2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
The 2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 5, 2019. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season concluded prematurely on March 12, 2020. The 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament was scheduled to end in Atlanta on April 6, 2020, but was ultimately canceled. All other postseason tournaments were canceled as well. Practices officially began in late September.
|2019–20 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Michigan State|
|Regular season||November 5, 2019 – March 8, 2020|
|Tournament dates||March 17, 2020 – April 6, 2020 (Canceled)|
|National Championship||Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Scheduled)|
Atlanta, Georgia (Scheduled)
|Other champions||None (NIT),|
|Player of the Year|
|Obi Toppin, Dayton|
On March 12, 2020, the NCAA announced that all remaining winter and spring championships for both men's and women's sports were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first cancellation in the history of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
On June 5, 2019, the NCAA announced that its Playing Rules Oversight Panel had approved a suite of rules changes that its Men's Basketball Rules Committee had recommended the previous month. These changes took effect in 2019–20 for all NCAA divisions, with one exception.
- The three-point line was moved from its prior distance of 20 feet 9 inches (6.32 m) from the center of the basket to the FIBA standard of 6.75 meters (22 ft 2 in). The NCAA published diagrams on June 17, 2019 reflecting the new three-point line, including its distance from the sidelines near the corners of the court. In the corners, the three-point line is exactly 40 1⁄8 inches (102 cm) from the sidelines, resulting in the shortest three-point distance being essentially identical to the FIBA standard of 6.6 meters (21 ft 8 in). This change took immediate effect in Division I, but was delayed to 2020–21 for Divisions II and III.
- On offensive rebounds in the frontcourt, the shot clock is now reset to 20 seconds instead of the full 30.
- Any derogatory on-court comments regarding a player's race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability result in a flagrant-2 technical foul and automatic ejection.
- Two new rules apply during the last two minutes of regulation and the last two minutes of any overtime period:
- Coaches are allowed to call live-ball timeouts. Previously, coaches were prohibited from calling live-ball timeouts at any time.
- The list of calls that can be reviewed via instant replay expanded to include basket interference and goaltending.
- May 9, 2019 – The NCAA announced its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2019–20 school year. A total of nine programs in eight sports were declared ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the required APR benchmark, including the following Division I men's basketball team:
- June 3, 2019 – The Sun Belt Conference, which a year earlier had announced a series of radical changes in its men's basketball scheduling format that would have taken effect with the 2019–20 season, announced that it had placed those changes on hold. The Sun Belt will proceed with one element of the plan, namely an expansion of the conference schedule to 20 games. In its announcement, the conference noted that the original plan had been based on data related to the RPI, an NCAA tournament selection metric that had been replaced by the significantly different NET effective with the 2019 tournament.
- June 18 – The ASUN Conference officially announced that Bellarmine University, currently a member of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference, would move to Division I and join the ASUN effective with the 2020–21 school year.
- June 20 – The Summit League announced that the University of Missouri–Kansas City would return to the conference on July 1, 2020 after seven years in the Western Athletic Conference.
- June 21 – The Boston-area sports news website Digital Sports Desk reported that the University of Connecticut (UConn) was expected to announce by the end of the month that it would leave the American Athletic Conference to rejoin many of its former conference mates in the Big East Conference in 2020. The story was picked up by multiple national media outlets the next day.
- June 27 – The Big East and UConn jointly announced that the school would join the Big East; though the official announcements did not specify a time, it was expected that the Huskies would become members in 2020.
- July 15 – Binghamton rising sophomore forward Calistus Anyichie drowned in an incident at Buttermilk Falls State Park near Ithaca, New York. The incident was being investigated as an accident.
- July 26 – Multiple media reports indicated that UConn and The American had reached a buyout agreement that will lead to UConn joining the Big East in July 2020. The exit fee was reportedly $17 million.
- August 5
- The NCAA issued a set of rules that outlined new certification requirements for agents who sought to represent college underclassmen who declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft but wish to maintain college eligibility while evaluating their draft prospects. The new requirements were that the agents hold a bachelor's degree; have been certified by the NBA players' union, the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), for at least three years; hold professional liability insurance; and pass an in-person exam administered each November at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis. The bachelor's degree requirement was immediately dubbed the "Rich Paul Rule", as it was widely viewed as preventing Paul, who represents LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Ben Simmons, and Draymond Green, among others, from representing underclassmen because he does not have a bachelor's degree.
- The Horizon League announced that Purdue University Fort Wayne would leave the Summit League to join the Horizon League in July 2020.
- August 12 – After widespread criticism by media and NBA players, the NCAA amended the so-called "Rich Paul Rule" regarding agent certification. Agents such as Paul who do not hold bachelor's degrees but meet all other NCAA requirements will be allowed to represent underclassmen if they are in good standing with the NBPA.
- September 30
- California governor Gavin Newsom signed the Fair Pay to Play Act into law, which upon taking effect in 2023 will prohibit public colleges and universities in the state from punishing their athletes for earning endorsement income. The bill places the state in direct conflict with the NCAA's current business model, which prohibits college athletes from receiving such income. At the time the bill was signed, several other states were proposing similar laws.
