1994–95 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1994–95 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1994–95 record 17-14 (11-7, 3rd-t Big Ten)
Head coach Steve Fisher
Assistant coach Brian Dutcher
Assistant coach Jay Smith
Assistant coach Scott Trost
MVP Jimmy King
Captain Jimmy King
Captain Ray Jackson
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
« 1993–94 1995–96 »
1994–95 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 7   .781
#11 Michigan State 14 4   .778     22 6   .786
Indiana 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Michigan 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Illinois 10 8   .556     19 12   .613
Minnesota 10 8   .556     20 11   .645
Penn State 9 9   .500     21 11   .656
Iowa 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Ohio State 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Northwestern 1 17   .056     5 22   .185
Rankings from AP Poll
*Minnesota 1 NCAA Tourn. game vacated due to sanctions against the program; 1 Win by forfeit (non-conf.)
Disputed record (19-13)

The 1994–95 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1994–95 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 third in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team earned an invitation to the 1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a number nine seed where it was eliminated in the first round.[2] The team was ranked for five of the eighteen weeks of Associated Press Top Twenty-Five Poll, starting the season ranked sixteenth, peaking at number thirteen and ending unranked,[3] and it also ended the season unranked in the final USA Today/CNN Poll.[4] The team had a 2–5 record against ranked teams, including the following victories: January 11, 1995 against #19 Iowa 83–82 in double overtime and January 17, 1995 against #20 Illinois 69–59 on the road.[5]

Seniors Jimmy King and Ray Jackson, the last remaining players from the Fab Five, served as team co-captains and shared team MVP honors.[6] The team's leading scorers were Ray Jackson (491 points), Jimmy King (457 points), and Maurice Taylor (384 points). The leading rebounders were Maceo Boston (165), Ray Jackson (163), and Maurice Taylor (158).[7]

Maceo Baston posted a single-season field goal percentage of 67.42%, surpassing the school record 66.12% set by Loy Vaught in 1989. Baston would rebreak the record the following year.[8] The team led the conference in field goal percentage defense (39.4%).[9]

On December 3, 1994, the team totaled 18 single-game steals against UT-Chattanooga, which set the current school record, surpassing the 17 on February 26, 1977.[10]

In the 64-team 1995 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, the team earned a number nine seed but was eliminated in the first round Midwest region game by number the eight-seeded and number twenty-one ranked Western Kentucky Hilltoppers 82–76 at University of Dayton Arena, ending the team's season on March 16, 1995.[5]

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 Final 
AP Poll[3] 16 13 17 23 25


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Four players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[11][12][13]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1995 2 6 35 Jimmy King Toronto Raptors
1997 1 11 11 Olivier Saint-Jean Sacramento Kings
1997 1 14 14 Maurice Taylor Los Angeles Clippers
1998 2 29 58 Maceo Baston Chicago Bulls

See also[edit]

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 2010-09-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 87. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  5. ^ a b "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 46. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  6. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. Retrieved 2010-09-14. 
  7. ^ "Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 22, 2010. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 10. Retrieved 2010-09-09. 
  9. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 37. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  10. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 18. Retrieved 2010-09-18. 
  11. ^ "1995 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  12. ^ "1997 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  13. ^ "1998 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.