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1978-79 Standings

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National Champion: Michigan State
Final Four: DePaul, Indiana State, Michigan State and Pennsylvania

Consensus Player of the Year: Larry Bird

AP Preseason #1: Duke ▪ AP Final #1: Indiana State


Records do not reflect forfeits or vacated games

RPI rankings last updated: Mar 17 2014

ACC - 7 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 North CarolinaRT ACC 23 6 .793 9 3 .750 16 2 9
2 DukeR ACC 22 8 .733 9 3 .750 1 1 11
3 Virginia  ACC 19 10 .655 7 5 .583
4 Maryland  ACC 19 11 .633 6 6 .500 17
5 Clemson  ACC 19 10 .655 5 7 .417
6 North Carolina State  ACC 18 12 .600 3 9 .250 12 4
7 Wake Forest  ACC 12 15 .444 3 9 .250

A-Sun - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Louisiana-Monroe RT A-Sun 23 6 .793
2 Mercer  A-Sun 21 6 .778
3 Oklahoma City  A-Sun 18 11 .621
4 Texas-Pan American  A-Sun 13 13 .500
5 Houston Baptist  A-Sun 11 16 .407
6 Samford  A-Sun 10 15 .400
7 Centenary (LA)  A-Sun 9 20 .310
8 Hardin-Simmons  A-Sun 7 20 .259

Big 8 - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 OklahomaRT Big 8 21 10 .677 10 4 .714 16 16
2 Missouri  Big 8 13 15 .464 8 6 .571
3 Kansas State  Big 8 16 12 .571 8 6 .571
4 Kansas  Big 8 18 11 .621 8 6 .571 5 4
5 Nebraska  Big 8 14 13 .519 7 7 .500
6 Iowa State  Big 8 11 16 .407 6 8 .429
7 Oklahoma State  Big 8 12 15 .444 5 9 .357
8 Colorado  Big 8 14 13 .519 4 10 .286

Big Sky - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Weber StateRT Big Sky 25 9 .735 10 4 .714
2 Idaho State  Big Sky 14 13 .519 8 6 .571
3 Northern Arizona  Big Sky 13 14 .481 8 6 .571
4 Gonzaga  Big Sky 16 10 .615 7 7 .500
5 Montana  Big Sky 14 13 .519 7 7 .500
6 Montana State  Big Sky 15 11 .577 6 8 .429
7 Boise State  Big Sky 11 15 .423 6 8 .429
8 Idaho  Big Sky 11 15 .423 4 10 .286

Big Ten - 10 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Michigan StateRFN Big Ten 26 6 .813 13 5 .722 7 1 3
2 Purdue R Big Ten 27 8 .771 13 5 .722 13 15
3 IowaR Big Ten 20 8 .714 13 5 .722 11 20
4 Ohio State  Big Ten 19 12 .613 12 6 .667 7
5 Indiana  Big Ten 22 12 .647 10 8 .556 10 10
6 Michigan  Big Ten 15 12 .556 8 10 .444 8 6
7 Illinois  Big Ten 19 11 .633 7 11 .389 4
8 Wisconsin  Big Ten 12 15 .444 6 12 .333
9 Minnesota  Big Ten 11 16 .407 6 12 .333
10 Northwestern  Big Ten 6 21 .222 2 16 .111

EAA - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Villanova R EAA 13 13 .500 9 1 .900
2 RutgersT EAA 22 9 .710 7 3 .700 15 15 18
3 West Virginia  EAA 16 12 .571 7 3 .700
4 Pittsburgh  EAA 18 11 .621 6 4 .600
5 George Washington  EAA 13 14 .481 5 5 .500
6 Penn State  EAA 12 18 .400 4 6 .400
7 Duquesne  EAA 13 13 .500 2 8 .200
8 Massachusetts  EAA 5 22 .185 0 10 .000

ECC - 12 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 TempleRT ECC (East) 25 4 .862 13 0 1.000 12
2 Saint Joseph's  ECC (East) 19 11 .633 11 3 .786
3 La Salle  ECC (East) 15 13 .536 10 3 .769
4 American  ECC (East) 14 13 .519 7 5 .583
5 Drexel  ECC (East) 18 9 .667 7 6 .538
6 Hofstra  ECC (East) 8 19 .296 3 9 .250
7 Bucknell R ECC (West) 18 9 .667 12 6 .667
8 Lafayette  ECC (West) 16 12 .571 9 9 .500
9 Rider  ECC (West) 11 15 .423 7 9 .438
10 West Chester  ECC (West) 8 18 .308 5 13 .278
11 Lehigh  ECC (West) 8 18 .308 4 13 .235
12 Delaware  ECC (West) 5 22 .185 3 15 .167

