2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

The 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 10, 2008, and ended with the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament's championship game on April 6, 2009, at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. The season saw six different teams achieve the AP #1 ranking during the year (just one shy of the NCAA record). Oklahoma sophomore Blake Griffin was the dominant individual performer, sweeping National Player of the Year honors. The season began with North Carolina becoming the first unanimous preseason #1 team, and ended with the Tar Heels dominating the NCAA tournament en route to their fifth NCAA title. UNC won its six NCAA tournament games by double digits, and by an average of 19.8 points per game. Junior Wayne Ellington was named Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
Ford Field 2007
Ford Field was the site of the season ending Final Four and Championship game for 2008-09.
Preseason AP #1North Carolina Tar Heels
Regular seasonNovember 10, 2008–
March 10, 2009
NCAA Tournament2009
Tournament datesMarch 17 – April 6, 2009
National ChampionshipFord Field
Detroit, Michigan
NCAA ChampionsNorth Carolina
Other championsPenn State (NIT),
Oregon State (CBI),
Old Dominion (CIT)
Player of the Year
(Naismith, Wooden)
Blake Griffin

Season headlines

Major rule changes

Beginning in 2008–2009, the following rules changes were implemented:

  • The three-point line moved from 19 feet, 9 inches to 20 feet, 9 inches.[29]
  • If the entire ball is above the rim when it comes into contact with the backboard and is subsequently touched by a player, it is goaltending. Previously only a ball moving downward after hitting the backboard could be subject to goaltending.[30]

Season outlook

Pre-season polls

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls, October 31, 2008.[31]

'Associated Press'
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina (72)
2 Connecticut
3 Louisville
4 UCLA
5 Pittsburgh
6 Michigan State
7 Texas
8 Duke
9 Notre Dame
10 Gonzaga
11 Purdue
12 Oklahoma
13 Memphis
14 Tennessee
15 Arizona State
16 Marquette
17 Miami (FL)
18 USC
19 Florida
20 Davidson
21 Wake Forest
22 Georgetown
23 Villanova
24 Kansas
25 Wisconsin
ESPN/USA Today Coaches
Ranking Team
1 North Carolina (31)
2 Connecticut
3 Louisville
4 UCLA
5 Duke
6 Pittsburgh
7 Michigan State
8 Texas
9 Notre Dame
10 Purdue
11 Gonzaga
12 Memphis
13 Tennessee
14 Oklahoma
15 Arizona State
16 Miami (FL)
17 Marquette
18 Georgetown
19 Florida
20 Davidson
21 USC
22 Wisconsin
23 Kansas
24 Wake Forest
25 Villanova

Conference membership changes

These schools joined new conferences for the 2008–09 season.

School Former conference New conference
Bryant NCAA Division II Northeast Conference
Gardner–Webb Atlantic Sun Conference Big South Conference
Houston Baptist NAIA NCAA Division I Independent
North Dakota NCAA Division II NCAA Division I Independent
Samford Ohio Valley Conference Southern Conference
SIU Edwardsville NCAA Division II Ohio Valley Conference
South Dakota NCAA Division II NCAA Division I Independent

Regular season

Early-season tournaments

Name Dates Num. teams Championship
2k Sports Classic Nov. 10–21 16 Duke 71 vs. Michigan 57
Charleston Classic Nov. 14–16 8 Clemson 76 vs. Temple 72
CBE Classic Nov. 14–25 4* Syracuse 89 vs. Kansas 81
NIT Season Tip-Off Nov. 17–28 16 Oklahoma 87 vs. Purdue 82
Puerto Rico Tip-Off Nov. 20–23 8 Xavier 63 vs. Memphis 58
Paradise Jam Tournament Nov. 21–24 8 Connecticut 76 vs. Wisconsin 57
Maui Invitational Tournament Nov. 24-26 8 UNC 102 vs. Notre Dame 87
Great Alaska Shootout Nov. 26–29 8 San Diego State 76 vs. Hampton 47
76 Classic Nov. 27–30 8 Wake Forest 87 vs. Baylor 74
Old Spice Classic Nov. 27–30 8 Gonzaga 83 vs. Tennessee 74
Las Vegas Invitational Nov. 28–29 4* Kentucky 54 vs. West Virginia 43
Legends Classic Nov. 28-29 4* Pittsburgh 57 vs. Washington State 43
Cancún Challenge Nov. 29-30 4* Vanderbilt 71 vs. VCU 66
  • *Although these tournaments technically have more teams involved, only 4 can play for the championship.

