1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball team

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1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 7
1976–77 record25–7
Head coachAl McGuire
Assistant coachRick Majerus
Assistant coachHank Raymonds
CaptainBo Ellis
Home arenaMECCA Arena
Seasons
1976–77 NCAA Division I men's basketball independents standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 UNLV       29 3   .906
#6 Syracuse       26 4   .867
#12 Detroit       25 4   .862
Old Dominion       25 4   .862
Providence       24 5   .828
Holy Cross       23 6   .793
St. Bonaventure       23 6   .793
#7 Marquette       25 7   .781
North Texas State       21 6   .778
Illinois State       22 7   .759
#10 Notre Dame       22 7   .759
Oral Roberts       21 7   .750
Army       20 8   .714
Milwaukee       19 8   .704
Georgetown       19 9   .679
Virginia Tech       19 10   .655
James Madison       17 9   .654
Northwestern State       17 9   .654
Texas–Pan American       17 9   .654
Connecticut       17 10   .630
UNC Wilmington       16 10   .615
Portland State       16 10   .615
Iona       15 10   .600
Dayton       16 11   .593
Fairfield       16 11   .593
Georgia Southern       16 11   .593
Richmond       15 11   .577
Saint Francis (PA)       15 11   .577
DePaul       15 12   .556
Northeast Louisiana       15 12   .556
Stetson       15 12   .556
Utah State       15 12   .556
Colgate       13 11   .542
Navy       13 11   .542
Oklahoma City       14 12   .538
South Carolina       14 12   .538
Valparaiso       13 12   .520
Catholic       13 13   .500
Fairleigh Dickinson       13 13   .500
Loyola (IL)       13 13   .500
Maine       13 13   .500
Niagara       13 13   .500
Rhode Island       13 13   .500
Saint Peter's       13 13   .500
VCU       13 13   .500
Butler       13 14   .481
New Hampshire       12 14   .462
Northeastern       12 14   .462
St. Francis (NY)       12 14   .462
Air Force       12 15   .444
Denver       12 15   .444
Southern Mississippi       11 16   .407
Siena       9 15   .375
Cleveland State       10 17   .370
Xavier       10 17   .370
Centenary (LA)       11 19   .367
Long Island       9 16   .360
Hawaii       9 18   .333
Vermont       8 17   .320
Boston College       8 18   .308
Charleston Southern       8 19   .296
Boston University       7 19   .269
Robert Morris       7 19   .269
Samford       7 19   .269
Mercer       6 19   .240
Hardin–Simmons       6 21   .222
Houston Baptist       6 23   .207
Buffalo       5 21   .192
Wagner       3 21   .125
Canisius       3 22   .120
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball team represented Marquette University in the 1976–77 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Warriors played their home games at the MECCA Arena in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as a Division I Independent. They were led by head coach Al McGuire in his 13th and final year at Marquette. The Warriors finished the season 25–7. They received a bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Cincinnati, Kansas State, and Wake Forest to advance to the Final Four. At the Final Four, they defeated UNC Charlotte to advance to the National Championship game where they defeated North Carolina to win the National Championship.[1][2]

Butch Lee, the tournament’s most outstanding player, and Bo Ellis were the stars of a team that reflected the street-wise toughness of its coach. In the final AP poll released prior to the Sweet Sixteen, Marquette moved from sixteenth to seven in the rankings.[3] Following the season, head coach Al McGuire retired.[4]

Since this season, Marquette has returned to the Final Four only once, in 2003.

Roster[edit]

