1960–61 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1960–61 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
1961 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1960–61 record 6–18 (2–12 Big Ten)
Head coach Dave Strack
Assistant coach James Skala
Assistant coach Tom Jorgensen
MVP John Tidwell
Captain John Tidwell
Home arena Fielding H. Yost Field House
Seasons
« 1959–60 1961–62 »
1960–61 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Ohio State 14 0   1.000     27 1   .964
#7 Iowa 10 4   .714     18 6   .750
Purdue 10 4   .714     16 7   .696
Indiana 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Minnesota 8 6   .571     10 13   .435
Northwestern 6 8   .429     10 12   .455
Illinois 5 9   .357     9 15   .375
Wisconsin 4 10   .286     7 17   .292
Michigan State 3 11   .214     7 17   .292
Michigan 2 12   .143     6 18   .250
Rankings from http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/conferences/big-ten/1961.html

The 1960–61 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1960–61 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.

Season overview[edit]

Under the direction of first-year head coach Dave Strack, the team compiled 6–18 record (2–12 in conference games), finished tenth in the Big Ten Conference and failed to get an invitation to either the 1961 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 1961 National Invitation Tournament.[1] Over the course of the season, the team lost to both ranked opponents that it faced.[1] Although it had a 6–6 record at home, it lost all twelve of its road games.[1]

After two road losses to Vanderbilt and Tennessee to open the season, Michigan returned to Yost Field House and won its home opener over Pittsburgh, 86–70, on December 6, 1960. Team captain and senior, John Tidwell led Michigan's scoring with 38 points.[2]

On February 2, 1961, Michigan tallied its highest point total of the year and easily defeated Western Ontario, 88–58, in a non-conference home game. All 13 Michigan players saw action against Western Ontario, a team that was "rated as Canada's best."[3] Tidwell led the team in scoring with 28 points, and Tom Cole led the way on the boards with 13 rebounds.[3] The team set a Michigan single-game record with 72 rebounds against Western Ontario, but the record would be broken exactly two years later when the current record of 77 was set.[4]

Two days after its victory over the Canadians, Michigan suffered its worst loss of the season, losing at home to an undefeated and No. 1 ranked Ohio State team by a score of 80–58. The game was played in front of a crowd of 6,000 fans and a regional television audience. The Associated Press wrote, "The fabulous Buckeys, now 16–0 for the season and 6–0 in the Big Ten, dispatched the conference cellar dwellers with an adding machine offense."[5]

Michigan's second worst loss of the season came on the road against Purdue, 96–79, on February 6, 1961. Four Michigan players fouled out of the game, as the Wolverines were called for 58 personal fouls. Purdue converted 40 of 48 free throw attempts. Michigan's leading scorer, Tidwell, was among the four Wolverines to foul out, and he finished the game with only one point.[6]

On February 13, 1961, Michigan won its first Big Ten Conference game, defeating Michigan State 78–67 in front of a season-high crowd of 6,500 at Yost Field House. In the battle of in-state rivals, the Wolverines' center, Scott Maentz of East Grand Rapids, was the only Michigan-born player to start for either team. Michigan's Tom Cole was the high scorer with 29 points. Maentz, who also played end for the Michigan football team, scored 19 points and pulled in 18 rebounds.[7]

On March 4, 1961, Tidwell established a Big Ten Conference single-game record by making 20 field goals in a 73–70 loss against Minnesota.[8] Tidwell also broke his own Michigan single-game scoring record with 43 points in the loss to Minnesota.[9] Tidwell's Big Ten record of 20 field goals stood until February 16, 1963 when Jimmy Rayl posted 23 for Indiana.[8]

On March 6, 1961, in the final home game of the season, Michigan won only its second conference game, defeating Illinois, 74–66. Scott Maentz led a second-half rally that put the Wolverines on top. After a slow start with two points in the first half, Maentz scored 16 points in the second half before fouling out with six minutes left in the game. Tidwell, playing in his final home game in front of a crowd of 3,000, led Michigan's scorers with 24 points. Tidwell set nearly every Michigan scoring record, and when he was pulled from the game, he was "given a three-minute, standing ovation for his effort."[10]

On March 11, 1961, Michigan closed its season with an 82–67 loss to Indiana in Bloomington.[11] The season-ending loss to Indiana is notable in that the two teams set a National Collegiate Athletic Association single-game record that still stands as of 2010 with 152 total rebounds, 95 by Indiana and 57 for Michigansted 57 rebounds, while Indiana posted 95.[12] Indiana's Walt Bellamy led the effort with 33 rebounds to break his own Indiana record.[13]

