1981–82 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 1981–82 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 27, 1981, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 1982 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on March 29, 1982 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. The North Carolina Tar Heels won their second NCAA national championship with a 63–62 victory over the Georgetown Hoyas.

Season headlines[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

Beginning in 1981–1982, the following rules changes were implemented:

  • The jump ball was only used at the beginning of the game and at the start of each overtime. An alternating arrow was used to indicate possession in jump-ball situations during the game.
  • All fouls charged to bench personnel were assessed to the head coach.[3]
  • To decrease stalling, two defensive players are required to enter the mid-court area and "continuously and aggressively" attempt to gain control of the ball.
  • Causing a backboard to vibrate during a shot or tap is a technical foul.
  • Purposely faking a free throw is a violation.
  • During free throw attempts, the free throw shooter and any players not in a marked space around the lane are not allowed to enter the lane until the ball touches either the rim or backboard.
  • "Break-away" rims, implemented by the NBA after the Darryl Dawkins backboard-shattering dunks, are now permitted.[4]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 20 from the AP Poll during the pre-season.[5]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina (25)
2 UCLA (20)
3 Kentucky (8)
4 Louisville (4)
5 Georgetown (2)
6 Wichita State
7 Virginia
8 DePaul
9 Iowa
10 Minnesota
11 Tulsa
12 Indiana (1)
13 Wake Forest
14 Alabama-Birmingham
15 Missouri
16 Georgia
17 Louisiana State
18 Arkansas (1)
19 Notre Dame
20 Alabama
UPI Coaches
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina
2 UCLA
3 Kentucky
4 Louisville
5 Georgetown
6 Virginia
7 Wichita State
8 Iowa
9 DePaul
10 Minnesota
11 Indiana
12 Tulsa
13 Georgia
14 Wake Forest
15 Missouri
16 San Francisco
17 Alabama-Birmingham
18 Louisiana State
19 Arkansas
20 UNLV

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Conference Regular
Season Winner[6]
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina & Virginia Ralph Sampson, Virginia[7] 1982 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
North Carolina
Big East Conference Villanova Dan Callandrillo, Seton Hall [8] 1982 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Hartford Civic Center
(Hartford, Connecticut)
Georgetown
Big Eight Conference Missouri Ricky Frazier, Missouri [9] 1982 Big Eight Men's Basketball Tournament Kemper Arena
(Kansas City, Missouri)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Missouri
Big Sky Conference Idaho Ken Owens, Idaho [10] 1982 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Kibbie Dome
(Moscow, Idaho)
Idaho
Big Ten Conference Minnesota None Selected No Tournament
East Coast Conference Temple (East)
West Chester (West)
Granger Hall, Temple &
Mark Nickens, American
1982 East Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament The Palestra
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
St. Joseph's
Eastern Athletic Association (Eastern 8) West Virginia Greg Jones, West Virginia[11] 1982 Eastern 8 Men's Basketball Tournament Civic Arena
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
Pittsburgh
Eastern College Athletic
Conference (ECAC)
Division I ECAC members
played as independents
during the regular season
(see note)
1982 ECAC Metro-South Region Tournament Campus sites;
final held at
Schwartz Athletic Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
Robert Morris
1982 ECAC South Region Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, Virginia)
Old Dominion
ECAC North Northeastern Perry Moss, Northeastern[12] 1982 ECAC North Men's Basketball Tournament Matthews Arena
(Boston, Massachusetts)
Northeastern
Ivy League Penn Paul Little, Penn &
Craig Robinson, Princeton [13]
No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference St. Peter's William Brown, St. Peter's[14] 1982 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Meadowlands Arena
(East Rutherford, New Jersey)
Iona
Metro Conference Memphis State Keith Lee, Memphis State 1982 Metro Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Mid-South Coliseum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Memphis State
Mid-American Conference Ball State Melvin McLaughlin, Central Michigan[15] 1982 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Crisler Arena
(Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Northern Illinois
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Carolina A&T Joe Binion, North Carolina A&T 1982 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
North Carolina A&T
Midwestern City Conference Evansville Wayne Sappleton, Loyola (IL)[16] 1982 Midwestern City Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Mabee Center
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Evansville
Missouri Valley Conference Bradley Paul Pressey, Tulsa [17] 1982 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Tulsa Convention Center
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Tulsa
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State & Western Kentucky Jerry Beck, Middle Tennessee St. [18] 1982 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament E. A. Diddle Arena
(Bowling Green, Kentucky)
Middle Tennessee St.
Pacific-10 Conference Oregon State Lester Conner, Oregon State[19] No Tournament
Pacific Coast Athletic Association Fresno State Kevin Magee, UC Irvine [20] 1982 PCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Fresno State
Southeastern Conference Kentucky & Tennessee Dale Ellis, Tennessee[21] 1982 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Rupp Arena
(Lexington, Kentucky)
Alabama
Southern Conference Tennessee-Chattanooga Willie White, Tennessee-Chattanooga[22] 1982 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Charleston Civic Center
(Charleston, West Virginia)
Tennessee-Chattanooga
Southland Conference Southwestern Louisiana Albert Culton, Texas-Arlington[23] 1982 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Blackham Coliseum
(Lafayette, Louisiana)
Southwestern Louisiana
Southwest Conference Arkansas Ricky Pierce, Rice[24] 1982 SWC Men's Basketball Tournament Reunion Arena
(Dallas, Texas)
Arkansas
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alcorn State & Jackson State Harry Kelly, Texas Southern [25] 1982 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Alcorn State
Sun Belt Conference UAB Oliver Robinson, UAB[26] 1982 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
UAB
Trans America Athletic Conference Arkansas-Little Rock Willie Jackson, Centenary [27] 1982 TAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Ewing Coliseum
(Monroe, Louisiana)
Northeast Louisiana
West Coast Athletic Conference Pepperdine Quintin Dailey, San Francisco [28] No Tournament
Western Athletic Conference Wyoming Bill Garnett, Wyoming [29] No Tournament