1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 23 Jim Boylan 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Jersey City, New Jersey
C 30 Craig Butrym 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Fox Point, Wisconsin
F 43 Robert Byrd 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Chicago, Illinois
F 40 Jim Dudley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
F 31 Bo Ellis 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Chicago, Illinois
G 15 Butch Lee 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr The Bronx, New York
F 42 Bill Neary 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
F 21 Ulice Payne 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Donora, Pennsylvania
G 55 Gary Rosenberger 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr Milwaukee, Wisconsin
F 33 Bernard Toone 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Yonkers, New York
C 54 Jerome Whitehead 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Waukegan, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular season
December 1
No. 2 St. Leo W 80–39  1–0
 17  Ellis   10  Toone        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 6
No. 2 Western Michigan W 78–53  2–0
 22  Lee   11  Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 8
No. 2 at Florida W 64–61  3–0
 19  Lee   7  Ellis        Florida Gymnasium (7,131)
Gainesville, FL
December 11
No. 2 Penn State W 79–49  4–0
 18  Lee   13  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 18
No. 2 No. 17 Louisville L 75–78 OT 4–1
 30  Lee   11  Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 21
No. 6 No. 20 Minnesota L 59–66  4–2
 17  Whitehead   12  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 27
No. 6 No. 11 Clemson
Milwaukee Classic
W 67–49  5–2
 17  Lee   11  Whitehead/Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 28
No. 12 Wisconsin
Milwaukee Classic
W 64–57  6–2
 25  Lee   7  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
December 31
No. 12 at Northwestern W 66–53  7–2
 29  Lee   8  Ellis        McGaw Hall (4,321)
Evanston, IL
January 3
No. 12 Georgia Tech W 63–45  8–2
 18  Lee   10  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
January 8
No. 12 South Carolina W 65–54  9–2
 18  Lee   8  Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
January 11
No. 11 at Air Force W 74–56  10–2
 33  Lee   13  Ellis        Clune Arena (5,400)
Colorado Springs, CO
January 16
No. 11 No. 19 Notre Dame W 78–69  11–2
 27  Lee   7  Whitehead/Lee        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
January 18
No. 8 at Drake W 62–60  12–2
 19  Lee   9  Ellis        Veterans Auditorium (10,108)
Des Moines, IA
January 22
No. 8 Xavier W 85–43  13–2
 17  Ellis/Lee   11  Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
January 29
No. 9 at DePaul W 85–64  14–2
 21  Lee   7  Ellis        Alumni Hall (5,448)
Chicago, IL
February 6
No. 6 at No. 12 Cincinnati L 62–63  14–3
 19  Lee   15  Whitehead        Riverfront Coliseum (13,358)
Cincinnati, OH
February 9
No. 9 Loyola (IL) W 81–71  15–3
 22  Ellis/Lee   7  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
February 12
No. 9 Manhattan W 86–60  16–3
 22  Ellis   8  Whitehead/Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
February 14
No. 9 DePaul L 72–77 2OT 16–4
 18  Whitehead/Lee   13  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
February 16
No. 9 No. 15 Detroit L 63–64  16–5
 21  Ellis   9  Whitehead        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
February 19
No. 9 Wichita State L 64–75  16–6
 15  Lee   9  Ellis        MECCA Arena (10,938)
Milwaukee, WI
February 21
No. 9 at Wisconsin W 73–58  17–6
 25  Lee   11  Ellis        Wisconsin Field House (10,938)
Madison, WI
February 26
No. 18 at Virginia Tech W 75–70  18–6
 22  Lee   9  Ellis        Cassell Coliseum (10,000)
Blacksburg, VA
February 28
No. 18 at Tulane W 63–44  19–6
 26  Ellis   13  Ellis         (8,250)
New Orleans, LA
March 5
No. 19 at Creighton W 72–60  20–6
 18  Lee   13  Whitehead        Omaha Civic Auditorium (10,380)
Omaha, NE
March 6
No. 19 at No. 3 Michigan L 68–69  20–7
 19  Lee   9  Ellis        Crisler Arena (13,609)
Ann Arbor, MI
NCAA Tournament
March 12
1:00 pm, NBC
No. 16 vs. No. 11 Cincinnati
First Round
W 66–51  21–7
 17  Ellis   6  Whitehead/Toone        Omaha Civic Auditorium (9,821)
Omaha, NE
March 17
7:00 pm, NBC
No. 7 vs. Kansas State
Regional Semifinal
W 67–66  22–7
 26  Lee   6  Whitehead        The Myriad (10,185)
Oklahoma City, OK
March 19
1:15 pm, NBC
No. 7 vs. No. 9 Wake Forest
Regional Final
W 82–68  23–7
 20  Ellis   7  Ellis        The Myriad (8,935)
Oklahoma City, OK
March 26
1:15 pm, NBC
No. 7 vs. No. 17 UNC-Charlotte
Final Four
W 51–49  24–7
 21  Whitehead   16  Whitehead        The Omni (16,086)
Atlanta, GA
March 28
7:15 pm, NBC
No. 7 vs. No. 5 North Carolina
National Championship
W 67–59  25–7
 19  Lee   11  Whitehead        The Omni (16,086)
Atlanta, GA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Source:[5][6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

1977 NBA draft

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 17 Bo Ellis Washington Bullets

Source:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Foul line delivers Marquette victory". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 29, 1977. p. 11.
  2. ^ "Cornered? Not Marquette's title winners". Milwaukee Journal. March 29, 1977. p. 6, part 2.
  3. ^ "Michigan cagers must prove they deserve high ranking". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. March 16, 1977. p. 21.
  4. ^ "Marquette wins 1st NCAA title, 67 to 59, in McGuire's last game". Milwaukee Sentinel. March 29, 1977. p. 1, part 1.
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2]
  7. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-20. Retrieved 2011-04-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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