2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
|2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Duke|
|Regular season||November 10, 2017 – March 4, 2018|
|Tournament dates||March 13, 2018 – April 2, 2018|
San Antonio, Texas
The 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2017. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season will end with the Final Four in San Antonio on April 2, 2018. Practices officially began on September 29, 2017.
- 1 Rule changes
- 2 Season headlines
- 3 Conference membership changes
- 4 New arenas
- 5 Temporary arenas
- 6 Season outlook
- 7 Regular season
- 8 Postseason
- 9 Conference standings
- 10 Award winners
- 11 Coaching changes
- 12 See also
- 13 References
The following rule changes were proposed for the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season:
- Expanding the coaches' box from 28 feet to 38 feet.
- Resetting the shot clock to 20 seconds when the ball is inbounded in the front court after a foul or violation (ex. kicked ball) by the defense. If there are more than 20 seconds on the shot clock in this situation, the shot clock will not be reset. Previously the shot clock was reset to the full 30 seconds regardless of the time remaining on the shot clock.
- Allow referees to use instant replay in the final 2:00 of the second half and/or overtime to determine if a secondary defensive player was either inside or outside of the restricted arc. If the defender was inside the arc, a blocking foul will be called. If the defender is outside of the restricted area, then a player control foul (charge) will be called.
- Require a minimum of 0.3 seconds to be taken off the game clock when the ball is legally touched on a throw-in or other situation.
- Make throw-in spots more consistent in the front court.
- Redefine a "legal screen" to require the inside of the screener's feet be no wider than his shoulders.
The NCAA approved a number of experimental rule changes for use in the 2018 postseason NIT:
- Games will be played in 10-minute quarters instead of 20-minute halves, matching current practice in NCAA women's basketball.
- The "one-and-one" foul shot will not be used. Instead, starting with the fifth total foul in each quarter, non-shooting fouls by the defensive team result in two free throws, with the only exception being administrative technical fouls, this also matches current NCAA women's practice.
- The three-point line will be extended to the current FIBA distance of 6.75 m (22 ft 1.75 in) from the center of the basket, except where the arc approaches the sideline; the line will be a minimum distance of 3 feet (0.91 m) from the sidelines.
- The free throw lane will be extended to the 16-foot width used in NBA and FIBA play, instead of the NCAA standard of 12 feet.
- After an offensive rebound, the shot clock will be reset to 20 seconds instead of 30.
- May 9, 2017 – The Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) announced that it extended an invitation to Valparaiso University to take effect July 1, with negotiations between the parties ongoing. Under its terms, the Crusaders would replace Wichita State University, departing on the same date for the American Athletic Conference.
- May 10 – The NCAA announced its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2017–18 school year. A total of 17 programs in 9 sports were declared ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the required APR benchmark, including the following four Division I men's basketball teams:
- May 25 – The MVC officially announced Valparaiso would join on July 1, as reported earlier in the month.
- June 15 – Following a prolonged investigation into the Louisville program, after claims by a self-described madam that she had provided strip shows and sex parties at the Cardinals' team residence, Minardi Hall, for Cardinals players and prospective recruits, the NCAA announced the following penalties, subject to a planned appeal by Louisville:
- Four years of probation.
- A reduction of four scholarships in all over the probation period, with Louisville choosing when to take the reductions.
- Former director of basketball operations Andre McGee, who was found to have paid $10,000 from 2010 to 2014 in exchange for the parties, received a 10-year show-cause penalty.
- Head coach Rick Pitino was suspended for the Cardinals' first five ACC games in the coming season.
- Louisville was required to forfeit all money received from conference revenue sharing stemming from its appearances in the 2012–2015 NCAA tournaments.
- All players who participated in the parties and played for Louisville were held to be ineligible. The school had 45 days to provide the NCAA with a list of games affected, and was to vacate any games in which ineligible players were involved, this would ultimately cost Louisville its 2013 national championship and 2012 Final Four appearance (see February 20), making Louisville the first Division I basketball champion (for either sex) to be stripped of its title.
- June 16 – The governing boards of the Indiana University and Purdue University systems gave final approval to the split of Summit League member Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) into two separate institutions, ratifying a plan that both boards had approved in December 2016. On July 1, 2018, IU will take over IPFW's academic programs in health sciences under the identity of Indiana University Fort Wayne, while Purdue will take over all other academic programs as Purdue University Fort Wayne, the IPFW athletic program will continue in Division I and the Summit League as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, but will represent only Purdue Fort Wayne.
- June 28 – The Horizon League announced that IUPUI would move from the Summit League to replace Valparaiso effective July 1.
- August 24 – The University of Alaska Anchorage announced that the Great Alaska Shootout, which the school had hosted since 1978 and was the longest-running regular-season college basketball tournament, would be discontinued after this season.