Note: From 1975 to 1982, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), a loosely organized sports federation of Northeastern colleges and universities, organized Division I ECAC regional tournaments for those of its members that were independents in basketball. Each 1982 ECAC tournament winner received an automatic bid to the 1982 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in the same way that the tournament champions of conventional athletic conferences did. After this season, all remaining Northeastern independents joined conventional conferences, and the ECAC discontinued Division I basketball tournaments. The ECAC North was a separate, conventional conference.[30]

Conference standings[edit]

Atlantic Coast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
North Carolina 12 2 .857 32 2 .941
Virginia 12 2 .857 30 4 .882
Wake Forest 9 5 .643 21 9 .700
North Carolina State 7 7 .500 22 10 .688
Maryland 5 9 .357 16 13 .552
Clemson 4 10 .286 14 14 .500
Duke 4 10 .286 10 17 .370
Georgia Tech 3 11 .214 10 16 .385


Big East Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Villanova 11 3 .786 24 8 .750
Georgetown 10 4 .714 30 7 .811
St. John's 9 5 .643 21 9 .700
Boston College 8 6 .571 22 10 .688
Connecticut 7 7 .500 17 11 .607
Syracuse 7 7 .500 16 13 .552
Seton Hall 2 12 .143 11 16 .407
Providence 2 12 .143 10 17 .370


