1997–98 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
|1997–98 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball|
Big Ten Tournament Champions (Vacated)
1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, South #3 Seed, Second Round
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1997–98 record||0-8 (25-9 unadjusted) (0-5 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Brian Ellerbe (interim)|
|Assistant coach||Brian Dutcher|
|Assistant coach||Scott Trost|
|Home arena||Crisler Arena|
|1997–98 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|#16 Michigan State||13||–||3||.813||22||–||8||.733|
|#12 Michigan* †||0||–||5||.000||0||–||8||.000|
|† 1998 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
*Michigan: 24 reg. season games inc. Big Ten Tourn. Champ.; 2 NCAA Tourn. games vacated due to sanctions against the program
**Minnesota: 5 NIT games vacated inc. NIT champ. vacated due to sanctions against the program
Disputed records: Michigan-(25-9)(11-5); Minnesota-(20-15)(6-10)
The 1997–98 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1997–98 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 Brian Ellerbe, the team finished fourth in the Big Ten Conference. The team emerged victorious in the inaugural 1998 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The team earned an invitation to the 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a number three seed where it was eliminated in the second round. The team was ranked for twelve of the eighteen weeks of Associated Press Top Twenty-Five Poll, starting the season unranked, peaking at number twelve where it ended the season, and it also ended the season ranked twelve in the final USA Today/CNN Poll. The team had a 4–3 December 13, 1997 against #1 Duke 81–73 at home, December 26, 1997 against #19 Syracuse 93–61 at the Puerto Rico Holiday Classic, Eugene Guerra Sports Complex in San Juan, Puerto Rico, February 1 against #16 Iowa 80–66 on the road, March 8 against #9 Purdue 76–67 at the 1998 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center. The victory over Duke was one of only two victories over the number one ranked team in the country in the history of the school.
Robert Traylor and Travis Conlan served as team co-captains, while Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock shared team MVP honors. The team's leading scorers were Louis Bullock (580 points), Robert Traylor (552 points) and Jerod Ward (445 points). The leading rebounders were Traylor (347), Maceo Baston (227), and Jerod Ward (206).
Bullock let the Big Ten Conference in three-point field goals made in conference games (51) and all games (93). He also led the conference in three-point field goal percentage in conference games (48.1%) and free throw percentage in all games (91.1%). The team led the Big Ten Conference in three-point field goals made in conference games (121) and three-point field goal percentage (40.1%).
Maceo Baston ended his career with the current Michigan record for career field goal percentage, with a 62.72%, surpassing the 61.70% mark set by Loy Vaught in 1990. On February 22, 1998 against Indiana, the team made 15 three-point field goals, establishing a new school single-game record that would last until December 13, 2008. The team also broke the single-season three-point shot record of 203 set the prior year by making 260, which was a record that would last until 2009.
In the 1998 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament at the United Center from March 5–8, Michigan was seeded fourth and earned a first round bye. In the second round, they defeated number five Iowa 77–66. In the semifinals, they defeated number eight Minnesota 85–69. In the championship game, they defeated number three Purdue 76–67.
Team players drafted into the NBA
|1998||1||6||6||Robert Traylor||Dallas Mavericks|
|1998||2||29||58||Maceo Baston||Chicago Bulls|
|1999||2||13||42||Louis Bullock||Minnesota Timberwolves|
- 1998 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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