2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 2006–07 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 7, 2006, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2007 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 2, 2007 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Florida Gators successfully defended their national championship with an 84–75 victory over the Ohio State Buckeyes.

Season headlines[edit]

Rules changes[edit]

Beginning in 2006–2007, the following rules changes were implemented:

  • Players can no longer call a time out while they are in the air.

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 6, 2006.[11]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 Florida (63)
2 North Carolina (9)
3 Kansas
4 Pittsburgh
5 LSU
6 UCLA
7 Ohio State
8 Georgetown
9 Wisconsin
10 Arizona
11 Alabama
12 Duke
13 Texas A&M
14 Memphis
15 Boston College
16 Marquette
17 Washington
18 Connecticut
19 Creighton
20 Syracuse
21 Texas
22 Kentucky
23 Georgia Tech
24 Nevada
25 Tennessee
ESPN/USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 Florida (30)
2 North Carolina
3 Kansas
4 Ohio State (1)
5 Pittsburgh
5 UCLA
7 LSU
8 Georgetown
9 Wisconsin
10 Arizona
11 Duke
12 Alabama
13 Texas A&M
14 Memphis
15 Boston College
16 Washington
17 Marquette
18 Connecticut
19 Texas
20 Syracuse
21 Georgia Tech
22 Kentucky
23 Creighton
24 Tennessee
25 Nevada

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

30 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[12]
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
America East Conference Vermont Jamar Wilson, Albany[13] 2007 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Agganis Arena
(Boston, Massachusetts)
(Except Finals)
Albany[14]
Atlantic 10 Conference Xavier & Massachusetts Stephane Lasme, Massachusetts[15] 2007 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, New Jersey)
George Washington[16]
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina & Virginia Jared Dudley, Boston College[17] 2007 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament St. Pete Times Forum
(Tampa, Florida)
North Carolina[18]
Atlantic Sun Conference East Tennessee State[19] Courtney Pigram, East Tennessee State[20] 2007 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Memorial Center
(Johnson City, Tennessee)
Belmont[21]
Big 12 Conference Kansas Kevin Durant, Texas[22] 2007 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
Kansas[23]
Big East Conference Georgetown Jeff Green, Georgetown[24] 2007 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
Georgetown[25]
Big Sky Conference Weber State & Northern Arizona David Patten, Weber State[26] 2007 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Dee Events Center
(Ogden, Utah)
(Semifinals and Finals)
Weber State[27]
Big South Conference Winthrop Arizona Reid, High Point[28] 2007 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Winthrop[29]
Big Ten Conference Ohio State Alando Tucker, Wisconsin[30] 2007 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament United Center
(Chicago, Illinois)
Ohio State[31]
Big West Conference Long Beach State Aaron Nixon, Long Beach State[32] 2007 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Long Beach State[33]
Colonial Athletic Association VCU Loren Stokes, Hofstra[34] 2007 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
VCU[35]
Conference USA Memphis Morris Almond, Rice[36] 2007 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament FedExForum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Memphis[37]
Horizon League Butler & Wright State DaShaun Wood, Wright State[38] 2007 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament Nutter Center
(Dayton, Ohio)
(Except First round)
Wright State[39]
Ivy League Penn Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn[40] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Marist Jared Jordan, Marist[41] 2007 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Arena at Harbor Yard
(Bridgeport, Connecticut)
Niagara[42]
Mid-American Conference Akron (East)
Toledo (West)
Romeo Travis, Akron[43] 2007 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Miami (OH)[44]
Mid-Continent Conference Oral Roberts Caleb Green, Oral Roberts[45] 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament John Q. Hammons Arena
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Oral Roberts[46]
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Delaware State Jahsha Bluntt, Delaware State[47] 2007 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament RBC Center
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
Florida A&M[48]
Missouri Valley Conference Southern Illinois Jamaal Tatum, Southern Illinois[49] 2007 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Scottrade Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Creighton[50]
Mountain West Conference BYU Keena Young, BYU[51] 2007 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
UNLV[52]
Northeast Conference Central Connecticut State Javier Mojica, Central Connecticut State[53] 2007 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Central Connecticut State[54]
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay Drake Reed, Austin Peay[55] 2007 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Gaylord Entertainment Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Eastern Kentucky[56]
Pacific-10 Conference UCLA Arron Afflalo, UCLA[57] 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles)
Oregon[58]
Patriot League Holy Cross &
Bucknell
Keith Simmons, Holy Cross[59] 2007 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Holy Cross[60]
Southeastern Conference Florida (East)
Mississippi & Mississippi State (West)
Derrick Byars, Vanderbilt[61] (Coaches)
Chris Lofton, Tennessee (AP)
2007 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Georgia Dome
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Florida[62]
Southern Conference Appalachian State (North)
Davidson (South)
Kyle Hines, UNC Greensboro[63] 2007 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament North Charleston Coliseum
(North Charleston, South Carolina)
Davidson[64]
Southland Conference Northwestern State (East)
Texas A&M – CC (West)
Chris Daniels, Texas A&M – CC[65] 2007 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campbell Center
(Houston, Texas)
Texas A&M – CC[66]
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State Trey Johnson, Jackson State[67] 2007 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Jackson State[68]
Sun Belt Conference South Alabama (East)
Arkansas State &
Louisiana–Monroe (West)
Bo McCalebb, New Orleans[69] 2007 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Cajundome
(Lafayette, Louisiana)
North Texas[70]
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Derek Raivio, Gonzaga &
Sean Denison, Santa Clara[71]
2007 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Chiles Center
(Portland, Oregon)
Gonzaga[72]
Western Athletic Conference Nevada Nick Fazekas, Nevada[73] 2007 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Pan American Center
(Las Cruces, New Mexico)
New Mexico State[74]

