2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season
|2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Kansas|
|Regular season||November 6, 2018 – March 10, 2019|
|Tournament dates||March 19, 2019 – April 8, 2019|
|National Championship||U.S. Bank Stadium|
The 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 6, 2018. The first tournament was the 2K Sports Classic and the season will end with the Final Four in Minneapolis on April 8, 2019. Practices officially began in September 2018.
- 1 Rule changes
- 2 Season headlines
- 3 Conference membership changes
- 4 Arenas
- 5 Season outlook
- 6 Regular season
- 7 Postseason
- 8 Conference standings
- 9 Award winners
- 10 Coaching changes
- 11 See also
- 12 References
The following rules were also used in the 2018 NIT:
- The three-point line will be moved to the FIBA standard of 6.75 metres (22 ft 2 in). When the arc approaches the sideline, it will change to a line parallel to and 1.02 metres (3 ft 4 in) from the sideline.[a]
- The free-throw lane will be widened from the current college standard of 12 feet to the NBA standard of 16 feet.
- After an offensive rebound, the shot clock will reset to 20 seconds instead of the current NCAA standard of 30.
- Team foul counts, for purposes of determining bonus free throws, reset to zero at the 10-minute mark of each half, effectively dividing the game into quarters for that purpose.
- The "one-and-one" will be eliminated. All bonus free throw situations will result in two free throws for the non-fouled team. This mirrors current practice in NCAA women's basketball, which has been played in quarters since the 2015–16 season.
- Teams will enter the bonus upon the fifth team foul in each 10-minute segment.
- The team foul count will reset to zero at the start of any overtime period. Teams will enter the bonus upon the fourth team foul in an overtime period.
- In a completely new feature, the NCAA will adopt the NBA's bonus rule regarding team fouls in the last 2 minutes of any period. Teams will enter the bonus on the second team foul in the last 2 minutes of a 10-minute segment or overtime period, regardless of the total team foul count at that point of the period.
- FIBA's definition of the three-point arc calls for the line to be exactly 0.9 metres (2 ft 11 in) from the sideline until it intersects the 6.75 m arc. However, the FIBA court is officially defined as 15 metres (49 ft 3 in) wide, slightly narrower than the NCAA standard of 50 feet (15.24 m). On a FIBA court, the closest three-point distance, found along a line parallel to the baseline that passes through the center of the basket, is thus 6.6 metres (21 ft 8 in) from the center of the basket. Translating this distance to the NCAA court dimensions results in the line being the stated 1.02 m from the sidelines.
- May 23, 2018 – The NCAA announced its Academic Progress Rate (APR) sanctions for the 2018–19 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:
- May 29 – Conference USA announced a new men's basketball scheduling format that took effect with the 2018–19 season. The league now plays an 18-game schedule formatted as follows:
- During the first 14 games of the conference season, each team plays its designated travel partner home-and-home, and single games against every other team.
- At this point, teams are placed into three groups based on their conference standings through 14 games, with the top five teams in one group, the next five in a second group, and the bottom four teams in the final group. Teams play within their grouping for the final four games of the conference season, with home and away games determined by a preset formula.
- Each team will be locked into a seed for the C-USA tournament that corresponds to its group. For example, teams in the top group will be assured the top five seeds. The specific seedings will be determined by conference record across the full league schedule.
- June 4 – The Sun Belt Conference announced a new men's basketball scheduling format similar to that announced by Conference USA the previous week. Effective with the 2019–20 season, the league will play a 20-game schedule formatted as follows:
- The conference will split into East and West Divisions:
- East: Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, South Alabama, Troy
- West: Arkansas State, Little Rock, Louisiana, Louisiana–Monroe, Texas State, UT Arlington
- For the first 16 games of the conference season, each team will play home-and-home against other divisional members and single games against teams in the other division.
- After 16 conference games, teams will be divided into four "pods" based on their conference standings at that time. The top three teams will be assigned to Pod A, the next three to Pod B, and so on through Pod D for the bottom three teams. The final four games for each team will be home-and-homes against the other two teams in that pod.
- Each team will be locked into a seed for the Sun Belt tournament that corresponds to its pod. For example, teams in Pod A will be assured the top three seeds. Unlike the C-USA system, the specific seed will be based strictly on standings in the final four conference games—not overall conference record.
- The conference will split into East and West Divisions:
- June 18 – Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW), which was set to begin operation on July 1 following the dissolution of Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), announced that the athletic program that it would inherit from IPFW, previously known as the Fort Wayne Mastodons, would become the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons. PFW also changed its colors from IPFW's former blue and silver scheme to the old gold and black used by its new parent institution.