- September 26 – The office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that 10 individuals, including assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State, and USC, had been arrested on federal corruption charges. The accused were allegedly part of a scheme by which coaches accepted bribes to steer NBA-bound college players toward certain agents and financial advisers. Court documents also allege that an apparel company later identified as Adidas paid $100,000 to the family of an unnamed player to ensure his signing with an unnamed school that was later identified as Louisville.
- September 27 – In the first major fallout from the breaking bribery scandal, Louisville placed head coach Rick Pitino on unpaid administrative leave and athletic director Tom Jurich on paid administrative leave. Media reports indicated that both would be formally fired once contractual issues were sorted out. Assistant David Padgett was named interim head coach.
- September 28 – CBS News reported that Rick Pitino was the Louisville coach identified in court documents as "Coach-2", who was alleged to have spoken several times with an Adidas executive in the attempt to pay the family of a recruit in exchange for the player attending Louisville.
- November 6 – The Associated Press preseason All-American team was released. Michigan State forward Miles Bridges was the leading vote-getter (61 votes). Joining him on the team were Notre Dame forward Bonzie Colson (47 votes), Arizona guard Allonzo Trier (39), Villanova guard Jalen Brunson (33) and Missouri forward Michael Porter Jr. (30).
- November 27 – The Big West Conference announced that California State University, Bakersfield (CSU Bakersfield) and the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), already affiliate members, will join the conference in July 2020. CSU Bakersfield, a Big West beach volleyball member, will leave the Western Athletic Conference. UC San Diego, a member of Big West men's volleyball that will add women's water polo to its Big West membership in 2019–20, will transition from NCAA Division II and the California Collegiate Athletic Association; it will not be eligible for Division I national championships until the 2024–25 school year.[a]
- December 30 – On what ESPN called "the day college basketball went nuts", four top-10 teams lost—top-ranked Villanova, #3 Arizona State, #5 Texas A&M, and #10 TCU, with all except for A&M entering the day unbeaten. The end result marked the first time in the AP Poll era (since 1948–49) that no major-college men's team was unbeaten before the new calendar year.
- February 12 – Virginia rose to #1 in the AP Poll for the first time since 1982, becoming the first team in poll history to move up to the #1 ranking despite losing a game in the prior week. Despite the Cavaliers' overtime loss at home to Virginia Tech the previous weekend, the previous #1 and #3 teams, respectively Villanova and Purdue, also lost at home.
- February 20 – The NCAA announced that it had denied Louisville's appeal of sanctions imposed in the wake of the basketball program's sex scandal, officially making the Cardinals the first Division I basketball program stripped of a national title.
- February 28 – Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune that his conference has discussed potential expansion with six schools since August 2017, with Gonzaga the only school he specifically named. Thompson added that if the MW added Gonzaga, it could do so possibly as early as the 2018–19 school year; in addition, while Thompson said that BYU had not contacted him about expansion, several sources indicated that the school may return to the MW, at least in non-football sports, if Gonzaga were to join.
Milestones and records
- During the season, the following players reached the 2000 career point milestone – Tennessee guard James Daniel III, Central Arkansas guard Jordan Howard, Marquette guard Andrew Rowsey, Murray State guard Jonathan Stark, Xavier guard Trevon Bluiett South Dakota State forward Mike Daum, Campbell guard Chris Clemons Creighton guard Marcus Foster, Fairfield guard Tyler Nelson, Davidson forward Peyton Aldridge, Troy guard Wesley Person, Eastern Washington swingman Bogdan Bliznyuk, Western Michigan guard Thomas Wilder and Butler forward Kelan Martin.
- November 11 – Mike Krzyzewski won his 1,000th game with Duke, becoming the first men's coach to reach that mark at one Division I school, as Duke beat Utah Valley 99–69.
- November 16 – Roy Williams became the first coach to win 400 games at two different schools (Kansas, North Carolina) as he led the Tar Heels to a victory over Bucknell.
- November 17 – Oregon head coach Dana Altman won his 600th career game in Division I, as his Ducks defeated Alabama State 114–56.
- December 19 – Oklahoma freshman point guard Trae Young tied the NCAA Division I single game assists record (22) in a 105–68 victory over Northwestern State. He also scored 26 points, becoming the first player in 20 seasons to record a 20-point/20-assist game.
- January 2 – Lehigh’s Kahron Ross became the Patriot League’s all-time assist leader by recording his 600th assist in a loss to Navy. The previous record of 599 had been held by Holy Cross' Jave Meade since 2004. Earlier in the season, Ross had become Lehigh’s all-time leader, passing Mackey McKnight.
