|2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Indiana|
|Regular season||November 9, 2012 – March 17, 2013|
|Tournament dates||March 19 – April 8, 2013|
|National Championship||Georgia Dome|
|NCAA Champions||Louisville (vacated)|
|Other champions||Baylor (NIT),|
Santa Clara (CBI),
East Carolina (CIT)
|Player of the Year|
|Trey Burke, Michigan|
- October 29 – The AP preseason All-American team was named. Indiana's Cody Zeller was the leading vote-getter, garnering 64 of 65 possible votes. Joining Zeller were Creighton forward Doug McDermott (62 votes), Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan (43), Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas (26), Michigan guard Trey Burke (16) and Lehigh guard C. J. McCollum (16). Burke and McCollum tied in the voting, creating a sixth spot on the team.
- December 1 – Respected Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus died at 64 of heart failure. Majerus had been placed on a medical leave of absence prior to the start of the season for medical reasons and was replaced on an interim basis by Jim Crews. Majerus had a record of 517–216 in his 25 years as a head coach, with stops at Marquette, Ball State and Utah prior to taking the job at SLU. His best finish came in 1998 when he led Utah to the NCAA championship game.
- December 15 – The seven Big East Conference schools that do not sponsor FBS football (DePaul, Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, Villanova, Seton Hall and Marquette, collectively called the "Catholic 7") announced that they would break from the Big East and pursue other conference affiliation. The move leaves Connecticut as the only original Big East member set to remain in the conference.
- February 28 – ESPN reports that the "Catholic 7" will launch their new conference in July 2013, two years ahead of schedule, and will purchase the rights to the "Big East" name from the remaining conference schools. Two Atlantic 10 Conference members, Butler (which had only joined the A10 in July 2012) and Xavier, will reportedly join the new Big East, with Missouri Valley Conference member Creighton also a possibility.
- March 8 – The Big East split is officially announced. As previously reported, the "Catholic 7" will leave on June 30 with the Big East name. As of the announcement, the "Catholic 7" were the only members of the new Big East, but Butler, Xavier, and Creighton are expected to be added shortly.
- March 12 – Virginia Tech's Erick Green wins the ACC Player of the Year award, joining Maryland's Len Bias (1985–86) as the only two players of the year who competed for teams with losing ACC records.
- March 20 – The new Big East is officially launched at a press conference in New York City, with Butler, Creighton, and Xavier joining the "Catholic 7".
- April 3 – The FBS schools that will retain the charter of the original Big East unveil their future name, American Athletic Conference.
Milestones and records
- November 25 – Lehigh's C. J. McCollum scored 26 points in a 91–77 win over Sacred Heart, which made him surpass Rob Feaster as the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer.
- December 8 – Junior center Jordan Bachynski recorded the first triple-double in Arizona State men's basketball history. The 7'2" Bachynski scored 13 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked 12 shots in an 87–76 win over Cal State Northridge.
- December 17 – Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim became the third Division I head coach to win 900 games as the Orange defeated Detroit 72–68.
- December 19 – Phil Pressey recorded 19 assists for Missouri against UCLA tying the Southeastern Conference single-game assist record (Kenny Higgs, 1976–77 LSU; Bill Hann, 1967–68 Tennessee).
- January 2 – VCU senior guard Troy Daniels set a school and Atlantic 10 Conference record by hitting 11 three-pointers in a 109–58 win over East Tennessee State. Daniels scored all 33 of his points in the game on three-point shots.
- Santa Clara guard Kevin Foster, South Dakota State guard Nate Wolters, Evansville guard Colt Ryan, Georgia Southern guard C. J. Reed, Creighton forward Doug McDermott, VMI forward Stan Okoye, Sacred Heart guard Shane Gibson, Ohio guard D. J. Cooper, Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan, Duke guard Seth Curry, Bucknell center Mike Muscala  and Florida guard Kenny Boynton each passed the 2,000 point mark for their careers.
- January 26 – Northern Illinois set several all-time Division I marks of offensive futility in a 42–25 loss to Eastern Michigan: fewest points in a half in the shot clock era (4), lowest field goal shooting percentage for a half (3.2%), and tied the record for fewest field goals made in a half (1). The Huskies shot 1-for-31 in the first half, including 29 straight misses.
- February 25 – Kansas head coach Bill Self records his 500th win with a 108–96 overtime win at Iowa State.
- March 5 – D. J. Cooper of Ohio becomes the first player in the history of college basketball to record 2,000 points, 900 assists, 600 rebounds and 300 steals in a career.
- March 13 – Grambling State loses 59–51 to Alabama A&M in the SWAC Tournament, finishing off their winless 0–28 season.
Conference membership changes
The 2012–13 season saw the second wave of membership changes resulting from a major realignment of NCAA Division I conferences. The cycle began in 2010 with the Big Ten and the then-Pac-10 publicly announcing their intentions to expand. The fallout from these conferences' moves later affected a majority of D-I conferences.
