1973–74 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1973–74 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Big Ten Conference Co-Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1973–74 record 22-5 (12-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Jim Dutcher
Assistant coach Bill Frieder
Assistant coach Richard Carter (Freshman coach)
MVP Campy Russell
Captain Campy Russell
Captain C. J. Kupec
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1972–73 1974–75 »
1973–74 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#9 Indiana 12 2   .857     23 5   .821
#6 Michigan 12 2   .857     22 5   .815
#11 Purdue 10 4   .714     21 9   .700
Wisconsin 8 6   .571     16 8   .667
Michigan State 8 6   .571     13 11   .542
Minnesota 6 8   .429     12 12   .500
Iowa 5 9   .357     8 16   .333
Ohio State 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Northwestern 3 11   .214     9 15   .375
Illinois 2 12   .143     5 18   .217
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1973–74 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1973–74 season. The team played its home games in the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference.

Under the direction of head coach Johnny Orr, the team tied with the Indiana Hoosiers for the Big Ten Conference Championship.[1][2] The team earned the first of four consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations.[2]

Campy Russell and C. J. Kupec served as team captains, with Russell earning team MVP honors.[3] Russell, the Consensus second team All-American,[4] earned the Big Ten scoring championship with an 24.0 average in conference games.[5] He also won the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball as Big Ten Most Valuable Player.[2] Orr was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.[2]

Although the team began the season unranked, it was in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll for twelve of the eighteen weeks during the season, rising as high as number six, where it finished the season.[6] The team ended the season ranked twelfth in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[7]

The team set a school record for single-game assists on February 23, 1974 against Purdue with 32. The record would stand until March 7, 1987.[8] The team set the school single-game assists record of 32 on February 23, 1974 against Purdue. The record stood until March 7, 1987.[9]

In the 25-team 1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan reached the elite eight in the Mideast region by earning a bye and defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 77–68. The team then fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles 72–70.[10][11]

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 15 16 Final 
AP Poll[6] 18 14 15 20 16 15 19 17 16 12 7 6


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Five players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[12][13][14][15]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1974 1 8 8 Campy Russell Cleveland Cavaliers
1975 4 2 56 C. J. Kupec Los Angeles Lakers
1976 4 9 60 Wayman Britt Los Angeles Lakers
1977 3 11 55 Steve Grote Cleveland Cavaliers
1977 5 22 110 John Robinson Los Angeles Lakers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 54. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ a b c d 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 12. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  4. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4–7. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 33. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ a b "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  7. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  8. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 176. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  10. ^ "1974 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  11. ^ "1974 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  12. ^ "1974 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  13. ^ "1975 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  14. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  15. ^ "1977 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.