2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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The 2007–08 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2007 ended with the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 7, 2008, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Season headlines[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

Beginning in 2007-08, the following rules changes were implemented:[20]

  • During free throws, eliminated the first lane space nearest the basket on each side of the lane and used the second, third and fourth lane space on each side as an alignment for free throws.
  • Use of courtside monitor allowed for determining whether a flagrant foul occurred or to assess the situation during a fight.

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 5, 2007.[21]

Associated Press
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina (29)
2 UCLA (24)
3 Memphis (18)
4 Kansas
5 Georgetown (1)
6 Louisville
7 Tennessee
8 Michigan State
9 Indiana
10 Washington State
11 Marquette
12 Oregon
13 Duke
14 Gonzaga
15 Texas
16 Texas A&M
17 Arizona
18 USC
19 Arkansas
20 Kentucky
21 North Carolina State
22 Pittsburgh
23 Stanford
24 Southern Illinois
25 Kansas State
ESPN/USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina (10)
2 UCLA (12)
3 Memphis (8)
4 Kansas (1)
5 Georgetown
6 Louisville
7 Tennessee
8 Michigan State
9 Indiana
10 Washington State
11 Duke
12 Marquette
13 Oregon
14 Gonzaga
15 Texas A&M
16 Texas
17 Arizona
18 USC
19 Arkansas
20 Pittsburgh
21 Stanford
22 Kentucky
23 Southern Illinois
24 North Carolina State
25 Villanova

Regular season[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Thirty athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Ivy League doesn't have a conference tournament, and Cornell, who won the regular season title,[22] received their automatic invitation.

Conference Regular
Season Winner
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
America East Conference UMBC[23] Marqus Blakely, Vermont[24] 2008 America East Men's Basketball Tournament Binghamton University Events Center (Binghamton, New York) UMBC[25]
Atlantic 10 Conference Xavier[26] Gary Forbes, Massachusetts[27] 2008 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Temple[28]
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina[29] Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina[30] 2008 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Charlotte Bobcats Arena
(Charlotte, North Carolina)
North Carolina[31]
Atlantic Sun Conference Belmont[32] Thomas Sanders, Gardner-Webb[33] 2008 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Allen Arena
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Belmont[34]
Big 12 Conference Kansas[35] &
Texas[36]
Michael Beasley, Kansas State[37] 2008 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Sprint Center
(Kansas City, Missouri)
Kansas[38]
Big East Conference Georgetown[39] Luke Harangody, Notre Dame[40] 2008 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City, New York)
Pittsburgh[41]
Big Sky Conference Portland State[42] Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State[43] 2008 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Rose Garden
(Portland, Oregon)
Portland State[44]
Big South Conference UNC Asheville[45] &
Winthrop[46]
Arizona Reid, High Point[47] 2008 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Winthrop[48]
Big Ten Conference Wisconsin[49] D. J. White, Indiana[50] 2008 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Conseco Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
Wisconsin[51]
Big West Conference Cal State Fullerton,[52]
Cal State Northridge[52] &
UC Santa Barbara[52]
Scott Cutley, Cal State Fullerton &
Alex Harris, UC Santa Barbara[53]
2008 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Cal State Fullerton[54]
Colonial Athletic Association VCU[55] Eric Maynor, VCU[56] 2008 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
George Mason[57]
Conference USA Memphis[58] Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis[59] 2008 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament FedExForum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Memphis[60]
Horizon League Butler[61] Mike Green, Butler[62] 2008 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Butler[63]
Ivy League Cornell[64] Louis Dale, Cornell[65] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rider[66] &
Siena[67]
Jason Thompson, Rider[68] 2008 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Times Union Center
(Albany, New York)
Siena[69]
Mid-American Conference Kent State[70] (East)
Western Michigan[71] (West)
Al Fisher, Kent State[72] 2008 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Kent State[73]
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Morgan State[74] Jamar Smith, Morgan State[75] 2008 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament RBC Center
(Raleigh, North Carolina)
Coppin State[76]
Missouri Valley Conference Drake[77] Adam Emmenecker, Drake[78] 2008 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Scottrade Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Drake[79]
Mountain West Conference BYU[80] Lee Cummard, BYU &
J. R. Giddens, New Mexico[81]
2008 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
UNLV[82]
Northeast Conference Robert Morris[83] Tony Lee, Robert Morris[84] 2008 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Mount St. Mary's[85]
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay[86] Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin[87] 2008 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Austin Peay[88]
Pacific-10 Conference UCLA[89] Kevin Love, UCLA[90] 2008 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles, California)
UCLA[91]
Patriot League American[92] Greg Sprink, Navy[93] 2008 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites American[94]
Southeastern Conference Tennessee[95] (East)
Mississippi State[96] (West)
Shan Foster, Vanderbilt[97] 2008 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament Georgia Dome and Alexander Memorial Coliseum
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Georgia[98]
Southern Conference Appalachian State[99] &
Chattanooga[100] (North)
Davidson[101] (South)
Stephen Curry, Davidson[102] 2008 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament North Charleston Coliseum
(North Charleston, South Carolina)
Davidson[103]
Southland Conference Lamar[104] (East)
Stephen F. Austin[105] (West)
Josh Alexander, Stephen F. Austin[106] 2008 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, Texas)
Texas-Arlington[107]
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama State[108] Andrew Hayles, Alabama State[109] 2008 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Fair Park Arena
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Mississippi Valley State[110]
The Summit League Oral Roberts[111] George Hill, IUPUI[112] 2008 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament John Q. Hammons Arena
(Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Oral Roberts[113]
Sun Belt Conference South Alabama[114] (East)
Arkansas-Little Rock[115] &
Louisiana-Lafayette[116] (West)
Courtney Lee, Western Kentucky[117] 2008 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Mitchell Center
(Mobile, Alabama)
Western Kentucky[118]
West Coast Conference Gonzaga[119] Jeremy Pargo, Gonzaga[120] 2008 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Jenny Craig Pavilion
(San Diego, California)
San Diego[121]
Western Athletic Conference Utah State[122]
Nevada[123]
New Mexico State[124] &
Boise State[125]
Jaycee Carroll, Utah State[126] 2008 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Pan American Center
(Las Cruces, New Mexico)
Boise State[127]

