1983–84 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 1983–84 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began in November 1983 and ended with the Final Four in Seattle, Washington on April 2, 1984. The Georgetown Hoyas won their first NCAA national championship with an 84–75 victory over the Houston Cougars, who were making their third consecutive appearance in the Final Four.

Season headlines[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

Beginning in 1983–84, the following rules changes were implemented:[1]

  • If a team was in the bonus situation within the last two minutes of the game and all of overtime, common fouls resulted in two free throws. This rule was changed back to the one-and-one free throw situation after a month due to its unpopularity.
  • Several conferences were granted permission to experiment with a 45-second shot clock (either for the entire game or shut off in the last 4:00 of the second half) the three-point shot from 19 feet, and coaching boxes to limit coaches to their bench areas.

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 Kentucky
3 Houston
4 Georgetown
5 Memphis State
6 Louisville
7 Iowa
8 Maryland
9 UCLA
10 Oregon State
11 LSU
12 Michigan State
13 Fresno State
14 Arkansas
15 Boston College
16 Georgia
17 Kansas
18 DePaul
19 Indiana
20 Oklahoma

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Conference standings[edit]

1983–84 AMCU-8 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Illinois-Chicago 12 2   .857     22 7   .759
Northern Iowa 10 4   .714     18 10   .643
Missouri State 9 5   .643     18 10   .643
Eastern Illinois 7 7   .500     15 13   .536
Western Illinois 6 8   .429     17 13   .567
Green Bay 5 9   .357     9 19   .321
Cleveland State 4 10   .286     14 16   .467
Valparaiso 3 11   .214     9 19   .321
1984 AMCU-8 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[3]
1983–84 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Temple 18 0   1.000     26 5   .839
Saint Joseph's 13 5   .722     20 9   .690
George Washington 11 7   .611     17 12   .586
West Virginia 9 9   .500     20 12   .625
Rutgers 9 9   .500     15 13   .536
St. Bonaventure 8 10   .444     18 13   .581
Duquesne 8 10   .444     10 18   .357
UMass 6 12   .333     12 17   .414
Rhode Island 5 13   .278     6 22   .214
Penn State 3 15   .167     5 22   .185
1984 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 North Carolina 14 0   1.000     28 3   .903
#11 Maryland 9 5   .643     24 8   .750
#19 Wake Forest 7 7   .500     23 9   .719
#14 Duke 7 7   .500     24 10   .706
Georgia Tech 6 8   .429     18 11   .621
Virginia 6 8   .429     21 12   .636
NC State 4 10   .286     19 14   .576
Clemson 3 11   .214     14 14   .500
1984 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Georgetown 14 2   .875     34 3   .919
#18 Syracuse 12 4   .750     23 9   .719
Villanova 12 4   .750     19 12   .613
Boston College 8 8   .500     18 12   .600
St. John's 8 8   .500     18 12   .600
Pittsburgh 6 10   .375     18 13   .581
Connecticut 5 11   .313     13 15   .464
Providence 5 11   .313     15 14   .517
Seton Hall 2 14   .125     9 19   .321
1984 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 2, 1984[4]; Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Big Eight Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Oklahoma 13 1   .929     29 5   .853
Kansas 9 5   .643     22 10   .688
Nebraska 7 7   .500     18 12   .600
Iowa State 6 8   .429     16 13   .552
Colorado 6 8   .429     16 13   .552
Kansas State 5 9   .357     14 15   .483
Oklahoma State 5 9   .357     13 15   .464
Missouri 5 9   .357     16 14   .533
1984 Big Eight Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Big Sky men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Weber State 12 2   .857     23 8   .742
Montana 9 5   .643     23 7   .767
Montana State 7 7   .500     14 15   .483
Nevada 7 7   .500     17 14   .548
Idaho State 6 8   .429     12 19   .387
Boise State 6 8   .429     15 12   .556
Northern Arizona 5 9   .357     13 14   .481
Idaho 4 10   .286     9 19   .321
Conference tournament winner
1983–84 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Illinois 15 3   .833     26 5   .839
No. 10 Purdue 15 3   .833     22 7   .759
Indiana 13 5   .722     22 9   .710
Michigan 10 8   .556     24 9   .727
Michigan State 8 10   .444     15 13   .536
Ohio State 8 10   .444     15 14   .517
Northwestern 5 13   .278     14 14   .500
Minnesota 6 12   .333     15 13   .536
Iowa 6 12   .333     13 15   .464
Wisconsin* 0 18   .000     0 28   .000
Rankings from AP Poll
*Wisconsin forfeited all games due to NCAA sanctions.
Disputed record (4–14, 8–20)
1983–84 ECAC South men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Richmond 7 3   .700     22 10   .688
Navy 6 4   .600     24 8   .750
William & Mary 6 4   .600     14 14   .500
George Mason 5 5   .500     21 7   .750
James Madison 5 5   .500     15 14   .517
East Carolina 1 9   .100     4 24   .143
1984 ECAC South Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll[5]
1983–84 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Tulsa 13 3   .813     27 4   .871
Illinois State 13 3   .813     23 8   .742
Wichita State 11 5   .688     18 12   .600
Creighton 8 8   .500     17 14   .548
Bradley 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Southern Illinois 7 9   .438     15 13   .536
Indiana State 6 10   .375     14 14   .500
Drake 4 12   .250     8 20   .286
West Texas A&M 3 13   .188     8 19   .296
1984 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Pacific Coast Athletic Association men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#13 UNLV 16 2   .889     29 6   .829
UC Irvine 14 4   .778     19 10   .655
Fresno State 13 5   .722     25 8   .758
Utah State 12 6   .667     19 11   .633
New Mexico State 9 9   .500     13 15   .464
Cal State Fullerton 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
San Jose State 6 12   .333     10 18   .357
Long Beach State 6 12   .333     9 19   .321
UC Santa Barbara 5 13   .278     10 17   .370
Pacific 1 17   .056     3 27   .100
1984 PCAA Tournament winner
1983–84 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Washington 15 3   .833     24 7   .774
#17 Oregon State 15 3   .833     22 7   .759
Oregon 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
UCLA 10 8   .556     17 11   .607
Stanford 8 10   .444     19 12   .613
Arizona 8 10   .444     13 15   .464
Arizona 8 10   .444     11 17   .393
USC 6 12   .333     11 20   .355
California 5 13   .278     12 16   .429
Washington State 4 14   .222     10 18   .357
As of April 15, 1983[6]; Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Kentucky 14 4   .778     29 5   .853
Auburn 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Florida 11 7   .611     16 13   .552
LSU 11 7   .611     18 11   .621
Alabama 10 8   .556     18 12   .600
Tennessee 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Vanderbilt 8 10   .444     14 15   .483
Georgia 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
Mississippi State 4 14   .222     9 19   .321
Ole Miss 3 15   .167     8 20   .286
1984 SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Southern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Marshall 13 3   .813     25 6   .806
Chattanooga 12 4   .750     24 7   .774
Western Carolina 9 7   .563     15 13   .536
Appalachian State 8 8   .500     13 16   .448
The Citadel 8 8   .500     14 14   .500
Furman 7 9   .438     12 17   .414
East Tennessee State 6 10   .375     9 19   .321
Davidson 5 11   .313     9 19   .321
VMI 4 12   .250     8 19   .296
Tournament winner
As of April 30, 1984; Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Houston 15 1   .938     32 5   .865
#8 Arkansas 14 2   .875     25 7   .781
SMU 12 4   .750     25 8   .758
Texas Tech 10 6   .625     17 12   .586
Texas A&M 7 9   .438     16 14   .533
Rice 6 10   .375     13 17   .433
TCU 4 12   .250     11 17   .393
Texas 3 13   .188     7 21   .250
Baylor 1 15   .063     5 23   .179
1984 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
1983–84 West Coast Athletic Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego 9 3   .750     18 10   .643
Santa Clara 7 5   .583     22 10   .688
Saint Mary's 7 5   .583     12 16   .429
Gonzaga 6 6   .500     17 10   .630
Pepperdine 6 6   .500     15 13   .536
Loyola Marymount 5 7   .417     12 15   .444
Portland 2 10   .167     11 17   .393
Rankings from AP Poll

