1976–77 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1976–77 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Big Ten Conference Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #1
AP #1
1976–77 record 26-4 (16-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Bill Frieder
Assistant coach Jim Boyce
MVP Phil Hubbard
Captain Steve Grote
Captain John Robinson
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1975-76 1977–78 »
1976–77 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Michigan 16 2   .889     26 4   .867
Purdue 14 4   .778     20 8   .714
Iowa 12 6   .667     20 7   .741
Indiana 11 7   .611     16 11   .593
Michigan State 9 9   .500     12 15   .444
Illinois 8 10   .444     16 14   .533
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     11 16   .407
Northwestern 7 11   .389     9 18   .333
Ohio State 6 12   .333     11 16   .407
#13 Minnesota* 0 18   .000     0 27   .000
Rankings from AP Poll
*Minnesota forfeited all games due to NCAA sanctions.
Disputed record (15-3, 24-3)

The 1976–77 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1976–77 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 won the Big Ten Conference Championship.[1][2]

Season review[edit]

The team earned the last of four consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations.[3] Steve Grote and John Robinson served as team captains, while Phil Hubbard earned team MVP.[4] As a team, they led the conference in scoring offense with an 83.2 average in conference games as well as scoring margin with a 9.4 average.[5] The team began and ended the season ranked number one in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll and was ranked all seventeen weeks, including eight at number one.[6] The team also ended the season ranked atop the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[7]

On December 29, 1976, Hubbard became the first Wolverine to play 50 minutes in a game against Providence. In 1980, Mike McGee would play 54 minutes in a game.[8] The team's 21 for 22 performance on February 17 against Indiana was the school free throw percentage record until February 21, 1987.[9] The team totaled 17 steals on February 26, 1977 as both Green and Hubbard had 6 against Michigan State, which lasted as a school record until December 3, 1994.[10] Green had 7 steals on November 27, 1976 against Western Kentucky, which remains unsurpassed in school history.[11]

Post season[edit]

In the 32-team 1977 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan reached the elite eight in the Mideast region by defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders 92–81 and the Detroit Titans 86–81. The team then fell to the Charlotte 49ers 75–68.[12][13] In the game against the Detroit Titans on March 17, Hubbard totaled 26 rebounds, which is a NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament single-game record (since 1973).[14]

NCAA tournament summary[edit]

  • Mideast
    • Michigan 92, Holy Cross 81
    • Michigan 86, Detroit 81
    • Charlotte 75, Michigan 68

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Accomplishments[edit]

The team was led by Consensus second team All-Americans Ricky Green and Phil Hubbard.[16] That season, Hubbard set the current school single-season total rebound record of 389, surpassing M. C. Burton, Jr.'s 1959 total of 379.[17] He also surpassed Bill Buntin's 1963 single-season total of 23 point-rebound double doubles with 24.[18] Grote's career assist total of 358 would stand as a school record for 7 seasons until eclipsed by Eric Turner, while Ricky Green's career assist average of 4.05 per game would also be a record until eclipsed by Turner.[19] For the season Green totaled 61 steals for a 2.18 average, which stood as school records until Gary Grant totaled 84 and averaged 2.55 in 1986.[10] Grote's 116 career games played lasted as a Michigan record until 1986 when Richard Rellford totaled 124, while his 108 career starts stood as a record until Mike McGee totaled 112 in 1981.[8] The team set the school single-season free throws made record of 510, which surpassed the 1965 mark of 494 and would last until 1989.[20] The team set the school single-season total steals record of 263 that stood until 1986.[11] Green ended his career with an average of 32.7 minutes per game, which was a school record tied by Phil Hubbard two years later and surpassed by Mike McGee.[8]

Statistics[edit]

The team posted the following statistics:[21]

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
Phil Hubbard 30 30 228 410 0.556 -- -- 132 195 0.677 0 389 389 13.0 44 1.5 109 4 83 588 19.6
Rickey Green 28 27 224 464 0.483 -- -- 98 128 0.766 0 81 81 2.9 120 4.3 59 3 66 546 19.5
John Robinson 30 29 124 246 0.504 -- -- 78 104 0.750 2 154 156 5.2 40 1.3 68 1 73 326 10.9
Steve Grote 30 30 118 262 0.450 -- -- 65 90 0.722 1 88 89 3.0 99 3.3 95 3 83 301 10.0
Dave Baxter 29 3 94 186 0.505 -- -- 41 57 0.719 0 46 46 1.6 63 2.2 54 2 54 229 7.9
Joel Thompson 30 11 87 164 0.530 -- -- 36 51 0.706 1 103 104 3.5 23 0.8 63 2 26 210 7.0
Tom Staton 30 20 75 173 0.434 -- -- 31 47 0.660 4 89 93 3.1 76 2.5 83 4 53 181 6.0
Alan Hardy 29 0 47 104 0.452 -- -- 15 25 0.600 0 65 65 2.2 8 0.3 32 0 27 109 3.8
Tom Bergen 23 0 12 30 0.400 -- -- 7 14 0.500 0 35 35 1.5 5 0.2 27 0 9 31 1.4
Len Lillard 11 0 8 12 0.667 -- -- 2 2 1.000 1 10 11 1.0 0 0.0 3 0 3 18 1.6
Mark Lozier 17 0 5 16 0.313 -- -- 4 5 0.800 0 13 13 0.8 5 0.3 9 0 7 14 0.8
Bobby Jones 9 0 0 8 0.000 -- -- 1 4 0.250 0 6 6 0.7 0 0.0 2 0 1 1 0.1
Dave Stavale 1 0 2 2.0 0 0 -- -- 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0.0
Bill Lelich 1 0 2 2.0 0 1 0.000 -- -- 0 0 0 7 7 7.0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
TEAM 30 96 96 3.2
Season Total 30 1022 2076 0.492 510 722 0.706 9 1182 1191 39.7 483 16.1 604 19 486 2554 85.1
Opponents 30 921 1899 0.485 -- -- 377 543 0.694 7 1086 1093 36.4 429 14.3 642 43 605 2219 74.0

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] 1 1 1 1 1 1 5 6 5 2 7 5 5 3 3 1 1


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Six players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[22][23][24]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 198. 
  3. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 12. 
  4. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 36. 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. ^ a b c "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 20. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  9. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 174. 
  10. ^ a b 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 178. 
  11. ^ a b "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 18. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  12. ^ "1977 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  13. ^ "1977 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  14. ^ "Division I Championship". National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 4. Retrieved 2010-08-29. 
  15. ^ http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1977
  16. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4–7. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  17. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 166. 
  18. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 169. 
  19. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 176. 
  20. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 14. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  21. ^ "Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  22. ^ "1977 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  23. ^ "1978 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  24. ^ "1979 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.