- August 8 – In response to the sport's ongoing corruption scandal, the NCAA announced a suite of major changes to its rules governing college basketball:
- Certain high school players and college players with remaining eligibility will now be allowed to have formal relationships with agents while retaining college eligibility. These agents must be certified by the NCAA. College players can be represented if they have formally requested an evaluation of their NBA prospects from the league. Should the NBA change the age limit for the draft to once again allow players to be drafted directly from high school, the rule also allows for high school players to be represented, effective on the July 1 before their senior year, if USA Basketball has designated them as "elite senior prospects". However, these relationships will be allowed only during the draft process, and must be terminated if the player returns to school.
- Certain players who declare for the NBA draft but are not selected will be free to return to their former schools, as long as they have not signed professional contracts, or have not complied with NCAA rules for relationships with agents, in the meantime. However, this privilege is only extended to players who have requested NBA evaluation of their draft prospects and have been invited to the NBA Draft Combine.
- School presidents, chancellors, and athletics staff members are now contractually required to comply with all NCAA investigations. This effectively gives the NCAA subpoena power in its investigations, which it previously lacked.
- Presidents and chancellors are now personally accountable to the NCAA for athletic department compliance with NCAA rules.
- The NCAA and its Committee on Infractions can now use information obtained in outside investigations in its infractions process. Previously, the NCAA could not use such information.
- August 22 – The NCAA announced that effective immediately, the RPI will no longer be used in the selection process for the Division I men's tournament. It was replaced by the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET), which takes into account the following:
- Game results
- Strength of schedule
- Location (home, away, or neutral site)
- Scoring margin — Teams will receive no added credit for victory margins above 10 points. Additionally, overtime games will be assigned a scoring margin of 1 point, regardless of the actual score.
- Net offensive and defensive efficiency
- Quality of wins and losses — The NCAA will continue to use its "quadrant" system, introduced for last year's tournament selection process, to classify individual wins and losses.
- All games will be evaluated equally; there is no bonus or penalty for when a game is played within the season.
- The NET was adopted only for men's basketball. All other sports that use selection committees to determine NCAA tournament entries, including the Division I women's basketball tournament, continue to use their own versions of the RPI.
- September 10 – The Northeast Conference (NEC) announced that Merrimack College would start a transition from the NCAA Division II Northeast-10 Conference and join the NEC effective July 1, 2019. The Warriors will not be eligible for the NCAA tournament until becoming a full D-I member in 2023–24.
- September 28 – LSU player Wayde Sims, set to play his junior season for the Tigers, was killed in a shooting near the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge, home to both schools.
- October 3 – Long Island University announced that it would merge its two current athletic programs—the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds, full members of the NEC, and the Division II LIU Post Pioneers—effective with the 2019–20 school year. The new program will compete under the LIU name with a new nickname and maintain LIU Brooklyn's Division I and NEC memberships. This change will have minimal effect on the existing LIU Brooklyn men's basketball program, as LIU has announced that the unified basketball team will be based at the Brooklyn campus.
- October 23 – The Associated Press preseason All-American team was released. Purdue guard Carsen Edwards was the leading vote-getter (63 votes). Joining him on the team were North Carolina forward Luke Maye (52 votes), Duke guard R. J. Barrett (50), Kansas forward Dedric Lawson (30), Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ (23) and Nevada forward Caleb Martin (23).
- January 11, 2019 – The Western Athletic Conference announced that Dixie State University would start a transition from Division II and join the conference in July 2020.
- January 19 – The last two undefeated teams lost. First, Michigan suffered a 54-64 point loss at Wisconsin. Later on in the day, Virginia lost on the road to Duke by the score of 72-70.
- February 13 – Florida A&M announces 4 athletic teams, including men's basketball, are ineligible for postseason play due to failure to meet the APR multi-year threshold.
- February 20
- North Carolina's 88–72 upset of top-ranked Duke was overshadowed by a freak injury suffered by superstar Duke freshman Zion Williamson. On the Blue Devils' first possession of the game, Williamson's left shoe catastrophically failed, with the sole completely separating from the midsole. Williamson suffered a sprained right knee in the incident, and did not return to the game. The following day, the injury was confirmed to be minor; although Williamson was listed as day-to-day immediately after the injury, he did not return to action until the Blue Devils' ACC Tournament opener on March 14.
- On his way home from a postgame meal after Syracuse's 69–49 upset of Louisville, Orange head coach Jim Boeheim was involved in a fatal car accident. A car crashed on Interstate 690 in Syracuse, and the occupants attempted to cross over to the median. Boeheim hit one of them while swerving to avoid the disabled vehicle, and the victim died in a local hospital. Neither driver involved in the incident was found to be impaired, and Syracuse's police chief initially indicated that no charges would be filed in the case.
- March 5 – Kansas was eliminated from the race for the Big 12 Conference regular-season title with an 81–68 loss at Oklahoma, ending the Jayhawks' streak of consecutive conference regular-season titles at a Division I men's record of 14.
