2013–14 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

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2013–14 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Rainbow Classic champions
MAC West Division co-champions
MAC regular season co-champions
MAC tournament champions
NCAA Round of 64 vs. Syracuse, L 77–53
Conference Mid-American Conference
West Division
2013–14 record 23–10 (14–4 MAC)
Head coach Steve Hawkins (11th year)
Assistant coach Clayton Bates
Assistant coach Larry Farmer
Assistant coach James Holland
Home arena University Arena
Seasons
« 2012–13 2014–15 »
2013–14 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Buffalo 13 5   .722     19 10   .655
Akron 12 6   .667     21 13   .618
Ohio 11 7   .611     25 12   .676
Miami 8 10   .444     13 18   .419
Kent State 7 11   .389     16 16   .500
Bowling Green 6 12   .333     12 20   .375
West
Toledo 14 4   .778     27 7   .794
Western Michigan 14 4   .778     23 10   .697
Eastern Michigan 10 8   .556     22 15   .595
Northern Illinois 8 10   .444     15 17   .469
Central Michigan 3 15   .167     10 21   .323
Ball State 2 16   .111     5 25   .167
2014 MAC Tournament winner

The 2013–14 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team represented Western Michigan University (WMU) during the 2013–14 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Broncos were Mid-American Conference (MAC) overall and West Division co-champions with Toledo, received the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament and defeated Toledo in the conference finals to receive the MAC's automatic berth into the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. WMU is led by 11th year head coach Steve Hawkins and play their home games at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

WMU was given a 14 seed in the NCAA Tournament and lost to No. 3 seeded Syracuse in the second round 77–53. Syracuse was ranked No. 14 in the AP Poll.

Seniors David Brown and Shayne Whittington were awarded All-MAC first team honors while Hawkins was awarded the MAC Coach of the Year.

2013 recruiting class[edit]

Western Michigan brought in three freshmen from high school detailed in the following table.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Mario Matasovic
Power forward
Delafield, WI St. John's NW Military Academy 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 213 lb (97 kg) May 17, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 69
Leo Svete
Small forward
Granger, IN Penn High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Jul 6, 2012 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 67
Tucker Haymond
Shooting guard
Seattle, WA Garfield High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jan 6, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Preseason[edit]

West Division preseason poll
School Points

Toledo (24) 149
Western Michigan 108
Eastern Michigan (1) 101
Ball State 89
Central Michigan 50
Northern Illinois 28
First place votes in parentheses.

WMU was picked by a 25-member MAC news media panel to finish second in the MAC West Division.[1] They finished with 108 points, 41 points behind first place Toledo and 7 points ahead of third place Eastern Michigan. Senior forward Shayne Whittington was selected to the West Division All-MAC Team.[1] The Broncos did not receive any first place votes to win the division nor any votes to win the conference tournament.

Western Michigan defeated Kalamazoo College 88–59[2] and Aquinas College 69–54[3] in exhibition games at University Arena prior to opening the regular season against New Mexico State in the Rainbow Classic.

Season[edit]

Rainbow Classic[edit]

Western Michigan opened the 2013–14 season in Hawaii by winning the Rainbow Classic. WMU finished 2–1 in the four-team, round-robin tournament along with New Mexico State and Hawaiʻi and was awarded the title based on the tiebreaker of least amount of points allowed in the tournament.[4] The Broncos gave up 194 total points while New Mexico State and Hawaiʻi allowed 213 and 218 points, respectively.

Senior guard David Brown was named to the All-Tournament Team.[5]

Awards[edit]

The Broncos have received six MAC West Division Player of the Week awards this season.