Big Eight Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Missouri 12 2 .857 27 4 .871
Kansas State 10 4 .714 23 8 .742
Oklahoma 8 6 .571 22 11 .667
Nebraska 7 7 .500 16 12 .571
Oklahoma State 7 7 .500 15 12 .556
Iowa State 5 9 .357 10 17 .370
Kansas 4 10 .286 13 14 .481
Colorado 3 11 .214 11 16 .407
Big Sky Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Idaho 13 1 .929 27 3 .900
Montana 10 4 .714 17 10 .630
Nevada-Reno 9 5 .643 19 9 .679
Weber State 6 8 .429 15 13 .536
Boise State 6 8 .429 12 14 .462
Idaho State 5 9 .357 14 12 .538
Montana State 5 9 .357 11 18 .379
Northern Arizona 2 12 .143 6 20 .231
Big Ten Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Minnesota 14 4 .778 23 6 .793
Iowa 12 6 .667 21 8 .724
Ohio State 12 6 .667 21 10 .677
Indiana 12 6 .667 19 10 .655
Purdue 11 7 .611 18 14 .563
Illinois 10 8 .556 18 11 .621
Michigan State 7 11 .389 11 17 .393
Michigan 7 11 .389 7 20 .259
Northwestern 5 13 .278 8 19 .296
Wisconsin 3 15 .167 6 21 .222
East Coast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
East
Temple 11 0 1.000 19 8 .704
Saint Joseph's 10 1 .909 25 5 .833
American 8 3 .727 21 9 .700
Drexel 7 4 .636 19 11 .633
La Salle 7 4 .636 16 13 .552
Hofstra 4 7 .364 12 16 .429
West
West Chester 8 8 .500 13 14 .481
Lafayette 7 9 .438 12 15 .444
Rider 7 9 .438 11 16 .407
Delaware 6 10 .375 9 17 .346
Lehigh 3 13 .188 9 17 .346
Bucknell 3 13 .188 7 20 .259
ECAC Metro Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
North
Fairleigh Dickinson 12 3 .800 16 11 .593
Long Island 11 4 .733 20 10 .667
Siena 8 7 .533 15 13 .536
St. Francis (NY) 8 7 .533 10 17 .370
Marist 6 9 .400 12 14 .462
Wagner 1 14 .067 4 22 .154
South
Robert Morris 9 5 .643 17 13 .567
Baltimore 8 6 .571 15 13 .536
Loyola (MD) 7 7 .500 11 16 .407
Towson State 7 7 .500 10 17 .370
Saint Francis (PA) 3 11 .214 6 20 .231
ECAC North Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Northeastern 8 1 .889 23 7 .767
Canisius 7 2 .778 19 8 .704
Niagara 7 2 .778 19 10 .655
Boston University 6 2 .750 19 9 .679
Holy Cross 4 4 .500 16 11 .593
Maine 3 7 .300 7 19 .269
Vermont 2 8 .200 10 16 .385
Colgate 2 8 .200 8 17 .320
New Hampshire 2 9 .182 9 18 .333
ECAC South Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
James Madison 10 1 .909 24 6 .800
Richmond 6 4 .600 18 11 .621
Old Dominion 5 4 .556 18 12 .600
William & Mary 6 5 .545 16 12 .556
Navy 2 4 .333 12 14 .462
George Mason 2 6 .250 13 14 .481
East Carolina 2 8 .200 10 17 .370
Eastern Athletic Association
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
West Virginia 13 1 .929 27 4 .871
Rutgers 9 5 .643 20 10 .667
Pittsburgh 8 6 .571 20 10 .667
St. Bonaventure 7 7 .500 14 14 .500
George Washington 7 7 .500 13 14 .481
Duquesne 5 9 .357 11 16 .407
Rhode Island 4 10 .286 10 17 .370
Massachusetts 3 11 .214 7 20 .259
Ivy League
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Penn 12 2 .857 17 10 .630
Columbia 9 5 .643 16 10 .615
Princeton 9 5 .643 13 13 .500
Yale 7 7 .500 13 13 .500
Cornell 7 7 .500 10 16 .385
Harvard 6 8 .429 11 15 .423
Brown 5 9 .357 5 21 .192
Dartmouth 1 13 .071 7 19 .269
Metro Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Memphis State 10 2 .833 24 5 .828
Louisville 8 4 .667 23 10 .697
Tulane 8 4 .667 19 9 .679
Virginia Tech 7 5 .583 20 11 .645