- March 7 – The district attorney for Onondaga County, New York issued his report on the fatal car accident in which Jim Boeheim was involved. According to the report, the disabled vehicle did not have lights on, and also had inoperable rear marker lights. Additionally, the passengers of that vehicle, including the individual who was struck and killed, were wearing dark clothing. Boeheim was officially cleared of wrongdoing, and no charges would be filed against anyone involved.
- March 8 – In further fallout from the corruption scandal, LSU suspended head coach Will Wade indefinitely. This action came the day after it was revealed that FBI wiretaps had intercepted calls between Wade and Christian Dawkins, an aspiring agent who had been convicted on federal felony charges relating to the corruption scandal, during one of which Wade referenced a "strong-ass offer" made to a recruit.
Milestones and records
- During the season, the following players reached the 2,000 career point milestone – Marshall guard Jon Elmore, Montana State guard Tyler Hall, Wofford guard Fletcher Magee, Cornell guard Matt Morgan, Lipscomb guard Garrison Mathews, Georgia Southern guard Tookie Brown, Eastern Kentucky forward Nick Mayo, Northern Colorado guard Jordan Davis, Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman, Wisconsin forward Ethan Happ, Charlotte guard Jon Davis, UNC Greensboro guard Francis Alonso, Purdue Fort Wayne guard John Konchar, Appalachian State guard Ronshad Shabazz, Northern Kentucky forward Drew McDonald, Nevada swingman Jordan Caroline, Wyoming guard Justin James, Mississippi State guard Quinndary Weatherspoon, and Clemson guard Marcquise Reed.
- Konchar additionally became the first Division I men's player with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals in his career.
- Two players reached the 3,000-point milestone in February. First, Campbell guard Chris Clemons reached the mark on February 16 in the Fighting Camels' 76–71 loss to Presbyterian. Then, on February 23, South Dakota State forward Mike Daum reached the mark in the Jackrabbits' 94–89 win over South Dakota.
- November 12 – Buffalo was ranked 25th in the AP top 25 poll - signifying the first time in school history that the program cracked the top 25.
- November 24 – High Point head coach Tubby Smith won his 600th career Division I game, as his Panthers defeated East Carolina 55–52.
- December 3 — Furman was ranked 25th in the AP top 25 poll - signifying the first time in school history that the program cracked the top 25.
- December 7 — Mike Daum became the Summit League's all-time leading scorer. In a 42-point outing against Southern, Daum passed former Oral Roberts forward Caleb Green's conference record 2,504 points.
- December 21 – Chris Clemons of Campbell became the Big South Conference's all-time leading scorer. He passed VMI guard Reggie Williams' 2,556 career points for the honor.
- January 19 – Montana State's Tyler Hall became the Big Sky Conference all-time leading scorer, breaking a mark of 2,169 set the previous season by Bogdan Bliznyuk of Eastern Washington.
- February 23 – Syracuse drew a crowd of 35,642 in the Carrier Dome for its 75–65 loss to then top-ranked Duke, breaking the school's own record attendance of 35,446 for an on-campus college basketball game. Not only was this a record, it was also greater than the home attendances of more than half of Division I men's teams in the entire regular season (180 out of 353).
- February 25 – Wofford made the AP top 25 for the first time in the school's history, entering the poll at #24.
- March 3 – Marshall guard Jon Elmore became the Conference USA all-time leading scorer, passing UTEP’s Stefon Jackson. Earlier in the season, Elmore became the conference’s all-time assist leader (passing UTEP’s Julyan Stone), making him the only player currently leading a conference in both categories all-time.
- March 15 – Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo won his 600th career Division I game as the Spartans defeated Ohio State 77–70 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
- March 16 – Washington guard Matisse Thybulle broke former Oregon State star Gary Payton’s 29 year-old Pac-12 Conference career steals record as he collected his 322nd steal in the Huskies’ Pac-12 Tournament final loss to Oregon.
- March 20 – Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall won his 500th career Division I game as the Shockers defeated Furman 76–70 in the 1st round of the NIT.
- March 21 – The first day of the first round of the NCAA Tournament saw one significant milestone achieved and one major record broken:
- First, in an afternoon West Regional game, Murray State's Ja Morant became the first player with a triple-double in the NCAA tournament since Draymond Green in 2012, with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and 16 assists in the Racers' 83–64 win over Marquette.