David Brown[edit]

Senior guard David Brown was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week on February 10, 2014. In two wins over Ohio and Northern Illinois, Brown averaged 23 points per game. Brown shot 14–23 (61%) for field goals and 10–14 (71%) on three-point field goals. He also had eight rebounds and five steals during the week. In the NIU game, Brown had 20 points in the first half while making his first nine shots of the game.[6]

Connar Tava[edit]

Sophomore forward Connar Tava was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week on December 2, 2013. Tava averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in a 99–88 win over Oakland and an 83–70 win over Cornell.[7] Tava made all eight field goal attempts against Oakland and recorded his first career double–double against Cornell.[7]

Tava won his second MAC West Division Player of the Week on January 13, 2014. In two victories over preseason favorite Toledo and Miami, Tava averaged 23.5 points per game and made 16 of 17 field goals (94.1%). The only field goal he missed was his final shot of the game against Miami. Tava also recorded nine rebounds, six assists, two blocked shots and two steals during the two games.[8]

Shayne Whittington[edit]

Senior center Shayne Whittington was named the MAC West Division Player of the Week on January 27, 2014. Whittington averaged 19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game in two wins against Kent State and Ball State.[9]

Whittington was named the co-MAC West Division Player of the Week on February 17, 2014. Whittington averaged 16.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in two wins over Akron and Miami that moved WMU into a tie for first place in the MAC. He also recorded four blocks against Miami.[10]

He earned his second consecutive MAC West Player of the Week on February 24, 2014. In wins over Ohio and Eastern Michigan, Whittington averaged 16.5 points and 11.0 rebounds per game. He did that while missing two practices prior to the EMU game.[11]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown
00 Von Washington Guard 6′ 0″ 175 Freshman (redshirt) Kalamazoo, Michigan
1 Tucker Haymond Guard/forward 6′ 5″ 210 Freshman Seattle, Washington
2 Connar Tava Forward 6′ 5″ 235 Sophomore Macomb, Michigan
3 Hayden Hoerdemann Guard 6′ 3″ 195 Junior Bloomington, Illinois
4 Jared Klein Guard 6′ 1″ 180 Sophomore Otsego, Michigan
5 David Brown Guard 6′ 3″ 210 Senior (redshirt) Roscoe, Illinois
11 Bishop Robinson Guard 6′ 2″ 180 Freshman Kalamazoo, Michigan
20 Tim Brennan Guard/forward 6′ 5″ 195 Junior Chicago, Illinois
21 Shayne Whittington Center 6′ 11″ 250 Senior (redshirt) Paw Paw, Michigan
22 Austin Richie Guard 6′ 2″ 185 Junior Lowell, Indiana
31 Mario Matasovic Forward 6′ 7″ 215 Freshman Croatia
32 Taylor Perry Guard 6′ 4″ 195 Sophomore Rochester, Michigan
33 Leo Svete Guard 6′ 5″ 190 Freshman Granger, Indiana
34 A. J. Avery Forward 6′ 6″ 205 Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
35 Charles Harris Guard/forward 6′ 4″ 190 Freshman (redshirt) Antioch, Illinois
40 Kellen McCormick Forward 6′ 8″ 220 Freshman (redshirt) West Bloomfield, Michigan