Major upsets[edit]

Regular season and conference tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

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 27.8 Michael Beasley Kansas State 12.4 Jason Richards Davidson 8.1 Devin Gibson TX-San Antonio 3.3
Charron Fisher Niagara 27.6 Jason Thompson Rider 12.1 TeeJay Bannister Liberty 7.2 Devan Downey South Carolina 3.2
Michael Beasley Kansas State 26.2 Jon Brockman Washington 11.6 Paul Stoll TX-Pan American 7.2 Chris Gaynor Winthrop 2.9
Stephen Curry Davidson 25.9 Durell Vinson Wagner 11.5 Jay Greene UMBC 7.2 Lester Hudson Tenn.-Martin 2.8
Lester Hudson Tenn.-Martin 25.7 Marqus Blakely Vermont 11.0 Mike Jefferson High Point 7.0 Tony Lee Robert Morris 2.8
Arizona Reid High Point 11.0
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%
Jarvis Varnado Miss. St. 4.6 Kenny George UNC-Asheville 69.6 Jaycee Carroll Utah St. 49.8 Tyler Relph St. Bonaventure 93.8
Mickell Gladness Alabama A&M 4.5 Vladimir Kuljanin UNC-Wilmington 66.7 Chad Toppert New Mexico 48.0 Jaycee Carroll Utah St. 91.9
Hasheem Thabeet UConn 4.5 Matt Nelson Boise St. 64.7 Shawn Huff Valparaiso 47.9 Jack McClinton Miami (FL) 91.9
Kleon Penn McNeese St. 4.0 Ahmad Nivins St. Joseph's 64.7 Darnell Harris La Salle 47.9 Justin Hare Belmont 91.8
Shawn James Duquesne 4.0 Will Thomas George Mason 64.2 Henry Salter TCU 47.7 Julio Anthony E. Illinois 91.5

Post-season tournaments[edit]

NCAA Tournament[edit]

The NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 18, 2008 with the opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and concluded on April 7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Of the 65 teams that were invited to participate, 31 were automatic bids while 34 were at-large bids. The 34 at-large teams came from 10 conferences, with the Big East tying its own 2006 record with eight bids.[142] Three other conferences, the Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC, had six teams invited to the tournament. Notably absent from the field were Florida and Ohio State, the champions and runners-up of the 2007 Tournament, the first time that both teams from a previous year's finals failed to make the tournament since 1980.[143] Kansas defeated Memphis, 75–68 in overtime to win their third NCAA Tournament championship, and Jayhawks guard Mario Chalmers was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Final Four – Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas[edit]

National Semifinals
April 5
National Championship Game
April 7
           
E1 North Carolina 66
M1 Kansas 84
M1 Kansas 75*
S1 Memphis 68
S1 Memphis 78
W1 UCLA 63

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited teams to participate. Eight teams were given automatic bids for winning their conference regular seasons, and 24 other teams were also invited. The field came from 10 conferences, with the Atlantic 10 having the most teams invited with four. The Atlantic Coast and Missouri Valley Conferences each had three bids, and five other conferences placed two teams in the tournament.[144] Last year's NCAA finalists, Ohio State and Florida both made the semifinals, with the Buckeyes winning the tournament, defeating UMass 92–85 in the final. Ohio State center Kosta Koufos was named tournament MVP.

