1958–59 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
|1958–59 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1958–59 record||15–7 (8–6 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||William Perigo|
|Assistant coach||Dave Strack|
|Assistant coach||Matt Patanelli|
|MVP||M. C. Burton, Jr.|
|Captain||M. C. Burton, Jr.|
|Home arena||Fielding H. Yost Field House|
|1958–59 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|#7 Michigan State||12||–||2||.857||19||–||4||.826|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1958–59 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1958–59 season. The team played its home games at Fielding H. Yost Field House (renamed Yost Ice Arena in 1973) on the school's campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Under the direction of head coach William Perigo, the team finished tied for second in the Big Ten Conference but failed to get an invitation to either the 1959 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 1959 National Invitation Tournament. During the season, the team beat two of the four ranked opponents that it faced (#18 Purdue in the conference season opener on January 3, 1959 at West Lafayette and #18 Illinois on February 2 in Champaign). M.C. Burton, Jr. won the Big Ten Conference statistical championships for both scoring (22.6 points per game) and rebounding (249 in 14 conference games for a 17.8 rebound average). The 17.8 rebounds per game was a Big Ten Conference record that lasted one season. Burton was the first player to lead the conference in both scoring and rebounding. Burton and George Lee served as team co-captains, and Burton earned team MVP.
Burton set numerous school rebounding records that season. Two that continue to stand are the 17.23 single-season rebounds per game average and the single-season record for 20-rebound games with 7. Bill Buntin surpassed his career total of 831 with 1037 and his career average of 12.59 with 13.13 in 1965. Rudy Tomjanovich surpassed his February 16 total of 27 with 30 on February 1, 1969. Phil Hubbard surpassed his single season total of 379 with 389 in 1977. Burton also fell four points shy of Ron Kramer's 1957 school record career total of 1119. Burton's career free throw percentage of 79.28 stood as the school record (since records have been available in 1955) until Cazzie Russell ended his career with an 82.65%.
Team players drafted into the NBA
|1959||4||2||24||George Lee||Detroit Pistons|
|1959||11||2||73||M. C. Burton||Detroit Pistons|
|1961||4||6||38||John Tidwell||Philadelphia Warriors|
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