1975–76 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1975–76 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Midwest Regional Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #9
AP #9
1975–76 record 25-7 (14-4 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Bill Frieder
Assistant coach Jim Boyce
MVP Rickey Green
Captain Wayman Britt
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1974–75 1976–77 »
1975–76 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Indiana 18 0   1.000     32 0   1.000
#9 Michigan 14 4   .778     25 7   .781
Purdue 11 7   .611     16 11   .593
Michigan State 10 8   .556     14 13   .519
Iowa 9 9   .500     19 10   .655
Minnesota 8 10   .444     16 10   .615
Illinois 7 11   .389     14 13   .519
Northwestern 7 11   .389     12 15   .444
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     10 16   .385
Ohio State 2 16   .111     6 20   .231
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1975–76 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1975–76 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 lost to all four ranked opponents it played during the regular season.[1] However, the team earned the third of four consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations,[2] and it defeated the first three ranked opponents that it faced in the tournament.[1] Wayman Britt served as team captain, and Rickey Green earned team MVP.[3] As a team, it led the conference in scoring offense with an 85.8 average in conference games as well as in field goal percentage with a 52.1%.[4][5]

The team began the season ranked sixteenth and peaked at ninth, where it finished the season in the Associated Press Top 20 Poll. It was ranked for a total of 16 out of 17 weeks during the season.[6] The team also ended the season ranked ninth in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[7]

That season, Hubbard set the current school record for single-season rebounds by a freshman of 352.[8] The team set a new school record by totaling 2753 points over the course of the season. The record would last for eleven seasons.[9] The team set the school single-season total assist record of 600.[10]

On January 12, 1976, the team began a 22-game home winning streak against Ohio State that continued through a November 30, 1977 victory over Eastern Michigan. This surpassed the 17-game streak from December 1, 1964 – January 29, 1966 and stood as the longest home winning streak in school history until a 24-game streak that started on January 5, 1985.[11]

In the 32-team 1976 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan reached the championship game by winning the Midwest region. In so doing they defeated the Wichita State Shockers 74–73, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 80–76 and the Missouri Tigers 95–88. Then in the final four, the team defeated the previously unbeaten Rutgers Scarlet Knights 86–70 before losing in the championship game to the unbeaten Indiana Hoosiers 86–68.[12][13]

Regular season[edit]

The team set the school record by totaling 2753 points during its 32-game season. The record lasted until 1987.[9] The team also set the school record for field goal percentage (.510, 1138-for-2231), which would last for five seasons.[14]

Statistics[edit]

The team posted the following statistics:[15]

Name GP GS Min Avg FG FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT% OR DR RB Avg Ast Avg PF DQ TO Stl Blk Pts Avg
Rickey Green 32 32 266 542 0.491 -- -- 106 135 0.785 118 119 3.7 132 4.1 88 1 638 19.9
Phil Hubbard 32 31 208 381 0.546 -- -- 66 113 0.584 5 347 352 11.0 36 1.1 129 10 482 15.1
John Robinson 32 31 173 302 0.573 -- -- 102 123 0.829 7 255 262 8.2 74 2.3 83 1 448 14.0
Wayman Britt 32 32 153 326 0.469 -- -- 42 55 0.764 0 135 135 4.2 123 3.8 109 9 348 10.9
Steve Grote 32 29 134 265 0.506 -- -- 69 95 0.726 3 93 96 3.0 112 3.5 116 8 337 10.5
Dave Baxter 32 3 80 164 0.488 -- -- 46 56 0.821 0 45 45 1.4 62 1.9 54 0 206 6.4
Joel Thompson 28 1 42 86 0.488 -- -- 10 17 0.588 0 63 63 2.3 17 0.6 37 0 94 3.4
Alan Hardy 29 0 41 83 0.494 -- -- 10 19 0.526 0 44 44 1.5 18 0.6 17 0 24 92 3.2
Tom Bergen 29 0 24 43 0.558 -- -- 15 17 0.882 0 35 35 1.2 8 0.3 33 0 3 63 2.2
Tom Staton 22 0 14 52 0.269 -- -- 6 10 0.600 0 13 13 0.6 9 0.4 20 0 8 34 1.6
Lloyd Schinnerer 11 1 17 1.6 1 3 0.333 -- -- 4 6 0.667 0 4 4 0.4 1 0.1 3 0 5 6 0.6
Bobby Jones 5 0 5 1.0 2 2 1.000 -- -- 1 2 0.500 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 2 0 0 5 1.0
Len Lillard 5 0 5 1.0 0 0 -- -- 0 0 0 3 3 0.6 0 0.0 1 0 0 0 0.0
Donald Johnston 1 0 2 2.0 0 0 -- -- 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0.0
TEAM 32 123 123 3.8
Season Total 32 1138 2249 0.506 477 648 0.736 1278 1294 40.4 592 18.5 692 29 2753 86.0
Opponents 32 1005 2132 0.471 -- -- 446 635 0.702 1224 1224 38.3 514 16.1 625 25 2456 76.8

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 Final 
AP Poll[6] 16 16 18 16 16 17 19 16 17 15 16 15 13 11 14 9


NCAA tournament[edit]

  • Midwest
    • Michigan 74, Wichita State 73
    • Michigan 80, Notre Dame 76
    • Michigan 95, Missouri 88
  • Final Four
    • Michigan 86, Rutgers 70
    • Indiana 86, Michigan 68

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Seven players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[17][18][19][20]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1976 4 9 60 Wayman Britt Los Angeles Lakers
1977 1 16 16 Rickey Green Golden State Warriors
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
1979 1 15 15 Phil Hubbard Detroit Pistons

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 198. 
  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. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 36. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  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. 166. 
  9. ^ a b "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 2. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  10. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 16. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  11. ^ "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  12. ^ "1976 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  13. ^ "1976 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  14. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 10. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  15. ^ "Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  16. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1976
  17. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  18. ^ "1977 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  19. ^ "1978 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  20. ^ "1979 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.