1958–59 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1958–59 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
1958-59 Michigan basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1958–59 record 15–7 (8–6 Big Ten)
Head coach William Perigo
Assistant coach Dave Strack
Assistant coach Matt Patanelli
MVP M. C. Burton, Jr.
Captain M. C. Burton, Jr.
Captain George Lee
Home arena Fielding H. Yost Field House
Seasons
« 1957–58 1959–60 »
1958–59 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Michigan State 12 2   .857     19 4   .826
Northwestern 8 6   .571     15 7   .682
Michigan 8 6   .571     15 7   .682
Purdue 8 6   .571     15 7   .682
Illinois 7 7   .500     12 10   .545
Indiana 7 7   .500     11 11   .500
Ohio State 7 7   .500     11 11   .500
Iowa 7 7   .500     10 12   .455
Minnesota 5 9   .357     8 14   .364
Wisconsin 1 13   .071     3 19   .136
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1958–59 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1958–59 season. The team played its home games at Fielding H. Yost Field House (renamed Yost Ice Arena in 1973) on the school's campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under the direction of head coach William Perigo, the team finished tied for second in the Big Ten Conference but failed to get an invitation to either the 1959 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 1959 National Invitation Tournament.[1] During the season, the team beat two of the four ranked opponents that it faced (#18 Purdue in the conference season opener on January 3, 1959 at West Lafayette and #18 Illinois on February 2 in Champaign).[2] M.C. Burton, Jr. won the Big Ten Conference statistical championships for both scoring (22.6 points per game) and rebounding (249 in 14 conference games for a 17.8 rebound average).[3][4] The 17.8 rebounds per game was a Big Ten Conference record that lasted one season.[5] Burton was the first player to lead the conference in both scoring and rebounding.[6] Burton and George Lee served as team co-captains, and Burton earned team MVP.[7]

Burton set numerous school rebounding records that season. Two that continue to stand are the 17.23 single-season rebounds per game average and the single-season record for 20-rebound games with 7. Bill Buntin surpassed his career total of 831 with 1037 and his career average of 12.59 with 13.13 in 1965. Rudy Tomjanovich surpassed his February 16 total of 27 with 30 on February 1, 1969. Phil Hubbard surpassed his single season total of 379 with 389 in 1977.[8] Burton also fell four points shy of Ron Kramer's 1957 school record career total of 1119.[9] Burton's career free throw percentage of 79.28 stood as the school record (since records have been available in 1955) until Cazzie Russell ended his career with an 82.65%.[10]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Three players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[11][12]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1959 4 2 24 George Lee Detroit Pistons
1959 11 2 73 M. C. Burton Detroit Pistons
1961 4 6 38 John Tidwell Philadelphia Warriors

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 195. 
  2. ^ "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 33. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 30. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ Ron Pesch. "Chasing a dream". Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  8. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 166. 
  9. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 162. 
  10. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 174. 
  11. ^ "1959 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26. 
  12. ^ "1961 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-26.