NIT semifinals and final[edit]

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on April 1 and 3

Semifinals Final
           
1 Ohio State 81
2 Mississippi 69
1 Ohio State 92
2 UMass 85
2 Florida 66
2 UMass 78

College Basketball Invitational[edit]

The inaugural College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament was held starting March 18 and ended with a best-of-three final which saw Tulsa defeat Bradley for the championship. Jerome Jordan of Tulsa was named tournament MVP.

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
Michael Beasley F Freshman Kansas State
Tyler Hansbrough C Junior North Carolina
D. J. Augustin G Sophomore Texas
Kevin Love C Freshman UCLA
Chris Douglas-Roberts G-F Junior Memphis


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Luke Harangody F Sophomore Notre Dame
Shan Foster G-F Senior Vanderbilt
D. J. White F-C Senior Indiana
Stephen Curry G Sophomore Davidson
Roy Hibbert C Senior Georgetown
Chris Lofton G Senior Tennessee


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.[145]

Team Former
Coach
Interim
Coach
New
Coach
Reason
Alcorn State Samuel West Larry Smith[146] West was fired after a 7-23 season, former Alcorn State star and ex-NBA player Smith was hired
Arizona Lute Olson Kevin O'Neill Lute Olson Olsen took a leave of absence due to a divorce; but announced he would return in 2008–09. O'Neill left following season. However, Olson would ultimately retire on October 23, 2008, before the 2008–09 season; several days later, Olson revealed (through his personal physician) that he had suffered a stroke during the season.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Van Holt George Ivory Holt resigned after going 50–124 in six years.
Arkansas State Dickey Nutt Shawn Forest
Al Grushkin
John Brady[147] Nutt resigned three wins shy of becoming the Red Wolves' winningest coach.
Brown Craig Robinson Jesse Agel Robinson left to take the Oregon State job
Bucknell Pat Flannery Dave Paulsen Flannery retires as coach.
California Ben Braun Mike Montgomery Mongomery goes across the bay from Stanford, where he coached before going to the Golden State Warriors.
Centenary Rob Flaska Greg Gary
Detroit Perry Watson Kevin Mondro Ray McCallum Retired after taking a medical leave of absence during the season.[148]
Drake Keno Davis Mark Phelps Davis left to take the Providence job. Phelps was an assistant at Arizona State.
Florida Atlantic Rex Walters Mike Jarvis Walters left for San Francisco, while Jarvis comes back after a self-imposed retitrement.
Grambling Larry Wright Rick Duckett
Idaho George Pfeifer Don Verlin Pfeifer was fired following a 12–48 record in two years.
Indiana Kelvin Sampson Dan Dakich Tom Crean Sampson was embroiled in a cell phone controversy.
James Madison Dean Keener Matt Brady
Kent State Jim Christian Geno Ford Ford replaces Christian, who went to TCU.
LSU John Brady Butch Pierre Trent Johnson Brady was fired in midst of disappointing season, two years after guiding LSU to the Final Four.
Loyola Marymount Rodney Tention Bill Bayno
Marist Matt Brady Chuck Martin Brady left to go to JMU. Martin takes his first head coaching job after serving as an assistant at Memphis.
Marquette Tom Crean Buzz Williams Crean resigned to take Indiana job; ex-University of New Orleans coach takes over after serving as an assistant.
UMass Travis Ford Derek Kellogg Ford left for the Oklahoma State job. UMass alum Kellogg was hired off of ex-Minutemen coach John Calipari's staff at Memphis.
Mercer Mark Slonaker Bob Hoffman
Missouri State Barry Hinson Cuonzo Martin
NJIT Jim Casciano Jim Engles Team in first year of D-I hoops went 0–29
Oklahoma State Sean Sutton Travis Ford Son of Eddie Sutton resigned.
Oregon State Jay John Kevin Mouton Craig Robinson John was fired in midst of horrid season.
The brother-in-law of Barack Obama comes in from Brown as permanent coach.
Pepperdine Vance Walberg Eric Bridgeland Tom Asbury Walberg resigned mid-season with 12–48 overall mark. Former Waves head coach Asbury returned to take the position.
Providence Tim Welsh Keno Davis
Rice Willis Wilson Ben Braun After firing at Cal, Braun comes to C-USA.
Sacramento State Jerome Jenkins Brian Katz
San Francisco Jessie Evans Eddie Sutton Rex Walters Sutton won his 800th game this year, coming out of retirement for an interim stint.
South Carolina Dave Odom Darrin Horn Odom retired after the season.
Stanford Trent Johnson Johnny Dawkins Johnson leaves Stanford to take the job at LSU. Duke associate head coach Dawkins takes his first head coaching job.
TCU Neil Dougherty Jim Christian
Texas Tech Bob Knight Pat Knight Pat Knight Winningest coach in D-I resigned, son Pat took over.
Toledo Stan Joplin Gene Cross
Western Illinois Derek Thomas Jim Molinari
Western Kentucky Darrin Horn Ken McDonald Horn goes to South Carolina.

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