- A group of Louisville Cardinals players who were not involved in the NCAA rules violations that caused the team to be stripped of its 2013 national title and 2012 Final Four appearance reached a confidential settlement of a lawsuit against the NCAA. One portion of the settlement was authorized to be revealed—while Louisville's team records remained vacated, all honors and statistics for these players were restored. Most notably, Luke Hancock, who was a plaintiff in the suit, was once again officially recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 Final Four.
- Officials at Tarleton State University, current members of the Division II Lone Star Conference, announced that the school had accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference. Full details, including the joining date, were expected to be revealed in the following days, but were delayed by more than a month.
- October 4 – Officials at the University of St. Thomas, a Minnesota school that will be expelled from its longtime athletic home of the NCAA Division III Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) in 2021, announced that the school had received an invitation to join the Summit League upon its MIAC departure. In order for St. Thomas to directly transition to the Summit, it must receive a waiver of an NCAA rule stating that Division III schools can only transition to Division II.
- October 22 – The Associated Press preseason All-American team was released. Michigan State guard Cassius Winston was the lone unanimous selection (65 votes). Joining him on the team were Marquette guard Markus Howard (57 votes), Louisville forward Jordan Nwora (47), Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (46), and Memphis center James Wiseman (32).
- October 29 – The NCAA board of governors voted unanimously to begin the process of changing institutional rules so that college athletes can profit from their names, images, and likenesses, while still maintaining a distinction between college and professional sports. The proposal calls for each of the three NCAA divisions to draft new rules consistent with this mandate, with a target date of January 2021.
- November 8 – The NCAA ruled incoming Memphis freshman star and preseason All-American James Wiseman ineligible because his family had received moving expenses from current head coach Penny Hardaway in 2017, a year before Hardaway was hired by the school. Despite his not having been employed by Memphis at the time, the NCAA considered Hardaway to be a Memphis booster because the former NBA star had donated large amounts to the school's athletic program more than a decade earlier. Memphis and Wiseman received an injunction to halt the NCAA's ruling from a local judge, and Wiseman played in the Tigers' season opener later that day.
- November 12 – The Western Athletic Conference officially announced Tarleton State's entry into the league effective July 1, 2020.
- November 14 – In the next major development in the Wiseman story, he dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA, and Memphis declared him ineligible and withdrew him from play. The school also announced it would seek reinstatement from the NCAA.
- January 21 – The Kansas State–Kansas game was marred by a bench-clearing brawl. In the final seconds of a game that Kansas would win 81–60, State's DaJuan Gordon went up for a layup that was blocked by Kansas' Silvio De Sousa. After the block, De Sousa stood over Gordon, leading to an altercation that escalated into a bench-clearing melee. During the brawl, De Sousa and several other players threw punches, and De Sousa held a chair above his head until it was taken from him by a Kansas assistant. Kansas did not wait for the Big 12 Conference to take action, announcing the next day that De Sousa would be suspended indefinitely, pending the Big 12 review of the incident.
- January 22 – The Big 12 issued suspensions for four players involved in the previous night's Kansas State–Kansas brawl. De Sousa drew the longest suspension at 12 games. Kansas teammate David McCormack was suspended for 2 games, while Kansas State's James Love and Antonio Gordon were respectively banned for 8 and 3 games.
- February 7 – The Big South Conference officially announced that North Carolina A&T State University would leave its longtime home of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for the Big South effective with the 2021–22 school year.
- February 18 – The NCAA announced that it was considering a proposal that would allow student-athletes in all sports a one-time waiver to transfer to a new school without having to sit out a season. This would place all NCAA sports under the same transfer rules; currently, first-time transfers are only required to sit out a season in baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, and men's ice hockey. The existing criteria for the waiver would be extended to these five sports—namely, a player must receive a transfer release from his or her previous school, leave that school academically eligible, maintain academic progress at the new school, and not be under any disciplinary suspension.
- Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- March 9
- The Associated Press released, what would be their final, top 25 of NCAAM Division I Basketball poll. It featured Kansas, Gonzaga, Dayton, Florida State, and Baylor in the top 5 respectfully.
- March 10
- The Big West Conference announced that its men's and women's conference tournaments, with women's play starting on March 10 at Walter Pyramid at California State University, Long Beach and men's play starting on March 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, would be closed to spectators.
- The Ivy League canceled its 2020 men's and women's conference tournaments, both originally scheduled for March 14 and 15 at the Lavietes Pavilion on the campus of Harvard University. Regular-season champion Yale was named the Ivy League's automatic qualifier for the NCAA Men's Tournament.
- The Mid-American Conference did not initially cancel its men's and women's tournaments, which had begun on March 9 with first-round games at campus sites, but announced that the remainder of both tournaments, to be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland from March 11–14, would be held under what it called a "restricted attendance policy". The only individuals allowed to attend games will be credentialed institutional personnel, credentialed media and broadcast crews, team party members, and family members of players. The conference would later cancel its tournament on March 12 (see below).
