1992–93 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
|1992–93 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball|
West Regional Champions (Vacated)
1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, West #1 Seed, Runner Up (Vacated)
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1992–93 record||0-4 (31-5 unadjusted) (0-3 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Steve Fisher|
|Assistant coach||Brian Dutcher|
|Assistant coach||Jay Smith|
|Assistant coach||Perry Watson|
|Home arena||Crisler Arena|
|1992–93 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|Rankings from AP Poll
*Michigan vacated all games due to NCAA sanctions.
Disputed record (15-3, 31-5)
The 1992–93 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1992–93 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 Steve Fisher, the team finished tied for second in the Big Ten Conference. Although the team compiled a 31-5 record during the season, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has adjusted the team's record to 0-4 due to the University of Michigan basketball scandal. The team earned an invitation to the 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where it was national runner up. The team was ranked for the entire eighteen weeks of Associated Press Top Twenty-Five Poll, starting the season ranked first, holding the number one position for three weeks and ending ranked third, and it ended the season ranked fourth in the final USA Today/CNN Poll. The team had an 8–5 record against ranked opponents, including the following victories: December 28, 1992 against #20 Nebraska 88–73 in the Rainbow Classic at the Blaisdell Center, December 29 against #5 North Carolina 79–78 in the Rainbow Classic, December 30 against #2 Kansas 86–74 in the Rainbow Classic, January 7, 1993 against #9 Purdue 80–70 at Mackey Arena, February 2 against #25 Michigan State 73–69 at the Breslin Student Events Center, February 7 against #19 Purdue 84–76 at Crisler Arena, March 2 against #15 Iowa 82–73 at Crisler Arena, April 2 against #2 Kentucky 81–78 (OT) at the Superdome in the 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
The team had rotating captains on a game-by-game basis, and Chris Webber earned team MVP. The team's leading scorers were Chris Webber (690 points), Jalen Rose (555 points), and Juwan Howard (524 points). The leading rebounders were Webber (362), Howard (267), and Eric Riley (169).
During the season, the team won the Big Ten Conference statistical championships in rebounding and rebounding margin with at 40.9 average and 7.6 average margin in conference games, respectively. The record-setting team also led the conference in average blocked shots (5.0). Chris Webber led the Big Ten in rebounds with a 9.7 average in 18 conference games and 10.1 average in 36 overall games.
The team surpassed the 30-win total by the 1989 team with 31 victories and continues to be the winningest team in school history.
For the second year in a row, the team set the school record for single-season team blocks with 193 in 36 games, surpassing the 182 in 34 games set the prior year. The record would stand until 2007.
Four players surpassed Jalen Rose's single-season minutes played record set the prior season. Rose set the new and current single-season record of 1234. King played 1174 minutes, while Webber and Howard contributed 1138 and 1135, respectively.
On March 19 as the number one seed in the first round of the west region of the 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament in Tucson, Arizona at the McKale Center, the team defeated number sixteen seed Coastal Carolina 84–53. On March 21, the team defeated number nine seed UCLA 86–84 in overtime in Tucson. Then in the sweet sixteen, in Seattle, Washington at the Kingdome on March 26, the team defeated number twelve seeded George Washington 72–64. On March 28 in the elite eight round in Seattle, the team defeated number seven seed Temple 77–72. In the national semifinal round of the final four on April 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome, the team defeated number one seed Kentucky 81–78 in overtime. However in the championship game at the Superdome on April 5, the team lost to number one seed North Carolina 71–77.
The 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament championship game between Michigan and North Carolina included one of the most memorable plays in basketball history according to the New York Times. With 11 seconds to play and Michigan trailing by two points with no timeouts remaining, Chris Webber called timeout leading to a technical foul and loss of possession. Michigan went on to lose by a 77–71 margin.
The team established numerous NCAA records for three-point field goals in the final four: fewest single-game three-point field goals made in a final four (0 vs. Kentucky on April 3, 1993 in an overtime and fewest single-game three-point field goals attempted (4 vs. Kentucky). The 0 three-point field goals made surpassed the team's previous record of 1 made against Duke the year before in the 1992 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
In 2002, the Wolverines vacated their entire 1992–93 season, including their tournament appearance, in the wake of a major scandal involving many years of improper payments from a major booster to several former players, among them Webber.
The team posted the following statistics:
- * Denotes players whose individual records, awards and other honors have been vacated due to NCAA and U-M sanctions
Awards and honors
- Chris Webber, All-America selection (vacated as a result of the scandal)
- Rob Pelinka, Walter Byers Scholar (top male scholar-athlete in all NCAA sports; not vacated)
Team players drafted into the NBA
|1993||1||1||1||Chris Webber||Orlando Magic|
|1993||2||6||33||Eric Riley||Dallas Mavericks|
|1994||1||5||5||Juwan Howard||Washington Bullets|
|1994||1||13||13||Jalen Rose||Denver Nuggets|
|1995||2||6||35||Jimmy King||Toronto Raptors|
- 1993 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
- List of vacated and forfeited games in college basketball
- University of Michigan basketball scandal
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