7   .500     11 11   .500
Alcorn State 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
Prairie View 8 6   .571     15 14   .517
1987 SWAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 Trans America Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Arkansas–Little Rock 16 2   .889     26 11   .703
Houston Baptist 13 5   .722     18 11   .621
Stetson 13 5   .722     18 13   .581
Georgia Southern 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Hardin–Simmons 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
Texas–San Antonio 7 11   .389     13 15   .464
Mercer 7 11   .389     12 16   .429
Georgia State 7 11   .389     11 17   .393
Centenary 5 13   .278     10 17   .370
Samford 1 17   .056     4 22   .154
1987 TAAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1986–87 West Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego 13 1   .929     24 6   .800
Gonzaga 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
Saint Mary's 7 7   .500     17 13   .567
Portland 6 8   .429     14 14   .500
Santa Clara 6 8   .429     18 14   .563
San Francisco 6 8   .429     16 12   .571
Pepperdine 5 9   .357     12 18   .400
Loyola Marymount 4 10   .286     12 16   .429
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP poll
1986–87 WAC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
UTEP 13 3   .813     25 7   .781
Brigham Young 12 4   .750     21 11   .656
New Mexico 11 5   .688     25 10   .714
Wyoming 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Utah 9 7   .563     17 13   .567
Colorado State 7 9   .438     13 16   .448
Air Force 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
Hawaii 2 14   .125     7 21   .250
San Diego State 2 14   .125     5 25   .167
1987 WAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Statistical leaders[edit]

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Blocked Shots Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School BPG
Kevin Houston Army 32.9 Jerome Lane Pittsburgh 13.5 Avery Johnson Southern 10.7 David Robinson Navy 4.5
Dennis Hopson Ohio State 29.0 Chris Dudley Yale 13.3 Mark Wade UNLV 10.7 Derrick Lewis Maryland 4.4
David Robinson Navy 28.2 Andre Moore Loyola (IL) 12.4 Tony Fairley Charleston Southern 9.6 Lester Fonville Jackson State 3.9
Terrance Bailey Wagner 28.1 David Robinson Navy 11.8 Tyrone Bogues Wake Forest 9.5 Dallas Comegys DePaul 3.5
Hersey Hawkins Bradley 27.2 Brian Rowsom UNC Wilmington 11.5 Andre Van Drost Wagner 9.3 Tim Perry Temple 3.2

Postseason tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Final Four - Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E2 Syracuse 77
S6 Providence 63
E2 Syracuse 73
M1 Indiana 74
M1 Indiana 97
W1 UNLV 93

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Semifinals (March 24) Finals (March 26)
      
La Salle 92
Arkansas–Little Rock 73
La Salle 80
Southern Miss 84
Southern Miss 82
Nebraska 75
Third place game
   
Arkansas–Little Rock 67
Nebraska 76

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Steve Alford G Senior Indiana
Danny Manning F Junior Kansas
David Robinson C Senior Navy
Kenny Smith G Senior North Carolina
Reggie Williams F Senior Georgetown


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Armon Gilliam F Senior UNLV
Horace Grant F/C Senior Clemson
Dennis Hopson G Senior Ohio State
Mark Jackson G Senior St. John's
Ken Norman F Senior Illinois

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. 943. ISBN 0-345-51392-4.
  3. ^ "1986-87 Big East Conference Season Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "1986-87 Big Ten Conference Season Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1986-87 Missouri Valley Conference Season Summary
  6. ^ "2011-12 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 67. Retrieved November 23, 2011.