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2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season

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Preseason AP #1  Duke Blue Devils
NCAA Champions  Maryland Terrapins
Start date  November 9, 2001
NCAA Tournament  2002
Other champions  Memphis Tigers (NIT)
National championship  Georgia Dome
Regular season  November 9, 2001– March 10, 2002
Tournament dates  March 12 – April 1, 2002
Champion  Maryland Terrapins men's basketball
Similar  2004–05 NCAA Division I, 1999–2000 NCAA Division I, 2005–06 NCAA Division I, 2008–09 NCAA Division I, 2007–08 NCAA Division I

The 2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season began on November 9, 2001, progressed through the regular season and conference tournaments, and concluded with the 2002 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on April 1, 2002 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. The Maryland Terrapins won their first NCAA national championship with a 64–52 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.


Season headlines

  • The preseason AP All-American team was named on November 6. Jason Williams of Duke was the unanimous leading vote-getter (72 of 72 votes). The rest of the team included Kareem Rush of Missouri (47 votes), Tayshaun Prince of Kentucky (46), Casey Jacobsen of Stanford (45) and Frank Williams of Illinois (31).
  • Jason Conley of Virginia Military Institute becomes the first freshman ever to win the season scoring title, averaging 29.3 points in 28 games.
  • Senior John Linehan of Providence becomes the all-time Division I steals leader with 385 for his career, while fellow senior Desmond Cambridge of Alabama A&M coincidentally finishes his career with the second highest steals total of 377.
  • March 1 – Sophomore Ronald Blackshear of Marshall ties an NCAA record by making 11 consecutive three-point shots in a game against Akron, but also makes 14 total in the second-highest single game output in NCAA history.
  • Major rule changes

    Beginning in 2001–02, the following rules changes were implemented:

  • Both direct and indirect technical fouls penalized by two shots and returned to point of interruption.
  • Officials could check an official courtside monitor to determine if a try was a three- or two-point attempt, regardless of whether the try was successful.
  • Pre-season polls

    The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls November 5, 2001.

    Semifinals & Finals

  • Third Place – Temple 65, Syracuse 64
  • Major player of the year awards

  • Wooden Award: Jason Williams, Duke
  • Naismith Award: Jason Williams, Duke
  • Associated Press Player of the Year: Jason Williams, Duke
  • NABC Player of the Year: Drew Gooden, Kansas & Jason Williams, Duke
  • Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA): Jason Williams, Duke
  • Adolph Rupp Trophy: Jason Williams, Duke
  • Sporting News Player of the Year: Jason Williams, Duke
  • Major freshman of the year awards

  • USBWA Freshman of the Year: T. J. Ford, Texas
  • Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Maurice Williams, Alabama
  • Major coach of the year awards

  • Associated Press Coach of the Year: Ben Howland, Pittsburgh
  • Henry Iba Award (USBWA): Ben Howland, Pittsburgh
  • NABC Coach of the Year: Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma
  • Naismith College Coach of the Year: Ben Howland, Pittsburgh
  • CBS/Chevrolet Coach of the Year: Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma
  • Sporting News Coach of the Year: Ben Howland, Pittsburgh
  • Other major awards

  • Pete Newell Big Man Award (Best big man): Drew Gooden, Kansas
  • NABC Defensive Player of the Year: John Linehan, Providence
  • Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (Best player under 6'0): Steve Logan, Cincinnati
  • Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (top senior): Juan Dixon, Maryland
  • Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Lynn Greer, Temple
  • NIT/Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC): Marcus Hatten, St. John's
  • References

    2001–02 NCAA Division I men's basketball season Wikipedia