Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball

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Eastern Michigan Eagles
2014–15 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 (4th year)
Arena Convocation Center
(Capacity: 8,800)
Nickname Eagles
Colors

Green and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1991
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.

Postseason[edit]

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
Duke
Connecticut
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 2OT

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
Columbia
W 58–54
L 69–56

Players[edit]

Eagles in the NBA

Retired Numbers

Number Player Years at EMU
11 Earl Boykins 1994-98
24 George Gervin 1971-72
43 Grant Long 1985-88
54 Kennedy McIntosh 1967-71

MAC Player of the Year

MAC Defensive Player of the Year

Academic All-MAC

  • 2013 Daylen Harrison[3]

MAC Tournament MVP

  • 1988 Grant Long
  • 1991 Marcus Kennedy
  • 1996 Brian Tolbert
  • 1998 Earl Boykins[4]

1st Team All-MAC

  • 1995 Brian Tolbert
  • 1997 Earl Boykins
  • 1996 Earl Boykins

2nd Team All-MAC

  • 1991 Carl Thomas
  • 1995 Earl Boykins

3rd Team All-MAC

  • 2012 Darrell Lampley
  • 2014 Karrington Ward

MAC Honorable Mention

  • 1982 Jack Brusewitz[5]
  • 2008 Carlos Medlock
  • 2013 Glenn Bryant

MAC West Player of the Week

  • Dec. 28,2003 John Bowler
  • Nov. 10,2006 Carlos Medlock
  • Jan. 01,2007 Jesse Bunkley
  • Nov. 13,2007 Carlos Medlock
  • Nov. 21,2011 Darrell Lampley
  • Feb. 27,2012 Darrell Lampley
  • Dec. 16,2013 Raven Lee
  • Feb. 17,2014 Da'Shonte Riley

Preseason first-team All-MAC West Division

  • 2004 John Bowler

Mid-American Conference All-Freshman team

  • 2007 Brandon Bowdry

MAC Coach of the Year

  • 1987 Ben Braun[6]
  • 1990 Ben Braun
  • 1995 Ben Braun
  • 2012 Rob Murphy

Co-Coach of the Year in the NCAA District 14 Division I

  • 2012 Rob Murphy

MAC Freshman of the Year by FOXSports.com

  • 2006 Carlos Medlock

Honorable Mention All-American

  • 1998 Earl Boykins

Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award

  • 1998 Earl Boykins

USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year

  • 1997 Earl Boykins

Thompson Challenge All Tournament Team

  • 2006 Carlos Medlock

E-Club Hall of Fame

  • 2013 Earl Boykins
  • 2013 Derrick Dial
  • 2012 Brian Tolbert
  • 2008 Lindell Reason
  • 2007 Al Jagutis
  • 2006 Gary Tyson
  • 2005 Ben Braun
  • 2005 Harold Simons
  • 2004 Earl Dixon
  • 2003 Jim Dutcher
  • 2000 Jack Brusewitz
  • 1998 Grant Long
  • 1997 Earle Higgins
  • 1996 Kennedy McIntosh
  • 1994 Robert Sims
  • 1994 C.P. Steimle
  • 1993 Joe Brodie
  • 1993 George Gervin
  • 1993 Nick Manych
  • 1992 Cleon Gilliam
  • 1992 Leo Turner
  • 1991 James Ross
  • 1991 Claude Snarey
  • 1989 William M. Cave
  • 1989 Ron Gulyas
  • 1988 Sherm J. Collins
  • 1987 William J. Stephens
  • 1985 Charles Paige
  • 1983 Charles Lappeus
  • 1983 Neville "Tex" Walker
  • 1982 Clifford D. Crane
  • 1982 Marvin R. Mittlestat
  • 1979 Louis Batterson
  • 1979 Harvey Marlatt
  • 1979 George Muellich
  • 1979 Arthur D. Walker
  • 1979 Frank "Buck" Weeber
  • 1978 William E. Crouch
  • 1978 Daniel Webster Kirksey
  • 1978 James A. Walsh
  • 1977 C. Dale Curtiss
  • 1977 Harry Ockerman
  • 1976 Edwin Shadford
  • 1976 Raymond L. Stites

All-Freshman Team

  • 1994 Earl Boykins

UPI 1st Team NCAA-College Division All-America

  • 1971 George Gervin[7]

Coaches 1st Team NCAA-College Division All-America

  • 1971 George Gervin

NAIA second-team All-District 23

  • 1971 Earl Dixon[8]

NAIA honorable mention All-America

  • 1971 Earl Dixon

1st Team All-Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

  • 1952 Daniel Webster Kirksey[9]
  • 1954 Daniel Webster Kirksey

2nd Team All-Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

  • 1951 Daniel Webster Kirksey
  • 1952 Cleon Gilliam
  • 1957 William J. Stephens[10]
  • 1960 Ron Gulyas

NAIA All-Star State of Michigan Team

  • 1957 William J. Stephens

Michigan Collegiate Conference Honors

  • 1928 George Muellich[11]

Ben Braun Era[edit]

Served as head coach of the EMU men's basketball team from 1985-1996, before leaving to take over the head coaching duties at the University of California-Berkeley...In his 10 1/2 seasons as EMU head coach, he led Eastern to the most successful decade in EMU history in the NCAA Division I ranks, finishing as the winningest head coach in EMU history with a 185-132 record...During his EMU tenure he was named Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year three times (1987–88, 1990–91, 1995–96)...Directed the basketball team to Mid-American Conference and MAC Tournament Championships three times (1987–88, 1990–91, 1995–96)...Led EMU to three NCAA post-season tournament appearances (1987–88, 1990–91, 1995–96), including a "Sweet 16" appearance in 1990-91...Also coached the 1994-95 team to EMU's first-ever National Invitation Tournament (NIT).[12]

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

Statistics[edit]

National statistical champions

  • 2013/14 NCAA Statistical Championship for Field Goal Percentage Defense (36.9%)[13]

MAC Statistical Champions

  • 2013/14 Scoring Defense (61.4)[14]
  • 2013/14 Field Goal Percentage Defense (.369)
  • 2013/14 Blocked Shots (6 Avg/G)
  • 2013/14 Turnover Maring (+3.57)

References[edit]

  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 
  2. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=92
  3. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2014/4/23/MBB_0423143933.aspx?path=mbball
  4. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=247
  5. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=78
  6. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=42
  7. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=126
  8. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=52
  9. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=217
  10. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=160
  11. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=212
  12. ^ http://www.eclubletterwinners.com/hall-of-fame-athlete.php?id=42
  13. ^ http://www.emueagles.com/news/2014/5/7/MBB_0507140349.aspx?path=mbball
  14. ^ http://mac-sports.com/custompages/stats/2014MBB/CONFLDRS.HTM

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