- March 11
- The NCAA announced that both the men's and women's entire NCAA Tournaments would be conducted with "only essential staff and limited family attendance"
- The Gazelle Group, organizer of the College Basketball Invitational, canceled the 2020 CBI. The company stated that it intends to resume the event in 2021.
- March 12
- All Division I conference tournaments that had yet to be completed were canceled, even those in progress.
- Some schools—most notably Duke and Kansas—suspended all athletic travel indefinitely. Both the Blue Devils and the presumptive top overall seed Jayhawks had been expected to decline NCAA tournament bids before the cancellation of the tournament.
- The NCAA announced that all remaining winter and spring championships would be canceled for both men's and women's sports in all divisions. It is the first cancellation in the history of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
- March 13
- The Florida Senate passed a resolution declaring Florida State national champions for the 2019–2020 season. The resolution, introduced by Republican Joe Gruters, passed by a vote of 37–2.
- March 9
Milestones and recordsEdit
- During the season, the following players reached the 2,000 career point milestone – Hampton guard Jermaine Marrow, Marquette guard Markus Howard, College of Charleston guard Grant Riller, Howard swingman Charles Williams, Seton Hall guard Myles Powell, Oregon State forward Tres Tinkle, Weber State guard Jerrick Harding, VCU guard Marcus Evans, Northern Illinois guard Eugene German, Penn State forward Lamar Stevens, William & Mary forward-center Nathan Knight, Utah State guard Sam Merrill, Texas State guard Nijal Pearson, American guard Sa‘eed Nelson, LIU swingman Raiquan Clark, BYU forward Yoeli Childs, Saint Francis (PA) guard Keith Braxton, and UTSA guard Jhivvan Jackson.
- November 5 – Colorado State center Nico Carvacho became the Mountain West Conference all-time leading rebounder, grabbing 11 in a win over Denver. He surpassed Jordan Caroline’s 958 career mark.
- November 8 – Utah defeated Mississippi Valley State 143–49 to set an NCAA record for largest margin of victory (94 points) over a Division I opponent.
- December 1 – Cameron Parker of Sacred Heart had 24 assists in the Pioneers' 101–57 win over NCAA Division III school Pine Manor, setting a new record for single-game assists by a Division I men's player. He also became the first player in at least the past 20 seasons to record 20 or more assists in a game while failing to score. The previous D-I record of 22 assists had been accomplished four times, most recently by Trae Young of Oklahoma in 2017.
- January 17 – Michigan State’s Cassius Winston became the Big Ten’s all-time assist leader, passing fellow Spartan Mateen Cleaves’ career mark of 816 in a win over Wisconsin.
- February 4 — Boise State's Justinian Jessup broke the Mountain West Conference record for career three-pointers when he passed BYU's Jimmer Fredette's mark of 296.
- February 8 — Quinton Rose of Temple scored 25 points in an overtime win over SMU, becoming the all-time leading scorer for the American Athletic Conference. He passed Rob Gray of Houston’s mark of 1,710 career points, set in 2018.
- February 13 — Markus Howard of Marquette became the Big East’s all-time leading scorer, passing Lawrence Moten of Syracuse’s mark of 1,405 points in conference play. On February 23, Howard also became the Big East's all-time leading scorer in all games, surpassing the 2,632 points of Troy Bell of Boston College.[a]
- February 27 – Merrimack defeated Central Connecticut 69–58 to clinch at least a share of the Northeast Conference regular-season title. The Warriors became the first men's basketball team to record a 20-win season in its first Division I season. Due to NCAA rules for schools transitioning to D-I, the Warriors are ineligible to play in NCAA-sponsored postseason events (the NCAA Tournament and the NIT), and under NEC rules are ineligible for the conference tournament. Two days later, Robert Morris' 78–68 win over Saint Francis (PA) gave the Warriors the outright regular-season NEC title, making them the first men's basketball program to win an outright conference title in its first D-I season. Contrary to an Associated Press report, the Warriors are eligible for non-NCAA postseason events.
- March 2 – McNeese State's Dru Kuxhausen broke the Southland Conference and McNeese records for the most three-pointers made in a single season (120)
Conference membership changesEdit
Two schools joined new conferences for the 2019–20 season. Both moved between Division I and Division II, with one joining Division I and the other leaving Division I.
|School||Former Conference||New Conference|
|Merrimack||Northeast-10 Conference (D-II)||Northeast Conference|
|Savannah State||Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (D-II)|
In addition, two existing Division I teams assumed new athletic identities.
After the 2018–19 school year, Long Island University (LIU) merged the athletic programs of its two main campuses—the Division I LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds and Division II LIU Post Pioneers—into a single program that now plays as the LIU Sharks. The Sharks inherited the Division I and Northeast Conference memberships of the Brooklyn campus, with some sports to be based in Brooklyn and others at the Post campus in Brookville, New York. Specific to basketball, LIU announced that the unified men's and women's teams in that sport would be based in Brooklyn.
On July 1, 2019, the University of Missouri–Kansas City (UMKC) announced that its athletic program, formerly known as the UMKC Kangaroos, would officially become the Kansas City Roos, with "Roos" having long been used as a short form of the former "Kangaroos" nickname.
