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1996-97 Season Summary

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National Champion: Arizona
Final Four: Arizona, Kentucky, Minnesota and North Carolina

Consensus Player of the Year: Tim Duncan

AP Preseason #1: Cincinnati ▪ AP Final #1: Kansas

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 9 184 102 .643 17.33 10.68 5 6 1 Duke North Carolina
2 Pacific-10 Conference 10 175 124 .585 12.48 9.37 3 5 1 UCLA
3 Big Ten Conference 11 205 137 .599 12.42 9.08 2 6 1 Minnesota
4 Big East Conference 13 232 169 .579 10.44 7.72 2 4 0 Boston College (Big East 6)
Villanova (Big East 6)
Georgetown (Big East 7)
Boston College
5 Big 12 Conference 12 222 147 .602 10.23 6.74 3 5 0 Kansas Kansas
6 Southeastern Conference 12 219 157 .582 10.19 6.74 3 5 1 South Carolina (East)
Mississippi (West)
Kentucky
7 Atlantic 10 Conference 12 190 162 .540 7.90 5.98 2 5 0 Saint Joseph's (East)
Xavier (West)
Saint Joseph's
8 Conference USA 12 195 166 .540 5.47 4.09 2 4 0 Cincinnati (Blue)
Tulane (Red)
Charlotte (White)
Memphis (White)
Marquette
9 Western Athletic Conference 16 269 203 .570 4.64 3.54 2 3 0 Utah (Mountain)
Fresno State (Pacific)
Hawaii (Pacific)
Utah
10 Missouri Valley Conference 10 154 141 .522 3.72 2.95 0 1 0 Illinois State Illinois State
11 Mid-American Conference 10 149 135 .525 1.17 1.13 0 1 0 Bowling Green State
Miami (OH)
Miami (OH)
12 Colonial Athletic Association 9 131 125 .512 -0.98 -0.88 0 1 0 North Carolina-Wilmington
Old Dominion
Old Dominion
13 West Coast Conference 8 109 115 .487 -1.21 -0.27 0 1 0 Saint Mary's (CA)
Santa Clara
Saint Mary's (CA)
14 Big West Conference 12 174 164 .515 -1.32 -0.58 0 1 0 Nevada (East)
New Mexico State (East)
Utah State (East)
Pacific (West)
Pacific
15 Midwestern Collegiate Conference 9 116 140 .453 -2.81 -0.82 0 1 0 Butler Butler
16 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference 8 105 121 .465 -3.90 -3.22 0 1 0 Iona Fairfield
17 Sun Belt Conference 10 140 142 .496 -4.55 -3.28 0 1 0 New Orleans
South Alabama
South Alabama
18 America East Conference 10 139 148 .484 -5.13 -3.73 0 1 0 Boston University Boston University
19 Independent 3 37 44 .457 -5.32 -1.39 0 0 0 Oral Roberts
20 Big Sky Conference 8 111 115 .491 -5.51 -3.44 0 1 0 Northern Arizona Montana
21 Ivy Group 8 106 104 .505 -5.77 -5.03 0 1 0 Princeton
22 Mid-Continent Conference 9 123 128 .490 -7.48 -5.33 0 1 0 Valparaiso Valparaiso
23 Northeast Conference 10 130 149 .466 -8.08 -6.32 0 1 0 Long Island University Long Island University
24 Southern Conference 10 142 142 .500 -9.04 -5.38 0 1 0 Davidson (North)
Marshall (North)
Chattanooga (South)
Chattanooga
25 Ohio Valley Conference 10 131 153 .461 -9.94 -6.95 0 1 0 Austin Peay
Murray State
Murray State
26 Big South Conference 8 111 118 .485 -10.02 -6.15 0 1 0 Liberty
North Carolina-Asheville
Charleston Southern
27 Southland Conference 9 112 135 .453 -11.52 -7.69 0 1 0 Louisiana-Monroe
McNeese State
Texas State
Texas State
28 Patriot League 7 80 114 .412 -12.25 -7.58 0 1 0 Navy Navy