- Then, in a late-evening Midwest Regional game, Wofford's Fletcher Magee became the Division I career leader in three-pointers, surpassing Oakland's Travis Bader in the Terriers' 84–68 win over Seton Hall. Magee's seven three-pointers gave him 509 for his career to Bader's previous record of 504. This was also Wofford's first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
Conference membership changes
Six schools joined new conferences for the 2018–19 season. Four schools switched between Division I conferences for the 2018–19 season. In addition, two schools moved from Division II starting this season and are ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2022.
|School||Former Conference||New Conference|
|California Baptist||PacWest (D-II)||WAC|
|North Alabama||Gulf South (D-II)||ASUN|
|North Dakota||Big Sky||Summit League|
|USC Upstate||ASUN||Big South|
Also, one D-I member adopted a new institutional and athletic identity. The 2017–18 school year was the last for Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as a single institution; the school's health sciences programs were taken over by Indiana University as Indiana University Fort Wayne, while all other academic programs are now governed by Purdue University as Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW). As noted previously, the former IPFW athletic program was inherited by PFW and is now known as the Purdue Fort Wayne Mastodons.
- Elon began play at the new Schar Center, which replaced their home of 69 seasons, Alumni Gym.
- Marquette moved, along with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, into the new Fiserv Forum, which replaced BMO Harris Bradley Center after 30 years.
- After 32 seasons at the off-campus Burton Coliseum, McNeese State opened the new on-campus Health and Human Performance Education Complex (H&HP Complex).
- The two new Division I entries for 2018 continued to play at existing on-campus facilities. California Baptist plays at the CBU Events Center, which opened in 2017, and North Alabama plays at Flowers Hall, their home since 1972.
Four teams returned to newly renovated arenas, all of which were closed for the 2017–18 season.
- Cincinnati returned to Fifth Third Arena.
- Houston initially planned to reopen the renamed Fertitta Center (originally Hofheinz Pavilion) by the start of the 2018–19 season, but the new arena did not open until December 1, 2018, six games into the season. The Cougars' first game in the renovated facility was a 65–61 upset of then-#18 Oregon.
- Northwestern returned to Welsh–Ryan Arena.
- Villanova returned the bulk of its schedule to the renamed Finneran Pavilion (originally duPont Pavilion and later The Pavilion).
- With the reopening of Fertitta Center delayed, Houston began the 2018–19 season at Texas Southern's Health and Physical Education Arena, where the Cougars played most of their 2017–18 home games.
- Due to delays in the construction of the new UPMC Events Center, originally scheduled to open in January 2019 but now delayed to that summer, Robert Morris will play its entire home schedule at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, a facility that opened in 2017 at the on-campus North Athletic Complex as part of the UPMC Events Center project.
The top 25 from the AP and USA Today Coaches Polls.
Early season tournaments
|2K Empire Classic||November 15–16||Madison Square Garden
|Charleston Classic||November 15–16, 18||TD Arena
|Myrtle Beach Invitational||November 15–16, 18||HTC Center
|The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase||November 16–18||Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium
|Jersey Mike's Jamaica Classic||November 16–18||Montego Bay Convention Centre
(Montego Bay, Jamaica)
|John Bach Classic||November 16–18||Rose Hill Gymnasium
|Paradise Jam Tournament||November 16–19||Sports and Fitness Center
(Saint Thomas, VI)
|Hall of Fame Tip Off||November 17–18||Mohegan Sun Arena
|Vancouver Showcase||November 18–20||Vancouver Convention Centre
|CBE Hall of Fame Classic||November 19–20||Sprint Center
(Kansas City, MO)
|Legends Classic||November 19–20||Barclays Center
|Cayman Islands Classic||November 19–21||John Gray Gymnasium
(George Town, Cayman Islands)
|Gulf Coast Showcase||November 19–21||Hertz Arena
|Maui Invitational||November 19–21||Lahaina Civic Center
|MGM Resorts Main Event||November 19, 21||T-Mobile Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
|8||Utah Valley (Middleweight Bracket)
Arizona State (Heavyweight Bracket)
|Cancún Challenge||November 20–21||Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort
|8||Bradley (Riviera Division)
Jacksonville State (Mayan Division)
|Battle 4 Atlantis||November 21–23||Imperial Arena
|NIT Season Tip-Off||November 21, 23||Barclays Center
|Las Vegas Invitational||November 22–23||Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
|AdvoCare Invitational||November 22–23, 25||HP Field House
(Lake Buena Vista, FL)
|Wooden Legacy||November 22–23, 25||Titan Gym
|Barclays Center Classic||November 23–24||Barclays Center
|Emerald Coast Classic||November 23–24||The Arena at NFSC
|Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic||November 29-December 1||SSE Arena
(Belfast, Northern Ireland)
|4||Marist (Samson Bracket)
Buffalo (Goliath Bracket)
|Battle at the Boardwalk Classic||December 21–22||Boardwalk Hall
(Atlantic City, NJ)
|Las Vegas Classic||December 22–23||Orleans Arena
(Las Vegas, NV)
|4||Drake (Orleans Bracket)
Cal State Northridge (Visitors Bracket)
|Diamond Head Classic||December 22–23, 25||Stan Sheriff Center
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).