- Robert Morris moved into the new UPMC Events Center after playing last season at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, a facility at the school's North Athletic Complex. The Colonials played their first game there on November 12, 2019 however the Colonials lost their first game in the new arena losing to crosstown rival Pitt 71–57.
- High Point played its final season at the Millis Athletic Convocation Center, home to the Panthers since 1992. They will open the new Nido Quebin Arena and Conference Center for the 2020–21 season.
- James Madison played its final season at the JMU Convocation Center, home to the Dukes since 1982. The final game at the arena was a women's game on February 29 in which the Dukes defeated Delaware 69–64. JMU will open Atlantic Union Bank Center for the 2020–21 season.
- This was Liberty's final season playing games full-time at the Vines Center, home to the Flames since 1990. The school will open the adjoining Liberty Arena, with less than half of the capacity at Vines Center, for the 2020–21 season. The Vines Center will continue to be used for games in which attendance is expected to exceed 4,000.
- Immediately after the 2018–19 season, Duquesne began an extensive renovation of the on-campus Palumbo Center. When the venue reopens, expected for the 2020–21 school year, it will be renamed UPMC Cooper Fieldhouse, via a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the family foundation of late Duquesne star Chuck Cooper, the first African American selected in an NBA draft. At the time of announcement, the final capacity of the renovated venue had not been determined, but Duquesne's athletic director expected it to have about the same capacity as the pre-renovation Palumbo Center (4,390). Duquesne split its home games between three venues in 2019–20: PPG Paints Arena, La Roche University's Kerr Fitness Center, and Robert Morris University's new UPMC Events Center.
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
Early season tournamentsEdit
An upset is a victory by an underdog team. In the context of NCAA Division I Men's Basketball this generally constitutes an unranked team defeating a team currently ranked In the Top 25. This list will highlight those upsets of ranked teams by unranked teams as well as upsets of #1 teams. Rankings are from the AP Poll.
Bold type indicates winning teams in "true road games"-i.e., those played on an opponent's home court (including secondary homes, such as Intrust Bank Arena for Wichita State).
|#2 Kentucky||69–62||#1 Michigan State||November 5, 2019||Champions Classic|
|Washington||67–64||#16 Baylor||November 8, 2019||Armed Forces Classic|
|Texas||70–66||#23 Purdue||November 9, 2019|
|Florida State||63–51||#6 Florida||November 10, 2019||Sunshine Showdown|
|Winthrop||61–59||#18 Saint Mary's||November 11, 2019|
|Evansville||67–64||#1 Kentucky||November 12, 2019|
|VCU||84–82||#23 LSU||November 13, 2019|
|Tennessee||75–62||#20 Washington||November 16, 2019||James Naismith Classic|
|UConn||62–59||#15 Florida||November 17, 2019|
|Georgetown||82–66||#22 Texas||November 21, 2019||2K Empire Classic|
|Florida||70–65||#18 Xavier||November 24, 2019||Charleston Classic|
|Virginia Tech||71–66||#3 Michigan State||November 25, 2019||Maui Invitational|
|Stephen F. Austin||85–83OT||#1 Duke||November 26, 2019|
|Michigan||73–64||#6 North Carolina||November 28, 2019||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|Iowa||72–61||#12 Texas Tech||November 28, 2019||Las Vegas Invitational|
|Michigan||82–64||#8 Gonzaga||November 29, 2019||Battle 4 Atlantis|
|Florida State||60–57||#17 Tennessee||November 29, 2019||Emerald Coast Classic|
|Purdue||59–56||#20 VCU||November 29, 2019||Emerald Coast Classic|
|Creighton||83–76OT||#12 Texas Tech||November 29, 2019||Las Vegas Invitational|
|Saint Mary's||81–73||#15 Utah State||November 29, 2019|
|Indiana||80–64||#17 Florida State||December 3, 2019||Big Ten–ACC Challenge|
|Purdue||69–40||#5 Virginia||December 4, 2019||Big Ten–ACC Challenge|
|Iowa State||76–66||#16 Seton Hall||December 8, 2019||Big East/Big 12 Battle|
|Penn State||76–69||#4 Maryland||December 10, 2019|
|Texas Tech||70–55||#1 Louisville||December 10, 2019||Jimmy V Classic|
|Northern Iowa||79–76||#24 Colorado||December 10, 2019|
|Illinois||71–62||#5 Michigan||December 11, 2019|
|Rutgers||68–48||#22 Seton Hall||December 14, 2019||Garden State Hardwood Classic|
|Wake Forest||80–78||#23 Xavier||December 14, 2019||Skip Prosser Classic|
|Wofford||68–64||#17 North Carolina||December 15, 2019|
|Minnesota||84–71||#3 Ohio State||December 15, 2019|
|Cincinnati||78–66||#21 Tennessee||December 18, 2019||SEC/American Alliance|