- January 3 – Mike Brey became Notre Dame's all-time winningest coach, notching his 394th victory at the school with an 88–58 home win over North Carolina State. He passed Digger Phelps on the school's win list with the victory.
- January 17 – Chris Mack became Xavier's all-time winningest coach, notching his 203rd victory at his alma mater with an 88-82 home win over St. John's. He passed his former coach Pete Gillen on the school's list with the victory.
- February 11 – Houston guard Rob Gray became the American Athletic Conference′s all-time leading scorer, passing SMU′s Nic Moore.
- February 22 – Drexel overcame a 53–19 first-half deficit to defeat Delaware 85–83. The 34-point deficit was the largest ever erased by a winning Division I men's team, surpassing a 32-point deficit erased by Duke in defeating Tulane in 1950.
- February 24 – Kansas defeated Texas Tech 74–72 to clinch at least a share of its 14th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title. This gave the Jayhawks sole possession of the Division I men's record for the most consecutive regular-season conference titles, breaking a tie with UCLA (1967–1979).
- March 1 – Virginia defeated Louisville by making 5 points in the final second (0.9) of regulation, including a buzzer beater three-point bank shot from De'Andre Hunter, in a comeback highly noted for its statistical improbability. The Virginia Cavaliers won 67-66 achieving the first 9-and-0 ACC road record in league history and first perfect league road mark since Duke went 8-and-0 in 2011-12.   
- March 9 – Bogdan Bliznyuk of Eastern Washington became the Big Sky Conference’s all-time leading scorer, passing Orlando Lightfoot’s mark of 2,102 set in 1994. Earlier in the season, Bliznyuk claimed the school all-time scoring mark, passing Venky Jois’ total of 1,803.
Conference membership changes
Three schools joined new conferences for the 2017–18 season.
|School||Former conference||New conference|
|IUPUI||Summit League||Horizon League|
|Valparaiso||Horizon League||Missouri Valley Conference|
|Wichita State||Missouri Valley Conference||American Athletic Conference|
In addition to the schools changing conferences, the 2017–18 season will be the last for three schools in their current conferences.
- North Dakota will leave the Big Sky Conference for the Summit League.
- Hampton and USC Upstate will respectively leave the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and Atlantic Sun Conference to become members of the Big South Conference.
- DePaul played its first season at Wintrust Arena, replacing Allstate Arena.
- NJIT played its first season at the Wellness and Events Center, replacing Fleisher Center.
- UMBC began the season at the Retriever Activities Center, the team's home since 1973, before opening the new UMBC Event Center on February 3.
- Wofford played its first season at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, replacing Benjamin Johnson Arena.
- Elon played its final season at Alumni Gym, home to the Phoenix since 1949. The school will open the new Schar Center, with more than three times the capacity of Alumni Gym, for the 2018 women's volleyball season (which precedes the basketball season).
Three Division I men's teams played the 2017–18 season in temporary homes due to renovation of their current venues. A fourth team moved its home schedule to what is normally an alternate home for the same reason. One additional team is playing in two temporary venues while its previous venue is being replaced by a completely new structure at the same site.
- Cincinnati, which normally plays at the on-campus Fifth Third Arena, shared Northern Kentucky's BB&T Arena.
- Houston is renovating Hofheinz Pavilion, which will be renamed Fertitta Center once it reopens for 2018–19. During that time, the Cougars played at Texas Southern's Health and Physical Education Arena.
- Northwestern played at Allstate Arena while Welsh–Ryan Arena is being renovated.
- Robert Morris closed the Charles L. Sewall Center, home to the Colonials since 1985, in June 2017. The UPMC Events Center is currently being built at the Sewall Center site and is scheduled to open in the middle of the 2018–19 basketball season, until that time, the Colonials will play most of their home games at PPG Paints Arena in downtown Pittsburgh, with another Pittsburgh venue, Duquesne's A. J. Palumbo Center, used when PPG Paints Arena is not available.
- Villanova moved its entire home schedule, with one exception, to its alternate home of Wells Fargo Center during renovations to its on-campus home of The Pavilion, which will be renamed Finneran Pavilion when it reopens for 2018–19. The November 29 game against Big 5 rival Penn was played at Jake Nevin Field House, which had been the team's home before the Pavilion's initial 1986 opening.
