2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 2005–06 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2005, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 3, 2006, at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Florida Gators won their first NCAA national championship with a 73–56 victory over the UCLA Bruins. This was the final Final Four site at the RCA Dome. The Final Four will return to the city of Indianapolis, but will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Season headlines[edit]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 7, 2005.[4]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Duke (61)
2 Texas (6)
3 Connecticut
4 Michigan State (4)
5 Villanova (1)
6 Oklahoma
7 Louisville
8 Gonzaga
9 Kentucky
10 Arizona
11 Boston College
12 Memphis
13 Stanford
14 West Virginia
15 Alabama
16 Syracuse
17 Illinois
18 Wake Forest
19 UCLA
20 Iowa
21 George Washington
22 Nevada
23 Indiana
24 Maryland
25 Iowa State
ESPN/USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Duke (28)
2 Connecticut
3 Texas (2)
4 Villanova (1)
5 Michigan State
6 Oklahoma
7 Gonzaga
8 Louisville
9 Arizona
10 Kentucky
11 Boston College
12 Memphis
13 Stanford
14 Alabama
15 West Virginia
16 Syracuse
17 Illinois
18 UCLA
18 Wake Forest
20 Iowa
21 Maryland
22 Indiana
23 Iowa State
24 George Washington
25 Nevada