Ind - 68 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 SyracuseR Ind 26 4 .867 9 6 8
2 Georgetown Ind 24 5 .828 9
3 DePaulF Ind 26 6 .813 6 6
4 Notre Dame Ind 24 6 .800 3 1 4
5 Virginia Commonwealth  Ind 20 5 .800
6 Iona Ind 23 6 .793
7 Detroit Mercy Ind 22 6 .786 16
8 Tennessee State  Ind 20 6 .769
9 Old Dominion  Ind 23 7 .767
10 Marquette Ind 22 7 .759 18 9 10
11 Wagner  Ind 21 7 .750
12 Connecticut Ind 21 8 .724
13 Nevada-Las Vegas  Ind 21 8 .724 20 14
14 North Carolina-Wilmington  Ind 19 8 .704
15 Boston College  Ind 21 9 .700
16 James Madison  Ind 18 8 .692
17 Rhode Island  Ind 20 9 .690
18 George Mason  Ind 17 8 .680
19 St. Bonaventure  Ind 19 9 .679
20 Illinois State  Ind 20 10 .667
21 Dayton  Ind 19 10 .655
22 Boston University  Ind 17 9 .654
23 Fairfield  Ind 17 9 .654
24 Georgia Tech  Ind 17 9 .654
25 Oral Roberts  Ind 17 10 .630
26 Holy Cross  Ind 17 11 .607
27 Cleveland State  Ind 15 10 .600
28 Maine  Ind 14 10 .583
29 Army  Ind 14 11 .560
30 Denver  Ind 15 12 .556
31 South Carolina  Ind 15 12 .556
32 Stetson  Ind 15 12 .556
33 Siena  Ind 14 12 .538
34 St. Francis (NY)  Ind 14 12 .538
35 Navy  Ind 13 12 .520
36 Xavier  Ind 14 13 .519
37 Northeastern  Ind 13 13 .500
38 Saint Francis (PA)  Ind 13 13 .500
39 Robert Morris  Ind 13 14 .481
40 Southern Mississippi  Ind 13 14 .481
41 Air Force  Ind 12 13 .480
42 Long Island University  Ind 12 13 .480
43 Canisius  Ind 12 14 .462
44 Colgate  Ind 12 14 .462
45 Evansville  Ind 13 16 .448
46 East Carolina  Ind 12 15 .444
47 Loyola (IL)  Ind 12 15 .444
48 Butler  Ind 11 16 .407
49 North Texas  Ind 11 16 .407
50 Saint Peter's  Ind 10 15 .400
51 Campbell  Ind 10 16 .385
52 New Hampshire  Ind 10 16 .385
53 Providence  Ind 10 16 .385
54 Richmond  Ind 10 16 .385
55 Hawaii  Ind 10 17 .370
56 William & Mary  Ind 9 17 .346
57 Georgia Southern  Ind 9 18 .333
58 Fairleigh Dickinson  Ind 8 18 .308
59 Milwaukee  Ind 8 18 .308
60 Vermont  Ind 8 18 .308
61 Northwestern State  Ind 7 19 .269
62 Arkansas-Little Rock  Ind 6 20 .231
63 Catholic  Ind 6 20 .231
64 Niagara  Ind 6 20 .231
65 Portland State  Ind 6 21 .222
66 Baltimore  Ind 4 20 .167
67 Valparaiso  Ind 4 21 .160
68 Charleston Southern  Ind 2 25 .074

Ivy - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 PennsylvaniaRF Ivy 25 7 .781 13 1 .929 14 14
2 Columbia  Ivy 17 9 .654 10 4 .714
3 Princeton  Ivy 14 12 .538 7 7 .500
4 Dartmouth  Ivy 14 12 .538 6 8 .429
5 Brown  Ivy 8 18 .308 6 8 .429
6 Harvard  Ivy 8 21 .276 6 8 .429
7 Yale  Ivy 11 15 .423 5 9 .357
8 Cornell  Ivy 8 18 .308 3 11 .214