Conference winners and tournaments

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 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament, instead giving their automatic invitation to their regular-season champion Cornell.

Conference Regular
Season Winner[32]
Conference Player of the Year Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
America East Conference Binghamton & Vermont Marqus Blakely, Vermont[33] 2009 America East Men's Basketball Tournament SEFCU Arena (Albany, New York)
Final at campus site
Binghamton[34]
Atlantic 10 Conference Xavier Ahmad Nivins, St. Joseph's[35] 2009 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Tournament Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, New Jersey)
Temple[36]
Atlantic Coast Conference North Carolina Ty Lawson, North Carolina[37] 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Georgia Dome
(Atlanta)
Duke[38]
Atlantic Sun Conference Jacksonville Alex Renfroe, Belmont[39] 2009 Atlantic Sun Men's Basketball Tournament Allen Arena
(Nashville, Tennessee)
East Tennessee State[40]
Big 12 Conference Kansas Blake Griffin, Oklahoma[41] 2009 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Ford Center
(Oklahoma City)
Missouri[42]
Big East Conference Louisville Hasheem Thabeet, Connecticut & DeJuan Blair, Pittsburgh[43] 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament Madison Square Garden
(New York City)
Louisville[44]
Big Sky Conference Weber State Kellen McCoy, Weber State[45] 2009 Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Portland State[46]
Big South Conference Radford Artsiom Parakhouski, Radford[47] 2009 Big South Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Radford[48]
Big Ten Conference Michigan State Kalin Lucas, Michigan State[49] 2009 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Conseco Fieldhouse
(Indianapolis, Indiana)
Purdue[50]
Big West Conference Cal State Northridge Josh Akognon, Cal State Fullerton[51] 2009 Big West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Anaheim Convention Center
(Anaheim, California)
Cal State Northridge[52]
Colonial Athletic Association VCU Eric Maynor, VCU [53] 2009 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament Richmond Coliseum
(Richmond, Virginia)
VCU[54]
Conference USA Memphis Jermaine Taylor, Central Florida[55] 2009 Conference USA Men's Basketball Tournament FedExForum
(Memphis, Tennessee)
Memphis[56]
Horizon League Butler Matt Howard, Butler[57] 2009 Horizon League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Cleveland State[58]
Independent Seattle David Holston, Chicago State[59] No Tournament
Ivy League Cornell Alex Barnett, Dartmouth[60] No Tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Siena Kenny Hasbrouck, Siena[61] 2009 MAAC Men's Basketball Tournament Times Union Center
(Albany, New York)
Siena[62]
Mid-American Conference Buffalo & Bowling Green (East)
Ball State, Central Michigan & Western Michigan (West)
Michael Bramos, Miami[63] 2009 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Akron[64]
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Morgan State Tywain McKee, Coppin State[65] 2009 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum
(Winston-Salem, North Carolina)
Morgan State[66]
Missouri Valley Conference Creighton & Northern Iowa Booker Woodfox, Creighton[67] 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Scottrade Center
(St. Louis, Missouri)
Northern Iowa[68]
Mountain West Conference BYU, Utah & New Mexico Luke Nevill, Utah[69] 2009 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Utah[70]
Northeast Conference Robert Morris Jeremy Chappell, Robert Morris[71] 2009 Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites Robert Morris[72]
Ohio Valley Conference Tennessee-Martin Lester Hudson, Tennessee-Martin[73] 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites, Final Four at Sommet Center
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Morehead State[74]
Pacific-10 Conference Washington James Harden, Arizona State[75] 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Staples Center
(Los Angeles)
USC[76]
Patriot League American Derrick Mercer, American[77] 2009 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites American[78]
Southeastern Conference South Carolina & Tennessee (East) LSU (West) Marcus Thornton, LSU[79] 2009 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament St. Pete Times Forum
(Tampa, Florida)
Mississippi State[80]
Southern Conference Western Carolina &
Chattanooga (North)
Davidson (South)
Stephen Curry, Davidson[81] 2009 Southern Conference Men's Basketball Tournament McKenzie Arena
(Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Chattanooga[82]
Southland Conference Stephen F. Austin (East) Sam Houston State (West) Matt Kingsley, Stephen F. Austin[83] 2009 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, Texas)
Stephen F. Austin[84]
Southwestern Athletic Conference Alabama State Brandon Brooks, Alabama State[85] 2009 SWAC Men's Basketball Tournament Fair Park Arena
(Birmingham, Alabama)
Alabama State[86]
The Summit League North Dakota State Ben Woodside, North Dakota State[87] 2009 Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Sioux Falls Arena
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
North Dakota State[88]
Sun Belt Conference Western Kentucky (East)
Arkansas–Little Rock (West)
Orlando Mendez-Valdez, Western Kentucky[89] 2009 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament Summit Arena
(Hot Springs, Arkansas)
(Except First Round)
Western Kentucky[90]
West Coast Conference Gonzaga John Bryant, Santa Clara[91] 2009 West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Gonzaga[92]
Western Athletic Conference Utah State Gary Wilkinson, Utah State[93] 2009 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament Lawlor Events Center
(Reno, Nevada)
Utah State[94]