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Thirty conference seasons conclude with a single-elimination tournament. Traditionally, all conference schools are eligible, regardless of record. However, some conferences, most notably the Big East, do not invite the teams with the worst records. The conference tournament winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. A school that wins the conference regular season title is guaranteed an NIT bid; however, it may receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Conference Regular
Season Winner[5]
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
America East Conference Albany Jamar Wilson, Albany[6] 2006 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Events Center
(Vestal, New York)
(Except Finals)
Albany[7]
Atlantic 10 Conference George Washington Steven Smith, La Salle[8] 2006 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Bank Arena
(Cincinnati, Ohio)
Xavier[9]
Atlantic Coast Conference Duke J. J. Redick, Duke[10] 2006 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Duke[11]
Atlantic Sun Conference Lipscomb & Belmont Tim Smith, East Tennessee State[12] 2006 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Memorial Center
(Johnson City, Tennessee)
Belmont [13]
Big 12 Conference Texas & Kansas P. J. Tucker, Texas[14] 2006 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament American Airlines Center
(Dallas, Texas)
Kansas[15]
Big East Conference Connecticut & Villanova Randy Foye, Villanova[16] 2006 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City, New York)
Syracuse[17]
Big Sky Conference Northern Arizona Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington[18] 2006 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Walkup Skydome
(Flagstaff, Arizona)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Montana[19]
Big South Conference Winthrop Jack Leasure, Coastal Carolina[20] 2006 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Winthrop Coliseum
(Rock Hill, South Carolina)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Winthrop[21]
Big Ten Conference Ohio State Terence Dials, Ohio State[22] 2006 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Conseco Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
Iowa[23]
Big West Conference Pacific Christian Maraker, Pacific[24] 2006 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Pacific[25]
Colonial Athletic Association UNC Wilmington & George Mason Jose Juan Barea, Northeastern[26] 2006 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
VCU[26]
Conference USA Memphis Rodney Carney, Memphis[27] 2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament FedExForum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Memphis[28]
Horizon League Wisconsin-Milwaukee Brandon Polk, Butler[29] 2006 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament U.S. Cellular Arena
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
(Except First Round)
Wisconsin-Milwaukee[30]
Ivy League Penn Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn[31] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Manhattan Keydren Clark, St. Peter's[32] 2006 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Pepsi Arena
(Albany, New York)
Iona[33]
Mid-American Conference Kent State (East)
Northern Illinois (West)
DeAndre Haynes, Kent State[34] 2006 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Kent State[35]
Mid-Continent Conference Oral Roberts & IUPUI Caleb Green, Oral Roberts[36] 2006 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament John Q. Hammons Arena
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Oral Roberts[37]
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State Jahsha Bluntt, Delaware State[38] 2006 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament RBC Center
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
Hampton[39]
Missouri Valley Conference Wichita State Paul Miller, Wichita State[40] 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Savvis Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Southern Illinois[41]
Mountain West Conference San Diego State Brandon Heath, San Diego State [42] 2006 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Pepsi Center
(Denver, Colorado)
San Diego State[43]
Northeast Conference Fairleigh Dickinson Chad Timberlake, Fairleigh Dickinson[44] 2006 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Monmouth[45]
