1979–80 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1979–80 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle
NIT, Quarterfinals
Conference Big Ten Conference
1979–80 record 17–13 (8–10 Big Ten)
Head coach Johnny Orr
Assistant coach Bill Frieder
Assistant coach Mike Boyd
Assistant coach Tom Kempf
Assistant coach Don Sicko
MVP Mike McGee
Captain Marty Bodnar
Captain Mark Lozier
Home arena Crisler Arena
Seasons
1979–80 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 7 Indiana 13 5   .722     21 8   .724
No. 10 Ohio State 12 6   .667     21 8   .724
No. 20 Purdue 11 7   .611     23 10   .697
Iowa 10 8   .556     23 10   .697
Minnesota 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Illinois 8 10   .444     22 13   .629
Michigan 8 10   .444     17 13   .567
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     15 14   .517
Michigan State 6 12   .333     12 15   .444
Northwestern 5 13   .278     10 17   .370
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1979–80 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1979–80 NCAA Division I men's basketball 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 who was in his final year as coach, the team finished tied for sixth in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team earned an invitation to the 1980 National Invitation Tournament.[2] The team was unranked the entire season in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll,[3] and it also ended the season unranked in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[4] The team defeated two of the six ranked teams it faced (#2 Ohio State 75–74 at home on January 19, 1980, and #15 Purdue at home 75–64 on February 21).[5] Marty Bodnar earned third team Academic All-American honors.[6] Bodnar and Mark Lozier served as team captains, while Mike McGee earned team MVP honors.[7] John Garris set the School record for career blocked shot average with 1.09, which lasted until 1986 when Roy Tarpley ended his career with a 2.06 average.[8] On January 26, 1980, McGee became the first Wolverine to play more than 50 minutes in a single game when he was on the floor for 54 minutes against the Northwestern Wildcats, surpassing Phil Hubbard's 1976 50-minute effort.[9] Mark Bodnar became the first Michigan Wolverines player on record to total 13 assists in a game on December 13, 1980, against the Dayton Flyers. No Wolverine would surpass 13 assists in a game until Gary Grant did so on December 7, 1987.[10] Thad Garner averaged of 36.3 minutes per game, which was a school record, beating Mike McGee who averaged 36.2. He would break his own record two years later.[11]

In the 32-team National Invitation Tournament, Michigan advanced to the elite eight round by defeating Nebraska Cornhuskers 76–69 and UTEP Miners 75–65 before losing to Virginia Cavaliers 79–68.

Roster[edit]

1979–80 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

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
1981 1 19 19 Mike McGee Los Angeles Lakers
1981 3 23 69 John Johnson Boston Celtics
1981 5 20 112 Paul Heuerman Phoenix Suns
1982 7 3 141 Thad Gardner Utah Jazz
1983 10 7 213 Ike Person Detroit Pistons

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 198. 
  2. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 182. 
  3. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved August 28, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 41. Archived from the original on September 2, 2010. Retrieved September 12, 2010. 
  6. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. pp. 144–7. 
  7. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  8. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 179. 
  9. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 180. 
  10. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 16. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  11. ^ "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 20. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011. Retrieved September 9, 2010. 
  12. ^ "1981 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ "1982 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "1983 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved April 25, 2014.