|Buffalo||99–94OT||#13 West Virginia||November 9, 2018|
|Indiana||96–73||#24 Marquette||November 14, 2018||Gavitt Tipoff Games|
|Connecticut||83–76||#15 Syracuse||November 15, 2018||2K Empire Classic/Rivalry|
|Iowa||77–69||#13 Oregon||November 15, 2018||2K Empire Classic|
|Furman||76–68OT||#8 Villanova||November 17, 2018|
|Arizona State||72–67||#15 Mississippi State||November 19, 2018||MGM Resorts Main Event|
|Lipscomb||73–64||#18 TCU||November 20, 2018|
|#3 Gonzaga||89–87||#1 Duke||November 21, 2018||Maui Invitational|
|Creighton||87–82||#16 Clemson||November 21, 2018||Cayman Islands Classic|
|Texas||92–89||#7 North Carolina||November 22, 2018||Las Vegas Invitational|
|Villanova||66–60||#14 Florida State||November 25, 2018||AdvoCare Invitational|
|Oklahoma State||90–77||#19 LSU||November 25, 2018||AdvoCare Invitational|
|Texas Southern||89–84||#18 Oregon||November 26, 2018|
|Penn State||63–62||#13 Virginia Tech||November 27, 2018||ACC–Big Ten Challenge|
|Louisville||82–78OT||#9 Michigan State||November 27, 2018||ACC–Big Ten Challenge|
|Syracuse||72–62||#16 Ohio State||November 28, 2018||ACC–Big Ten Challenge|
|Radford||62–59||#17 Texas||November 30, 2018|
|Marquette||83–71||#12 Kansas State||December 1, 2018|
|Houston||65–61||#18 Oregon||December 1, 2018|
|Minnesota||85–78||#24 Nebraska||December 5, 2018|
|Purdue||62–60||#23 Maryland||December 6, 2018|
|Seton Hall||84–83OT||#9 Kentucky||December 8, 2018||Citi Hoops Classic|
|Tulsa||47–46||#16 Kansas State||December 8, 2018|
|Marquette||74–69OT||#12 Wisconsin||December 8, 2018|
|#7 Tennessee||76–73||#1 Gonzaga||December 9, 2018||Jerry Colangelo Classic|
|Penn||78–75||#17 Villanova||December 11, 2018||Philadelphia Big 5|
|Old Dominion||68–62||#25 Syracuse||December 15, 2018|
|Vanderbilt||81–65||#18 Arizona State||December 17, 2018|
|NC State||78–71||#7 Auburn||December 19, 2018|
|LSU||75–57||#24 Furman||December 21, 2018|
|#18 Arizona State||80–76||#1 Kansas||December 22, 2018|
|Princeton||67–66||#17 Arizona State||December 29, 2018|
|Western Kentucky||83–76||#15 Wisconsin||December 29, 2018|
|St. John's||89–69||#16 Marquette||January 1, 2019|
|Maryland||74–72||#24 Nebraska||January 2, 2019|
|Purdue||86–70||#25 Iowa||January 3, 2019|
|Minnesota||59–52||#22 Wisconsin||January 3, 2018|
|Alabama||77–75||#13 Kentucky||January 5, 2019|
|Iowa State||77–60||#5 Kansas||January 5, 2019|
|New Mexico||85–58||#6 Nevada||January 5, 2019|
|Villanova||76–71||#24 St. John's||January 8, 2019|
|Baylor||73–70||#20 Iowa State||January 8, 2019|
|South Carolina||87–82OT||#14 Mississippi State||January 8, 2019|
|Temple||73–69||#17 Houston||January 9, 2019|
|Ole Miss||82–67||#11 Auburn||January 9, 2019|
|Rutgers||64–61||#16 Ohio State||January 9, 2019|
|Maryland||78–75||#22 Indiana||January 11, 2019|
|Kansas State||58–57||#20 Iowa State||January 12, 2019|
|Louisville||83–62||#12 North Carolina||January 12, 2019|
|Ole Miss||81–77||#14 Mississippi State||January 12, 2019|
|Iowa||72–62||#16 Ohio State||January 12, 2019|
|DePaul||79–71||#24 St. John's||January 12, 2019|
|Nebraska||66–51||#25 Indiana||January 14, 2019|
|Pittsburgh||75–62||#11 Florida State||January 14, 2019|
|Syracuse||95–91OT||#1 Duke||January 14, 2019|
|Wake Forest||71–67||#17 NC State||January 15, 2019|
|LSU||83–69||#18 Ole Miss||January 15, 2019|
|Kansas State||74–61||#20 Oklahoma||January 16, 2019|
|Iowa State||68–64||#8 Texas Tech||January 16, 2019|
|Wisconsin||64–54||#2 Michigan||January 19, 2019|