At the conclusion of the season, the members of the team chose Tidwell as the team's Most Valuable Player. Tidwell scored 441 points for a 19.2 point average during his senior year.[9] Tidwell became the first Wolverine to end his career with a 20 point per game scoring average, and his career point total (1,386) eclipsed the school scoring record set by Ron Kramer in 1957 (1,119). Bill Buntin broke Tidwell's scoring record in 1965 with 1,725 points and a 21.8 point per game average.[14]

Schedule and results[edit]

Opponent Date Location W/L Attendance
Vanderbilt December 2, 1960 Knoxville, Tennessee L-43-58 4,500
Tennessee December 3, 1960 Knoxville, Tennessee L-64-75 -
Pittsburgh December 6, 1960 Yost Field House W-86-70 2,000
Butler December 8, 1960 Yost Field House L-58-68 2,000
Drake December 10, 1960 Des Moines, Iowa L-72-83 -
Idaho December 14, 1960 Yost Field House W-68-57 1,500
Wichita State December 19, 1960 Wichita, Kansas L-76-94 3,320
Denver December 21, 1960 University of Denver Fieldhouse L-59-68 547
Brown December 28, 1960 Yost Field House W-74-56 1,800
Indiana January 7, 1961 Yost Field House L-70-81 3,800
Illinois January 14, 1961 George Huff Gymnasium, Champaign, Illinois L-64-88 6,705
Michigan State January 16, 1961 East Lansing, Michigan L-69-81 8,015
Western Ontario February 2, 1961 Yost Field House W-88-58 800
Ohio State February 4, 1961 Yost Field House L-58-80 6,000
Purdue February 6, 1961 Lafayette, Indiana L-79-96 8,500
Minnesota February 11, 1961 Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minnesota L-53-70 7,863
Michigan State February 13, 1961 Yost Field House W-78-67 5,500
Purdue February 18, 1961 Yost Field House L-64-65 4,500
Iowa February 20, 1961 Yost Field House L-46-50 4,000
Northwestern February 25, 1961 Evanston, Illinois L-56-66 3,500
Wisconsin February 27, 1961 UW Field House L-68-76 4,476
Minnesota March 4, 1961 Yost Field House L-70-73 3,000
Illinois March 6, 1961 Yost Field House W-74-66 3,000
Indiana March 11, 1961 Gladstein Fieldhouse, Bloomington, Indiana L-67-82 3,862

Player statistics[edit]

The following player statistics are taken from the University of Michigan's Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page.[15]

Name GP GS FG FT FTA FT% Points Avg
John Tidwell 23 20 182 77 158 0.487 441 19.2
Tom Cole 23 20 107 77 133 0.579 291 12.7
Scott Maentz 23 15 82 21 40 0.525 185 8.0
Don Petroff 15 9 65 28 42 0.667 158 10.5
Jon Hall 22 17 54 43 73 0.589 151 6.9
Steve Schoenherr 20 8 44 12 18 0.667 100 5.0
Charles Higgs 21 11 33 26 45 0.578 92 4.4
Robert Brown 23 13 28 21 60 0.350 77 3.4
Richard Donley 15 3 16 23 35 0.657 55 3.7
Tom Eveland 13 1 9 8 15 0.533 26 2.0
Syl Jankowski 2 1 0 2 2 1.000 2 1.0
George Ginger 2 0 1 0 0 .000 2 1.0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 195. 
  2. ^ "Two Big Ten Teams Win". Hamilton, Ohio, Journal – The Daily News. December 7, 1960. 
  3. ^ a b "Michigan Drubs Canadian Quint". IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE. February 3, 1961. 
  4. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 166. 
  5. ^ "Ohio State Beats Michigan Cagers 80–58". THE SUNDAY NEWS AND TRIBUNE, JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI (AP story). February 5, 1961. 
  6. ^ "Boilermakers Rock U. M.". The Herald Press of St. Joseph, Michigan. February 7, 1961. 
  7. ^ "Wolverines Tip Spartans 78–67". Ironwood Daily Globe (AP story). February 14, 1961. 
  8. ^ a b "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 26. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  9. ^ a b "Honors For Herrin Star: Tidwell Owns All Michigan Records: Michigan's 73–70 defeat of Minnesota". THE REGISTER NEWS, MT. VERNON, ILLINOIS. March 16, 1961. 
  10. ^ "Michigan Upsets Illinois, 74 to 66: John Tidwell Sparkles In Farewell at Home". THE TERRE HAUTE STAR (AP story). March 7, 1961. 
  11. ^ "Indiana Stops Michigan In Final Big Ten Game". THE HOLLAND, MICHIGAN, EVENING SENTINEL (UPI story). March 13, 1961. 
  12. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 14. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  13. ^ "III Triumphs; Takes Fourth In Big 10". KOKOMO (Ind.) TRIBUNE (AP story). March 12, 1961. 
  14. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 162. 
  15. ^ "Michigan Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved September 12, 2010.