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1978-79 Big Ten Conference Season Summary

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Record: 177-121, .594 W-L% (3rd of 25)
*Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games.

Regular Season Champion: Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue

NCAA Tournament: 2 (Iowa and Michigan State)

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Iowa, Michigan State and Purdue)

Standings

Conference Overall
Rk School W L W-L% W L W-L%
1 Michigan StateRFN 13 5 .722 26 6 .813
1 Purdue R 13 5 .722 27 8 .771
1 IowaR 13 5 .722 20 8 .714
4 Ohio State  12 6 .667 19 12 .613
5 Indiana  10 8 .556 22 12 .647
6 Michigan  8 10 .444 15 12 .556
7 Illinois  7 11 .389 19 11 .633
8 Wisconsin  6 12 .333 12 15 .444
8 Minnesota  6 12 .333 11 16 .407
10 Northwestern  2 16 .111 6 21 .222

AP Poll Summary

School Pre 11/28 12/5 12/12 12/19 12/26 1/3 1/9 1/16 1/23 1/30 2/6 2/13 2/20 2/27 3/6 Final
Michigan State 7 7 4 3 5 4 1 1 6 4 14 10 8 7 4 4 3
Purdue                         13 18 19 16 15
Iowa                       15 14 12 11 14 20
Illinois       18 15 6 4 4 4 8 14 20          
Indiana 10 20                              
Michigan 8 8 6 9 9 8 13 16                  
Ohio State                 16 10 7 13 17 14 17    

NCAA Tournament

Second Round
Iowa lost (74-72) versus Toledo (Mideast Regional)
Michigan State won (95-64) versus Lamar (Mideast Regional)

Regional Semifinal
Michigan State won (87-71) versus Louisiana State (Mideast Regional)

Regional Final
Michigan State won (80-68) versus Notre Dame (Mideast Regional)

National Semifinal
Michigan State won (101-67) versus Pennsylvania

National Final
Michigan State won (75-64) versus Indiana State