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
Early season tournaments
|2K Sports Classic||November 16–17||Madison Square Garden
|Puerto Rico Tip-Off||November 16–17, 19||HTC Center
|Charleston Classic||November 16–17, 19||TD Arena
|The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase||November 17–19||Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium
|Paradise Jam Tournament||November 17–20||Vines Center
|Hall of Fame Tip Off||November 18–19||Mohegan Sun Arena
|4||Texas Tech (Naismith)
South Alabama (Springfield)
|CBE Hall of Fame Classic||November 20–21||Sprint Center
(Kansas City, MO)
|Legends Classic||November 20–21||Barclays Center
|Cayman Islands Classic||November 20–22||John Gray Gymnasium
|Gulf Coast Showcase||November 20–22||Germain Arena
|Maui Invitational||November 20–22||Lahaina Civic Center
|MGM Resorts Main Event||November 20, 22||T-Mobile Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
|8||Prairie View A&M (Middleweight)
|Cancun Challenge||November 21–22||Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
|8||Montana State (Mayan)
Louisiana Tech (Riviera)
|Battle 4 Atlantis||November 22–24||Imperial Arena
|Great Alaska Shootout||November 22–25||Sullivan Arena
|NIT Season Tip-Off||November 23–24||Barclays Center
|Las Vegas Invitational||November 23–24||Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
|4||Arizona State & Rider|
|AdvoCare Invitational||November 23–24, 26||HP Field House
(Lake Buena Vista, FL)
|Phil Knight Invitational||November 23–24, 26||Veterans Memorial Coliseum &
|16||Michigan State (Victory Bracket)
Duke (Motion Bracket)
|Wooden Legacy||November 23–24, 26||Anaheim Convention Center
|Emerald Coast Classic||November 24–25||Emerald Coast Arena
|4||Tennessee Tech & TCU|
|Barclays Center Classic||November 24–25||Barclays Center
|Las Vegas Classic||December 22–23||Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
|Diamond Head Classic||December 22–23, 25||Stan Sheriff Center
- UCSD will remain eligible for national championships in four of its sports during its transition to Division I. Men's and women's water polo and the coeducational sport of fencing have one national championship for all three NCAA divisions, while men's volleyball has a combined Division I/II national championship.
- The tournament was originally scheduled to be held at Coliseo Municipal Tomás Dones in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, but was moved to Coastal Carolina University due to major damage from Hurricane Maria. Coastal was chosen in part because its arena was available on every scheduled tournament day.
- The tournament was originally scheduled for the Sports and Fitness Center in Saint Thomas, US Virgin Islands, but was moved due to damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Organizers decided to solicit hosting bids from the eight participating teams, with Liberty selected as the substitute host on September 29.
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).
|Creighton||92–88||#20 Northwestern||November 15, 2017||Gavitt Tipoff Games|
|Texas Tech||85–49||#20 Northwestern||November 19, 2017||Hall of Fame Tip Off|
|Creighton||100–89||#23 UCLA||November 20, 2017||CBE Hall of Fame Classic|
|Tennessee||78–75OT||#18 Purdue||November 22, 2017||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|NC State||90–84||#2 Arizona||November 22, 2017||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|Rhode Island||75–74||#20 Seton Hall||November 23, 2017||NIT Season Tip-Off|
|Western Kentucky||77–73||#18 Purdue||November 23, 2017||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|SMU||66–60||#2 Arizona||November 23, 2017||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|Washington State||84–79||#21 Saint Mary's||November 24, 2017||Wooden Legacy|
|Arizona State||102–86||#15 Xavier||November 24, 2017||Las Vegas Invitational|
|Georgia||83–81OT||#21 Saint Mary's||November 26, 2017||Wooden Legacy|
|Purdue||66–57||#17 Louisville||November 28, 2017||ACC–Big Ten Challenge|
|Seton Hall||89–79||#22 Texas Tech||November 30, 2017||Under Armour Reunion|
|SMU||72–55||#14 USC||December 2, 2017|
|UCF||65–62||#24 Alabama||December 3, 2017|
|Seton Hall||79–77||#17 Louisville||December 3, 2017||Billy Minardi Classic|
|Florida State||83–66||#5 Florida||December 4, 2017|