|West Virginia||65–64||#7 Kansas||January 19, 2019|
|Purdue||70–55||#25 Indiana||January 19, 2019||Rivalry/Indiana National Guard Governor's Cup|
|Baylor||73–62||#8 Texas Tech||January 19, 2019|
|Texas||75-72||#20 Oklahoma||January 19, 2019|
|Boston College||87–82||#11 Florida State||January 20, 2019|
|South Carolina||80–77||#16 Auburn||January 22, 2019|
|Kansas State||58–45||#14 Texas Tech||January 22, 2019|
|Northern Illinois||77–75||#14 Buffalo||January 22, 2019|
|Alabama||74–53||#20 Ole Miss||January 22, 2019|
|Illinois||78–67||#13 Maryland||January 26, 2019||B1G Super Saturday|
|Purdue||73–63||#6 Michigan State||January 27, 2019|
|Minnesota||92–87||#19 Iowa||January 27, 2019|
|Texas||73–63||#11 Kansas||January 29, 2019|
|Alabama||83–79||#22 Mississippi State||January 29, 2019|
|Iowa||74–59||#5 Michigan||February 1, 2019|
|Bowling Green||92–88||#18 Buffalo||February 1, 2019|
|Arkansas||90–89||#19 LSU||February 2, 2019|
|Indiana||79–75OT||#6 Michigan State||February 2, 2019|
|Illinois||79–74||#9 Michigan State||February 5, 2019|
|St. John's||70–69||#10 Marquette||February 5, 2019|
|Kansas State||74–67||#13 Kansas||February 5, 2019||Sunflower Showdown|
|Clemson||59–51||#11 Virginia Tech||February 9, 2019|
|TCU||92–83||#17 Iowa State||February 9, 2019|
|Penn State||75–69||#6 Michigan||February 12, 2019|
|#5 Kentucky||86–69||#1 Tennessee||February 16, 2019||Rivalry|
|St. John's||71–65||#13 Villanova||February 17, 2019|
|Baylor||73–69||#19 Iowa State||February 19, 2019|
|Georgetown||85–73||#17 Villanova||February 20, 2019|
|Syracuse||69–49||#18 Louisville||February 20, 2019|
|Florida||82–77OT||#13 LSU||February 20, 2019|
|#8 North Carolina||88–72||#1 Duke||February 20, 2019||Rivalry|
|San Diego State||65–57||#6 Nevada||February 20, 2019|
|TCU||75–72||#19 Iowa State||February 23, 2019|
|Xavier||66–54||#17 Villanova||February 24, 2019|
|Ohio State||90–70||#22 Iowa||February 26, 2019|
|Indiana||75–732OT||#19 Wisconsin||February 26, 2019|
|Penn State||78–61||#17 Maryland||February 27, 2019|
|Villanova||67–61||#10 Marquette||February 27, 2019|
|California||76–73||#25 Washington||February 28, 2019|
|Indiana||63–62||#6 Michigan State||March 2, 2019|
|UCF||69–64||#8 Houston||March 2, 2019|
|Rutgers||86–72||#22 Iowa||March 2, 2019|
|Utah State||81–76||#12 Nevada||March 2, 2019|
|Creighton||66–60||#10 Marquette||March 3, 2019|
|Minnesota||73–69||#11 Purdue||March 5, 2019|
|Oklahoma||81–68||#13 Kansas||March 5, 2019|
|Seton Hall||73–64||#16 Marquette||March 6, 2019|
|Auburn||84–80||#5 Tennessee||March 9, 2019|
|Seton Hall||79–75||#23 Villanova||March 9, 2019|
|Georgetown||86–84||#16 Marquette||March 9, 2019|
|Temple||67–62||#25 UCF||March 9, 2019|
|Saint Mary's||60–47||#1 Gonzaga||March 12, 2019||West Coast Tournament|
|Nebraska||69–61||#21 Maryland||March 14, 2019||Big Ten Tournament|
|West Virginia||79–74||#7 Texas Tech||March 14, 2019||Big 12 Tournament|
|Florida||76–73||#9 LSU||March 15, 2019||SEC Tournament|
|Minnesota||75–73||#13 Purdue||March 15, 2019||Big Ten Tournament|
|Iowa State||63–59||#15 Kansas State||March 15, 2019||Big 12 Tournament|
|San Diego State||65–56||#14 Nevada||March 15, 2019||Mountain West Tournament|
|Seton Hall||81–79||#23 Marquette||March 15, 2019||Big East Tournament|
|Iowa State||78–66||#17 Kansas||March 16, 2019||Big 12 Tournament|
Conference winners and tournaments
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 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
- Top seed in conference tournament.