Statistical leaders[edit]

Postseason tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Final Four - Kingdome, Seattle, Washington[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship Game
      
E7 Virginia 47*
MW2 Houston 49
W1 Georgetown 84
MW2 Houston 75
ME1 Kentucky 40
W1 Georgetown 53

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Semifinals Finals
      
Southwestern Louisiana 59
Notre Dame 65
Notre Dame 63
Michigan 83
Michigan 78
Virginia Tech 75
Third place game
   
Southwestern Louisiana 70
Virginia Tech 71

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Patrick Ewing C Junior Georgetown
Michael Jordan G Junior North Carolina
Akeem Olajuwon C Junior Houston
Sam Perkins F Senior North Carolina
Wayman Tisdale F Sophomore Oklahoma


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Michael Cage F Senior San Diego State
Devin Durrant F Senior Brigham Young
Keith Lee F/C Junior Memphis State
Chris Mullin F/G Junior St. John's
Melvin Turpin C/F Senior Kentucky
Leon Wood G Senior Cal State Fullerton

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 1983-84 Mid-Continent Conference Season Summary
  4. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Big East Conference Season Summary
  5. ^ sports-reference.com 1983-84 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference South Season Summary
  6. ^ "2017-18 Men's Basketball Media Guide". Pac-12 Conference. p. 72. Retrieved February 16, 2018.