1974–75 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1974–75 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1974–75 record 19-8 (12-6 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Jim Dutcher
Assistant coach Bill Frieder
Assistant coach Richard Carter
MVP Joe Johnson
MVP C. J. Kupec}
Captain Joe Johnson
Captain C. J. Kupec
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1973–74 1975–76 »
1974–75 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Indiana 18 0   1.000     31 1   .969
#19 Michigan 12 6   .667     19 8   .704
Minnesota 11 7   .611     18 8   .692
Purdue 11 7   .611     17 11   .607
Michigan State 10 8   .556     17 9   .654
Ohio State 8 10   .444     14 14   .500
Iowa 7 11   .389     10 16   .385
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     8 18   .308
Illinois 4 14   .222     8 18   .308
Northwestern 4 14   .222     6 20   .231
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974–75 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1974–75 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 finished second in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team earned the second of four consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations.[2] Joe Johnson and C. J. Kupec served as team captains and shared team MVP honors.[3] John Robinson led the Big Ten in field goal percentage with a 60.3% average in conference games,[4] while Kupec led the conference in free throw percentage with an 88.0%.[5] As a team, they led the conference in free throw percentage as well with a 75.8%.[6] The team began the season ranked seventeenth, peaked at eleventh, and finished the season in nineteenth in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll. It was ranked for a total of eight of nineteen weeks during the season.[7] The team ended the season unranked in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[8] Kupec was selected as an All-American.[9] The team's 74.4% free throw percentage was a school record that lasted 11 seasons.[10] On January 2, 1975, Kupec went 14 for 14 in free throw attempts against Illinois which continues to be a school single-game record for most without a miss, surpassing Craig Dill's total of 12.[11] The team set a school single-season free throw percentage record of 74.4% that would last until 1986.[11]

In the 32-team 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan was eliminated from the West Region in the first round by the UCLA Bruins 103–91.[12][13]

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 17 Final 
AP Poll[7] 17 19 16 17 11 19 19 19


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Six players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[14][15][16][17]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
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
1978 3 17 61 Dave Baxter Seattle SuperSonics
1978 4 3 69 Joel Thompson Houston Rockets

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 197. 
  2. ^ 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. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 33. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  6. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  9. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4–7. 
  10. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 174. 
  11. ^ a b "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 14. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  12. ^ "1975 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  13. ^ "1975 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  14. ^ "1975 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  15. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  16. ^ "1977 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  17. ^ "1978 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.