Ohio Valley Conference Murray State J. Robert Merritt, Samford[46] 2006 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Gaylord Entertainment Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Murray State[46]
Pacific-10 Conference UCLA Brandon Roy, Washington[47] 2006 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles, California)
UCLA[48]
Patriot League Bucknell Charles Lee, Bucknell[49] 2006 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Bucknell[50]
Southeastern Conference Tennessee (East)
LSU (West)
Glen Davis, LSU[51] 2006 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Gaylord Entertainment Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Florida[52]
Southern Conference Elon (North)
Georgia Southern (South)
Elton Nesbitt, Georgia Southern[53] 2006 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament North Charleston Coliseum
(North Charleston, South Carolina)
Davidson[54]
Southland Conference Northwestern State Ricky Woods, Southeastern Louisiana[55] 2006 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Prather Coliseum
(Natchitoches, Louisiana)
(Finals)
Northwestern State[56]
Southwestern Athletic Conference Southern Brion Rush, Grambling State[57] 2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Southern[58]
Sun Belt Conference Western Kentucky (East)
South Alabama (West)
Anthony Winchester, Western Kentucky[59] 2006 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Murphy Center
(Murfreesboro, Tennessee)
South Alabama[60]
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Adam Morrison, Gonzaga [61] 2006 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament McCarthey Athletic Center
(Spokane, Washington)
Gonzaga [62]
Western Athletic Conference Nevada Nick Fazekas, Nevada[63] 2006 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Lawlor Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)
Nevada[64]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Steals Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Adam Morrison Gonzaga 28.1 Paul Millsap LA Tech 13.3 Jared Jordan Marist 8.5 Tim Smith E. Tennessee St. 3.4
J. J. Redick Duke 26.8 Kenny Adeleke Hartford 13.1 Jose Juan Barea Northeastern 8.4 Oliver Lafayette Houston 3.4
Keydren Clark St. Peter's 26.3 Rashad Jones-Jennings UALR 11.3 Terrell Everett Oklahoma 6.9 Obie Trotter Alabama A&M 3.3
Andre Collins Loyola (MD) 26.1 Curtis Withers Charlotte 11.3 Walker Russell Jacksonville St. 6.8 Ibrahim Jaaber Penn 3.3
Brion Rush Grambling 25.8 Ivan Almonte Florida Int'l 11.2 Kenny Grant Davidson 6.7 Kevin Hamilton Holy Cross 3.3
Blocked Shots Per Game
Field Goal Percentage
Three-Point FG Percentage
Free Throw Percentage
Player School BPG Player School FG% Player School 3FG% Player School FT%
Shawn James Northeastern 6.5 Randall Hanke Providence 67.7 Stephen Sir N. Arizona 48.9 Blake Ahearn Missouri St. 93.6
Justin Williams Wyoming 5.4 Cedric Smith TAMU-CC 66.2 Josh Alexander Stephen F. Austin 47.7 Jermaine Anderson New Hampshire 91.9
Stephane Lasme UMass 3.9 Joakim Noah Florida 62.7 J. Robert Merritt Samford 47.6 Shawan Robinson Clemson 91.3
Shelden Williams Duke 3.8 James Augustine Illinois 62.4 Ross Schraeder UC Irvine 47.4 Derek Raivio Gonzaga 91.2
Slim Millien Idaho St. 3.4 Michael Harrison Colorado St. 62.3 Chris Hernandez Stanford 47.2 Adam Vogelsberg Middle Tenn. St. 90.8

Post-Season Tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 14, 2007 with the opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and concluded on April 3 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. A total of 65 teams entered the tournament. Thirty of the teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The automatic bid of the Ivy League, which does not conduct a post-season tournament, went to its regular season champion. The remaining 34 teams were granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. The Big East Conference led the way with eight bids. Florida won their first NCAA title, beating UCLA 73–56 in the final. Florida forward Joakim Noah was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Final Four – RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana[edit]

National Semifinals National Championship
           
A4 LSU 45
O2 UCLA 59
O2 UCLA 57
M3 Florida 73
W11 George Mason 58
M3 Florida 73

A-Atlanta, O-Oakland, W-Washington, D.C., M-Minneapolis.