Statistical leaders

Points Per Game
Rebounds Per Game
Assists Per Game
Steals Per Game
Player School PPG Player School RPG Player School APG Player School SPG
Stephen Curry Davidson 28.6 Blake Griffin Oklahoma 14.4 Johnathon Jones Oakland 8.1 Chavis Holmes VMI 3.4
Lester Hudson Tenn.-Martin 27.5 John Bryant Santa Clara 14.2 Brock Young East Carolina 7.6 Travis Holmes VMI 3.2
Jermaine Taylor Central Florida 26.2 Kenneth Faried Morehead St. 13.0 Levance Fields Pittsburgh 7.5 Devin Gibson TX-San Antonio 3.0
David Holston Chicago St. 25.9 DeJuan Blair Pittsburgh 12.3 DiJuan Harris Charlotte 7.2 David Holston Chicago St. 3.0
Stefon Jackson UTEP 24.5 Ahmad Nivins St. Joseph's 11.8 Ashton Mitchell Sam Houston St. 6.8 Cedric Jackson Cleveland St. 3.0
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. 4.7 Jeff Pendergraph Arizona St. 66.0 Mike Rose Eastern Kentucky 48.1 Brett Harvey Loyola (MD) 91.0
Hasheem Thabeet UConn 4.2 Blake Griffin Oklahoma 65.4 Booker Woodfox Creighton 47.6 Josh White North Texas 90.6
Tony Gaffney UMass 3.8 Joey Henley Sacred Heart 62.6 Jared Stohl Portland 45.6 Jodie Meeks Kentucky 90.2
Kleon Penn McNeese St. 3.5 Keith Benson Oakland 62.2 Ryan Tillema Green Bay 45.4 Darren Collison UCLA 89.7
Taj Gibson USC 2.9 Ahmad Nivins St. Joseph's 61.2 Jimmy Baron Rhode Island 45.4 Alan Voskuil Texas Tech 89.6

Post-season tournaments

NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament tipped off on March 18, 2009, with the opening round game in Dayton, Ohio, and concluded on April 6 at the Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. 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 8 conferences, with the Big East, ACC and Big Ten each receiving seven bids. The Big 12 and Pac-10 each received six bids. The SEC and Atlantic 10 each received three bids. This season also marked the first time that three teams from the same conference were selected as #1 seeds (Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut). North Carolina tore through the tournament, winning each game by 12 or more points and beating Michigan State in the Final 89–72 behind an NCAA-record 55 first-half points to win its fifth National Championship. Ty Lawson recorded a record 8 steals, while Wayne Ellington was named tournament Most Outstanding Player.[95]

Final Four – Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

National Semifinals
April 4
6:07 p.m.; 40 min. after first game
National Championship Game
April 6
9:21 p.m.
      
M2 Michigan State 82
W1 Connecticut 73
2 Michigan State 72
1 North Carolina 89
S1 North Carolina 83
E3 Villanova 69

National Invitation Tournament

After the NCAA Tournament field was announced, the National Invitation Tournament invited 32 teams to participate. Five teams were automatic qualifiers for winning their conference regular-season championships, while the remaining 27 bids were named from an at-large pool. Notable entrants included Kentucky, who broke a 17-year NCAA tournament appearance streak by missing the field, as well as preseason top ten team Notre Dame and 2008 Regional Finalist Davidson. Penn State defeated Baylor 69–63 in the Final on April 2. The Nittany Lions' Jamelle Cornley was named tournament Most Outstanding Player.

NIT Semifinals and Final

Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City on March 31 and April 2

Semifinals Final
      
1 San Diego State 62
3 Baylor 76
3 Baylor 63
2 Penn State 69
2 Notre Dame 59
2 Penn State 67

College Basketball Invitational

The second College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament was held beginning March 17 and ended with a best-of-three final, ending March 30. It was the second year that the CBI tournament has conducted a post-season tournament. Oregon State defeated UTEP 2-1 in the final series to win the title.[96] Oregon State's Roeland Schaftenaar was named tournament MVP.