MAC - 10 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 ToledoR MAC 22 8 .733 13 3 .813 19 19
2 Central Michigan  MAC 19 9 .679 13 3 .813
3 Ohio  MAC 16 11 .593 10 6 .625
4 Ball State  MAC 16 11 .593 9 7 .563
5 Northern Illinois  MAC 14 13 .519 8 8 .500
6 Kent State  MAC 13 14 .481 7 9 .438
7 Bowling Green State  MAC 14 13 .519 6 10 .375
8 Miami (OH)  MAC 9 18 .333 6 10 .375
9 Eastern Michigan  MAC 9 18 .333 5 11 .313
10 Western Michigan  MAC 7 23 .233 3 13 .188

MEAC - 4 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 North Carolina A&T RT MEAC 20 7 .741 11 1 .917
2 Delaware State  MEAC 18 10 .643 7 5 .583
3 Howard  MEAC 14 11 .560 6 6 .500
4 South Carolina State  MEAC 8 19 .296 3 9 .250

Metro - 7 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 LouisvilleR Metro 24 8 .750 9 1 .900 4 4 13
2 Florida State  Metro 19 10 .655 7 3 .700
3 Memphis  Metro 13 15 .464 5 5 .500
4 Virginia TechT Metro 22 9 .710 4 6 .400
5 Cincinnati  Metro 13 14 .481 4 6 .400
6 Saint Louis  Metro 10 17 .370 3 7 .300
7 Tulane  Metro 8 19 .296 2 8 .200

MVC - 9 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Indiana StateRTF MVC 33 1 .971 16 0 1.000 1 1
2 New Mexico State MVC 22 10 .688 11 5 .688
3 Drake  MVC 15 12 .556 8 8 .500
4 Southern Illinois  MVC 15 13 .536 8 8 .500
5 Creighton  MVC 14 13 .519 8 8 .500
6 Wichita State  MVC 14 14 .500 8 8 .500
7 Tulsa  MVC 13 14 .481 7 9 .438
8 Bradley  MVC 9 17 .346 3 13 .188
9 West Texas A&M  MVC 8 19 .296 3 13 .188

NJNY7 - 4 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Seton Hall  NJNY7 16 11 .593 5 1 .833
2 St. John's (NY) NJNY7 21 11 .656 3 3 .500 17 17
3 Fordham  NJNY7 7 22 .241 1 5 .167
4 Manhattan  NJNY7 6 20 .231 1 6 .143

OVC - 7 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Eastern KentuckyRT OVC 21 8 .724 9 3 .750
2 Western Kentucky  OVC 17 11 .607 7 5 .583
3 Morehead State  OVC 14 13 .519 7 5 .583
4 Middle Tennessee  OVC 16 11 .593 7 5 .583
5 Tennessee Tech  OVC 11 15 .423 7 5 .583
6 Austin Peay  OVC 8 18 .308 3 9 .250
7 Murray State  OVC 4 22 .154 2 10 .167

Pac-10 - 10 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 UCLAR Pac-10 25 5 .833 15 3 .833 2 1 2
2 Southern California Pac-10 20 9 .690 14 4 .778 13 11
3 Oregon State  Pac-10 18 10 .643 11 7 .611
4 Washington State  Pac-10 18 9 .667 10 8 .556
5 Arizona  Pac-10 16 11 .593 10 8 .556
6 Arizona State  Pac-10 16 14 .533 7 11 .389
7 Oregon  Pac-10 12 15 .444 7 11 .389
8 Stanford  Pac-10 12 15 .444 6 12 .333
9 Washington  Pac-10 11 16 .407 6 12 .333
10 California  Pac-10 6 21 .222 4 14 .222

PCAA - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 PacificRT PCAA 18 12 .600 11 3 .786
2 Utah State PCAA 19 11 .633 9 5 .643
3 Fresno State  PCAA 16 12 .571 9 5 .643
4 Cal State Fullerton  PCAA 16 11 .593 7 7 .500
5 Long Beach State  PCAA 16 12 .571 7 7 .500 15
6 California-Santa Barbara  PCAA 12 15 .444 6 8 .429
7 San Jose State  PCAA 7 20 .259 4 10 .286
8 California-Irvine  PCAA 9 17 .346 3 11 .214

