1970–71 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1970–71 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
NIT, Quarterfinals
Conference Big Ten Conference
1970–71 record 19–7 (12–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Fred Snowden
Assistant coach Dick Honig (freshmen)
MVP Dan Fife
MVP Henry Wilmore
Captain Dan Fife
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
1970–71 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#10 Ohio State 13 1   .929     20 6   .769
Michigan 12 2   .857     19 7   .731
Purdue 11 3   .786     18 7   .720
Indiana 9 5   .643     17 7   .708
Illinois 5 9   .357     11 12   .478
Minnesota 5 9   .357     11 13   .458
Michigan State 4 10   .286     10 14   .417
Iowa 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Wisconsin 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Northwestern 3 11   .214     7 17   .292
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970–71 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1970–71 season. The team played its home games at Crisler Arena on the school's campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Under the direction of head coach Johnny Orr, the team finished second in the Big Ten Conference.[1] Dan Fife served as team captain and shared team co-MVP honors with Henry Wilmore.[2]

Over the course of the season, Ken Brady led the conference in field goal percentage with a 61.7% average in conference games.[3] The team earned the Big Ten scoring offense statistical championship with an 88.4 average in conference games.[4] The team was in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll for four of the sixteen weeks of the season, rising as high as number twelve.[5] However, the team ended the season unranked in both the final UPI Coaches' Poll and the final AP Poll.[6]

The team defeated two of the four ranked opponents that it faced during the season.[1] The team participated in the sixteen team 1971 National Invitation Tournament where it advanced to the quarterfinals by defeating the Syracuse Orange by an 86–76 margin before falling to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 78–70.[7] The team was led by All-American Henry Wilmore.[8] Dan Fife established the school career field goal percentage record at 57.44% that would last until Loy Vaught ended his career with a 61.7% mark in 1990.[9] He also set the school single season assist average of 5.35 per game that would last until Dave Baxter surpassed it in 1978.[10] The team set the school single-game record for free throws made of 33 on January 23, 1971, against Northwestern, which would be unsurpassed until 1998.[11]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP Poll[5] 20 16 16 12


Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Five players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[12][13][14]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1971 10 16 168 Dan Fife Milwaukee Bucks
1972 3 14 44 Wayne Grabiec Boston Celtics
1973 4 9 61 Ken Brady Detroit Pistons
1973 5 9 78 Henry Wilmore Detroit Pistons
1973 14 1 189 Ernie Johnson Philadelphia 76ers

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 38. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  3. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 33. Retrieved September 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 36. Retrieved September 3, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Tournament Results (1970's)". nit.org. Archived from the original on November 7, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4–7. 
  9. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 170. 
  10. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 16. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 14. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ "1971 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "1972 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "1973 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014.