2007–08 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

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2007–08 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
MAC West Division Champions
Conference Mid-American Conference West
2007–08 record 20–12 (12–4 MAC)
Head coach Steve Hawkins
Assistant coach Clayton Bates
Assistant coach Cornell Mann
Assistant coach Andy Hipsher
Home arena University Arena
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     28 7   .800
Akron 11 5   .688     24 11   .686
Ohio 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
Miami 9 7   .563     17 16   .515
Bowling Green 7 9   .438     13 16   .448
Buffalo 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
West
Western Michigan 12 4   .750     20 12   .625
Central Michigan 8 8   .500     14 17   .452
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     14 17   .452
Toledo 7 8   .467     11 19   .367
Ball State 5 11   .313     6 24   .200
Northern Illinois 3 12   .200     6 22   .214
2008 MAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–2008 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Broncos, 20–12 overall and 12–4 in the conference, captured the MAC West Division championship by four games and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. WMU reached the semi-finals of the MAC tournament before falling to No. 3 seed Akron.

During the regular season, Western Michigan defeated No. 25 ranked Davidson College, a team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. WMU finished the non-conference portion of their schedule 7–7, defeating Davidson, Detroit Mercy, Loyola Chicago, North Carolina Central, Pepperdine, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin–Green Bay.

WMU also retained the Michigan MAC Trophy for the third consecutive season.

Sophomore David Kool and senior Joe Reitz earned First Team All-MAC honors. Reitz was also named to the MAC All-Tournament team.

Preseason[edit]

The Broncos were picked to win the West Division by members of the MAC News Media Association, receiving 23 of 32 possible first place votes (Toledo received six votes and Central Michigan three). Western Michigan also received six votes to win the MAC Tournament, which was second to Kent State (7 votes).

Joe Reitz was named to the Preseason All-MAC Team.

Awards[edit]

  • Derek Drews
    • West Division Player of the Week (week 1)
  • David Kool
    • All-MAC First Team
    • 3-time West Division Player of the Week (weeks 12, 16, 17)
  • Joe Reitz
    • All-MAC First Team
    • 4-time West Division Player of the Week (weeks 2, 7, 13, 14)
    • Academic All-District IV First Team
    • Mid-American Conference Academic Player of the Week (February 7)

Roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown (Previous school)
4 Derek Drews F 6'5" 224 Jr. Elkhart, IN (Elkhart Central)
1 Derek Fracalossi G/F 6'5" 203 Sr. Davison, MI (Davison)
34 Shawntes Gary G 6'2" 207 Jr. Elkhart, IN (Concord)
13 Justin Hairston * F 6'5" 215 Fr. Fort Wayne, IN (Fort Wayne South)
5 Andrew Hershberger F 6'7" 223 Sr. Goshen, IN (Goshen)
0 Dan Hess F/C 6'7" 225 Sr. Owosso, MI (Corunna)
23 David Kool G 6'3" 200 So. Grand Rapids, MI (South Christian)
2 Silver Laku G 6'2" 180 Sr. Toronto, ON (Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute)
33 Donald Lawson C 6'9" 234 So. Chicago, IL (Leo Catholic)
21 Martelle McLemore G 6'5" 198 So. Detroit, MI (Consortium Prep)
22 Michael Redell G 6'0" 183 Jr. Rockford, MI (Cleveland State)
42 Joe Reitz C 6'7" 256 Sr. Fishers, IN (Hamilton Southeastern)
12 Andre Ricks G 5'9" 159 Jr. Detroit, MI (Pershing)
15 Alex Wolf G 5'11" 198 Fr.-R Parchment, MI (Parchment)
3 Jon Workman * F 6'9" 220 So. LaGrange, IN (Lakeland)