CollegeInsider.com Tournament

The inaugural CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was held beginning March 17 and ended with a championship game on March 30. This tournament places an emphasis on selecting successful teams from "mid-major" conferences who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT. Old Dominion defeated Bradley 66–62 to win the first CIT championship in Peoria, Illinois.[97] The Monarchs' Frank Hassell was named tournament MVP.

Semi-Finals Finals
      
James Madison 43
Old Dominion 81
Old Dominion 66
Bradley 62
Pacific 49
Bradley 59

Conference standings

2008–09 America East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Binghamton 13 3   .813     23 9   .719
Vermont 13 3   .813     24 9   .727
Boston University 11 5   .688     17 13   .567
New Hampshire 8 8   .500     14 16   .467
Stony Brook 8 8   .500     16 14   .533
UMBC 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
Albany 6 10   .375     15 16   .484
Maine 4 12   .250     9 21   .300
Hartford 2 14   .125     7 26   .212
America East Tournament winner
As of March 20, 2009; Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#20 Xavier 12 4   .750     27 8   .771
Dayton 11 5   .688     27 8   .771
Rhode Island 11 5   .688     23 11   .676
Temple 11 5   .688     22 12   .647
Duquesne 9 7   .563     21 13   .618
La Salle 9 7   .563     18 13   .581
Richmond 9 7   .563     20 16   .556
Saint Joseph's 9 7   .563     17 15   .531
Saint Louis 8 8   .500     18 14   .563
UMass 7 9   .438     12 18   .400
St. Bonaventure 6 10   .375     15 15   .500
Charlotte 5 11   .313     11 20   .355
George Washington 4 12   .250     10 18   .357
Fordham 1 15   .063     3 25   .107
† Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 North Carolina 13 3   .813     34 4   .895
#6 Duke 11 5   .688     30 7   .811
#12 Wake Forest 11 5   .688     24 7   .774
#16 Florida State 10 6   .625     25 10   .714
#24 Clemson 9 7   .563     23 9   .719
Boston College 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Maryland 7 9   .438     21 14   .600
Virginia Tech 7 9   .438     19 15   .559
Miami (FL) 7 9   .438     19 13   .594
NC State 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
Virginia 4 12   .250     10 18   .357
Georgia Tech 2 14   .125     12 19   .387
2009 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Louisville 16 2   .889     31 6   .838
#4 Pittsburgh 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#5 Connecticut 15 3   .833     31 5   .861
#11 Villanova 13 5   .722     30 8   .789
#23 Marquette 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
#13 Syracuse 11 7   .611     28 10   .737
West Virginia 10 8   .556     23 12   .657
Providence 10 8   .556     19 14   .576
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Cincinnati 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Seton Hall 7 11   .389     17 15   .531
Georgetown 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
St. John's 6 12   .333     16 18   .471
South Florida 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
Rutgers 2 16   .111     11 21   .344
DePaul 0 18   .000     9 24   .273
2009 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 4, 2009[98]; Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 8 Michigan State 15 3   .833     31 7   .816
No. 17 Purdue 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
Illinois 11 7   .611     24 10   .706
Penn State 10 8   .556     27 11   .711
Ohio State 10 8   .556     22 11   .667
Wisconsin 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Minnesota 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northwestern 8 10   .444     17 14   .548
Iowa 5 13   .278     15 17   .469
Indiana 1 17   .056     6 25   .194
2009 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Kansas 14 2   .875     27 8   .771
#7 Oklahoma 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
#9 Missouri 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Kansas State 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Texas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Nebraska 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
Baylor 5 11   .313     24 15   .615
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Texas Tech 3 13   .188     14 19   .424
Colorado 1 15   .063     9 22   .290
2009 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
VCU 14 4   .778     24 10   .706
George Mason 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Old Dominion 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
Northeastern 12 6   .667     19 13   .594
Hofstra 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
Drexel 10 8   .556     15 14   .517
James Madison 9 9   .500     21 15   .583
Georgia State 8 10   .444     12 20   .375
Delaware 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
William & Mary 5 13   .278     10 20   .333
Towson 5 13   .278     12 22   .353
UNC Wilmington 3 15   .167     7 25   .219
CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Conference USA men's basketball standings
Conf Overall
Standings W L PCT W L PCT
#3 Memphis 16 0 1.000 33 4 .912
Tulsa 12 4 .750 25 11 .694
UAB 11 5 .688 22 12 .647
Houston 10 6 .625 21 12 .636
UTEP 10 6 .625 23 14 .622
UCF 7 9 .438 17 14 .548
Marshall 7 9 .438 15 17 .469
Tulane 7 9 .438 14 17 .452
East Carolina 5 11 .313 13 17 .433
Southern Miss 4 12 .250 15 17 .469
Rice 4 12 .250 10 22 .313
SMU 3 13 .188 9 21 .300

