1968–69 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1968–69 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1968–69 record 13-11 (7-7 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Fred Snowden
Assistant coach George Pomey (Freshman coach)
Assistant coach Dick Honig
MVP Rudy Tomjanovich
Captain Ken Maxey
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1967–68 1969–70 »
1968–69 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#6 Purdue 13 1   .929     23 5   .821
#20 Illinois 9 5   .643     19 5   .792
Ohio State 9 5   .643     17 7   .708
Michigan 7 7   .500     13 11   .542
Northwestern 6 8   .429     14 10   .583
Minnesota 6 8   .429     12 12   .500
Michigan State 6 8   .429     11 12   .478
Iowa 5 9   .357     12 12   .500
Wisconsin 5 9   .357     11 13   .458
Indiana 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1968–69 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1968–69 season. The team played its home games at Crisler Arena on the school's campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under the direction of head coach Johnny Orr, the team finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team was unranked the entire season in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll,[2] and it also ended the season unranked in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[3] The team defeated two of the seven ranked opponents that it faced (#16 Duke 90–80 on December 9, 1968 at the Kentucky Invitational Tournament held at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky and #10 Illinois 92–87 on February 11, 1969 at Assembly Hall in Champaign, Illinois).[1] Ken Maxey served as team captain, while Rudy Tomjanovich earned team MVP.[4] Over the course of the season Tomjanovich led the conference in rebounding with an 12.8 average in conference games.[5] On February 1, 1969 against Loyola, Tomjanovich set the current Michigan Wolverines single-game rebound record with 30, surpassing a record of 27 that he had tied M. C. Burton, Jr. for on December 6, 1967.[6] On January 7, 1969 against Indiana, Tomjanovich, tied Cazzie Russell's school single-game scoring record with 48 points.[7] Based on these two performances, Tomjanovich continues to hold both the school record for single-game points and single-game rebounds. The following season he would set the career rebound record, which also still stands.[6]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Three players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[8][9][10]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1969 4 1 44 Dennis Stewart Phoenix Suns
1970 1 2 2 Rudy Tomjanovich San Diego Rockets
1971 10 16 168 Dan Fife Milwaukee Bucks

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  2. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 166. 
  7. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 162. 
  8. ^ "1969 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  9. ^ "1970 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  10. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.