|Ball State||80–77||#9 Notre Dame||December 5, 2017|
|Texas Tech||82–76OT||#22 Nevada||December 5, 2017|
|Arizona||67–64||#7 Texas A&M||December 5, 2017||Valley of the Sun Shootout|
|Nebraska||78–68||#14 Minnesota||December 5, 2017|
|Loyola (IL)||65–59||#5 Florida||December 6, 2017|
|Washington||74–65||#2 Kansas||December 6, 2017||Jayhawk Shootout|
|Oklahoma||85–83||#25 USC||December 8, 2017||Basketball Hall of Fame Classic|
|Boston College||89–84||#1 Duke||December 9, 2017|
|Arkansas||95–79||#14 Minnesota||December 9, 2017|
|Rutgers||71–65||#15 Seton Hall||December 16, 2017|
|Oklahoma State||71–70||#19 Florida State||December 16, 2017||Orange Bowl Classic|
|Indiana||80–77OT||#18 Notre Dame||December 16, 2017||Crossroads Classic|
|Oklahoma||91–83||#3 Wichita State||December 16, 2017||Intrust Bank Arena Showcase|
|Clemson||71–69||#22 Florida||December 16, 2017||Orange Bowl Classic|
|Wofford||79–75||#5 North Carolina||December 20, 2017|
|San Diego State||72–70||#12 Gonzaga||December 21, 2017|
|UCLA||83–75||#7 Kentucky||December 23, 2017||CBS Sports Classic|
|New Mexico State||63–54||#6 Miami||December 23, 2017||Diamond Head Classic|
|Arkansas||95–93OT||#19 Tennessee||December 30, 2017|
|Butler||101–93||#1 Villanova||December 30, 2017|
|Alabama||79–57||#5 Texas A&M||December 30, 2017|
|Auburn||94–84||#23 Tennessee||January 2, 2018|
|Florida||83–66||#11 Texas A&M||January 2, 2018|
|Mississippi State||78–75||#22 Arkansas||January 2, 2018|
|Georgia Tech||64–54||#15 Miami||January 3, 2018|
|Colorado||90–81OT||#4 Arizona State||January 4, 2018|
|Providence||81–72||#5 Xavier||January 6, 2018|
|Colorado||80–77||#14 Arizona||January 6, 2018|
|LSU||69–68||#11 Texas A&M||January 6, 2018|
|Auburn||88–77||#22 Arkansas||January 6, 2018|
|NC State||96–85||#2 Duke||January 6, 2018|
|Ohio State||80–64||#1 Michigan State||January 7, 2018|
|Marquette||84–64||#13 Seton Hall||January 9, 2018|
|Louisville||73–69||#23 Florida State||January 10, 2018|
|Texas||99–982OT||#16 TCU||January 10, 2018|
|NC State||78–77||#19 Clemson||January 11, 2018|
|Oregon||76–72||#11 Arizona State||January 11, 2018|
|Michigan||82–72||#4 Michigan State||January 13, 2018|
|Kansas State||87–69||#4 Oklahoma||January 16, 2018|
|South Carolina||76–68||#18 Kentucky||January 16, 2018|
|SMU||83–78||#7 Wichita State||January 17, 2018|
|Alabama||76–71||#17 Auburn||January 17, 2018|
|Texas||67–58||#8 Texas Tech||January 17, 2018|
|Creighton||80–63||#19 Seton Hall||January 17, 2018|
|Missouri||59–55||#21 Tennessee||January 17, 2018|
|Stanford||86–77||#16 Arizona State||January 17, 2018|
|Saint Mary's||74–71||#13 Gonzaga||January 18, 2018|
|Nebraska||72–52||#23 Michigan||January 18, 2018|
|Houston||73–59||#7 Wichita State||January 20, 2018|
|Iowa State||70–52||#8 Texas Tech||January 20, 2018|
|Oklahoma State||83–81OT||#4 Oklahoma||January 20, 2018|
|Kansas State||73–68||#24 TCU||January 20, 2018|
|Florida||66–64||#18 Kentucky||January 20, 2018|
|Virginia Tech||80–69||#10 North Carolina||January 22, 2018|
|TCU||82–73||#7 West Virginia||January 22, 2018|
|South Carolina||77–72||#20 Florida||January 24, 2018|
|Wyoming||104–1032OT||#23 Nevada||January 24, 2018|
|Penn State||82–79||#13 Ohio State||January 25, 2018|
|Utah||80–77OT||#21 Arizona State||January 25, 2018|
|NC State||95–91OT||#10 North Carolina||January 27, 2018|
|Alabama||80–73||#12 Oklahoma||January 27, 2018||Big 12/SEC Challenge|
|Kentucky||83–76||#7 West Virginia||January 27, 2018||Big 12/SEC Challenge|
|Georgia||72–60||#23 Florida||January 30, 2018|
|Iowa State||93–77||#15 West Virginia||January 31, 2018|
|Temple||81–79OT||#16 Wichita State||February 1, 2018|
|Washington||68–64||#25 Arizona State||February 1, 2018|
|Oklahoma State||84–79||#7 Kansas||February 3, 2018|
|St. John's||81–77||#4 Duke||February 3, 2018||The Garf|
|Missouri||69–60||#21 Kentucky||February 3, 2018|
|Alabama||68–50||#23 Florida||February 3, 2018|
|Texas||79–74||#12 Oklahoma||February 3, 2018|
|Washington||78–75||#9 Arizona||February 3, 2018|
|Northwestern||61–52||#20 Michigan||February 6, 2018|
|St. John's||79–75||#1 Villanova||February 7, 2018|
|Texas A&M||81–80||#8 Auburn||February 7, 2018|
|UNLV||86–78||#23 Nevada||February 7, 2018|
|UCLA||82–74||#13 Arizona||February 8, 2018|
|Oklahoma State||88–85||#19 West Virginia||February 10, 2018|
|Boston College||72–70||#25 Miami||February 10, 2018|