In addition, two schools moved from Division II starting this season. These schools are ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2016. Finally, one school that had announced a transition to Division II, New Orleans, announced that it would halt its transition and remain in Division I.
- Coastal Carolina left behind one of the smallest venues in Division I basketball, Kimbel Arena (seating little over 1,000). The Chanticleers remained on campus at the new HTC Center.
- Omaha made its Division I debut in the new Ralston Arena, an off-campus venue in Ralston, a suburb of Omaha. The team's former on-campus home, Lee & Helene Sapp Fieldhouse, remained in use by the Omaha women's team. (Both teams would move in 2015 to the on-campus Baxter Arena.)
- Troy left its on-campus home since 1962, the original Trojan Arena, for a new on-campus venue also named Trojan Arena.
Major rule changes
Beginning in 2012–13, the following rules changes were implemented:
- College coaches are allowed to practice with players a maximum two hours per week during the Summer (May–August) as long as the student-athletes were enrolled in classes.
- Coaches could work their teams for a maximum of two hours a week beginning September 15 until official practice begins on October 13.
- There is now unlimited contact, including text messaging, allowed between college coaches and a prospective player in high school and junior college recruiting.
The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
A number of early-season tournaments will mark the beginning of the college basketball season.
*Although these tournaments include more teams, only the number listed play for the championship.
Conference winners and tournaments
Thirty athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament, instead giving their automatic invitation to their regular season champion. As of 2013, the Great West Conference does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Men or Women's College Tournament but the men's tourney champion does receive an automatic bid to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
|Erick Green||Virginia Tech||25.0||O. D. Anosike||Siena||11.4||Jason Brickman||LIU Brooklyn||8.5||Duke Mondy||Oakland||3.03|
|Doug McDermott||Creighton||23.2||Jerrelle Benimon||Towson||11.2||Phil Gaetano||Sacred Heart||7.9||Marcus Smart||Oklahoma St.||3.00|
|Lamont Jones||Iona||22.6||André Roberson||Colorado||11.2||Michael Carter-Williams||Syracuse||7.3||Anthony Hickey||LSU||2.93|
|Nate Wolters||S. Dakota St.||22.3||Mike Muscala||Bucknell||11.1||Larry Drew II||UCLA||7.3||Michael Carter-Williams||Syracuse||2.78|
|Travis Bader||Oakland||22.1||Richard Howell||NC State||10.9||Chaz Williams||UMass||7.3||Bernard Thompson||FGCU||2.76|
|Chris Obekpa||St. John's||4.03||Taylor Smith||Stephen F. Austin||69.4||Tyrus McGee||Iowa St.||46.4||Nik Cochran||Davidson||93.5|
|Jeff Withey||Kansas||3.95||Marshall Bjorklund||N. Dakota St.||66.7||Ryan Sypkens||UC Davis||46.1||Keith Hornsby||UNC Asheville||92.5|
|Zeke Marshall||Akron||3.70||Kelly Olynyk||Gonzaga||62.9||Ian Clark||Belmont||45.9||Austin Morgan||Yale||91.2|
|Jordan Bachynski||Arizona St.||3.43||T. J. Warren||NC State||62.2||Scott Bamforth||Weber St.||45.4||Holton Hunsaker||Utah Valley||90.4|
|Chris Horton||Austin Peay||3.23||Jameel Warney||Stony Brook||61.8||Malcolm Miller||Southern||45.2||Travis Smith||Mercer||89.8|
Final Four – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia
April 6, 2013
|National Championship Game|
April 8, 2013
For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.
|March 21||Oregon (#12, Midwest)||68–55||Oklahoma State (#5, Midwest)|
|March 21||California (#12, East)||64–61||UNLV (#5, East)|
|March 21||Harvard (#14, West)||68–62||New Mexico (#3, West)|
|March 22||Ole Miss (#12, West)||57–46||Wisconsin (#5, West)|
|March 22||La Salle (#13, West)||63–61||Kansas State (#4, West)|
|March 22||Florida Gulf Coast (#15, South)||78–68||Georgetown (#2, South)|
|March 23||Oregon (#12, Midwest)||74–57||Saint Louis (#4, Midwest)|
|March 23||Wichita State (#9, West)||76–70||Gonzaga (#1, West)|
|March 24||Florida Gulf Coast (#15, South)||81–71||San Diego State (#7, South)|
|March 30||Wichita State (#9, West)||70–66||Ohio State (#2, West)|
National Invitation Tournament
After the NCAA Tournament field is announced, the NCAA invited 32 teams to participate in the National Invitation Tournament. The tournament will begin on March 19, 2013, with all games prior to the semifinals played on campus sites. The semifinals and final will be respectively held on April 2 and April 4, 2013 at the traditional site of Madison Square Garden.