Cincinnati 4 8 .333 15 12 .556
Florida State 4 8 .333 11 17 .393
Saint Louis 1 11 .083 6 21 .222
Metro Atlantic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Saint Peter's 9 1 .900 20 9 .828
Fordham 8 2 .800 18 11 .621
Iona 7 3 .700 24 9 .727
Manhattan 3 7 .300 11 16 .407
Fairfield 3 7 .300 11 18 .379
Army 0 10 .000 6 21 .222
Mid-American Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Ball State 12 4 .750 17 11 .607
Bowling Green 10 6 .625 18 11 .621
Northern Illinois 9 7 .563 16 14 .533
Eastern Michigan 8 8 .500 15 12 .556
Western Michigan 8 8 .500 15 14 .517
Ohio 8 8 .500 13 14 .481
Miami (OH) 8 8 .500 11 16 .407
Toledo 7 9 .438 15 11 .577
Kent State 6 10 .375 10 16 .385
Central Michigan 4 12 .250 10 16 .385
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
North Carolina A&T 10 2 .833 19 9 .679
Howard 9 3 .750 17 11 .607
South Carolina State 7 5 .583 10 15 .400
Florida A&M 5 7 .417 10 17 .370
Delaware State 4 8 .333 13 13 .500
Bethune-Cookman 4 8 .333 10 18 .357
Maryland-Eastern Shore 3 9 .250 6 20 .231
Midwestern City Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Evansville 10 2 .833 23 6 .793
Oral Roberts 8 4 .667 18 12 .600
Loyola-Chicago 8 4 .667 17 12 .586
Oklahoma City 6 6 .500 14 14 .500
Detroit 6 6 .500 10 17 .370
Butler 3 9 .250 7 20 .259
Xavier 1 11 .083 8 20 .286
Missouri Valley Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Bradley 13 3 .813 26 10 .722
Tulsa 12 4 .750 24 6 .800
Wichita State 12 4 .750 23 6 .793
New Mexico State 10 6 .625 17 11 .607
Illinois State 9 7 .563 17 12 .586
Drake 7 9 .438 12 15 .444
Southern Illinois 7 9 .438 11 16 .407
Creighton 4 12 .250 7 20 .259
West Texas State 3 13 .188 11 15 .423
Indiana State 2 14 .125 9 18 .333
Ohio Valley Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Murray State 13 3 .813 20 8 .714
Western Kentucky 13 3 .813 19 10 .655
Middle Tennessee State 12 4 .750 22 8 .733
Morehead State 11 5 .688 17 10 .630
Tennessee Tech 8 8 .500 12 14 .462
Youngstown State 5 11 .313 8 18 .308
Austin Peay 4 12 .250 6 20 .231
Akron 3 13 .188 7 19 .269
Eastern Kentucky 3 13 .188 5 21 .192
Pacific Coast Athletic Association
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Fresno State 13 1 .929 27 3 .900
UC Irvine 10 4 .714 23 7 .767
Cal State Fullerton 9 5 .643 18 14 .563
San Jose State 7 7 .500 13 13 .500
Long Beach State 7 7 .500 12 16 .429
UC Santa Barbara 5 9 .357 10 16 .385
Pacific 3 11 .214 7 20 .259
Utah State 2 12 .143 4 23 .148
UNLV - - - 20 10 .667
Pacific-10 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Oregon State 16 2 .889 25 5 .833
UCLA 14 4 .778 21 6 .778
Southern California 13 5 .722 19 9 .679
Washington 11 7 .611 19 10 .655
Washington State 10 8 .556 16 14 .533
California 8 10 .444 14 13 .519
Arizona State 8 10 .444 13 14 .481
Arizona 4 14 .222 9 18 .333
Oregon 4 14 .222 9 18 .333
Stanford 2 16 .111 7 20 .259
Southeastern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Kentucky 13 5 .722 22 8 .733
Tennessee 13 5 .722 20 10 .667
Alabama 12 6 .667 24 7 .774
Mississippi 11 7 .611 18 12 .600
LSU 11 7 .611 14 14 .500
Georgia 10 8 .556 19 12 .613
Vanderbilt 7 11 .389 15 13 .536
Auburn 7 11 .389 14 14 .500
Mississippi State 4 14 .222 8 19 .296
Florida 2 16 .111 5 22 .185