Rankings from AP Poll
† Conference USA Tournament winner

2008-09 Horizon League Men's Basketball Standings
Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
#22 Butler 15 3 .833 26 6 .813
Green Bay 13 5 .722 22 11 .667
Cleveland State 12 6 .667 26 11 .703
Wright State 12 6 .667 20 13 .606
Milwaukee 11 7 .611 17 14 .548
UIC 7 11 .389 16 15 .516
Youngstown State 7 11 .389 11 19 .367
Loyola (IL) 6 12 .333 14 18 .438
Valparaiso 5 13 .278 9 22 .290
Detroit 2 16 .111 7 23 .233

Rankings from AP Poll
† Horizon League Tournament winner

2008–09 Independents Men's Basketball Standings
  Overall
Team (Rank)       W L PCT
Seattle 21 8 .724
South Dakota 20 9 .690
Utah Valley 17 11 .607
Chicago State 19 13 .594
North Dakota 16 12 .571
Longwood 17 14 .548
Savannah State 15 14 .517
Texas-Pan American 10 17 .370
SIU Edwardsville 10 20 .333
Cal State Bakersfield 8 21 .276
Bryant 8 21 .276
Winston-Salem State 8 22 .267
Houston Baptist 5 25 .167
North Carolina Central 4 27 .129
NJIT 1 30 .032

Rankings from AP Poll

2008–09 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Bowling Green 11 5   .688     19 14   .576
Buffalo 11 5   .688     21 12   .636
Miami 10 6   .625     17 13   .567
Akron 10 6   .625     23 13   .639
Kent State 10 6   .625     19 15   .559
Ohio 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
West
Ball State 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
Central Michigan 7 9   .438     12 19   .387
Western Michigan 7 9   .438     10 21   .323
Eastern Michigan 6 10   .375     8 24   .250
Northern Illinois 5 11   .313     10 20   .333
Toledo 5 11   .313     7 25   .219
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008-09 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
Creighton 14 4 .778 27 8 .771
Northern Iowa 14 4 .778 23 11 .677
Illinois State 11 7 .611 24 10 .706
Bradley 10 8 .556 21 15 .583
Evansville 8 10 .444 17 14 .548
Wichita State 8 10 .444 17 17 .500
Southern Illinois 8 10 .444 13 18 .419
Drake 7 11 .389 17 16 .515
Indiana State 7 11 .389 11 21 .344
Missouri State 3 15 .167 11 20 .344
Rankings from AP Poll
† MVC Tournament winner
2008-09 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team (Rank) W L PCT W L PCT
BYU 12 4 .750 25 8 .756
#25 Utah 12 4 .750 24 10 .706
New Mexico 12 4 .750 22 12 .647
San Diego State 11 5 .688 26 10 .722
UNLV 9 7 .563 21 11 .656
Wyoming 7 9 .438 19 14 .576
TCU 5 11 .313 14 17 .452
Colorado State 4 12 .250 9 22 .290
Air Force 0 16 .000 10 21 .323
Rankings from AP Poll
2008-09 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Basketball Standings
  Conf Overall
Team W L PCT W L PCT
Tennessee–Martin 14 4 .778 22 10 .688
Murray State 13 5 .722 19 12 .613
Austin Peay 13 5 .722 19 14 .576
Morehead State 12 6 .677 20 16 .556
Eastern Kentucky 10 8 .556 18 13 .581
Tennessee State 9 9 .500 12 18 .400
Eastern Illinois 8 10 .444 12 18 .400
Tennessee Tech 6 12 .333 12 18 .400
Jacksonville State 5 13 .278 11 17 .393
Southeast Missouri State 0 18 .000 3 27 .100

