1962–63 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1962–63 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
Conference Big Ten Conference
1962–63 record 16–8 (8–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Dave Strack
Assistant coach James Skala
Assistant coach Tom Jorgensen (Freshman coach)
MVP Bill Buntin
Captain Tom Cole
Home arena Fielding H. Yost Field House
Seasons
« 1961–62 1963–64 »
1962–63 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Ohio State 11 3   .786     20 4   .833
#8 Illinois 11 3   .786     20 6   .769
Indiana 9 5   .643     13 11   .542
Michigan 8 6   .571     16 8   .667
Minnesota 8 6   .571     12 12   .500
Wisconsin 7 7   .500     14 10   .583
Northwestern 6 8   .429     9 15   .375
Iowa 5 9   .357     9 15   .375
Michigan State 3 11   .214     4 16   .200
Purdue 2 12   .143     7 17   .292
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1962–63 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1962–63 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 Dave Strack, the team finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten Conference and failed to get an invitation to either the 1963 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament or the 1963 National Invitation Tournament.[1] Tom Cole served as team captain, while Bill Buntin earned team MVP.[2]

That season, the team defeated one of the three ranked opponents that it faced (#6 Illinois 84–81 on March 2, 1963 at home).[3] The team was unranked the entire season in the Associated Press Top Ten Poll,[4] and it also ended the season unranked in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[5]

During the season, Buntin led the Big Ten conference in rebounding with 15.4 per conference game.[6] As a team, the Wolverines led the Big Ten with a 49.0 rebound per game average.[7]

The team set the current school single-game record of 77 rebounds on February 2, 1963 against the Michigan State Spartans. It also set the single-season record of 1320, but that was broken each of the following two seasons.[8] Buntin set the current school record (since the 1959–60 season) for consecutive point-rebound double doubles with a streak of 14 games.[9] He also surpassed Scott Maentz's 1960 single-season total of 12 double doubles with a total of 23, which stood as a school record until Phil Hubbard posted 24 in 1977.[9]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Two players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[10][11]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1965 1 Territorial 2 Bill Buntin Detroit Pistons
1965 15 3 103 George Pomey St. Louis Hawks

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 196. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  3. ^ "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 35. Retrieved 2010-09-12. 
  4. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  5. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  6. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 34. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  7. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 38. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  8. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 166. 
  9. ^ a b 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 169. 
  10. ^ "1965 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25. 
  11. ^ "1966 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.