William Perigo was in his eighth and final year as the team's head coach. Junior John Tidwell was the team's leading scorer with 520 points in 24 games for an average of 21.6 points per game. Tidwell broke the Michigan record for single game scoring record on February 27, 1960, as he hit 17 of 25 field goals and seven of ten free throws for 41 points in a 72–65 win against Michigan State. Tidwell's 41 points also broke the Yost Fieldhouse record which had been set by Indiana's Don Schlundt with 29 points in 1953. Tidwell also broke the season scoring record with 520 points. At the end of the 1959–60 basketball season, Tidwell was selected as the team's most valuable player and elected captain of the 196–61 team.