NIT Semifinals and Final
Played at Madison Square Garden in New York City
April 2, 2013
April 4, 2013
College Basketball Invitational
The fifth College Basketball Invitational (CBI) Tournament began on March 19, 2013 and ended with a best-of-three final scheduled for April 1, 3, and 5; the final went the full three games. This tournament featured 16 teams who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT.
(best of three)
CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament
The fourth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament was held beginning March 2013 and ending with a championship game in April 2013. This tournament places an emphasis on selecting successful teams from "mid-major" conferences who were left out of the NCAA Tournament and NIT. 32 teams participated in this tournament, which granted an automatic bid to the Great West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament champion.
Consensus All-American teams
The following players are recognized as the 2013 Consensus All-Americans:
|Marcus Smart||PG||Freshman||Oklahoma State|
Major player of the year awards
- Wooden Award: Trey Burke, Michigan
- Naismith Award: Trey Burke, Michigan
- Associated Press Player of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
- NABC Player of the Year: Trey Burke, Michigan
- Oscar Robertson Trophy (USBWA): Trey Burke, Michigan
- Sporting News Player of the Year: Victor Oladipo, Indiana
Major freshman of the year awards
- Wayman Tisdale Award (USBWA): Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
- Sporting News Freshman of the Year: Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
Major coach of the year awards
- Associated Press Coach of the Year: Jim Larrañaga, Miami (Florida)
- Henry Iba Award (USBWA): Jim Larrañaga, Miami (Florida)
- NABC Coach of the Year: Jim Crews, Saint Louis
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: Jim Larrañaga, Miami (Florida)
- Sporting News Coach of the Year: Jim Crews, Saint Louis
Other major awards
- Bob Cousy Award (Best point guard): Trey Burke, Michigan
- Pete Newell Big Man Award (Best big man): Mason Plumlee, Duke
- NABC Defensive Player of the Year: Victor Oladipo, Indiana & Jeff Withey, Kansas
- Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (Best senior 6'0"/1.83 m or shorter): Peyton Siva, Louisville
- Senior CLASS Award (top senior): Jordan Hulls, Indiana
- Robert V. Geasey Trophy (Top player in Philadelphia Big 5): Khalif Wyatt, Temple
- Haggerty Award (Top player in NYC metro area): Lamont Jones, Iona
- Ben Jobe Award (Top minority coach): Kevin Ollie, Connecticut
- Hugh Durham Award (Top mid-major coach): Danny Kaspar, Stephen F. Austin
- Jim Phelan Award (Top head coach): Dana Altman, Oregon
- Lefty Driesell Award (Top defensive player): Tommy Brenton, Stony Brook
- Lou Henson Award (Top mid-major player): Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's
- Lute Olson Award (Top non-freshman or transfer player): Shane Larkin, Miami (Florida)
- Skip Prosser Man of the Year Award (Coach with moral character): Joe Mihalich, Niagara
- Academic All-American of the Year (Top scholar-athlete): Aaron Craft, Ohio State
- Elite 89 Award (Top GPA among upperclass players at Final Four): Wayne Blackshear, Louisville
A number of teams changed coaches during and after the season.
|Ball State||Billy Taylor||James Whitford||Taylor was fired following 15–15 records in each of his last two seasons.|
|Buffalo||Reggie Witherspoon||Bobby Hurley||Witherspoon was fired after 14 seasons.|
|Butler||Brad Stevens||Brandon Miller||Stevens left to become the newest head coach of the National Basketball Association's Boston Celtics.|
|Cal State Northridge||Bobby Braswell||Reggie Theus||Braswell was fired after 17 seasons, ending with a 14–17 season. Although he led the Matadors to two NCAA tournaments and three 20-win seasons, his tenure was also marked by numerous off-court problems. Ironically, incoming Northridge athletic director Brandon Martin, who announced Braswell's firing, played under him in high school. Northridge went to the D-League to hire Theus, who is also a former coach of New Mexico State and the Sacramento Kings, and played 13 seasons in the NBA.|
|Campbell||Robbie Laing||Kevin McGeehan||Campbell went 13-20 and finished tied for third in the league's North Division with a 7-9 conference record.|
|Connecticut||Jim Calhoun||Kevin Ollie||Calhoun retired on September 13. He won 873 games in 40 years as a head coach, first at Northeastern and the last 26 years at UConn, where he put four teams in the Final Four, winning national titles in 1999, 2004 and 2011.|
|FIU||Richard Pitino||Anthony Evans||Pitino, son of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, took the Minnesota job.|
|Florida Gulf Coast||Andy Enfield||Joe Dooley||Enfield guided the Eagles to the school's first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance in only its second year of Division I eligibility, then advanced to the Sweet 16 as a #15-seed – the first time in tournament history that a 15-seed had gotten so far. The University of Southern California lured Enfield away on April 1.|