Southern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Tennessee-Chattanooga 15 1 .938 27 4 .871
Western Carolina 11 5 .688 19 8 .704
Davidson 9 7 .563 14 15 .483
Marshall 8 8 .500 16 11 .593
East Tennessee State 8 8 .500 13 15 .464
The Citadel 7 9 .438 14 14 .500
Furman 7 9 .438 11 16 .407
Appalachian State 6 10 .375 11 15 .423
VMI 1 15 .063 1 25 .038
Southland Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Southwest Louisiana 8 2 .800 24 8 .750
Lamar 7 3 .700 22 7 .759
Texas-Arlington 6 4 .600 16 12 .571
McNeese State 4 6 .400 14 15 .483
Arkansas State 3 7 .300 15 11 .577
Louisiana Tech 2 8 .200 11 16 .407
North Texas State - - - 15 12 .556
Southwest Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Arkansas 12 4 .750 23 6 .793
Houston 11 5 .688 25 8 .758
Texas A&M 10 6 .625 20 11 .645
Baylor 9 7 .563 17 11 .607
Texas Christian 9 7 .563 16 13 .552
Texas Tech 8 8 .500 17 11 .607
Texas 6 10 .375 16 11 .593
Rice 6 10 .375 15 15 .500
SMU 1 15 .063 6 21 .222
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Alcorn State 10 2 .833 22 8 .733
Jackson State 10 2 .833 19 9 .679
Texas Southern 8 4 .667 21 8 .724
Grambling 8 4 .667 12 17 .414
Mississippi Valley State 4 8 .333 6 20 .231
Southern 3 9 .250 7 18 .280
Prairie View A&M 1 11 .083 2 23 .080
Sun Belt Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
UAB 9 1 .900 25 6 .806
VCU 7 3 .700 17 11 .607
Jacksonville 5 5 .500 14 13 .519
South Florida 4 6 .400 17 11 .607
UNC Charlotte 3 7 .300 15 12 .556
South Alabama 2 8 .200 12 16 .429
Trans America Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Arkansas-Little Rock 12 4 .750 19 8 .704
Northwestern State 10 6 .625 19 9 .679
Northeast Louisiana 9 7 .563 19 11 .633
Centenary 9 7 .563 17 12 .586
Mercer 8 8 .500 16 11 .593
Georgia Southern 8 8 .500 14 13 .519
Houston Baptist 8 8 .500 13 14 .481
Samford 6 10 .375 11 15 .423
Hardin-Simmons 2 14 .125 6 20 .231
West Coast Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Pepperdine 14 0 1.000 22 7 .759
San Francisco 11 3 .786 25 6 .806
Portland 9 5 .643 17 10 .630
Santa Clara 7 7 .500 16 11 .593
Gonzaga 7 7 .500 15 12 .556
San Diego 4 10 .286 11 15 .423
Saint Mary's 3 11 .214 11 16 .407
Loyola-Marymount 1 13 .071 3 24 .111
Western Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Wyoming 14 2 .875 23 7 .767
UTEP 11 5 .688 20 8 .714
San Diego State 11 5 .688 20 9 .690
Hawaii 9 7 .563 17 10 .630
BYU 9 7 .563 17 13 .567
New Mexico 7 9 .438 14 14 .500
Utah 6 10 .375 11 17 .393
Air Force 3 13 .188 8 19 .296
Colorado State 2 14 .125 8 19 .296
Division I Independents
Team W L Pct
DePaul 26 2 .929
Marquette 23 9 .719
Dayton 21 9 .700
New Orleans 18 8 .692
Cleveland State 17 10 .630
Southeastern Louisiana 16 11 .593
Southern Mississippi 15 11 .577
Penn State 15 12 .556
Tennessee State 13 12 .520
Eastern Illinois 14 13 .519
Illinois-Chicago 14 13 .519
Western Illinois 14 13 .519
Wisconsin-Green Bay 14 13 .519
Charleston Southern 13 13 .500
South Carolina 14 15 .483
UNC Wilmington 13 14 .481
Northern Iowa 12 15 .444
Stetson 12 15 .444
Campbell 11 16 .407
East Carolina 10 17 .370
Notre Dame 10 17 .370
US International 9 18 .333
Valparaiso 9 18 .333
Texas-San Antonio 8 19 .296
Nicholls State 6 20 .231
Texas-Pan American 5 20 .200
Utica 4 22 .154
Georgia State 4 23 .148

