1969–70 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1969–70 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1969–70 record 10-14 (5-9 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Fred Snowden
Assistant coach George Pomey (Freshman coach)
Assistant coach Dick Honig
MVP Rudy Tomjanovich
Captain Rudy Tomjanovich
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1968–69 1970–71 »
1969–70 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Iowa 14 0   1.000     20 5   .800
Purdue 11 3   .786     18 6   .750
Ohio State 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Illinois 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Minnesota 7 7   .500     13 11   .542
Michigan 5 9   .357     10 14   .417
Wisconsin 5 9   .357     10 14   .417
Michigan State 5 9   .357     9 15   .375
Northwestern 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Indiana 3 11   .214     7 17   .292
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1969–70 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1969–70 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 tied for 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 lost to all three ranked opponents that it faced.[1] Rudy Tomjanovich served as team captain and earned team MVP.[4] Over the course of the season Tomjanovich led the conference in rebounding with an 16.2 average in conference games.[5] Tomjanovich was a 1970 NCAA All-American.[6] During the season, Tomjanovich broke Bill Buntin's school career records for total (1037) and average rebounds (13.13) by posting 1039 and 14.43.[7] This record still stands. He also set the current school record for single-season 30-point games with 13, surpassing Cazzie Russell's total of nine set four years earlier.[8] Although Michigan basketball does not officially keep records of assists before 1977 (noting in the record book that records are only available since 1977), Mark Henry was credited as the first Michigan Wolverines player on record to total 12 assists in a game on January 24, 1970 against the Michigan State Spartans. No Wolverine on record would surpass 12 assists in a game until Mark Bodnar did so on December 13, 1980.[9]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Three players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[10][11][12]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1970 1 2 2 Rudy Tomjanovich San Diego Rockets
1971 10 16 168 Dan Fife Milwaukee Bucks
1972 3 14 44 Wayne Grabiec Boston Celtics

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. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4–7. 
  7. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 166. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 6. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  10. ^ "1970 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  11. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  12. ^ "1972 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.