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 Division I Men's 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 ]
University of Florida won its first national title in basketball, defeating UCLA in the championship game 73–57. The team was led by a group of sophomores, several of whom were the offspring of retired professional athletes, nicknamed "The Oh-fours." Forward Al Horford and guard Taurean Green were the sons of former NBA players ( Tito Horford and Sidney Green respectively), while center and Final Four MOP Joakim Noah was the son of retired tennis pro Yannick Noah. These three (along with fellow sophomore star Corey Brewer) surprised many by choosing not to enter the NBA Draft, but instead returning to try to repeat as champions in 2006–07.
George Mason made an improbable run to the Final Four, becoming the first true mid-major to do so since Penn in 1979. The Patriots’ path was not easy, as they defeated schools that had won three of the past six titles – national powers Michigan State, North Carolina and Connecticut – en route to its first Final Four berth.
J. J. Redick of Duke and Adam Morrison of Gonzaga engaged in a year-long battle for the National scoring title and Player of the Year honors. Morrison won the scoring race, edging Redick by 1.3 points per game. However, Redick won most National POY Awards, though he and Morrison were the first co-winners of the 2006 Oscar Robertson Trophy.
Paul Millsap of Louisiana Tech became the first player ever to lead the Nation in rebounding for three consecutive years.  A major realignment of teams in the
Big East and ACC sent shock waves across college basketball. Boston College followed Virginia Tech and Miami (who had moved the year before) from the Big East to the ACC. The Big East brought in five teams from Conference USA – Cincinnati, DePaul, Louisville, Marquette and South Florida. To replace the teams that defected to the Big East (as well as
TCU, who left C-USA for the Mountain West Conference and Charlotte and Saint Louis, who left for the Atlantic 10), Conference USA brought in six new members: Rice, SMU, Tulsa and UTEP from the Western Athletic Conference; Marshall from the Mid-American Conference and Central Florida from the Atlantic Sun Conference. Other conference realignments effective this season: The WAC added
New Mexico State (from the Sun Belt Conference), Idaho and Utah State (both from the Big West Conference). East Tennessee State moved from the Southern Conference to the Atlantic Sun. The Colonial Athletic Association added Northeastern from the America East Conference and Georgia State from the Atlantic Sun. Troy moved from the Atlantic Sun to the Sun Belt Conference. The preseason AP All-American team was named on November 8. J. J. Redick of Duke was the leading vote-getter (67 of 72 votes). The rest of the team included Shelden Williams of Duke (63 votes), Dee Brown of Illinois (51), Adam Morrison of Gonzaga (45) and Craig Smith of Boston College (31). 
Season outlook [ edit ]
Pre-season polls [ edit ]
The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 7, 2005.
Conference membership changes [ edit ]
These schools joined new conferences for the 2005–06 season.
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.
Player of the Year Conference
America East Conference
Jamar Wilson, Albany 
2006 America East Men's Basketball Tournament
Events Center ( Vestal, New York) (Except Finals) Albany
Atlantic 10 Conference
Steven Smith, La Salle 
2006 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament
U.S. Bank Arena ( Cincinnati) Xavier
Atlantic Coast Conference
J. J. Redick, Duke 
2006 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament
Greensboro Coliseum ( Greensboro, North Carolina) Duke
Atlantic Sun Conference
Lipscomb & Belmont
Tim Smith, East Tennessee State 
2006 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament
Memorial Center ( Johnson City, Tennessee) Belmont
Big 12 Conference
Texas & Kansas
P. J. Tucker, Texas 
2006 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament
American Airlines Center ( Dallas, Texas) Kansas
Big East Conference
Connecticut & Villanova
Randy Foye, Villanova 
2006 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament
Madison Square Garden (New York City) Syracuse
Big Sky Conference
Rodney Stuckey, Eastern Washington 
2006 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament
Walkup Skydome ( Flagstaff, Arizona) (Semifinals and Finals) Montana
Big South Conference
Jack Leasure, Coastal Carolina 
2006 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Winthrop Coliseum ( Rock Hill, South Carolina) (Semifinals and Finals) Winthrop
Big Ten Conference
Terence Dials, Ohio State 
2006 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Conseco Fieldhouse ( Indianapolis, Indiana) Iowa
Big West Conference
Christian Maraker, Pacific 
2006 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Anaheim Convention Center ( Anaheim, California) Pacific
Colonial Athletic Association
UNC Wilmington & George Mason
José Juan Barea, Northeastern 
2006 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament
Richmond Coliseum ( Richmond, Virginia) UNC Wilmington
Rodney Carney, Memphis 
2006 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament
FedExForum ( Memphis, Tennessee) Memphis
Brandon Polk, Butler 
2006 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament
U.S. Cellular Arena ( Milwaukee, Wisconsin) (Except First Round) Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ibrahim Jaaber, Penn  No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Keydren Clark, St. Peter's 
2006 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Pepsi Arena ( Albany, New York) Iona
Kent State (East) Northern Illinois (West)
DeAndre Haynes, Kent State 
2006 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Quicken Loans Arena ( Cleveland, Ohio) Kent State
Oral Roberts & IUPUI
Caleb Green, Oral Roberts 
2006 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
John Q. Hammons Arena ( Tulsa, Oklahoma) Oral Roberts
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Jahsha Bluntt, Delaware State 
2006 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
RBC Center ( Raleigh, North Carolina) Hampton
Missouri Valley Conference
Paul Miller, Wichita State 
2006 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Savvis Center ( St. Louis, Missouri) Southern Illinois