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate, reducing the field's size from 40. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, and 24 other teams were also invited. Dave Odom's South Carolina Gamecocks won their second consecutive title, defeating the Tommy Amaker-coached Michigan Wolverines 76–64 in the championship game. Gamecock forward Renaldo Balkman was named tournament MVP.

Semifinals & Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
5 Old Dominion 43
1 Michigan 66
1 Michigan 64
3 South Carolina 76
1 Louisville 63
3 South Carolina 78

Conference standings[edit]

2005–06 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Connecticut 14 2   .875     30 4   .882
#3 Villanova 14 2   .875     28 5   .848
#22 West Virginia 11 5   .688     22 11   .667
Marquette 10 6   .625     20 11   .645
#23 Georgetown 10 6   .625     23 10   .697
#16 Pittsburgh 10 6   .625     25 8   .758
Seton Hall 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Cincinnati 8 8   .500     21 13   .618
#21 Syracuse 7 9   .438     23 12   .657
Rutgers 7 9   .438     19 14   .576
Louisville 6 10   .375     21 13   .618
Notre Dame 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
DePaul* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
Providence* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
St. John's* 5 11   .313     12 15   .444
South Florida* 1 15   .063     7 22   .241
2006 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2006[65]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2006 Big East Tournament
2005–06 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#9 Texas 13 3   .813     27 6   .818
#12 Kansas 13 3   .813     25 7   .781
#24 Oklahoma 11 5   .688     20 8   .714
Texas A&M 10 6   .625     21 8   .724
Colorado 9 7   .563     20 9   .690
Nebraska 7 9   .438     19 13   .594
Kansas State 6 10   .375     15 13   .536
Iowa State 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
Oklahoma State 6 10   .375     17 15   .531
Texas Tech 6 10   .375     15 17   .469
Missouri 5 11   .313     12 16   .429
Baylor 4 12   .250     4 23   .148
2006 Big 12 Tournament winner
As of March 6, 2006; Rankings from AP Poll
2005–06 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
George Mason 15 3   .833     27 8   .771
UNC Wilmington 15 3   .833     25 8   .758
Hofstra 14 4   .778     26 7   .788
Old Dominion 13 5   .722     24 10   .706
Northeastern 12 6   .667     19 11   .633
VCU 11 7   .611     19 10   .655
Drexel 8 10   .444     15 16   .484
Towson 8 10   .444     12 16   .429
Delaware 4 14   .222     9 21   .300
Georgia State 3 15   .167     7 22   .241
William & Mary 3 15   .167     8 20   .286
James Madison 2 16   .111     5 23   .179
CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2005–06 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Memphis 13 1   .929     33 4   .892
UAB 12 2   .857     24 7   .774
UTEP 11 3   .786     21 10   .677
Houston 9 5   .643     21 10   .677
UCF 7 7   .500     14 15   .483
Rice 6 8   .429     12 16   .429
Tulane 6 8   .429     12 17   .414
Tulsa 6 8   .429     11 17   .393
Marshall 5 9   .357     12 16   .429
SMU 4 10   .286     13 16   .448
Southern Miss 3 11   .214     10 21   .323
East Carolina 2 12   .143     8 20   .286
2006 C-USA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2005–06 Horizon League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Milwaukee 12 4   .750     22 9   .710
Butler 11 5   .688     20 13   .606
Loyola (IL) 8 8   .500     19 11   .633
UIC 8 8   .500     16 15   .516
Detroit 8 8   .500     16 16   .500
Green Bay 8 8   .500     15 16   .484
Wright State* 8 8   .500     13 15   .464
Cleveland State 5 11   .313     10 18   .357
Youngstown State 4 12   .250     7 21   .250
2006 Horizon League Tournament winner
As of August 1, 2010; Rankings from AP Poll
2005–06 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 UCLA 14 4   .778     32 7   .821
#12 Washington 13 5   .722     26 7   .788
California 12 6   .667     20 11   .645
Arizona 1 11 7   .611     20 13   .606
Stanford 11 7   .611     16 14   .533
USC 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
Oregon 7 11   .389     15 18   .455
Oregon State 1 5 13   .278     13 18   .419
Arizona State 5 13   .278     11 17   .393
Washington State 4 14   .222     11 17   .393
2006 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
As of April 3, 2006; Rankings from Coaches Poll [66]
1 Holds tie-breaker

