1973–74 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
|1973–74 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball|
Big Ten Conference Co-Champions
1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Elite Eight
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1973–74 record||22-5 (12-2 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Johnny Orr|
|Assistant coach||Jim Dutcher|
|Assistant coach||Bill Frieder|
|Assistant coach||Richard Carter (Freshman coach)|
|Captain||C. J. Kupec|
|Home arena||Crisler Arena|
|1973–74 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1973–74 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1973–74 season. The team played its home games in the Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference.
Under the direction of head coach Johnny Orr, the team tied with the Indiana Hoosiers for the Big Ten Conference Championship. The team earned the first of four consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations.
Campy Russell and C. J. Kupec served as team captains, with Russell earning team MVP honors. Russell, the Consensus second team All-American, earned the Big Ten scoring championship with an 24.0 average in conference games. He also won the Chicago Tribune Silver Basketball as Big Ten Most Valuable Player. Orr was named Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Although the team began the season unranked, it was in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll for twelve of the eighteen weeks during the season, rising as high as number six, where it finished the season. The team ended the season ranked twelfth in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.
The team set a school record for single-game assists on February 23, 1974 against Purdue with 32. The record would stand until March 7, 1987. The team set the school single-game assists record of 32 on February 23, 1974 against Purdue. The record stood until March 7, 1987.
In the 25-team 1974 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan reached the elite eight in the Mideast region by earning a bye and defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 77–68. The team then fell to the Marquette Golden Eagles 72–70.
Team players drafted into the NBA
|1974||1||8||8||Campy Russell||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|1975||4||2||56||C. J. Kupec||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1976||4||9||60||Wayman Britt||Los Angeles Lakers|
|1977||3||11||55||Steve Grote||Cleveland Cavaliers|
|1977||5||22||110||John Robinson||Los Angeles Lakers|
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