Major Upsets[edit]

Regular season and Conference tournaments[edit]

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
November 15 Oral Roberts 78 Kansas 71
November 19 Old Dominion 75 Georgetown 62
November 17 Colorado-Colorado Springs 96 Northern Colorado 91

Key Games[edit]

Date Played Winning Team Losing Team
November 25 Kansas 82 Florida 80
December 21 Oklahoma State 95 Pittsburgh 89 (2OT)
February 25 Ohio State 49 Wisconsin 48

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
Reggie Williams VMI 28.1 Rashad Jones-Jennings UALR 13.1 Jared Jordan Marist 8.7 Travis Holmes VMI 3.4
Trey Johnson Jackson State 27.1 Chris Holm Vermont 12.2 Jason Richards Davidson 7.3 Paul Gause Seton Hall 3.1
Morris Almond Rice 26.4 Kantrell Gransberry South Florida 11.4 Mustafa Shakur Arizona 6.9 Ledell Eackles Campbell 3.0
Kevin Durant Texas 25.8 Kevin Durant Texas 11.1 D. J. Augustin Texas 6.7 Ibrahim Jaaber Penn 2.8
Gary Neal Towson 25.3 Nick Fazekas Nevada 11.1 Eric Maynor VCU 6.4 Chavis Holmes VMI 2.8
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%
Mickell Gladness Alabama A&M 6.3 Mike Freeman Hampton 67.8 Josh Carter Texas A&M 50.0 Derek Raivio Gonzaga 96.1
Stephane Lasme UMass 5.1 Roy Hibbert Georgetown 67.1 Jeremy Crouch Bradley 50.0 A. J. Graves Butler 94.8
Hasheem Thabeet UConn 3.8 Florencio Valencia Toledo 66.7 Stephen Sir N. Arizona 49.0 Blake Ahearn Missouri St. 92.5
McHugh Mattis S. Florida 3.6 Vladimir Kuljanin UNC Wilmington 66.3 Jimmy Baron Rhode Island 47.8 Tristan Blackwood C. Conn. St. 92.4
Dominic McGuire Fresno St. 3.6 Calvin Brown Norfolk St. 65.2 Josh Washington TAMU-CC 47.6 David Kool W. Michigan 91.7

Post-Season Tournaments[edit]

NCAA tournament[edit]

The NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 13, 2007 with the opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and concluded on April 2 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Atlantic Coast Conference led the way with seven bids, while the Big East, Big Ten and Pac-10 each placed six teams in the field. Florida successfully defended their title, beating Ohio State 84–75 in the final and becoming the first team since the 1991–92 Duke Blue Devils to repeat as champions. Florida swingman Corey Brewer was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while guard Lee Humphrey broke the career NCAA Tournament record for three-pointers made.