|Utah||69–66||#6 Kentucky||December 18, 2019||Neon Hoops Showcase|
|Seton Hall||52–48||#7 Maryland||December 19, 2019|
|#18 Villanova||56–55||#1 Kansas||December 21, 2019||Big East/Big 12 Battle|
|Colorado||78–76OT||#13 Dayton||December 21, 2019||Chicago Legends|
|St. John's||70–67||#16 Arizona||December 21, 2019||Al Attles Classic|
|South Carolina||70–59||#9 Virginia||December 22, 2019|
|Houston||75–71||#21 Washington||December 25, 2019||Diamond Head Classic|
|Colorado||74–65||#4 Oregon||January 2, 2020|
|Wisconsin||61–57||#5 Ohio State||January 3, 2020|
|Georgia||65–62||#9 Memphis||January 4, 2020||SEC/American Alliance|
|Marquette||71–60||#10 Villanova||January 4, 2020|
|Rutgers||72–61||#20 Penn State||January 7, 2020|
|Boston College||60–53||#18 Virginia||January 7, 2020|
|Iowa||67–49||#12 Maryland||January 10, 2020|
|Indiana||66–54||#11 Ohio State||January 11, 2020|
|Wisconsin||58–49||#20 Penn State||January 11, 2020|
|Syracuse||63–55OT||#18 Virginia||January 11, 2020|
|Purdue||71–42||#8 Michigan State||January 12, 2020|
|Minnesota||75–67||#19 Michigan||January 12, 2020|
|Oregon State||82–65||#24 Arizona||January 12, 2020|
|Clemson||79–72||#3 Duke||January 14, 2020|
|Wisconsin||56–54||#17 Maryland||January 14, 2020|
|South Carolina||81–78||#10 Kentucky||January 15, 2020|
|Georgetown||83–80||#25 Creighton||January 15, 2020|
|Temple||65–53||#16 Wichita State||January 15, 2020|
|Alabama||83–64||#4 Auburn||January 15, 2020||Iron Bowl of Basketball|
|Washington State||72–61||#8 Oregon||January 16, 2020|
|Iowa||90–83||#19 Michigan||January 17, 2020|
|Penn State||90–76||#21 Ohio State||January 18, 2020|
|DePaul||79–66||#5 Butler||January 18, 2020|
|Florida||69–47||#4 Auburn||January 18, 2020|
|Kansas State||84–68||#12 West Virginia||January 18, 2020|
|Arizona||75–54||#20 Colorado||January 18, 2020|
|Houston||65–54||#16 Wichita State||January 18, 2020|
|TCU||65–54||#18 Texas Tech||January 21, 2020|
|Tulsa||80–40||#20 Memphis||January 22, 2020|
|Indiana||67–63||#11 Michigan State||January 23, 2020|
|SMU||74–70||#20 Memphis||January 25, 2020|
|Arizona State||66–65||#22 Arizona||January 25, 2020||Rivalry|
|Virginia||61–56||#5 Florida State||January 28, 2020|
|Texas Tech||89–81||#12 West Virginia||January 29, 2020|
|UCLA||72–68||#20 Colorado||January 30, 2020|
|Xavier||74–62||#10 Seton Hall||February 1, 2020|
|Creighton||76–61||#8 Villanova||February 1, 2020|
|Wisconsin||64–63||#14 Michigan State||February 1, 2020|
|Providence||65–61||#16 Butler||February 1, 2020|
|Michigan||69–63||#25 Rutgers||February 1, 2020||B1G Super Saturday|
|Tulsa||54–51||#23 Wichita State||February 1, 2020||Rivalry|
|Cincinnati||64–62||#21 Houston||February 1, 2020|
|Stanford||70–60||#11 Oregon||February 1, 2020|
|Purdue||104–68||#17 Iowa||February 5, 2020|
|Providence||73–56||#21 Creighton||February 5, 2020|
|Vanderbilt||99–90||#18 LSU||February 5, 2020|
|Michigan||77–68||#16 Michigan State||February 8, 2020||Rivalry|
|Oklahoma||69–59||#13 West Virginia||February 8, 2020|
|UCLA||65–52||#23 Arizona||February 8, 2020|
|Oregon State||63–53||#14 Oregon||February 8, 2020||Civil War|
|Marquette||76–57||#19 Butler||February 9, 2020|
|Michigan State||70–69||#22 Illinois||February 11, 2020|
|Georgia Tech||64–58||#5 Louisville||February 12, 2020|
|Indiana||89–77||#21 Iowa||February 13, 2020|
|Oklahoma State||73–70||#24 Texas Tech||February 15, 2020|
|Georgetown||73–66||#19 Butler||February 15, 2020|
|Clemson||77–62||#5 Louisville||February 15, 2020|
|Alabama||88–82||#25 LSU||February 15, 2020|
|Rutgers||72–57||#22 Illinois||February 15, 2020|
|Missouri||85–73||#11 Auburn||February 15, 2020|
|SMU||73–72OT||#20 Houston||February 15, 2020||Rivalry|
|Providence||74–71||#10 Seton Hall||February 15, 2020|
|Illinois||62–56||#9 Penn State||February 18, 2020|
|Georgia||65–55||#13 Auburn||February 19, 2020|
|NC State||88–66||#6 Duke||February 19, 2020||Tobacco Road|
|Arizona State||77–72||#14 Oregon||February 20, 2020|
|#3 Kansas||64–61||#1 Baylor||February 22, 2020|
|Providence||84–72||#19 Marquette||February 22, 2020|
|Memphis||60–59||#22 Houston||February 22, 2020|
|TCU||67–60OT||#17 West Virginia||February 22, 2020|
|UCLA||70–63||#18 Colorado||February 22, 2020|
|UNLV||66–63||#4 San Diego State||February 22, 2020|
|Indiana||68–60||#9 Penn State||February 23, 2020|
|Texas||67–57||#20 West Virginia||February 24, 2020|
|Wake Forest||113–1012OT||#7 Duke||February 25, 2020||Tobacco Road|
|Oklahoma||65–51||#22 Texas Tech||February 25, 2020|
|Wisconsin||81–74||#19 Michigan||February 27, 2020|
|California||76–62||#21 Colorado||February 27, 2020|
|Texas||68–58||#22 Texas Tech||February 29, 2020|
|Providence||58–54||#12 Villanova||February 29, 2020|