|Baylor||80–64||#10 Kansas||February 10, 2018|
|Iowa State||88–80||#17 Oklahoma||February 10, 2018|
|Alabama||78–50||#15 Tennessee||February 10, 2018|
|Virginia Tech||61–60OT||#2 Virginia||February 10, 2018|
|Texas A&M||85–74||#24 Kentucky||February 10, 2018|
|Missouri||62–58||#21 Texas A&M||February 13, 2018|
|Providence||76–71||#3 Villanova||February 14, 2018|
|Florida State||81–79OT||#11 Clemson||February 14, 2018|
|Wisconsin||57–53||#6 Purdue||February 15, 2018|
|Houston||67–62||#5 Cincinnati||February 15, 2018|
|Penn State||79–56||#8 Ohio State||February 15, 2018|
|San Francisco||70–63||#15 Saint Mary's||February 15, 2018|
|St. Bonaventure||77–74||#16 Rhode Island||February 16, 2018|
|Texas||77–66||#23 Oklahoma||February 17, 2018|
|South Carolina||84–75||#10 Auburn||February 17, 2018|
|Arkansas||94–75||#21 Texas A&M||February 17, 2018|
|Georgia||73–62||#18 Tennessee||February 17, 2018|
|Baylor||59–57||#7 Texas Tech||February 17, 2018|
|Virginia Tech||65–58||#15 Clemson||February 21, 2018|
|Oklahoma State||79–71||#6 Texas Tech||February 21, 2018|
|Memphis||91–85||#23 Houston||February 22, 2018|
|Creighton||89–83OT||#3 Villanova||February 24, 2018|
|Florida||72–66||#12 Auburn||February 24, 2018|
|Oregon||98–93OT||#14 Arizona||February 24, 2018|
|NC State||92–72||#25 Florida State||February 25, 2018|
|Virginia Tech||64–63||#5 Duke||February 26, 2018|
|Saint Joseph's||78–48||#17 Rhode Island||February 27, 2018|
|Miami||91–88||#9 North Carolina||February 27, 2018|
|Arkansas||91–82||#14 Auburn||February 27, 2018|
|Penn State||69–68||#13 Ohio State||March 2, 2018||Big Ten Tournament|
|Davidson||63–61||#17 Rhode Island||March 2, 2018|
|Florida||80–67||#23 Kentucky||March 3, 2018|
|Texas||87–79OT||#20 West Virginia||March 3, 2018|
|Syracuse||55–52||#18 Clemson||March 3, 2018|
|Oklahoma State||82–64||#6 Kansas||March 3, 2018|
|Marshall||76–67||#24 Middle Tennessee||March 3, 2018|
|San Diego State||79–74||#21 Nevada||March 3, 2018|
|BYU||85–72||#20 Saint Mary's||March 5, 2018||West Coast Tournament|
|Alabama||81–63||#16 Auburn||March 9, 2018||SEC Tournament|
|Providence||75–72OT||#3 Xavier||March 9, 2018||Big East Tournament|
|San Diego State||90–73||#22 Nevada||March 9, 2018||Mountain West Tournament|
|Arkansas||80–72||#23 Florida||March 9, 2018||SEC Tournament|
|Davidson||58–57||#25 Rhode Island||March 11, 2018||Atlantic 10 Tournament|
|Kentucky||77–72||#13 Tennessee||March 11, 2018||SEC Tournament|
Conference winners and tournaments
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 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
- Top seed in conference tournament.
- Ineligible for postseason play.
2018 Consensus All-America team
Major player of the year awards
- Wooden Award:
- Naismith Award:
- Associated Press Player of the Year:
- NABC Player of the Year:
- Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA):
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Major freshman of the year awards
Major coach of the year awards
- Associated Press Coach of the Year:
- Henry Iba Award (USBWA): Tony Bennett, Virginia
- NABC Coach of the Year:
- Naismith College Coach of the Year:
- Sporting News Coach of the Year: Mick Cronin, Cincinnati
Other major awards
- Bob Cousy Award (Best point guard):
- Jerry West Award (Best shooting guard):
- Julius Erving Award (Best small forward):
- Karl Malone Award (Best power forward):
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Best center):
- Pete Newell Big Man Award (Best big man):
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year:
- Senior CLASS Award (top senior):
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5):
- Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC metro area):
- Ben Jobe Award (Top minority coach):
- Hugh Durham Award (Top mid-major coach):
- Jim Phelan Award (Top head coach):
- Lefty Driesell Award (Top defensive player):
- Lou Henson Award (Top mid-major player):
- Lute Olson Award (Top non-freshman or transfer player):
- Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (Coach with moral character):
- Academic All-American of the Year (Top scholar-athlete): Jevon Carter, West Virginia
- Elite 90 Award (Top GPA among upperclass players at Final Four):
- USBWA Most Courageous Award: Sam Dowd, Idaho State
Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.