* Will redshirt the 2007–2008 season

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
November 1, 2007* 7:00pm Tri-State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(Exhibition)
W 94–54  2,088 0–0
Regular Season
November 10, 2007* 9:30pm vs. Pacific McArthur CourtEugene, OR
(World Vision Invitational)
L 90–76  8,601 0–1
November 11, 2007* 6:30pm vs. Pepperdine McArthur CourtEugene, OR
(World Vision Invitational)
W 70–65  8,406 1–1
November 12, 2007* 10:30pm at #13 Oregon McArthur CourtEugene, OR
(World Vision Invitational)
ESPN Full Court L 97–88  8,341 1–2
November 16, 2007* 8:00pm at Loyola Chicago Alumni GymChicago, IL WYIN W 63–61  1,100 2–2
November 19, 2007* 7:00pm at Detroit Mercy Calihan HallDetroit, MI W 60–59  2,085 3–2
November 21, 2007* 7:00pm #25 Davidson University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 83–76  3,542 4–2
November 28, 2007* 8:05pm at Valparaiso Athletics-Recreation CenterValparaiso, IN L 77–65  3,678 4–3
December 1, 2007* 10:00pm at San Diego State Cox ArenaSan Diego, CA L 72–61  7,122 4–4
December 8, 2007* 2:00pm Northwestern University ArenaKalamazoo, MI L 65–63  4,112 4–5
December 15, 2007* 7:00pm at Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis IUPUI GymnasiumIndianapolis, IN L 71–63  972 4–6
December 18, 2007* 7:00pm Southern Illinois University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 57–41  3,168 5–6
December 22, 2007* 2:00pm at Iona Hynes Athletic CenterNew Rochelle, NY L 67–62  1,411 5–7
January 2, 2008* 7:00pm North Carolina Central University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 70–43  2,832 6–7
January 5, 2008 2:00pm Northern Illinois University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 86–69  3,204 7–7 (1–0)
January 12, 2008 4:00pm at Eastern Michigan Convocation CenterYpsilanti, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
L 81–71  1,397 7–8 (1–1)
January 16, 2008 7:00pm at Ball State John E. Worthen ArenaMuncie, IN Ball State Sports Network W 71–45  3,201 8–8 (2–1)
January 19, 2008 2:00pm Toledo University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 75–62  4,157 9–8 (3–1)
January 22, 2008 7:00pm Central Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
ESPNU W 72–52  3,859 10–8 (4–1)
January 27, 2008 2:00pm at Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation CenterKent, OH L 67–58  3,674 10–9 (4–2)
January 29, 2008 7:00pm at Buffalo Alumni ArenaBuffalo, NY W 100–90 2OT 1,787 11–9 (5–2)
February 2, 2008 4:00pm Bowling Green University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 64–50  4,116 12–9 (6–2)
February 6, 2008 7:00pm Akron University ArenaKalamazoo, MI Comcast Local W 86–66  2,733 13–9 (7–2)
February 9, 2008 2:30pm at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, OH Comcast Local, FSN Ohio L 57–54  6,884 13–10 (7–3)
February 12, 2008 7:00pm Miami University ArenaKalamazoo, MI W 78–75 2OT 3,172 14–10 (8–3)
February 20, 2008 9:00pm Eastern Michigan University ArenaKalamazoo, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
ESPNU W 70–52  3,014 15–10 (9–3)
February 23, 2008* 8:05pm at Wisconsin–Green Bay Resch CenterGreen Bay, WI
(ESPN Bracket Busters)
W 74–67  3,414 16–10
February 26, 2008 8:00pm at Northern Illinois Convocation CenterDeKalb, IL W 56–49  2,032 17–10 (10–3)
March 1, 2008 7:00pm at Toledo Savage HallToledo, OH W 69–55  6,813 18–10 (11–3)
March 4, 2008 7:00pm at Central Michigan Daniel P. Rose CenterMount Pleasant, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
Comcast TV L 72–68  1,178 18–11 (11–4)
March 9, 2008 2:00pm Ball State University ArenaKalamazoo, MI Ball State Sports Network W 57–53  4,546 19–11 (12–4)
MAC Tournament
March 13, 2008* 12:00pm vs. Eastern Michigan Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, OH
(MAC Tournament quarterfinals)
FSN Ohio, FSN Plus W 70–61  TBA 20–11
March 14, 2008* 7:00pm vs. Akron Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, OH
(MAC Tournament semifinals)
FSN Ohio, FSN Plus L 73–62  TBA 20–12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

2008–2009 recruits[edit]

Western Michigan signed forwards Muhammed Conteh, Justin Hairston and Flenard Whitfield, center Lemarcus Lowe and guards Mike Douglas and Demetrius Ward during this season.[1] Each player will be a freshman for the 2008–09 season. Lowe was rated the #1 Michigan high school center in 2007.[2]

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