1978–79 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1978–79 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1978–79 record 8–19 (7–11, 7th-t Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Bill Frieder
Assistant coach Jim Boyce
Assistant coach Tom Kempf
MVP Dion Harris
Seasons
« 1977–78 1979–80 »
1978–79 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Michigan State 13 5   .722     26 6   .813
#15 Purdue 13 5   .722     27 8   .771
#20 Iowa 13 5   .722     20 8   .714
Ohio State 12 6   .667     19 12   .613
Indiana 10 8   .556     22 12   .647
Michigan 8 10   .444     15 12   .556
Illinois 7 11   .389     19 11   .633
Wisconsin 6 12   .333     12 15   .444
Minnesota 6 12   .333     11 16   .407
Northwestern 2 16   .111     6 21   .222
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1978–79 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1978–79 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 tied for seventh in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team failed to earn an invitation to either the 1978 National Invitation Tournament or the 1978 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[2] The team was ranked in the Associated Press Top Twenty-Five Poll for eight of the season's seventeen weeks, reaching a number 6 ranking on December 5, 1978 and falling out after the January 9, 1979 poll.[3]

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[3] 8 8 6 9 9 8 13 16


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Five players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[4][5][6]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1979 1 15 15 Phil Hubbard Detroit Pistons
1981 1 19 19 Mike McGee Los Angeles Lakers
1981 3 23 69 John Johnson Boston Celtics
1981 5 20 112 Paul Heuerman Phoenix Suns
1982 7 3 141 Thad Gardner Utah Jazz

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 69. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Tournament History". University of Michigan. 2010. p. 3. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  3. ^ a b "Division I Records". National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  4. ^ "1979 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  5. ^ "1981 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  6. ^ "1982 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.