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1978-79 Big Ten Conference
Season Summary

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Record: 177-121, .594 W-L% (9th of 25) (Schedule and Results)
* Records do not reflect forfeits and vacated games.
SRS: 11.65 (2nd of 25) ▪ SOS: 8.74 (1st of 25)

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 PTS/G SRS
Rk School W L W-L% W L W-L% Own Opp SRS SOS Notes
1 Michigan State 13 5 .722 26 6 .813 75.7 62.7 22.5 9.5 NCAA Tournament; Reg. Season Champion; NCAA FF; NCAA Champion
1 Purdue 13 5 .722 27 8 .771 69.7 62.7 15.6 8.6 Reg. Season Champion
1 Iowa 13 5 .722 20 8 .714 76.8 67.0 17.6 7.8 NCAA Tournament; Reg. Season Champion
4 Ohio State 12 6 .667 19 12 .613 74.9 72.5 12.0 9.6
5 Indiana 10 8 .556 22 12 .647 67.3 61.2 14.9 8.8
6 Michigan 8 10 .444 15 12 .556 70.6 69.1 10.8 9.4
7 Illinois 7 11 .389 19 11 .633 68.3 63.8 11.3 6.8
8 Wisconsin 6 12 .333 12 15 .444 69.7 73.5 5.4 9.2
8 Minnesota 6 12 .333 11 16 .407 66.6 70.3 5.3 9.0
10 Northwestern 2 16 .111 6 21 .222 67.3 75.1 1.1 8.9

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 - - - - - - - - -
Minnesota - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Northwestern - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Ohio State - - - - - - - - 16 10 7 13 17 14 17 - -
Wisconsin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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