|Clemson||70–69||#6 Florida State||February 29, 2020|
|TCU||75–72||#2 Baylor||February 29, 2020|
|Oklahoma||73–62||#20 West Virginia||February 29, 2020|
|Virginia||52–50||#7 Duke||February 29, 2020|
|St. John's||91–71||#10 Creighton||March 1, 2020|
|Stanford||72–64||#21 Colorado||March 1, 2020|
|Rutgers||78–67||#9 Maryland||March 3, 2020|
|Tennessee||81–73||#6 Kentucky||March 3, 2020|
|Purdue||77–68||#18 Iowa||March 3, 2020|
|Texas A&M||78–75||#17 Auburn||March 4, 2020|
|UConn||77–71||#21 Houston||March 5, 2020|
|West Virginia||76–64||#4 Baylor||March 7, 2020|
|Northwestern||80–69||#20 Penn State||March 7, 2020|
|Utah State||59–56||#5 San Diego State||March 7, 2020||Mountain West Tournament|
|Saint Mary's||51–50||#14 BYU||March 9, 2020||West Coast Tournament|
Conference winners and tournamentsEdit
Each of the 32 Division I athletic conferences ends its regular season with a single-elimination tournament. The team with the best regular-season record in each conference is given the number one seed in each tournament, with tiebreakers used as needed in the case of ties for the top seeding. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2020 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
- Unlike the vast majority of NCAA Division I conferences, the Big East classifies its career scoring leaders strictly by performance in regular-season conference games. Bell had been the conference's all-time scoring leader when all games were considered.
- Top seed in conference tournament.
- Ineligible for the NEC tournament due to transition from NCAA Division II.
|Markus Howard||Marquette||27.8||Kevin Marfo||Quinnipiac||13.3||Kameron Langley||North Carolina A&T||8.0||Jacob Gilyard||Richmond||3.2|
|Jhivvan Jackson||UTSA||26.8||John Mooney||Notre Dame||12.7||Javon Levi||UTRGV||7.9||Fatts Russell||Rhode Island||2.9|
|Jermaine Marrow||Hampton||24.8||Willie Jackson||Toledo||12.0||Zavier Simpson||Michigan||7.9||Sa'eed Nelson||American||2.8|
|Antoine Davis||Detroit Mercy||24.3||Cletrell Pope||Bethune–Cookman||11.9||Jason Preston||Ohio||7.4||Isaiah Miller||UNC Greensboro||2.8|
|Luka Garza||Iowa||23.9||James Butler||Drexel||11.7||Josh Sharkey||Samford||7.2||Josh Sharkey||Samford||2.7|
|Osasumwen Osaghae||FIU||3.81||Udoka Azubuike||Kansas||.748||Stefan Gonzalez||UC Davis||.477||Terrell Gomez||Cal State Northridge||.948|
|Kylor Kelley||Oregon St.||3.45||Shamarkus Kennedy||McNeese State||.679||Jake Toolson||BYU||.470||Nathan Hoover||Wofford||.930|
|Romaro Gill||Seton Hall||3.17||Osasumwen Osaghae||FIU||.671||Dru Kuxhausen||McNeese State||.458||Immanuel Quickley||Kentucky||.923|
|Hayden Koval||Central Arkansas||3.06||Nick Richards||Kentucky||.644||Saddiq Bey||Villanova||.451||AJ Green||Northern Iowa||.917|
|Liam Robbins||Drake||2.91||Chevez Goodwin||Wofford||.640||Nate Kennell||Bradley||.447||Cameron Healy||Albany||.908|
2020 Consensus All-America teamEdit
|Myles Powell||PG/SG||Senior||Seton Hall|
|Vernon Carey Jr.||PF||Freshman||Duke|
|Malachi Flynn||PG/SG||Junior||San Diego State|
|Cassius Winston||PG||Senior||Michigan State|
Major player of the year awardsEdit
- Wooden Award: Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Naismith Award: Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Associated Press Player of the Year: Obi Toppin, Dayton
- NABC Player of the Year: Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA): Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Luka Garza, Iowa
Major freshman of the year awardsEdit
- Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA): Vernon Carey Jr., Duke
- NABC Freshman of the Year: Vernon Carey Jr., Duke
Major coach of the year awardsEdit
- Associated Press Coach of the Year: Anthony Grant, Dayton
- Henry Iba Award (USBWA): Anthony Grant, Dayton
- NABC Coach of the Year: Anthony Grant, Dayton
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: Anthony Grant, Dayton
- Sporting News Coach of the Year: Anthony Grant, Dayton
Other major awardsEdit
- Naismith Starting Five:
- Bob Cousy Award (Best point guard): Payton Pritchard, Oregon
- Jerry West Award (Best shooting guard): Myles Powell, Seton Hall
- Julius Erving Award (Best small forward): Saddiq Bey, Villanova
- Karl Malone Award (Best power forward): Obi Toppin, Dayton
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Best center): Luka Garza, Iowa
- Pete Newell Big Man Award (Best big man): Luka Garza, Iowa
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year: Udoka Azubuike, Kansas
- Naismith Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Garrett, Kansas
- Senior CLASS Award (top senior on and off the court): Markus Howard, Marquette
