1971–72 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1971–72 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1971–72 record 14-10 (9-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Fred Snowden
Assistant coach Dick Honig (Freshman coach)
MVP Henry Wilmore
Captain Wayne Grabiac
Captain Dave Hart
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1970–71 1972–73 »
1971–72 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#11 Minnesota 11 3   .786     17 6   .739
#19 Ohio State 10 4   .714     18 6   .750
#17 Indiana 9 5   .643     17 8   .680
Michigan 9 5   .643     14 10   .583
Michigan State 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Wisconsin 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Purdue 6 8   .429     12 12   .500
Illinois 5 9   .357     14 10   .583
Iowa 5 9   .357     11 13   .458
Northwestern 3 11   .214     5 18   .217
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971–72 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1971–72 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 with a 14-10 overall record and a 9-5 conference record. This tied the team for third in the Big Ten but failed to get it an invitation to either the 1972 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 1972 National Invitation Tournament.[1]

Wayne Grabiac and Dave Hart served as team captains, while Henry Wilmore earned team MVP.[2] The team earned the Big Ten scoring offense statistical championship with an 81.8 average in conference games.[3] It also led the conference in field goal percentage with a 45.3% in conference games.[4] Additionally, the team led the conference in rebounding with a 51.6 average in conference games.[5]

The team was in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll for four of the sixteen weeks of the season, rising as high as number nine after starting the season ranked at number thirteen.[6] However, the team ended the season unranked in both the final UPI Coaches' Poll and the final AP Poll.[7]

During the season, the team beat two of the four ranked opponents that it faced (#16 Illinois by a 75–70 margin on January 11, 1972 at Assembly Hall in Champaign and #6 Ohio State on January 29, 1972 at Crisler Arena by an 88–78 margin).[8] The team was led by Consensus second team All-American Wilmore.[9]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP Poll[6] 13 9 20 16


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

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

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1972 3 14 44 Wayne Grabiec Boston Celtics
1973 4 9 61 Ken Brady Detroit Pistons
1973 5 9 78 Henry Wilmore Detroit Pistons
1973 14 1 189 Ernie Johnson Philadelphia 76ers

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 197. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  3. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 36. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 38. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  6. ^ a b "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  7. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 38. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4–7. 
  10. ^ "1972 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  11. ^ "1973 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.