For this list, an "upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.
|March 21||Murray State (#12)||83–64||Marquette (#5)||West||First Round|
|March 22||UC Irvine (#13)||70–64||Kansas State (#4)||South||First Round|
|March 22||Oregon (#12)||72–54||Wisconsin (#5)||South||First Round|
|March 22||Liberty (#12)||80–76||Mississippi State (#5)||East||First Round|
2019 Consensus All-America team
Major player of the year awards
- Wooden Award:
- Naismith Award: To be announced April 7
- Associated Press Player of the Year:
- NABC Player of the Year:
- Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA): To be announced April 5
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Zion Williamson, Duke
Major freshman of the year awards
- Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA): To be announced March 26
- NABC Freshman of the Year:
- Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Zion Williamson, Duke
Major coach of the year awards
- Associated Press Coach of the Year:
- Henry Iba Award (USBWA): To be announced March 25
- NABC Coach of the Year:
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: To be announced April 7
- Sporting News Coach of the Year: Mike Young, Wofford
Other major awards
- Bob Cousy Award (Best point guard):
- Jerry West Award (Best shooting guard):
- Julius Erving Award (Best small forward):
- Karl Malone Award (Best power forward):
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award (Best center):
- Pete Newell Big Man Award (Best big man):
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year:
- Naismith Defensive Player of the Year: To be announced April 7
- Senior CLASS Award (top senior on and off the court):
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5):
- Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC metro area):
- Ben Jobe Award (Top minority coach):
- Hugh Durham Award (Top mid-major coach):
- Jim Phelan Award (Top head coach):
- Lefty Driesell Award (Top defensive player):
- Lou Henson Award (Top mid-major player):
- Lute Olson Award (Top non-freshman or transfer player):
- Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (Coach with moral character):
- Academic All-American of the Year (Top scholar-athlete): Joe Sherburne, UMBC
- Elite 90 Award (Top GPA among upperclass players at Final Four):
- USBWA Most Courageous Award: The 2019 men's award was not presented to a figure involved with the Division I game. This year's recipient was involved with the NCAA Division II game — namely Ericka Downey, wife of Northeastern State men's head coach Mike Downey.
Several teams changed coaches during and after the season.
|Alabama||Avery Johnson||Johnson and Alabama mutually agreed to part ways on March 24 after 4 seasons, in which the Crimson Tide went 75–62 overall but only made the NCAA tournament once under him.|
|Appalachian State||Jim Fox||Fox was fired on March 15 after 5 seasons and a 56–99 overall record at Appalachian State.|
|Cal Poly||Joe Callero||Callero was fired on March 6, effective at the end of the season. At the time of his firing near the end of his 10th season at Cal Poly, he had a record of 126–182, and the Mustangs were 6–21 overall and 2–12 in Big West play, long since assured of their sixth straight losing season. Additionally, the Mustangs were assured of their worst overall record in nearly 25 years.|
|California||Wyking Jones||Jones was fired on March 24 after two seasons in Berkeley, during which the Golden Bears went 16–47 overall and 5–31 in the Pac-12.|
|Elon||Matt Matheny||Matheny was fired on March 18 after 10 seasons at Elon. He leaves as the program's winningest coach with 151 wins, but the Phoenix only made one postseason tournament under Matheny.|
|Fairfield||Sydney Johnson||Johnson was fired March 11 after 8 seasons at Fairfield, in which the Stags went 116–147 overall.|
|George Washington||Maurice Joseph||Jamion Christian||George Washington parted ways with Joseph on March 15 after 3 seasons and an overall record of 44–57. On March 21, the Colonials hired Christian away from Siena to take the job.|
|Georgia State||Ron Hunter||Hunter left Georgia State on March 24 after 8 seasons for the Tulane head coaching job.|
|Kennesaw State||Al Skinner||Skinner announced his resignation effective after the season on February 21. The Owls finished 41–84 overall in Skinner's 4-year tenure as head coach.|
|Mercer||Bob Hoffman||Hoffman was fired on March 11 after 11 seasons at Mercer. The Bears went 209–165 under Hoffman, but this season, in which the team finished 11–20 overall and 6–12 in the Southern Conference, was the worst season of his tenure.|
|Montana State||Brian Fish||Montana State parted ways with Fish on March 17 after 5 seasons and a 65–92 overall record.|
|Morgan State||Todd Bozeman||Bozeman's 13-year tenure at Morgan State ended on March 20 when his contract was not renewed. Under Bozeman, the Bears finished 195–218 overall, but this season was the 6th straight in which the team finished with a losing record.|