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Saddiq Bey, Villanova
- Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC metro area): Myles Powell, Seton Hall
- Ben Jobe Award (Top minority coach): Damon Stoudamire, Pacific
- Hugh Durham Award (Top mid-major coach): Steve Forbes, East Tennessee State
- Jim Phelan Award (Top head coach): Steve Pikiell, Rutgers
- Lefty Driesell Award (Top defensive player): Juvaris Hayes, Merrimack
- Lou Henson Award (Top mid-major player): Nathan Knight, William & Mary
- Lute Olson Award (Top non-freshman or transfer player): Payton Pritchard, Oregon
- Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (Coach with moral character): Mark Prosser, Western Carolina
- Academic All-American of the Year (Top scholar-athlete): Skylar Mays, LSU
- Elite 90 Award (Top GPA among upperclass players at Final Four): Not presented due to cancellation of the NCAA Tournament
- USBWA Most Courageous Award: The 2020 men's award was not presented to a figure involved with the Division I game. This year's recipient was Sam Toney, a player at NCAA Division III New Jersey City University.
One team changed coaches between its first practice and first game of the season. Several other teams changed coaches during and after the season.
|Air Force||Dave Pilipovich||Joe Scott||Air Force fired Pilipovich on March 9 after 8+ seasons, in which the Falcons went 110–151 overall with only 1 season finishing above .500 overall. On March 31, Air Force hired Georgia assistant Joe Scott to serve his second stint as the Falcons' head coach, the first being from 2000-2004.|
|Alabama State||Lewis Jackson||Mo Williams||Jackson announced his registration from Alabama State on March 27 after 15 seasons at his alma mater, finishing with an overall record of 207–262. Cal State Northridge assistant and 13-year NBA veteran Mo Williams was named the new head coach of the Hornets on May 12.|
|Alcorn State||Montez Robinson||Landon Bussie||Robinson's contract was not renewed on March 23, ending his 5-year tenure at Alcorn State with a 69–86 overall record. Prairie View A&M assistant Bussie was named the new head coach of the Braves on April 23.|
|Central Arkansas||Russ Pennell||Anthony Boone||Pennell, who had been on a leave of absence from UCA for undisclosed personal reasons since December 16, announced on January 7 that he will not return to his alma mater after 5½ seasons. Assistant coach Boone, who served as interim coach during Pennell's initial leave, continued in that role for the rest of the season, and had the interim tag removed on March 9.|
|East Tennessee State||Steve Forbes||Jason Shay||Forbes left East Tennessee on April 30 after 5 seasons to accept the Wake Forest head coaching job. On May 7, assistant coach Shay was promoted to head coach of the Buccaneers.|
|Evansville||Walter McCarty||Bennie Seltzer||Todd Lickliter||McCarty, who was in his 2nd season as Evansville head coach, was initially placed on administrative leave on December 27 pending a Title IX investigation against him. Assistant coach Seltzer served as the interim coach of the Purple Aces during McCarty's initial absence. On January 21, Evansville fired McCarty following additional allegations of misconduct, and named former Butler/Iowa head coach Todd Lickliter, who had served as assistant coach under McCarty last season before resigning due to health problems, as the new head coach.|
|Georgia Southern||Mark Byington||Brian Burg||Byington left Georgia Southern on March 20 after 7 seasons to accept the James Madison head coaching job. On March 29, The Eagles named Texas Tech assistant coach Burg as their new head coach.|
|Grand Canyon||Dan Majerle||Bryce Drew||Grand Canyon fired Majerle on March 13 after 7 seasons. While the former NBA star had led the Antelopes to a 136–89 overall record including top-three WAC finishes in each of his first six seasons, the team went 13–17 this past season, tying for fifth in the WAC. Former Valparaiso/Vanderbilt coach Drew was hired as the new head coach on March 17.|
|Green Bay||Linc Darner||Will Ryan||In a surprising announcement, Green Bay parted ways with Darner on May 17 after 5 seasons and a 92–80 record, including a NCAA Tournament appearance in his first season. On June 7, the Phoenix hired Will Ryan, son of former Wisconsin coach and College Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Bo Ryan, from Division II Wheeling University as their new head coach.|
|Iona||Tim Cluess||Tra Arnold||Rick Pitino||After not coaching during the 2019–20 season due to an undisclosed health issue, Cluess stepped down on March 13 after 10 seasons at Iona. Under Cluess, the Gaels won 203 games overall, including winning the MAAC regular season and/or the conference tournament from 2012–2019. After a 2-year absence from college coaching, former Louisville coach Pitino was hired to replace him the next day.|