Key[edit]

Team won the conference tournament and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament
Conference does not have conference tournament, so team won the autobid for finishing in first
Team received at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

Statistical leaders[edit]

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School FG% Player School FT%
Harry Kelly TX Southern 29.7 LaSalle Thompson Texas 13.5 Mark McNamara California 70.2 Rod Foster UCLA 95.0
Ricky Pierce Rice 26.8 Wayne Sappleton Loyola (IL) 13.0 Dale Ellis Tennessee 65.4 Jack Moore Nebraska 93.9
Dan Callandrillo Seton Hall 25.9 Darren Tillis Cleveland St. 12.8 Orlando Phillips Pepperdine 64.6 Joe Dykstra W. Illinois 91.3
Kevin Magee UC Irvine 25.2 Mark McNamara California 12.6 Albert Culton TX-Arlington 64.3 Byron Williams Idaho St. 89.7
Quintin Dailey San Francisco 25.2 Riley Clarida LIU 12.3 Kevin Magee UC Irvine 64.2 Jim Master Kentucky 89.6

Postseason tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

North Carolina freshman Michael Jordan hit the game-winning shot as Dean Smith won his first national championship after many near-misses over his career, defeating the Georgetown Hoyas 63–62 at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Fred Brown's errant pass to James Worthy in the closing seconds sealed the game, which featured star freshmen Jordan and the Hoyas' Patrick Ewing. Worthy was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

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

National Semifinals National Championship Game
           
E1 North Carolina 68
MW6 Houston 63
E1 North Carolina 63
W1 Georgetown 62
ME3 Louisville 46
W1 Georgetown 50

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

The Bradley Braves, led by coach Dick Versace, defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 67–58 to win their fourth National Invitation Tournament, tying them with St. John's for the most NIT championships (St. John's has since won two additional titles). Bradley's Mitchell Anderson was named NIT Most Valuable Player.

NIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City

Semifinals Finals
           
  Oklahoma 68
  Bradley 84
  Bradley 67
  Purdue 58
  Georgia 60
  Purdue 61

Awards[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Terry Cummings F Junior DePaul
Quintin Dailey G Junior San Francisco
Eric Floyd G Senior Georgetown
Ralph Sampson C Junior Virginia
James Worthy F Junior North Carolina


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Dale Ellis F Junior Tennessee
Kevin Magee F Senior UC Irvine
John Paxson G Junior Notre Dame
Sam Perkins F/C Sophomore North Carolina
Paul Pressey F/G Senior Tulsa

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended.[31]

Team Former
Coach
Interim
Coach
New
Coach
Reason
American Gary Williams Ed Tapscott
Arizona Fred Snowden Ben Lindsey Snowden announced his resignation, effective at the end of the season, on January 8, 1982.[32]
Arizona State Ned Wulk Bob Weinhauer
Army Pete Gaudet Les Wothke
Ball State Steve Yoder Al Brown
Boston College Tom Davis Gary Williams When Dr. Tom Davis left BC, the Eagles replaced him with former Davis assistant Gary Williams.
Colgate Mike Griffin Tony Relvas
Detroit Willie McCarter Don Sicko
Duquesne Mike Rice Jim Satalin
East Carolina Dave Odom Charlie Harrison
East Tennessee St. Jim Hallahan Barry Dowd
Furman Eddie Holbrook Jene Davis
Idaho State Lynn Archibald Wayne Ballard
Indiana State Bill Hodges Dave Schellhase
Kent State Ed Douma Jim McDonald
Loyola (MD) Bill Burke Mark Amatucci
Mississippi Bob Weltlich Lee Hunt
Mississippi Valley St. Pop Gaines Jerry Lewis
Pacific Dick Fitchner Tom O'Neill
Penn Bob Weinhauer Craig Littlepage
Prairie View A&M Calvin White Jim Duplantier
St. Bonaventure Jim Satalin Jim O'Brien
St. Louis Ron Ekker Rich Grawer
Seton Hall Bill Raftery Hoddy Mahon P. J. Carlesimo After Raftery unexpectantly quit in November, long-time assistant Mahon was tapped as interim coach. After the season, Seton Hall hired Wagner's Carlesimo.
Siena William Kirsch John Griffin
Stanford Dick DiBiaso Tom Davis
Temple Don Casey John Chaney Casey left to become an assistant for the Chicago Bulls. Temple hired successful Division II coach Chaney.
Texas Abe Lemons Bob Weltlich Lemons was fired after a season that saw the Longhorns start 14–0, but derailed after forward Mike Wacker went down to injury.
Texas–Pan American Bill White Lon Kruger The Cowboys gave Kansas State assistant Kruger his first head coaching job.
UNC Charlotte Mike Pratt Hal Wissel
VMI Charlie Schmaus Marty Fletcher
Wagner P. J. Carlesimo Neil Kennett
Western Michigan Les Wothke Vernon Payne
Wisconsin Bill Cofield Steve Yoder
Wisconsin-Green Bay Dave Buss Dick Lien
Yale Ray Carazo Tom Brennan
Youngstown State Dom Roselli Mike Rice

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