|Longwood||Mike Gillian||Jayson Gee||Gillian guided the Lancers through their transition from Division II to Division I play, and into their first season as a member of the Big South Conference. He resigned on March 14, 2013, after the Lancers' first season with less than ten wins since 2008. On April 3, Cleveland State associate head coach Jayson Gee was hired.|
|Loyola (Maryland)||Jimmy Patsos||G. G. Smith|
|Minnesota||Tubby Smith||Richard Pitino||Smith was fired after six seasons at Minnesota and having compiled a 124–81 record. The Golden Gophers never finished higher than sixth in the Big Ten Conference, however.|
|New Mexico||Steve Alford||Craig Neal||Alford left to take the UCLA job.|
|Norfolk State||Anthony Evans||Robert Jones||Evans took the FIU job; he had been a finalist for that job the previous offseason, but had lost out to the now-departed Richard Pitino.|
|Northwestern||Bill Carmody||Chris Collins||Carmody was fired after failing to lead Northwestern to its first ever NCAA tournament bid in thirteen seasons. He was replaced by Duke assistant Collins, the son of former NBA player and coach Doug Collins. Collins took over after the Blue Devils exited the NCAA tournament.|
|Old Dominion||Blaine Taylor||Jim Corrigan||Jeff Jones||Old Dominion fired Taylor, their all-time winningest coach, on February 5 after a 2–20 start.|
|Rutgers||Mike Rice||Eddie Jordan||Rice was fired on April 3 after ESPN's Outside the Lines aired a video taken at a Rutgers practice that showed Rice shoving and throwing balls at players and using gay slurs. Jordan, a player on the school's 1976 Final Four team and most recently an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, was hired as Rice's replacement.|
|Saint Louis||Rick Majerus||Jim Crews||Majerus stepped down prior to the season due to health reasons and later died. Interim coach Crews led Saint Louis to an Atlantic 10 regular season title and was named conference coach of the year. Saint Louis removed the interim tag from Crews on April 12.|
|San Jose State||George Nessman||Dave Wojcik||San Jose State was looking to upgrade the program before its move to the more strenuous Mountain West Conference next season. Boise State associate head coach Dave Wojcik was hired as Nessman's successor on March 30.|
|Siena||Mitch Buonaguro||Jimmy Patsos||According to ESPN.com, "Buonaguro went 35-59 in three seasons with the Saints, never finishing a season with a winning record or in the top half of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The three-year slide immediately followed the most successful three-year run in school history. Siena won MAAC titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010 -- all under coach Fran McCaffery, with Buonaguro his top assistant."|
|South Alabama||Ronnie Arrow||Jeff Price||Matthew Graves||Arrow retired December 19, 2012. Jeff Price was named interim head coach. Butler associate head coach Matt Graves was named the new head coach of South Alabama on March 25, 2013.|
|South Carolina State||Tim Carter||Murray Garvin||Carter resigned in season on February 6, 2013 after starting 4–17.|
|South Dakota||Dave Boots||Joey James||Boots resigned in August, 2013.|
|Texas Tech||Billy Gillispie||Chris Walker||Tubby Smith||The Red Raiders were 8–23 overall, 1–17 in the Big 12, in Gillispie's lone season as successor to Pat Knight. Gillispie's tenure in Lubbock began to unravel in September 2012 when CBSSports.com and ESPN.com, citing several former players, reported the coach regularly violated NCAA practice-time rules and mistreated players to the point of causing injury|
|UCLA||Ben Howland||Steve Alford||According to the Orange County Register, "...the perfect storm of attendance, reputation, and very little NCAA Tournament success was enough to doom Howland after 10 seasons."|
|UMBC||Randy Monroe||Aki Thomas||Monroe resigned as head men's basketball coach on October 10. He led UMBC to its lone America East Conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance in the 2007–08 season. Monroe directed the third-most games (245) of any head coach in UMBC men's basketball history and finished with a career mark of 85–160. On March 4, Aki Thomas' interim tag was removed and he was promoted to permanent head coach.|
|UMKC||Matt Brown||Kareem Richardson||Brown was fired on March 12, 2013. He went 64–122 with UMKC, including an 8–24 record in 2012–13. He was replaced by Louisville assistant Richardson, who took over after the Cardinals won the NCAA title.|
|USC||Kevin O'Neill||Bob Cantu||Andy Enfield||O'Neill was fired on January 14, 2013. USC athletic director Pat Haden cited "new energy" was needed for their program. On April 1, USC announced that they had hired Andy Enfield, the head coach who just taken Florida Gulf Coast University to the Sweet 16 as a #15-seed, the first time in NCAA Tournament history that has occurred.|
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