29 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference 10 113 165 .406 -13.25 -8.78 0 1 0 Coppin State Coppin State
30 Atlantic Sun Conference 12 149 182 .450 -13.54 -9.83 1 1 0 College of Charleston (East)
Samford (West)
College of Charleston
31 Southwest Athletic Conference 8 94 131 .418 -16.65 -9.98 0 1 0 Mississippi Valley State Jackson State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 12/17 12/24 12/31 1/7 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/4 2/11 2/18 2/25 3/4 Final
Kansas Big 12 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
Utah WAC 6 4 4 3 9 9 8 7 9 9 5 4 5 5 5 4 3 2
Minnesota Big Ten 22 23 24 16 17 16 15 15 11 7 8 6 4 3 2 2 2 3
North Carolina ACC 8 7 14 14 11 12 11 11 13 22 19 19 20 16 12 8 5 4
Kentucky SEC 3 8 8 6 3 3 3 3 3 5 3 3 3 4 3 3 6 5
South Carolina SEC                       25 19 12 9 6 4 6
UCLA Pac-10 5 5 13 17 23 24               24 17 10 9 7
Duke ACC 10 10 6 10 14 11 12 13 10 13 10 12 8 6 6 7 7 8
Wake Forest ACC 4 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 4 2 2 2 4 5 8 9
Cincinnati CUSA 1 1 1 4 7 7 7 6 6 4 9 8 12 8 11 9 10 10
New Mexico WAC 17 18 19 11 15 15 14 16 18 12 15 13 9 13 10 11 14 11
Saint Joseph's A-10                               23 19 12
Xavier A-10       23 19 17 17 17 12 14 16 20 17 19 16 14 11 13
Clemson ACC 20 12 10 12 10 8 6 5 5 3 2 7 10 7 8 12 13 14
Arizona Pac-10 19 19 11 15 8 6 9 9 7 6 11 10 14 11 13 15 12 15
College of Charleston A-Sun                           25 22 20 17 16
Georgia SEC                 24 21             24 17
Iowa State Big 12 11 11 9 9 6 5 5 4 4 8 14 11 6 9 7 13 16 18
Illinois Big Ten               24 25         20 23 21 15 19
Villanova Big East 7 6 5 5 4 10 10 10 8 16 12 14 16 18 19 18 21 20
Stanford Pac-10 18 20 21 24 21 22 23 21 21 15 17 15 18 22 20 25 23 21
Maryland ACC           25 21 19 19 11 7 5 7 10 14 16 22 22
Boston College Big East 21 21 23 20 25   25 25 23 19 22             23
Colorado Big 12                     18 18 15 15 21 19 18 24
Louisville CUSA         22 18 16 14 14 10 6 9 11 17 15 17 20 25
School Conf Pre 11/19 11/26 12/3 12/10 12/17 12/24 12/31 1/7 1/14 1/21 1/28 2/4 2/11 2/18 2/25 3/4 Final
Alabama SEC         24 20 19                      
Arkansas SEC 13 16 16 22 20 19 22 22                    
California Pac-10                             25      
Fresno State WAC 14 14 15 13 16 21                        
George Washington A-10 24 24 25                              
Indiana Big Ten   22 20 8 12 13 13 12 15 17 21 17 24   24 22 25  
Iowa Big Ten 23 25                     25          
Marquette CUSA 25                   25 24            
Massachusetts A-10 15 15 17                              
Michigan Big Ten 9 9 7 7 5 4 4 8 16 18 13 16 13 14 18 24    
Mississippi SEC                   20                
Oregon Pac-10             24 20 17 24                
Syracuse Big East 12 13 12 19                            
Texas Big 12 16 17 18 18 13 14 18 18 22 23 23 23            
Texas Tech Big 12         18 23 20 23 20 25 20 22 23 21        
Tulane CUSA                         21 23        
Tulsa WAC     22 21             24 21 22          
Virginia ACC       25