Rankings from AP Poll

2008–09 Pacific-10 Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Washington 14 4   .778     26 9   .743
#18 UCLA 13 5   .722     26 9   .743
#19 Arizona State 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
California 11 7   .611     22 11   .667
USC 9 9   .500     22 13   .629
Arizona 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Washington State 8 10   .444     17 16   .515
Oregon State 7 11   .389     18 18   .500
Stanford 6 12   .333     20 14   .588
Oregon 2 16   .111     8 23   .258
2009 Pacific-10 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Southeastern Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
South Carolina 10 6   .625     21 10   .677
Tennessee 10 6   .625     21 13   .618
Florida 9 7   .563     25 11   .694
Vanderbilt 8 8   .500     19 12   .613
Kentucky 8 8   .500     22 14   .611
Georgia 3 13   .188     12 20   .375
West
#21 LSU 13 3   .813     27 8   .771
Auburn 10 6   .625     24 12   .667
Mississippi State 9 7   .563     23 13   .639
Alabama 7 9   .438     18 14   .563
Ole Miss 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Arkansas 2 14   .125     14 16   .467
† SEC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 Summit League men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
North Dakota St. 16 2   .889     26 7   .788
Oral Roberts 14 4   .778     16 15   .516
Oakland 13 5   .722     23 13   .639
IUPUI 9 9   .500     16 14   .533
Southern Utah 8 10   .444     11 20   .355
IPFW 8 10   .444     13 17   .433
South Dakota St. 7 11   .389     13 20   .394
Centenary 6 12   .333     8 23   .258
Western Illinois 6 12   .333     9 20   .310
UMKC 3 15   .167     7 24   .226
Summit League Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
2008–09 West Coast Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#10 Gonzaga 14 0   1.000     28 6   .824
Saint Mary's 10 4   .714     28 7   .800
Portland 9 5   .643     19 13   .594
Santa Clara 7 7   .500     16 17   .485
San Diego 6 8   .429     16 16   .500
Pepperdine 5 9   .357     9 23   .281
San Francisco 3 11   .214     11 19   .367
Loyola Marymount 2 12   .143     3 28   .097
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Award winners

Consensus All-American teams

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team
DeJuan Blair C Sophomore Pittsburgh
Stephen Curry PG Junior Davidson
Blake Griffin PF Sophomore Oklahoma
Tyler Hansbrough C Senior North Carolina
James Harden SG Sophomore Arizona State
Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team
Sherron Collins PG Junior Kansas
Luke Harangody PF Junior Notre Dame
Ty Lawson PG Junior North Carolina
Jodie Meeks SG Junior Kentucky
Jeff Teague PG Sophomore Wake Forest
Hasheem Thabeet C Junior Connecticut

Major player of the year awards

Major freshman of the year awards

Major coach of the year awards

Other major awards

Coaching changes

A number of teams changed coaches throughout the season and after the season ended.[117]

Team Former
Coach
Interim
Coach
New
Coach
Reason
Alabama Mark Gottfried Philip Pearson Anthony Grant Gottfried resigned mid-season and was replaced by VCU's Grant after the season[118]
Appalachian State Houston Fancher Buzz Peterson Fancher resigned,[119] the Mountaineers re-hired former head coach Peterson.[120]
Arizona Lute Olson Russ Pennell Sean Miller Olson retired after learning from his doctor that he had a stroke.
Army Jim Crews Zach Spiker[121] Crews was fired only weeks before the start of practice[122]
Boston University Dennis Wolff Pat Chambers[123] Wolff was fired after 15 seasons at BU.[124]
Cal Poly Kevin Bromley Joe Callero Bromley was fired following a 3-win season.[125]
Elon Ernie Nestor Matt Matheny Nestor resigned,[126] Davidson assistant Matt Matheny was hired as head coach after the season[127]
Fairleigh Dickinson Tom Green Greg Vetrone Green was fired after 26 years at the helm.[128]
Florida International Sergio Rouco Isiah Thomas[129] Rouco was fired after five losing seasons in his five years at FIU.[130]
Georgia Dennis Felton Pete Herrman Mark Fox Felton is fired after seven straight losses[131]
Georgia Southern Jeff Price Charlton Young Price resigned after an 8-win season[132]
Grambling Rick Duckett Bobby Washington Duckett left under uncertain circumstances following the death of Grambling player Henry White[133]
Hampton Kevin Nickelberry Edward Joyner Nickelberry resigned after three seasons.[134]
High Point Bart Lundy Scott Cherry Lundy was fired after a 21-loss season and last-place Big South finish[135]
Holy Cross Ralph Willard Sean Kearney[136] Willard returns to Rick Pitino's Louisville staff as an assistant[137]
Kentucky Billy Gillispie John Calipari Gillispie was fired after two years and missing the NCAA tournament[138]
Liberty Ritchie McKay Dale Layer McKay left Liberty after the transfer of Seth Curry to become Associate Head Coach for new Virginia coach Tony Bennett.[139]
Loyola Marymount Bill Bayno Max Good Bayno resigned for medical reasons.[140]
Memphis John Calipari Josh Pastner Calipari left to take the Kentucky job.[141]
Nevada Mark Fox David Carter Fox left to take the Georgia job.[142] Nevada elevated assistant Carter to replace him.[143]
NC Central Henry Dickerson LeVelle Moton
North Florida Matt Kilcullen Matthew Driscoll
Portland State Ken Bone Tyler Geving Portland State promoted assistant Geving after Bone keft for Washington State[144]
Seattle Joe Callero Cameron Dollar[145] Callero keft for the Cal Poly job.[146]
Southern California Tim Floyd Kevin O'Neill[147] Floyd resigned following allegations that player O. J. Mayo was paid during his time at USC.[148]
Southeast Missouri State Scott Edgar Zac Roman Dickey Nutt[149] Edgar was fired while on administrative leave over possible major NCAA violations.[150]
Tennessee-Martin Bret Campbell Jason James Campbell resigned after an audit turned up check-cashing irregularities.[151] UTM then hired James, who became the second-youngest coach in Division I.[152]
Tennessee State Cy Alexander Mark Pittman John Cooper Alexander was fired after starting 6-16, TSU hired Auburn associate head coach Cooper.[153]
Texas-Pan American Tom Schuberth Ryan Marks[154]
Virginia Dave Leitao Tony Bennett[155] Leitao resigned just two years removed from an ACC regular-season title.[156]
Virginia Commonwealth Anthony Grant Shaka Smart Popular Grant left for Alabama.[157] VCU hired Florida assistant Smart as his replacement.[158]
Xavier Sean Miller Chris Mack[159] Miller left Xavier to fill the vacancy at Arizona. He had reportedly turned down the job only to change his mind less than 24 hours later.
Washington State Tony Bennett Ken Bone[160] Bennett left for the Virginia job.