|Niagara||Chris Casey||Niagara fired Casey on March 11 after 6 seasons. Under Casey, the Purple Eagles went 64–129 overall with one winning season.|
|Ohio||Saul Phillips||Jeff Boals||Ohio fired Phillips on March 13 after 5 seasons. Under Phillips, the team went 81–77 overall and 40–50 in Mid-American Conference play. The school then hired Boals, who played for the Bobcats and began his coaching career as an assistant with the team in the 1990s, from Stony Brook on March 17.|
|Saint Joseph's||Phil Martelli||Martelli was fired on March 19 after 34 seasons at Saint Joseph's, the last 24 as head coach. Despite Martelli's 444–328 overall record, the Hawks were unable to break .500 in the last three seasons, finishing this season 14–19 overall and 6–12 in the A-10.|
|Siena||Jamion Christian||Christian left Siena on March 21 after a single season to take the head coaching job at George Washington. This is the second straight offseason in which Siena must make a coaching change, having fired Jimmy Patsos after the 2017–18 season.|
|SIU Edwardsville||Jon Harris||Harris's contract with SIUE was not renewed on March 11, ending his 4-year tenure at the school. The Cougars went 31–88 overall during his tenure.|
|Southern Illinois||Barry Hinson||Bryan Mullins||Moments after losing to Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament, Hinson announced his resignation from Southern Illinois on March 8. The Salukis finished 116–106 overall under Hinson, but did not make any postseason tournaments during his 7-year tenure with the team. On March 20, the school hired Loyola-Chicago assistant and former Saluki player Mullins for the head coaching job.|
|Stetson||Corey Williams||Stetson fired Williams on March 6 after 6 seasons and a 58–133 overall record. The Hatters finished this season 7–24 overall and 3–13 in ASUN play.|
|Stony Brook||Jeff Boals||Geno Ford||Boals left Stony Brook on March 17 after 3 seasons to take the head coaching job at his alma mater of Ohio. Assistant coach Ford will serve as the interim head coach of the Seawolves during their run in the CBI.|
|Temple||Fran Dunphy||Aaron McKie||Following the 2017–18 season, Temple announced on April 13 that Dunphy would step down from his head coaching position at the end of the 2018–19 season, with assistant coach and former Owl player McKie succeeding him. In his 13-year tenure at Temple, the team won 270 games overall and made the NCAA Tournament 8 times.|
|Tennessee Tech||Steve Payne||Tennessee Tech announced on March 3 that Payne had resigned after 17 seasons on the coaching staff and 8 as head coach. Tech had failed to make the NCAA tournament during Payne's head coaching tenure, and his final record as head coach was 118–134. The 2018–19 season saw the Golden Eagles finish last in the OVC, at 4–14 in-conference and 8–23 overall.|
|Texas A&M||Billy Kennedy||Texas A&M announced on March 12 that Kennedy will not return as head coach next season. At the time of the announcement, the Aggies were 150–115 overall under Kennedy's 8-year tenure, but this season, in which the team went 13–17 overall and 6–12 in SEC play, was their worst since joining the conference in 2012.|
|Troy||Phil Cunningham||Troy parted ways with Cunningham on March 11 after 6 seasons and an 80–111 overall record.|
|Tulane||Mike Dunleavy||Ron Hunter||After a 24–69 overall record in 3 seasons, including going winless in conference play this season, Tulane parted ways with Dunleavy on March 15. On March 24, the Green Wave hired Georgia State head coach Hunter for the job.|
|UCLA||Steve Alford||Murry Bartow||UCLA fired Alford on December 31. In 5½ seasons at UCLA, Alford was 124–63 along with 3 Sweet 16 trips, but the Bruins were 7–6 on the season and in the midst of a four-game losing streak, capped off by a double-digit home loss to Liberty. Top assistant Murry Bartow, whose father Gene succeeded John Wooden at UCLA, was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season.|
|UMKC||Kareem Richardson||UMKC fired Richardson on March 14 after 6 seasons, in which the Kangaroos went 75–118 overall with one winning season.|
|UNLV||Marvin Menzies||UNLV parted ways with Menzies on March 15 after 3 seasons and a 48–48 overall record.|
|Vanderbilt||Bryce Drew||Vanderbilt fired Drew on March 22 after 3 seasons and a 40-59 overall record. After qualifying for the NCAA Tournament in 2017, Drew's first season, the Commodores suffered back-to-back losing seasons, including a winless 0-18 conference record during the 2018-19 season.|
|Washington State||Ernie Kent||Washington State fired Kent on March 14 after 5 seasons and a 58–98 overall record, with no Pac-12 finish higher than 10th in any of the last four seasons.|
|William & Mary||Tony Shaver||Willam & Mary parted ways with Shaver on March 13 after 16 seasons. Shaver leaves as the program's winningest coach with 226 wins, but the Tribe were never able to make their first NCAA tournament under his tenure.|
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