Mountain West Conference
San Diego State
Brandon Heath, San Diego State 
2006 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament
Pepsi Center ( Denver, Colorado) San Diego State
Chad Timberlake, Fairleigh Dickinson 
2006 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites
Ohio Valley Conference
J. Robert Merritt, Samford 
2006 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Gaylord Entertainment Center ( Nashville, Tennessee) (Semifinals and Finals) Murray State
Brandon Roy, Washington 
2006 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Staples Center ( Los Angeles) UCLA
Charles Lee, Bucknell 
2006 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites
Tennessee (East) LSU (West)
Glen Davis, LSU 
2006 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
Gaylord Entertainment Center ( Nashville, Tennessee) Florida
Elon (North) Georgia Southern (South)
Elton Nesbitt, Georgia Southern 
2006 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
North Charleston Coliseum ( North Charleston, South Carolina) Davidson
Ricky Woods, Southeastern Louisiana 
2006 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Prather Coliseum ( Natchitoches, Louisiana) (Finals) Northwestern State
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Brion Rush, Grambling State 
2006 Southwestern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex ( Birmingham, Alabama) Southern
Sun Belt Conference
Western Kentucky (East) South Alabama (West)
Anthony Winchester, Western Kentucky 
2006 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament
Murphy Center ( Murfreesboro, Tennessee) South Alabama
West Coast Conference
Adam Morrison, Gonzaga 
2006 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
McCarthey Athletic Center ( Spokane, Washington) Gonzaga
Western Athletic Conference
Nick Fazekas, Nevada 
2006 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament
Lawlor Events Center ( Reno, Nevada) Nevada
Statistical leaders [ edit ]
Post-Season Tournaments [ edit ]
NCAA Tournament [ edit ]
The NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 14, 2006 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.
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 ]
Conference standings [ edit ]
Award winners [ edit ]
Consensus All-American teams [ edit ]
Major player of the year awards [ edit ]
Wooden Award: J. J. Redick, Duke
Naismith Award: J. J. Redick, Duke
Associated Press Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke
NABC Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke and Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
Oscar Robertson Trophy ( USBWA): J. J. Redick, Duke and Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
Adolph Rupp Trophy: J. J. Redick, Duke
CBS/ Chevrolet Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke Sporting News Player of the Year: J. J. Redick, Duke
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.
After leaving Indiana, Davis returned to his home state – bringing guard Robert Vaden with him.
After a high-profile flirtation with Pitt's Jamie Dixon, Arizona State pulled Sendek from the ACC.
Buckley was reassigned after a 10–18 season.
Brown hired former 2-time Ivy player of the year Robinson after Miller leaves for conference rival Penn.
Two-time MAC coach of the year Smith left the coaching profession.
UC alum Cronin was hired for the head job over interim boss Kennedy.
College of Charleston
College of Charleston made a splash hiring former Georgia Tech head man Cremins after Winthrop's Gregg Marshall accepted the job but then reneged.
Henderson is fired after consecutive 20-loss seasons.
Coaching veteran Nee was fired after a 3–24 season.
O'Toole was fired only two years removed from winning MAAC coach of the year honors.
Doherty leaves FAU for SMU after only one year.
Harrison resigned despite being named America East coach of the year.
Oliver announced his resignation mid-season and was replaced in March by three-time JUCO national championship coach O'Brien.
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 fired Morgan in the wake of a recruiting scandal.
K-State hired Huggins after a one-year absence from coaching.
Tubbs stepped down as head coach but remained as Lamar's Athletic Director, turning the team over to assistant Roccaforte.
A hot coach for several seasons, Gonzalez made the move to the Big East and Seton Hall.
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.
Snyder was fired in February as his status became distracting due to a disappointing season and off-court scandal.
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.
Former Kentucky All-American Macy resigns after a 4–23 season.
Bozeman returns to coaching after an eight-year ban over recruiting violations at Cal.
Collier left Nebraska to become athletic director at Butler.
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
After a lengthy search process, former Wolfpack guard Lowe comes in from an assistant coaching job with the Detroit Pistons.
UNI promoted top assistant Jacobson after McDermott left for Iowa State.
Oklahoma tapped VCU's Capel after Sampson left for Indiana.
Eddie Sutton turned the Cowboys over to son Sean.
Penn raided conference foe Brown to hire Miller away after Dunphy moved across town to coach Temple.
Former Phoenix Suns coach Westphal was fired after a 7–20 season.
Waters announced that he would resign late in the season. After the season, he was replaced by assistant Hill
Seton Hall turns to Manhattan's Gonzalez after Orr is fired.
Tubbs was fired after an internal investigation uncovered NCAA violations.
South Carolina State
Betts left to join Jeff Capel's staff at Oklahoma.
Southeast Missouri State
Chaney retired after 24 seasons at Temple, allowing Dunphy to become the first man ever to coach at two different Big 5 schools.
UTEP tapped Memphis assistant Barbee after Sadler left for Nebraska.
VCU hired Florida assistant Grant after Capel left for the Big 12.
Dick Bennett retired, handing the reins to his son and assistant Tony.
Collins was hired from Hampton to lead the Rams into their first season of Division I play.
Biancardi stepped down after being barred from recruiting by the NCAA over recruiting violations that occurred while Biancardi was at Ohio State.
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