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2008 Great Alaska Shootout

The 2008 Great Alaska Shootout was held from November 26, 2008 through November 29, 2008.

2008 Maui Invitational Tournament

The 2008 Maui Invitational Tournament, an annual early-season college basketball tournament held in Lahaina, Hawaii, was held November 20-22 at Lahaina Civic Center. The winning team was North Carolina.

2008 Paradise Jam Tournament

The 2008 Paradise Jam Tournament was a men and women's preseason college basketball tournament that took place in Saint Thomas at the Sports and Fitness Center. Connecticut won the men's division while Wisconsin won the women's Island Division and California won the women's Reef Division.

2008–09 Drexel Dragons men's basketball team

The 2008–09 Drexel Dragons men's basketball team represented Drexel University during the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Dragons, led by 8th year head coach Bruiser Flint, played their home games at the Daskalakis Athletic Center and were members of the Colonial Athletic Association.

2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings

Two human polls made up the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings, the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll, in addition to various publications' preseason polls.

2008–09 South Florida Bulls men's basketball team

The 2008–09 South Florida Bulls men's basketball team represented the University of South Florida Bulls in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was the 4th season in the Big East Conference and was the 38th season in school history. The team is coached by Stan Heath in his second year at the school. USF played its home games in the USF Sun Dome. The Bulls finished the season 9-22, 4-14 in Big East play, and lost in the first round of the 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament in their first ever appearance.

2008–09 USC Trojans men's basketball team

The 2008–09 USC Trojans men's basketball team represented the University of Southern California during the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Trojans, led by 4th year head coach Tim Floyd, played their home games at the Galen Center and were members of the Pacific-10 Conference. They finished the season 22–13, 9–9 in Pac-10 play. They won the 2009 Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament over Arizona State. They went to the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a 10th seed, where they lost in the 2nd round to Michigan State.

2008–09 Wichita State Shockers men's basketball team

The 2008–09 Wichita State Shockers men's basketball team represents Wichita State University in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team, which plays in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), is led by second-year head coach Gregg Marshall. The Shockers opened the season with a win over Florida A&M on November 10, 2008, and ended the season with a loss to Stanford in the College Basketball Invitational. Their final record for 2008–09 was 17–17 (8–10 MVC), a huge improvement from their 2007–08 record of 11–20 (4–14 MVC).

2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place in March 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Louisville Cardinals defeated the Syracuse Orange 76–66 in the tournament finals to earn the Big East Tournament championship for the first time, and received the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

This was the first Big East tournament to include all 16 of the conference's teams. The teams finishing 9 through 16 in the regular season standings played first-round games, while teams 5 through 8 received byes to the second round. The top 4 teams during the regular season received double-byes to the quarterfinals. The tournament featured a conference record six-overtime quarterfinals game (the second longest game in NCAA history) in which Syracuse defeated UConn 127–117.

