1997–98 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

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1997–98 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball
Wmu logo 1976-1997.gif
MAC West Division Co-Champions
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Mid-American Conference West Division
1997–98 record 21–8 (14–4 MAC)
Head coach Bob Donewald
Home arena University Arena
Seasons
« 1996–97 1998–99 »
1997–98 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Akron 13 5   .722     17 10   .630
Kent State 9 9   .500     13 17   .433
Miami 9 9   .500     17 12   .586
Marshall 7 11   .389     11 16   .407
Bowling Green 7 11   .389     10 16   .385
Ohio 3 15   .167     5 21   .192
West
Ball State 14 4   .778     21 8   .724
Western Michigan 14 4   .778     21 8   .724
Eastern Michigan 13 5   .722     20 10   .667
Toledo 10 8   .556     15 12   .556
Northern Illinois 6 12   .333     10 16   .385
Central Michigan 3 15   .167     5 21   .192
Mid-American Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997–98 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team was a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball team that played in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Broncos, 21–8 overall and 12–4 in the conference, shared a piece of the MAC West Division title and earned an at-large bid in the 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.[1]

As an 11-seed, WMU upset six-seeded Clemson in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual Final Four team Stanford in the second round.

Hoosier Classic[edit]

Western Michigan participated in the 1997 Hoosier Classic, the 16th-annual holiday tournament held at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis, Indiana.[2] The Broncos played UNC Charlotte in the first game of the tournament, winning 81–65. In the championship game against Indiana, WMU held a 31–29 lead at the half before losing 70–63.[2] Saddi Washington was named tournament MVP.[2]

Conference tournament[edit]

Western Michigan finished the season tied with Ball State with the best conference record but lost the head-to-head tiebreaker and was given the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. In the first round of the tournament, WMU faced No. 7 seed Miami on their home court in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Miami upset the Broncos 67–63 but the notable event of the game was Miami coach Charlie Coles collapsing midway through the first half.[3] The game was stopped while Coles was transported to a local hospital. Without Coles, the game resumed about two hours later.

NCAA Tournament[edit]

Western Michigan received an at-large bid in the 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and were seeded No. 11. In the first round, they upset No. 6 Clemson 75–72. Their second round opponent, No. 3 Stanford defeated No. 14 College of Charleston in the first round. Stanford defeated WMU 83–65 to end the Broncos season.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
November 15, 1997* 8:00 pm at Michigan Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI W 68–63  [4] 1–0
November 25, 1997* 7:00 pm Indiana State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 74–58  [5] 2–0
November 29, 1997* 5:00 pm at Wisconsin–Milwaukee Milwaukee ArenaMilwaukee, WI W 84–47  [6] 3–0
December 3, 1997* 7:00 pm Chicago State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 106–62  [7] 4–0
December 6, 1997* 2:00 pm at Detroit Calihan HallDetroit, MI L 77–59  [8] 4–1
December 10, 1997 7:00 pm Ball State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI L 81–76  [9] 4–2 (0–1)
December 22, 1997* 7:00 pm Wright State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 88–74  [10] 5–2
December 27, 1997* 9:00 pm vs. UNC Charlotte Market Square ArenaIndianapolis, IN
(Hoosier Classic)
W 81–65  15,918[11] 6–2
December 28, 1997* 7:00 pm vs. Indiana Market Square ArenaIndianapolis, IN
(Hoosier Classic)
L 70–63  12,501[12] 6–3
December 31, 1997 3:00 pm at Northern Illinois Chick Evans Field HouseDeKalb, IL W 79–73  [13] 7–3 (1–1)
January 3, 1998 2:00 pm Bowling Green University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 81–75  [14] 8–3 (2–1)
January 5, 1998 7:00 pm Miami University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 63–47  [15] 9–3 (3–1)
January 8, 1998 7:00 pm at Kent State Memorial GymKent, OH L 65–63  [16] 9–4 (3–2)
January 10, 1998 3:00 pm at Akron Rhodes ArenaAkron, OH W 89–83 OT [17] 10–4 (4–2)
January 17, 1998 2:00 pm Central Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 81–63  [18] 11–4 (5–2)
January 21, 1998 7:00 pm Eastern Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 96–85  [19] 12–4 (6–2)
January 24, 1998 7:00 pm at Toledo Savage HallToledo, OH W 86–76  [20] 13–4 (7–2)
January 29, 1998 7:00 pm Akron University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 77–63  [21] 14–4 (8–2)
January 31, 1998 2:00 pm Kent State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 88–53  [22] 15–4 (9–2)
February 5, 1998 7:00 pm at Marshall Cam Henderson CenterHuntington, WV L 78–63  [23] 15–5 (9–3)
February 7, 1998 3:00 pm at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, OH W 86–68  [24] 16–5 (10–3)
February 14, 1998 7:00 pm at Central Michigan Rose ArenaMount Pleasant, MI W 87–68  [25] 17–5 (11–3)
February 18, 1998 7:00 pm Toledo University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 86–76  [26] 18–5 (12–3)
February 21, 1998 7:00 pm at Eastern Michigan Bowen Field HouseYpsilanti, MI W 102–82  [27] 19–5 (13–3)
February 23, 1998 7:00 pm Northern Illinois University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 80–71  [28] 20–5 (14–3)
February 25, 1998 7:00 pm Ball State University ArenaMuncie, IN L 80–71  [29] 20–6 (14–4)
February 28, 1998* 2:00 pm vs. Miami University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(MAC Tournament first round)
L 75–72  4,293[30] 20–7
March 13, 1998* 12:00 pm vs. Clemson United CenterChicago, IL
(NCAA First Round)
CBS W 75–72  [31] 21–7
March 15, 1998* 2:00 pm vs. #10 Stanford United CenterChicago, IL
(NCAA Second Round)
CBS L 83–65  [32] 21–8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c "Even Knight Pleased With Ill's Victory In Hoosier Classic". Pharos Tribune. December 29, 1997. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Charlie Coles Heart Attack | Heart Attack in Game Fells Miami of Ohio Coach - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. September 27, 2006. Retrieved November 18, 2011. 
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