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
J.J. Redick G Senior Duke
Adam Morrison F Junior Gonzaga
Randy Foye G Senior Villanova
Shelden Williams C Senior Duke
Brandon Roy G Senior Washington


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Dee Brown G Senior Illinois
Rodney Carney G Senior Memphis
P.J. Tucker F Junior Texas
Rudy Gay F Sophomore Connecticut
Leon Powe F Sophomore California
Allan Ray G Senior Villanova
Tyler Hansbrough F Freshman North Carolina

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major freshman 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.[67]

Team Former
Coach
Interim
Coach
New
Coach
Reason
Alabama-Birmingham Mike Anderson Mike Davis After leaving Indiana, Davis returned to his home state – bringing guard Robert Vaden with him.
Arizona State Rob Evans Herb Sendek After a high-profile flirtation with Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Arizona State pulled Sendek from the ACC.[68]
Ball State Tim Buckley Ronny Thompson Buckley was reassigned after a 10–18 season.
Brown Glen Miller Craig Robinson Brown hired former 2-time Ivy player of the year Robinson after Miller leaves for conference rival Penn.
Canisius Mike MacDonald Tom Parrotta
Central Michigan Jay Smith Ernie Ziegler Two-time MAC coach of the year Smith left the coaching profession.[69]
Cincinnati Bob Huggins Andy Kennedy Mick Cronin UC alum Cronin was hired for the head job over interim boss Kennedy.
The Citadel Pat Dennis Ed Conroy
Cleveland State Mike Garland Gary Waters
College of Charleston Tom Herrion Bobby Cremins College of Charleston made a splash hiring former Georgia Tech head man Cremins after Winthrop's Gregg Marshall accepted the job but then reneged.[70]
Delaware David Henderson Monte Ross Henderson is fired after consecutive 20-loss seasons.
Duquesne Danny Nee Ron Everhart Coaching veteran Nee was fired after a 3–24 season.
Fairfield Tim O'Toole Ed Cooley O'Toole was fired only two years removed from winning MAAC coach of the year honors.
Florida Atlantic Matt Doherty Rex Walters Doherty leaves FAU for SMU after only one year.
Furman Larry Davis Jeff Jackson
Hampton Bobby Collins Kevin Nickelberry
Hartford Larry Harrison Dan Leibovitz Harrison resigned despite being named America East coach of the year.
Idaho Leonard Perry George Pfeifer
Idaho State Doug Oliver Joe O'Brien Oliver announced his resignation mid-season and was replaced in March by three-time JUCO national championship coach O'Brien.
Indiana Mike Davis Kelvin Sampson Davis announced his resignation in February – effective at the end of the season. After a long search process, Indiana hired former Oklahoma coach Sampson.
Iowa State Wayne Morgan Greg McDermott Iowa State fired Morgan in the wake of a recruiting scandal.[71]
Kansas State Jim Wooldridge Bob Huggins K-State hired Huggins after a one-year absence from coaching.
Lamar Billy Tubbs Steve Roccaforte Tubbs stepped down as head coach but remained as Lamar's Athletic Director, turning the team over to assistant Roccaforte.
Manhattan Bobby Gonzalez Barry Rohrssen A hot coach for several seasons, Gonzalez made the move to the Big East and Seton Hall.
McNeese State Tic Price Dave Simmons
Mississippi Rod Barnes Andy Kennedy Ole Miss hired native son Kennedy after he was passed over for the permanent head coaching position at Cincinnati after serving as interim for the entire season.
Missouri Quin Snyder Melvin Watkins Mike Anderson Snyder was fired in February as his status became distracting due to a disappointing season and off-court scandal.[72]
Montana Larry Krystkowiak Wayne Tinkle Montana all-time leading scorer Krystkowiak left Montana for an assistant coaching job with the Milwaukee Bucks, while his former Grizzly teammate and assistant Tinkle is promoted.
Montana State Mick Durham Brad Huse
Morehead State Kyle Macy Donnie Tyndall Former Kentucky All-American Macy resigns after a 4–23 season.
Morgan State Butch Beard Todd Bozeman Bozeman returns to coaching after an eight-year ban over recruiting violations at Cal.[73]
Murray State Mick Cronin Billy Kennedy
Nebraska Barry Collier Doc Sadler Collier left Nebraska to become Athletic Director at Butler.
New Orleans Monte Towe Buzz Williams Towe made the unusual move of leaving a head coaching spot to take the Associate head coach spot at his alma mater, NC State.
North Carolina State Herb Sendek Sidney Lowe After a lengthy search process, former Wolfpack guard Lowe comes in from an assistant coaching job with the Detroit Pistons.
UNC-Wilmington Brad Brownell Benny Moss
Northeastern Ron Everhart Bill Coen
Northern Colorado Craig Rasmuson Tad Boyle
Northern Iowa Greg McDermott Ben Jacobson UNI promoted top assistant Jacobson after McDermott left for Iowa State.
Oklahoma Kelvin Sampson Jeff Capel Oklahoma tapped VCU's Capel after Sampson left for Indiana.
Oklahoma State Eddie Sutton Sean Sutton Eddie Sutton turned the Cowboys over to son Sean.
Penn Fran Dunphy Glen Miller Penn raided conference foe Brown to hire Miller away after Dunphy moved across town to coach Temple.
Pepperdine Paul Westphal Vance Walberg Former Phoenix Suns coach Westphal was fired after a 7–20 season.
Portland Michael Holton Eric Reveno
Rutgers Gary Waters Fred Hill Waters announced that he would resign late in the season. After the season he was replaced by assistant Hill
Saint Peter's Bob Leckie John Dunne
Seton Hall Louis Orr Bobby Gonzalez Seton Hall turns to Manhattan's Gonzalez after Orr is fired.
Southern Methodist Jimmy Tubbs Matt Doherty Tubbs was fired after an internal investigation uncovered NCAA violations.[74]
South Carolina State Ben Betts Jammal Brown Betts left to join Jeff Capel's staff at Oklahoma.
Southeast Missouri State Gary Garner Scott Edgar
Temple John Chaney Fran Dunphy Chaney retired after 24 seasons at Temple, allowing Dunphy to become the first man ever to coach at two different Big 5 schools.[75]
Texas-Arlington Eddie McCarter Scott Cross
Texas-Pan American Robert Davenport Tom Schuberth
Texas-San Antonio Tim Carter Brooks Thompson
Texas State Dennis Nutt Doug Davalos
UTEP Doc Sadler Tony Barbee UTEP tapped Memphis assistant Barbee after Sadler left for Nebraska.
Virginia Commonwealth Jeff Capel Anthony Grant VCU hired Florida assistant Grant after Capel left for the Big 12.
Washington State Dick Bennett Tony Bennett Dick Bennett retired, handing the reins to his son and assistant Tony.
Weber State Joe Cravens Randy Rahe
Winston-Salem State Phillip Stitt Bobby Collins Collins was hired from Hampton to lead the Rams into their first season of Division I play.
Wright State Paul Biancardi Brad Brownell Biancardi stepped down after being barred from recruiting by the NCAA over recruiting violations that occurred while Biancardi was at Ohio State.[76]

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