2009 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament

The 2009 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) was a single-elimination tournament of 16 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that was won by Old Dominion. Old Dominion defeated Bradley 66–62 in the tournament final.

The 16 selected teams were from a pool that were not invited to the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 2009 National Invitation Tournament.The tournament began with first round games on March 17, 2009 and concluded with the championship game on March 31.

2009 College Basketball Invitational

The 2009 College Basketball Invitational (CBI) was a single-elimination tournament of 16 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that did not participate in the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 2009 National Invitation Tournament. The opening round began Tuesday, March 17. A best-of-three championship series between Oregon State and UTEP resulted in an Oregon State victory on April 3. The 2009 CBI marked the first ever postseason tournament championship for Oregon State as well as a successful conclusion to head coach Craig Robinson's first year. The Beavers were honored with a visit to the White House with president Barack Obama; Robinson is the brother of First Lady Michelle Obama.

2009 MEAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, the culmination of the 2008–09 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference men's basketball season and a part of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place from March 10–March 14, 2009, at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The tournament was broadcast on the ESPNU.

The championship game matched Morgan State against Norfolk State, who made its first appearance in the MEAC championship game since it joined the league in 1997. Morgan State won 83–69, for its 2nd tournament title, the first won in 1977. As champion, Morgan State received the MEAC's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

2009 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

Popularly referred to as "Arch Madness", the 2009 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Tournament as part of the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season was played in St. Louis, Missouri March 5–8, 2009. The tournament was won by the Northern Iowa Panthers, who will receive the Missouri Valley Conference's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game

The 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Game was the final gameof the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament and determined the National Champion for the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The game was played on April 6, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan as the final game of the Final Four. The game was played between the South Regional Champions, No. 1-seeded North Carolina, and the Midwest Regional Champions, No. 2-seeded Michigan State. The Tar Heels defeated the Spartans 89–72.This game was a rematch of Basketbowl II of the 2008 ACC-Big Ten Challenge which was also played at Ford Field in which North Carolina also dominated Michigan State with a 98–63 victory.

2009 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889. The 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans are honorary lists that includes All-American selections from the Associated Press (AP), the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA), the Sporting News (TSN), and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) drawn from the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. All selectors choose at least a first and second 5-man team. The NABC, AP and TSN choose third teams, while AP also lists honorable mention selections.

The Consensus 2009 College Basketball All-American team is determined by aggregating the results of the four major All-American teams as determined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Since United Press International was replaced by TSN in 1997, the four major selectors have been the aforementioned ones. AP has been a selector since 1948, NABC since 1957 and USBWA since 1960. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors based on a point system computed from the four different all-America teams. The point system consists of three points for first team, two points for second team and one point for third team. No honorable mention or fourth team or lower are used in the computation. The top five totals plus ties are first team and the next five plus ties are second team. According to this system, DeJuan Blair, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough and James Harden were first team selections and Sherron Collins, Luke Harangody, Ty Lawson, Jodie Meeks, Jeff Teague and Hasheem Thabeet were second team selections.

Although the aforementioned lists are used to determine consensus honors, there are numerous other All-American lists. The ten finalists for the John Wooden Award are described as Wooden All-Americans. The ten finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award are described as Senior All-Americans. Other All-American lists include those determined by Fox Sports, and Yahoo! Sports. The scholar-athletes selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) are termed Academic All-Americans.

2009 National Invitation Tournament

The 2009 National Invitation Tournament was a single-elimination tournament of 32 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I teams that were not selected to participate in the 2009 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The 72nd annual tournament began on March 17 on campus sites and ended on April 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with Penn State winning the final 69–63 over Baylor.

2009 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 Patriot League Men's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place on March 4, 2009 as a single-elimination tournament, with games being played at the higher seeds' home courts. The American University Eagles won the league's regular season, and received the number one seed in the tournament. The higher seed in each match-up was the host team for each game. The Eagles became the seventh team to repeat as Patriot League champions when they beat the second seeded Holy Cross Crusaders 73–57 in the championship game, which was broadcast live on ESPN2.

2009 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 Southland Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, will take place March 12–15, 2009 at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The winner of the tournament will receive the Southland Conference's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

2009 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament

The 2009 WAC Men's Basketball Tournament, a part of the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, took place March 10–14, 2009 at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada. The Utah State Aggies won the tournament and received the Western Athletic Conference's automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

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