Final Four – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia[edit]

National Semifinals
March 31
National Championship
April 2
           
M1 Florida 76
W2 UCLA 66
M1 Florida 84
S1 Ohio State 75
E2 Georgetown 60
S1 Ohio State 67

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. The field came from 18 conferences, with the Big East and Southeastern Conference tying for the most teams invited with four. For the first time since the NIT began seeding teams, all four No. 1 seeds reached the final four. John Beilein's West Virginia Mountaineers won the title, defeating the Oliver Purnell-coached Clemson Tigers 78–73 in the championship game. The Mountaineers reached the championship game after Darris Nichols' dramatic 3-pointer at the buzzer stunned Mississippi State in the semifinals. Mountaineer guard Frank Young was named tournament MVP.

Semifinals and Finals[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1 West Virginia 63
1 Mississippi State 62
1 West Virginia 78
1 Clemson 73
1 Clemson 68
1 Air Force 67

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Kevin Durant F/G Freshman Texas
Alando Tucker F Senior Wisconsin
Acie Law IV G Senior Texas A&M
Arron Afflalo G Junior UCLA
Tyler Hansbrough F Sophomore North Carolina


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Nick Fazekas F Senior Nevada
Jared Dudley F Senior Boston College
Chris Lofton G Junior Tennessee
Joakim Noah F/C Junior Florida
Greg Oden C Freshman Ohio State

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.[75]

