Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball

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Eastern Michigan Eagles
2013–14 Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team
Eastern Michigan Eagles athletic logo
University Eastern Michigan University
Conference MAC
Location Ypsilanti, MI
Head coach Rob Murphy (3rd year)
Arena Convocation Center
(Capacity: 8,800)
Nickname Eagles

Green and White

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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1991, 1996
NCAA Tournament appearances
1988, 1991, 1996, 1998
Conference tournament champions
1988, 1991, 1996, 1998
Conference regular season champions
1921, 1988, 1991, 1996

The Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team has appeared in four NCAA Division I tournaments, and have a 3–4 record, tied for third best among Michigan colleges. They reached the Sweet Sixteen in the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and defeated the Duke University Blue Devils in the first round of the 1996 tournament.

EMU has competed in the Mid-American Conference since joining in 1972, and they have previously competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1911–1926). The team last played in the NCAA tournament in 1998. The Eagles are currently coached by Rob Murphy.


NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Eagles have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–4.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1988 First Round Pittsburgh L 109–90
1991 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Mississippi State
Penn State
North Carolina
W 76–56
W 71–68 OT
L 93–67
1996 First Round
Second Round
W 75–60
L 95–81
1998 First Round Michigan State L 83–71

Coach Ben Braun led Eastern Michigan to their first three NCAA Division I tournament appearances during his 11-year tenure. One of the great highlights in team history came after EMU's first round victory over Duke in 1996, when the Blue Devils' Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski stated, "Eastern Michigan is very well coached, much deeper than we are and, today, much quicker than we were."[1]

EMU reached the Final Four of the 1972 NCAA College Division National Championship, led by All-American George Gervin, an NBA Hall of Famer selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

NIT results[edit]

The Eagles have appeared in one National Invitation Tournament (NIT). Their record is 0–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1995 First Round Bradley L 86–85

CIT results[edit]

The Eagles have appeared in one CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). Their record is 1–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2014 First Round
Second Round
Norfolk State
W 58–54
L 69–56

Eagles in the NBA[edit]

Ben Braun Era[edit]

Ben Braun was hired as head coach as head coach before the 1985 basketball season. Braun would quickly go on to be one of the most successful coaches in EMU history, earning 185 victories in 11 seasons in Ypsilanti. He led the Eagles to three NCAA Tournaments, including a sweet 16 run in 1991.

Milton Barnes Era[edit]

Following the departure of Ben Braun to California, Eastern Michigan hired Milton Barnes, he would spend four season as a head coach, earning 63 victories in those years.

Jim Boone Era[edit]

In 2001, EMU hired Jim Boone to lead its basketball program. Boone compiled a 48–96 record in 5 seasons at the helm.

Charles Ramsey Era[edit]

Ypsilanti native and EMU graduate Charles Ramsey was hired following the 2005 season. In his first game as head coach, Ramsey pulled off an upset over a Ben Braun coached California team, however that would be the highlight of his stint as head coach in Ypsilanti. After a 68–118 record in six years at the helm, EMU would fire Ramsey after the 2010–11 basketball season.

Rob Murphy Era[edit]

Rob Murphy, a Detroit native was hired in the spring of 2011 to take over for Charles Ramsey. Prior to EMU, Murphy spent seven years as an assistant coach at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim. In his first season, Murphy would lead the Eagles to a 14–18 record. However, with its 9–7 record in conference play, the Eagles took 1st place in the MAC-West


  1. ^ Wilner, Jon (1996-03-15), "Eastern Michigan knocks off Duke", Los Angeles Daily News, hosted at http://www.thefreelibrary.com, retrieved 2010-12-22 

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