1987 College Basketball Recap

Updated August 5, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Final AP Top 20

Major Conference Champions

NCAA Tournament (64 teams)

NIT Tournament (32 teams)

Player of the Year

Coaches of the Year

Consensus All-America

The NCAA embraced the three-point field goal, drawing the firing line at 19-feet, nine inches.

Providence played “bombs away” better than most and made it all the way to the Final Four. There the Friars went cold and lost to Big East rival Syracuse while No.3 Indiana beat No.1 UNLV.

The title game was held on Oscar night and while the nominated “Hoosiers” didn't win in Hollywood, Bob Knight's Hoosiers did in New Orleans. Keith Smart hit the winning jumper (a deuce not a trey) for the 74–73 win.

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