|James Madison||Louis Rowe||Mark Byington||JMU parted ways with Rowe on March 9 following the Dukes' 9–21 season. Rowe had records of 43–85 overall and 21–51 in CAA play after four seasons at his alma mater. The Dukes hired Georgia Southern head coach Mark Byington as his replacement on March 20.|
|Loyola Marymount||Mike Dunlap||Stan Johnson||Dunlap was relieved of his duties on March 9 after six seasons at his alma mater. Dunlap's record at LMU was 81–101, capped off by 11–21 overall and 4–12 WCC records this past season. The Lions hired Marquette associate head coach Johnson as Dunlap's replacement on March 20.|
|Niagara||Patrick Beilein||Greg Paulus||Beilein, the son of former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein and who had been hired from Division II Le Moyne after last season, announced his resignation on October 24, 2019 for undisclosed personal reasons. The Purple Eagles named assistant Paulus as interim head coach for the 2019–20 season, and removed the interim tag on November 7, the day before the team's season opener.|
|North Carolina A&T||Jay Joyner||Willie Jones||Joyner, who had been suspended since December 2019 for unspecified reasons, announced his resignation from N.C. A&T on June 16 after 3 full seasons and 2 partial seasons as head coach. Assistant coach Jones, who served as the interim head coach of the Aggies during Joyner's suspension, was named head coach 2 days later.|
|Northern Colorado||Jeff Linder||Steve Smiley||Northern Colorado saw its head coaching position open up when Linder left after 4 seasons to take the Wyoming job on March 17. The Bears filled the vacant position by promoting assistant coach Smiley on March 19.|
|Samford||Scott Padgett||Bucky McMillan||Samford parted ways with Padgett on March 16 after 6 seasons, in which the Bulldogs went 84–115 overall and never finished higher than 6th in SoCon play. On April 8, the school hired McMillan, who spent the last 12 seasons as head coach at Mountain Brook High School, as their new head coach.|
|Southeast Missouri State||Rick Ray||Brad Korn||Ray was relieved of his head coaching duties on March 3 after 5 seasons at Southeast Missouri State, in which the Redhawks went 51–104 overall. Kansas State assistant coach Korn was hired as Ray's replacement on March 23.|
|UAB||Robert Ehsan||Andy Kennedy||UAB parted ways with Ehsan on March 13 after 4 seasons, in which the Blazers were 76–57 overall and never made the NCAA or NIT tournament. UAB alum and former Cincinnati/Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy was named the new head coach on March 20.|
|UIC||Steve McClain||Luke Yaklich||UIC parted ways with McClain on March 13 after 5 seasons and a 76–93 overall record. On March 25, The Flames hired Texas assistant Yaklich as their new head coach.|
|UNC Wilmington||C. B. McGrath||Rob Burke||Takayo Siddle||McGrath was fired on January 13 after a 26–58 record in 2½ seasons at Wilmington, including starting the season 5–14 overall and 0–6 in CAA, and replaced by assistant coach Rob Burke for the rest of the season. NC State assistant coach and former UNCW assistant Siddle was named the new head coach of the Seahawks on March 13.|
|Wake Forest||Danny Manning||Steve Forbes||Wake Forest fired Manning on April 25 after 6 seasons, in which the Demon Deacons went 78–111 overall and finished no higher than 10th place in conference play. The school hired Steve Forbes away from East Tennessee State on April 30.|
|Western Illinois||Billy Wright||Rob Jeter||After a 53–115 overall record including finishing no higher than 8th place in conference play, Wright's contract was not renewed on March 3, ending his 6-year tenure at Western Illinois. Minnesota assistant coach and former UW–Milwaukee head coach Rob Jeter was hired as the new head coach of the Leathernecks on March 30.|
|Western Michigan||Steve Hawkins||Clayton Bates||Western Michigan parted ways with Hawkins on March 11 after 17 seasons, in which the Broncos went 291–262 overall, but only made the NCAA Tournament twice under his tenure. Associate head coach Bates was promoted to the open job on March 28.|
|Wyoming||Allen Edwards||Jeff Linder||Wyoming parted ways with Edwards on March 9 after 4 seasons, during which the Cowboys went 60–76 overall, including a 17–48 record in Edwards' final 2 seasons at the school. On March 17, the Cowboys hired Linder from Northern Colorado as their new head coach.|
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