SEC - 10 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Louisiana StateR SEC 23 6 .793 14 4 .778 14 5 7
2 TennesseeT SEC 21 12 .636 12 6 .667 20
3 Vanderbilt  SEC 18 9 .667 11 7 .611 17
4 Alabama  SEC 22 11 .667 11 7 .611 19 13
5 Mississippi State  SEC 19 9 .679 11 7 .611 18
6 Kentucky  SEC 19 12 .613 10 8 .556 11 6
7 Georgia  SEC 14 14 .500 7 11 .389
8 Mississippi  SEC 11 16 .407 6 12 .333
9 Auburn  SEC 13 16 .448 5 13 .278
10 Florida  SEC 8 19 .296 3 15 .167

Southern - 9 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Appalachian StateRT Southern 23 6 .793 11 3 .786
2 Furman  Southern 20 9 .690 9 3 .750
3 Citadel  Southern 20 7 .741 10 4 .714
4 Western Carolina  Southern 14 14 .500 5 7 .417
5 Marshall  Southern 11 16 .407 5 8 .385
6 Davidson  Southern 8 19 .296 3 7 .300
7 Chattanooga  Southern 14 13 .519 3 8 .273
8 Virginia Military Institute  Southern 12 15 .444 2 8 .200
9 East Tennessee State  Southern 16 11 .593 0 0

Southland - 6 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 LamarR Southland 23 9 .719 9 1 .900
2 Louisiana Tech  Southland 17 8 .680 6 4 .600
3 Louisiana-Lafayette  Southland 16 11 .593 6 4 .600
4 Arkansas State  Southland 15 12 .556 5 5 .500
5 McNeese State  Southland 10 17 .370 3 7 .300
6 Texas-Arlington  Southland 11 16 .407 1 9 .100

Sun Belt - 6 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 South AlabamaR Sun Belt 20 7 .741 10 0 1.000
2 South Florida  Sun Belt 14 14 .500 6 4 .600
3 Charlotte  Sun Belt 16 11 .593 6 4 .600
4 JacksonvilleT Sun Belt 19 11 .633 5 5 .500
5 New Orleans  Sun Belt 11 16 .407 3 7 .300
6 Georgia State  Sun Belt 7 20 .259 0 10 .000

SWAC - 5 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Alcorn State R SWAC 28 1 .966 12 0 1.000
2 Grambling  SWAC 16 11 .593 6 6 .500
3 Southern  SWAC 16 12 .571 6 6 .500
4 Texas Southern  SWAC 13 14 .481 6 6 .500
5 Jackson State  SWAC 13 14 .481 4 8 .333

SWC - 9 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 ArkansasRT SWC 25 5 .833 13 3 .813 5 5
2 TexasR SWC 21 8 .724 13 3 .813 6 6
3 Texas A&M  SWC 24 9 .727 11 5 .688 10
4 Texas Tech  SWC 19 11 .633 9 7 .563
5 Baylor  SWC 16 12 .571 9 7 .563
6 Houston  SWC 16 15 .516 6 10 .375
7 Southern Methodist  SWC 11 16 .407 6 10 .375
8 Rice  SWC 7 20 .259 4 12 .250
9 Texas Christian  SWC 6 21 .222 1 15 .063

WAC - 7 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 Brigham YoungR WAC 20 8 .714 10 2 .833
2 Utah WAC 20 10 .667 9 3 .750
3 New Mexico  WAC 19 10 .655 8 4 .667
4 Wyoming  WAC 15 12 .556 5 7 .417
5 San Diego State  WAC 15 12 .556 4 8 .333
6 Texas-El Paso  WAC 11 15 .423 3 9 .250
7 Colorado State  WAC 11 16 .407 3 9 .250

WCC - 8 Schools

1977-78 Season Conference Polls
Rk School Conf W L W-L% W L W-L% AP Pre AP High AP Final
1 San FranciscoR WCC 22 7 .759 12 2 .857 17 12 12
2 Pepperdine WCC 22 10 .688 10 4 .714
3 Nevada  WCC 21 7 .750 9 5 .643
4 Seattle  WCC 15 11 .577 8 6 .571
5 Santa Clara  WCC 13 14 .481 6 8 .429
6 Portland  WCC 18 10 .643 5 9 .357
7 Saint Mary's (CA)  WCC 13 15 .464 5 9 .357
8 Loyola Marymount  WCC 5 21 .192 1 13 .071