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
November 9, 2013* 1:30 am vs. New Mexico State Stan Sheriff CenterHonolulu, HI
(Rainbow Classic)
W 70–64  5,720[12] 1–0
November 10, 2013* 12:30 am at Hawaiʻi Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, HI
(Rainbow Classic)
OC Sports[13] L 78–68  5,861[14] 1–1
November 11, 2013* 7:00 pm vs. Tennessee State Stan Sheriff Center • Honolulu, HI
(Rainbow Classic)
W 63–52  156[15] 2–1
November 17, 2013* 2:00 pm Alabama A&M University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 73–69  2,132[16] 3–1
November 20, 2013* 7:00 pm North Dakota State University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI L 83–74  2,111[17] 3–2
November 26, 2013* 7:00 pm Oakland University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 99–88  2,228[18] 4–2
November 29, 2013* 7:00 pm Cornell University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 83–70  2,566[19] 5–2
December 7, 2013* 5:00 pm at Northwestern Welsh–Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL L 51–35  6,167[20] 5–3
December 15, 2013* 7:00 pm at #24 Missouri Mizzou ArenaColumbia, MO ESPNU[21] L 66–60  7,252[22] 5–4
December 18, 2013* 8:05 pm at Drake Knapp CenterDes Moines, IA L 71–68  3,054[23] 5–5
December 21, 2013* 2:00 pm Prairie View A&M University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 92–53  3,142[24] 6–5
January 2, 2014* 7:00 pm Siena Heights University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 83–47  2,436[25] 7–5
January 8, 2014 7:00 pm Toledo University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 87–76  2,482[26] 8–5 (1–0)
January 11, 2014 3:00 pm at Miami Millett HallOxford, OH W 78–77 OT 981[27] 9–5 (2–0)
January 14, 2014 7:00 pm at Eastern Michigan Convocation CenterYpsilanti, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
TWCSC Ohio[28] L 56–37  1,049[29] 9–6 (2–1)
January 19, 2014 2:00 pm Bowling Green University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI TWCSC Ohio[28] L 69–64  2,437[30] 9–7 (2–2)
January 23, 2014 7:00 pm at Kent State Memorial Athletic and Convocation CenterKent, OH W 75–59  2,993[31] 10–7 (3–2)
January 26, 2014 2:00 pm Ball State University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI Ball State Sports Network[32] W 62–53  2,698[33] 11–7 (4–2)
January 29, 2014 7:00 pm at Buffalo Alumni ArenaAmherst, NY L 84–63  3,052[34] 11–8 (4–3)
February 1, 2014 2:00 pm Central Michigan University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
W 75–72  3,504[35] 12–8 (5–3)
February 5, 2014 7:00 pm Ohio University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 90–74  2,344[36] 13–8 (6–3)
February 9, 2014 4:30 pm at Northern Illinois Convocation CenterDeKalb, IL W 74–71  2,005[37] 14–8 (7–3)
February 12, 2014 7:00 pm Akron University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 57–54  2,369[38] 15–8 (8–3)
February 15, 2014 4:30 pm Miami University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 68–57  3,290[39] 16–8 (9–3)
February 19, 2014 7:00 pm at Ohio Convocation CenterAthens, OH W 73–63  6,319[40] 17–8 (10–3)
February 23, 2014 2:00 pm Eastern Michigan University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
W 75–67  3,204[41] 18–8 (11–3)
February 26, 2014 7:00 pm at Ball State John E. Worthen ArenaMuncie, IN TWCSC Ohio[42] W 88–81 OT 2,590[43] 19–8 (12–3)
March 1, 2014 6:00 pm at Toledo Savage ArenaToledo, OH TWCSC Ohio[42] L 96–85 OT 6,912[44] 19–9 (12–4)
March 4, 2014 7:00 pm Northern Illinois University Arena • Kalamazoo, MI W 61–56  3,176[45] 20–9 (13–4)
March 7, 2014 7:00 pm at Central Michigan McGuirk ArenaMount Pleasant, MI
(Michigan MAC Trophy)
W 78–64  2,087[46] 21–9 (14–4)
MAC Tournament
March 14, 2014 6:30 pm vs. #(4) Akron #(1) Quicken Loans ArenaCleveland, OH
(Semifinals)
TWCSC Ohio W 64–60 OT 6,318[47][48] 22–9
March 15, 2014 6:30 pm vs. #(2) Toledo #(1) Quicken Loans Arena • Cleveland, OH
(Championship)
ESPN2 W 98–77  5,278[49] 23–9
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2014* 2:45 pm vs. #14 (3 S) Syracuse #(14 S) First Niagara CenterBuffalo, NY
(Second round)
CBS L 77–53  19,260[50] 23–10
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. Rankings in parenthesis indicate tournament seeds. All times are in Eastern Time.

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