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1971-72 Season Summary

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National Champion: UCLA
Final Four: Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina and UCLA

Consensus Player of the Year: Bill Walton

AP Preseason #1: UCLAAP Final #1: UCLA

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Conference Summary

Record does not reflect forfeits or vacated games ▪ Sorted by SRS
Rk Conference Schls W L W-L% SRS SOS AP NCAA FF Regular Season Champ Tournament Champ
1 Atlantic Coast Conference 7 122 73 .626 10.55 5.67 3 1 1 North Carolina North Carolina
2 Pacific-8 Conference 8 124 92 .574 9.12 5.60 1 1 1 UCLA
3 Missouri Valley Conference 10 161 104 .608 6.04 3.70 2 1 1 Louisville
Memphis
4 Western Athletic Conference 8 120 86 .583 5.03 3.45 1 1 0 Brigham Young
5 Big Ten Conference 10 135 106 .560 5.00 3.70 3 1 0 Minnesota
6 Big Eight Conference 8 102 109 .483 3.09 2.95 0 1 0 Kansas State
7 Southeastern Conference 10 144 115 .556 2.67 2.13 1 1 0 Kentucky
Tennessee
8 Pacific Coast Athletic Association 7 111 76 .594 2.34 1.66 1 1 0 Long Beach State
9 Independent 67 959 768 .555 -2.03 -0.82 6 8 1 Oral Roberts
10 Mid-American Conference 6 66 81 .449 -2.28 0.48 0 1 0 Ohio
11 Middle Atlantic Conference 11 155 126 .552 -3.51 -2.43 0 1 0 Temple (East)
Rider (West)
12 Ivy Group 8 100 105 .488 -3.89 -1.44 1 1 0 Pennsylvania
13 Ohio Valley Conference 8 111 94 .541 -3.98 -2.62 0 1 0 Eastern Kentucky
Morehead State
Western Kentucky
14 Southwest Conference 8 108 101 .517 -4.17 -2.21 0 1 0 Southern Methodist
Texas
15 West Coast Conference 8 100 109 .478 -5.02 -2.32 0 1 0 San Francisco
16 Southland Conference 6 87 69 .558 -7.92 -5.59 1 1 0 Louisiana Tech
17 Southern Conference 7 84 103 .449 -8.65 -4.32 0 1 0 Davidson East Carolina
18 Big Sky Conference 8 102 105 .493 -10.90 -7.95 0 1 0 Weber State
19 Yankee Conference 6 71 78 .477 -12.63 -8.94 0 0 0 Rhode Island
20 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 1 15 11 .577 0 0 0 North Carolina A&T North Carolina A&T

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 12/7 12/14 12/21 12/28 1/4 1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 2/8 2/15 2/22 2/29 3/7 Final
UCLA Pac-8 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
North Carolina ACC 2 3 4 4 4 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 5 3 3 2
Pennsylvania Ivy 15 10 5 13 14 6 6 10 9 6 5 5 4 4 2 3
Louisville MVC 9 16 17 19 15 7 5 6 4 3 4 4 3 2 4 4
Long Beach State PCAA 8 6 13 9 10 8 7 4 5 5 8 9 6 6 5 5
South Carolina Ind 12 11 3 3 3 4 4 5 11 8 9 7 9 8 6 6
Marquette Ind 4 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 5 7 7
Louisiana-Lafayette Southland     16 12 13 15 13 12 12 13 13 12 10 11 9 8
Brigham Young WAC 19 15 6 7 8 18 14 13 13 10 10 11 7 7 8 9
Florida State Ind   18 9 14   20 12 11 10 12 14 14 11 10 14 10
Minnesota Big Ten               17 16 19 19       16 11
Marshall Ind       20 17 13 20 16 14 11 11 10 8 9 10 12
Memphis MVC                     15 18 19 20 11 13
Maryland ACC 6 5 15 15 16 12     18     19 12 18 13 14
Villanova Ind 18 18       14 11 15               15
Oral Roberts Ind                         20 17 17 16
Indiana Big Ten     12 8 7 5 17               20 17
Kentucky SEC 10 7 7 11 12 19 15         17 18     18
Ohio State Big Ten 5 4 10 6 6 10 9 7 6 9 7 8 15 14   19
Virginia ACC     19 18 11 9 8 9 8 7 6 6 13 12 15 20
School Conf Pre 12/7 12/14 12/21 12/28 1/4 1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1 2/8 2/15 2/22 2/29 3/7 Final
Arizona State WAC   17                            
Duquesne Ind                     20          
Hawaii Ind         18 16 19 18 15 14 18 16 17 15 12  
Houston Ind 7 12 20                   16 13 19  
Illinois Big Ten             16                  
Jacksonville Ind 11 8 14 16           17 16          
Kansas Big 8 14                              
Michigan Big Ten 13 9               20       16    
Missouri Big 8             18   20 15 17 15 14 19 18  
New Mexico WAC 16                              
North Carolina State ACC   20                            
Northern Illinois Ind               20 19              
Ohio MAC       17                        
Oklahoma Big 8 20                              
Princeton Ivy     18         14 17              
Providence Ind                   16 12 13        
Southern California Pac-8 3 13 10 5 5 11 10 8 7 18            
St. John's (NY) Ind 17 14 8 10 9 17                    
Tennessee SEC         20     19       20        
West Virginia Ind         19                      

Consensus All-America Teams

1st Team
Bill Walton (UCLA)
Bob McAdoo (North Carolina)
Dwight Lamar (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Ed Ratleff (Long Beach State)
Henry Bibby (UCLA)
Jim Chones (Marquette)
Tom Riker (South Carolina)
2nd Team
Barry Parkhill (Virginia)
Bud Stallworth (Kansas)
Henry Willmore (Michigan)
Jim Price (Louisville)
Rich Fuqua (Oral Roberts)