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1979-80 Basketball Results

Gopher Basketball 1979-80 Season

  • Head Coach: Jim Dutcher (5th season)
  • Overall Record: 21-11
  • Conference Record: 10-8
  • Notes: Kevin McHale was team captain.
  • Assistant coaches were Jimmy Williams, Jessie Evans and Dick Lein.
  • The Pillsbury Classic took place at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  

1979-80 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L Score
11/30/1979 Eastern Michigan W 77-56
12/03/1979 Fresno State W 65-49
12/05/1979 North Dakota W 87-60
12/15/1979 Nebraska W 75-58
12/17/1979 @ Tennessee L 64-71
12/20/1979 @ Florida State L 91-112
12/22/1979 Kansas State W 78-61
12/28/1979 Pillsbury Classic
Rutgers
W 98-59
12/29/1979 Pillsbury Classic
Texas A&M
W 69-63
01/03/1980 @ Michigan L 67-71
01/05/1980 @ Michigan State W 93-80
01/10/1980 Wisconsin W 82-76 OT
01/12/1980 Illinois W 79-75
01/17/1980 @ Ohio State L 70-75 OT
01/19/1980 Purdue W 67-61
01/24/1980 Indiana W 55-47
01/26/1980 @ Iowa L 73-80
01/31/1980 @ Northwestern W 74-64
02/02/1980 Iowa L 63-74
02/07/1980 @ Purdue L 56-58
02/09/1980 Northwestern W 72-55
02/14/1980 Ohio State W 74-70
02/16/1980 @ Indiana L 54-67
02/21/1980 @ Illinois L 58-60 OT
02/23/1980 @ Wisconsin L 55-70
02/28/1980 Michigan State W 87-73
03/01/1980 Michigan W 68-67
03/05/1980 NIT 1st Round
Bowling Green
W 64-50
03/10/1980 NIT 2nd Round
Mississippi
W 58-56
03/13/1980 NIT Quarterfinals
SW Louisiana
W 94-73
03/17/1980 NIT Semifinals
vs. Illinois
W 65-63
03/19/1980 NIT Finals
vs. Virginia
L 55-58

1979-80 Big Ten Standings

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Indiana 13-5 21-8
Ohio State 12-6 21-8
Purdue 11-7 23-10
Minnesota 10-8 21-11
Iowa 10-8 23-10
Illinois 8-10 22-13
Michigan 8-10 17-13
Wisconsin 7-11 15-14
Michigan State 6-12 12-15
Northwestern 5-13 10-17

1979-80 Gopher Basketball Roster

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
45 Bruer, Randy C Fr 7-2 Lake City, MN
54 Coleman, Ben F Fr 6-8 Minneapolis, MN (North)
11 Dale, Carl G Jr 6-0 Chicago, IL (Loretto)
24 Hall, Mark G So 6-2 Springfield, MA (Commerce)
42 Holmes, Gary C So 6-10 Miami, FL (Central)
33 Howell, Zebedee F Fr 6-7 Ocala, FL (Vanguard)
3 Kaupa, Bruce G Fr 6-1 Woodbury, MN
44 McHale, Kevin F/C Sr 6-11 Hibbing, MN
30 Mitchell, Darryl G So 6-4 W. Palm Beach (North Shore)
21 Thompson, Andy F Jr 6-6 Nassau, Bahamas (Miami)
32 Tucker, Trent F/G So 6-5 Flint, MI (Northwestern)

1979-80 Final AP Poll

Team
1. DePaul
2. Louisville
3. Louisiana State
4. Kentucky
5. Oregon State
6. Syracuse
7. Indiana
8. Maryland
9. Notre Dame
10. Ohio State
11. Georgetown
12. Brigham Young
13. St. John's (NY)
14. Duke
15. North Carolina
16. Missouri
17. Weber State
18. Arizona State
19. Iona
20. Purdue

1979-80 Final United Press Poll

Team
1. DePaul
2. Louisiana State
3. Kentucky
4. Louisville
5. Oregon State
6. Syracuse
7. Indiana
8. Maryland
9. Ohio State
10. Georgetown
11. Notre Dame
12. Brigham Young
13. St. John's (NY)
14. Missouri
15. North Carolina
16. Duke
17. Weber State
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona State
20. Kansas State

Final Four

Semifinals

Louisville 80, Iowa 72
UCLA 67, Purdue 62

Finals

Louisville 59, UCLA 54