|Bryant||Tim O'Shea||The 56-year-old O'Shea announced on February 12 that he would retire at the end of the season after 10 years at Bryant and 17 overall. The Bulldogs went 96–210 during O'Shea's tenure, including a disappointing 3–28 overall record and 2–16 in conference play this season.|
|Cal State Northridge||Reggie Theus||Mark Gottfried||Cal State Northridge parted ways with Theus on March 6 after 5 seasons, finishing with a 53-105 record with no postseason appearances. Former North Carolina State head coach Gottfried was named head coach of the Matadors.|
|Charlotte||Mark Price||Houston Fancher||Price was fired on December 14 after a 3–6 start and a 30–42 record overall in 2 1/2 seasons at Charlotte. He was replaced on an interim basis by assistant Fancher.|
|Colorado State||Larry Eustachy||Steve Barnes
|Eustachy was placed on administrative leave on February 3 amid an internal investigation into his conduct with players and staff members. He had previously been sanctioned by Colorado State in 2014 for emotionally abusing players. Top assistant Barnes was initially named as the interim replacement. A later report by The Denver Post indicated that school officials planned to fire Eustachy with cause, and were negotiating a contract buyout, on February 11, just hours before the Rams home game against San Jose State, the school placed Barnes on administrative leave with Eustachy, and Jase Herl, the only other assistant coach on the staff with previous head coaching experience, was named interim coach. On February 26, Eustachy resigned after reaching a buyout agreement.|
|Connecticut||Kevin Ollie||UConn dismissed Ollie on March 10, stating that it had "initiated disciplinary procedures" to formally fire him with cause. The school announced in January it was the subject of an NCAA investigation, with media reporting that the inquiry involved recruiting. Ollie, a former Huskies star and NBA journeyman, replaced Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun in 2012, and coached UConn to a national title in 2014, but the Huskies failed to make the postseason in 2017 and finished 14–18 this season.|
|Delaware State||Keith Walker||Keith Johnson||Walker was fired on February 22 after 5 seasons at Delaware State, finishing with a 43-96 record, including a 3-25 record this season at the time of his firing. Associate head coach Johnson was named interim head coach of the Hornets.|
|East Carolina||Jeff Lebo||Michael Perry||Lebo announced his resignation from ECU on November 29, 2017 after a 2-4 start to the season, and a 116-122 record with no NCAA Tournament appearances in 8 seasons with the program. Assistant Michael Perry was named interim head coach of the Pirates.|
|Eastern Kentucky||Dan McHale||McHale was fired on February 26, the day after the Colonels ended the season 11–20 overall and 5–13 in Ohio Valley Conference play. In three seasons at EKU, he was 38–55 overall and 16–34 in OVC play, and the Colonels failed to qualify for the OVC Tournament during his tenure. Assistant Reece Gaines was named as interim coach during EKU's coaching search.|
|Evansville||Marty Simmons||Evansville fired Simmons on March 13 after 11 seasons. Although the former Indiana and Evansville player had three 20-win seasons with the Aces, the team never made the NCAA tournament during his tenure.|
|Florida Atlantic||Michael Curry||After posting a 39-84 overall record in 4 seasons, FAU fired Curry on March 16.|
|Fresno State||Rodney Terry||Terry left Fresno State on March 12 after 7 seasons for the UTEP head coaching job.|
|Georgia||Mark Fox||Tom Crean||Georgia fired Fox on March 10 after 9 seasons, finishing 163-133 overall, but had made the NCAA Tournament just twice in his run. The Bulldogs hired ESPN analyst and former Indiana and Marquette head coach Crean on March 15.|
|High Point||Scott Cherry||After 9 seasons as head coach, Cherry and the university mutually agreed to part ways on March 7.|
|Incarnate Word||Ken Burmeister||After 12 seasons, Incarnate Word's Athletic Director announced on March 6 that Burmeister would not return as head coach.|
|Little Rock||Wes Flanigan||Little Rock fired Flanagan on March 9 after 2 seasons, finishing 22-42 overall, including a school record 25 losses this season.|
|Longwood||Jayson Gee||Gee was fired on March 2 after 5 seasons at Longwood, finishing 42-120 overall and never finishing higher than 8th place in Big South Conference play.|
|Louisville||Rick Pitino||David Padgett||Pitino, who was initially placed on unpaid administrative leave in September, was fired on October 16 amid revelations of his possible involvement in the NCAA corruption scandal. Louisville elevated assistant Padgett, but initially signed him only for the 2017–18 season.|
