1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball team

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1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball
National Champions
NCAA Men's Division I Tournament, National Final, W 67–59 vs. North Carolina
Conference Independent
Ranking
Coaches No. 14
AP No. 7
1976–77 record 25–7
Head coach Al McGuire
Assistant coach Rick Majerus
Assistant coach Hank Raymonds
Captain Bo Ellis
Home arena MECCA Arena
Seasons

The 1976–77 Marquette Warriors men's basketball team represented Marquette University in NCAA Division I men's competition in the 1976–77 season. The Warriors were coached by Al McGuire, who retired after leading them to the NCAA title. 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.

Roster[edit]

Name # Position Height Year Home Town
Butch Lee 15 Guard 6-1 Junior Bronx, NY
Ulice Payne 21 Forward 6–6 Junior Donora, PA
Jim Boylan 23 Guard 6–2 Junior Jersey City, NJ
Craig Butrym 30 Center 6–11 Senior Fox Point, WI
Bo Ellis 31 Forward 6–9 Senior Chicago, IL
Bernard Toone 33 Forward 6–9 Sophomore Yonkers, NY
Jim Dudley 40 Forward 6–6 Sophomore South Milwaukee, WI
Bill Neary 42 Forward 6–5 Senior Wauwatosa, WI
Robert Byrd 43 Forward 6–6 Freshman Chicago, IL Communications
Jerome Whitehead 54 Center 6-10 Junior Waukegan, IL
Gary Rosenberger 55 Guard 6–0 Junior Milwaukee, WI

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (Attendance)
City, State
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 Memorial 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 (Ill.) 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
March 12
No. 7 vs. No. 11 Cincinnati
NCAA Tournament • First Round
W 66–51  21-7
 17  Ellis   6  Whitehead/Toone   -  -  Omaha Civic Auditorium (9,821)
Omaha, NE
March 17
No. 7 vs. Kansas State
NCAA Tournament • Regional Semifinal
W 67–66  22-7
 26  Lee   6  Whitehead   -  -  The Myriad (10,185)
Oklahoma City, OK
March 19
No. 7 vs. No. 9 Wake Forest
NCAA Tournament • Regional Final
W 82–68  23-7
 20  Ellis   7  Ellis   -  -  The Myriad (8,935)
Oklahoma City, OK
March 26
No. 7 vs. No. 17 UNC-Charlotte
NCAA Tournament • National Semifinals
W 51–49  24-7
 21  Whitehead   16  Whitehead   -  -  The Omni (16,086)
Atlanta, GA
March 28
 NBC
No. 7 vs. No. 5 North Carolina
NCAA Tournament • National Final
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.

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 17 Bo Ellis Washington Bullets

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