Team Former
Coach
Interim
Coach
New
Coach
Reason
Air Force Jeff Bzdelik Jeff Reynolds Air Force turned to assistant Reynolds after Bzdelic left for the Big 12.
Arkansas Stan Heath John Pelphrey Arkansas turned to Pelphrey after Creigton's Dana Altman accepted the job then changed his mind after the press conference introducing him as the Razorbacks' head coach.[76]
Ball State Ronny Thompson Billy Taylor Thompson resigned after two years of NCAA violations concerning impermissible offseason workouts.[77]
Binghamton Al Walker Kevin Broadus
Bowling Green Dan Dakich Louis Orr Dakich resigns after failing to make the NCAA tournament in ten straight years.[78]
Butler Todd Lickliter Brad Stevens Lickliter capitalized on his NABC Coach of the Year Award by parlaying it into a Big Ten head job at Iowa
Chicago State Kevin Jones Benjy Taylor
Coastal Carolina Buzz Peterson Cliff Ellis Buzz Peterson left Coastal to work in the Charlotte Bobcats front office for his former UNC roommate Michael Jordan[79]
Colorado Ricardo Patton Jeff Bzdelik Patton announced in October that it would be his last season at Colorado, and resigned at the end of the year.[80]
Colorado State Dale Layer Tim Miles
Denver Terry Carroll Joe Scott Denver turned to former Air Force and Princeton coach Joe Scott.[81]
Drake Tom Davis Keno Davis Dr. Tom Davis retires after 32 years and 598 wins, turning the Drake program over to his son Keno.[82]
East Carolina Ricky Stokes Mack McCarthy
Eastern Washington Mike Burns Kirk Earlywine
Evansville Steve Merfeld Marty Simmons Evansville hired former Purple Aces star Marty Simmons to take over the struggling program.[83]
Florida A&M Mike Gillespie Eugene Harris Gillespie is fired after being charged with misdemeanor stalking.[84]
Georgia State Mike Perry Rod Barnes Georgia State hires former SEC Coach of the Year Rod Barnes
Harvard Frank Sullivan Tommy Amaker Former Seton Hall and Michigan head coach Amaker finds himself in the Ivy League.[85]
Hawaii Riley Wallace Bob Nash Wallace announced his resignation in December and stepped down at the end of the season.[86]
Illinois State Porter Moser Tim Jankovich
Indiana State Royce Waltman Kevin McKenna
Iona Jeff Ruland Kevin Willard Former Gaels star Ruland is fired after a 2–28 campaign.[87]
Iowa Steve Alford Todd Lickliter New Mexico wooed away the Big Ten's Alford.[88]
Kansas State Bob Huggins Frank Martin Huggins left at the end of the season for his alma mater, turning over the K-State program (and a top-ranked recruiting class) to assistant Martin.[89]
Kentucky Tubby Smith Billy Gillispie Smith shocked the basketball world by leaving Kentucky for Minnesota.[90]
Lehigh Billy Taylor Brett Reed
Liberty Randy Dunton Ritchie McKay
Long Beach State Larry Reynolds Dan Monson Reynolds was fired despite winning the Big West, being named conference Coach of the Year, and getting Long Beach State to their first NCAA Tournament in over 20 years.[91]
Louisiana Tech Keith Richard Kerry Rupp
Marshall Ron Jirsa Donnie Jones
Maryland-Eastern Shore Larry Leggett Meredith Smith Frankie Allen
Michigan Tommy Amaker John Beilein The Wolverines tabbed West Virginia's Beilein after firing Amaker due to the program's lack of progress.[92]
Minnesota Dan Monson Jim Molinari Tubby Smith Minnesota made the highest-profile coaching change of the season.
New Mexico Ritchie McKay Steve Alford
New Mexico State Reggie Theus Marvin Menzies Theus left in the offseason to become head coach of the NBA's Sacramento Kings.[93]
New Orleans Buzz Williams Joe Pasternack Williams resigns after only one year at UNO, making the unusual move to an assistant coaching position at Marquette.[94]
Norfolk State Dwight Freeman Anthony Evans Anthony Evans
North Dakota State Tim Miles Saul Phillips
Northern Illinois Rob Judson Ricardo Patton NIU scored a mid-major coup, hiring former Big 12 coach Patton.
Princeton Joe Scott Sydney Johnson Princeton hired former 3-time Tigers captain Johnson after fellow alum Scot left for Denver.
Quinnipiac Joe DeSantis Tom Moore Qunnipiac tapped Moore, an assistant from nearby power UConn.
Radford Byron Samuels Brad Greenberg Samuels announces his intention to resign at the end of the season.[95] at which time Brad Greenberg – brother of Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg – is hired.
Robert Morris Mark Schmidt Mike Rice
Saint Louis Brad Soderberg Rick Majerus Saint Louis lured ESPN announcer Rick Majerus back into the coaching box.
San Diego Brad Holland Bill Grier
Santa Clara Dick Davey Kerry Keating Dick Davey retires after 30 years.
South Alabama John Pelphrey Ronnie Arrow Former Jaguars coach Arrow returned for a second stint at the school.[96]
South Carolina State Jammal Brown Tim Carter
South Florida Robert McCullum Stan Heath Heath landed the Bulls job just a week after being fired by Arkansas.
Southern Utah Bill Evans Roger Reid
St. Bonaventure Anthony Solomon Mark Schmidt
Texas A&M Billy Gillispie Mark Turgeon Texas A&M snagged Mark Turgeon from Wichita State after Gillispie left for Kentucky.
Texas A&M – CC Ronnie Arrow Perry Clark
UC Riverside David Spencer Vonn Webb Jim Wooldridge
UMKC Rich Zvosec Matt Brown
Utah Ray Giacoletti Jim Boylen
Wake Forest Skip Prosser Dino Gaudio Prosser died of an apparent heart attack after the season.[97] Assistant Gaudio was named permanent head coach.
West Virginia John Beilein Bob Huggins
Wichita State Mark Turgeon Gregg Marshall Marshall, who led Winthrop to 7 NCAA tournaments in his nine years there, was tagged by WSU after the departure of Turgeon to Texas A&M.
Winthrop Gregg Marshall Randy Peele
Wyoming Steve McClain Heath Schroyer

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