|Loyola (Maryland)||G.G. Smith||Smith announced his resignation from Loyola on March 8 after 5 seasons, finishing with a record of 56–98 overall.|
|Maine||Bob Walsh||Richard Barron||Walsh resigned on March 5 after 4 seasons at Maine, choosing not to seek a contract extension. Within hours, the school hired Barron, who had been working with the Maine athletic department after recovering from medical issues that forced him to take leave from coaching the school's women's team in January 2017.|
|Marist||Mike Maker||Maker was fired on March 5 after 4 seasons at Marist, which saw the Red Foxes go 28-97 during Maker's reign.|
|McNeese State||Dave Simmons||Heath Schroyer||McNeese State parted ways with Simmons on March 4 after 12 seasons, finishing 155-211 with only 2 winning seasons and one postseason appearance. BYU assistant coach Schroyer, who had previous head coaching experience with Portland State, Wyoming, and Tennessee-Martin, was named head coach of the Cowboys on March 15.|
|Memphis||Tubby Smith||Penny Hardaway||Smith was fired on March 14 after two seasons amid a week of speculation that Memphis was seeking to hire Hardaway, a former Tigers and NBA star. Although Smith went 40–26 overall and 21–13 this season, he struggled with recruiting and failed to make the NCAA tournament in either season. ESPN reported on March 19 that Hardaway had reached a deal with Memphis and that he would be formally announced as the Tigers' new coach the next day.|
|Middle Tennessee||Kermit Davis||Davis left Middle Tennessee after 16 seasons for the Ole Miss head coaching job on March 19, after officially being named head coach on March 15.|
|Missouri State||Paul Lusk||Lusk was fired on March 3 after seven seasons at Missouri State, finishing 106–121 overall, and following a 18–15 overall record and 7–11 in conference play after the Bears were picked as the preseason favorite to win the MVC regular-season title.|
|Nicholls State||Richie Riley||Riley left Nicholls on March 15 after 2 seasons for the South Alabama head coaching vacancy.|
|Ole Miss||Andy Kennedy||Tony Madlock||Kermit Davis||It was initially announced on February 12 that Kennedy, the program's winningest head coach, would part ways with Ole Miss at the end of the season after 12 years at the school. However, on February 19, Kennedy announced that he would depart immediately, with assistant Madlock taking over on an interim basis, on March 15, the Rebels hired Middle Tennessee head coach Davis for the job, and will be officially introduced on March 19.|
|Pepperdine||Marty Wilson||Lorenzo Romar||Pepperdine announced on February 13 that Wilson would not return as head coach after 7 seasons at his alma mater, effective at the end of the season. Arizona associate head coach Romar, who previously served as head coach of the Waves from 1996-1999, was named head coach on March 12, but will be formally introduced when Arizona finishes its run in the NCAA Tournament.|
|Pittsburgh||Kevin Stallings||After 2 disastrous seasons, including going winless in ACC Conference Play, Pitt fired Stallings on March 8.|
|San Diego||Lamont Smith||Sam Scholl||Smith, who had been on administrative leave following an arrest for domestic violence, resigned from his alma mater on March 8 after 3 seasons. Assistant coach Scholl, who coached the Toreros in the WCC Tournament, was named interim head coach during San Diego's run in the CIT Tournament.|
|South Alabama||Matthew Graves||Richie Riley||South Alabama fired Graves on March 8 after 5 seasons, finishing 65-96 with no postseason appearances. Nicolls State head coach Richie Riley was hired by the Jaguars on March 15.|
|UC Riverside||Dennis Cutts||Justin Bell||David Patrick||Cutts was fired on January 1 after a 50-85 record in 5 seasons at UCR, including a 5-9 start to the season. Associate head coach Justin Bell was named interim head coach of the Highlanders. TCU assistant coach Patrick will be named the new head coach of UC Riverside once the Horned Frogs are eliminated from the NCAA Tournament.|
|USC Upstate||Kyle Perry||Less than 5 months after being named full time head coach, USC Upstate fired Perry on March 1, 3 days after the Spartans lost to Florida Gulf Coast in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.|
|Utah State||Tim Duryea||Utah State fired Duryea on March 11 after 3 seasons and a 47-49 record.|
|UTEP||Tim Floyd||Phil Johnson||Rodney Terry||The 63-year-old Floyd announced his retirement, effective immediately, after the Miners lost to Lamar on November 27. His longtime assistant Johnson was named interim head coach of the Miners the following day, on March 12, the school hired Fresno State head coach Terry as the new head coach.|
|Western Carolina||Larry Hunter||It was announced on March 4 that Hunter was stepping down from Western Carolina after 13 seasons..|
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