2007–08 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

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2007–08 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
MAC West Division Champions
Conference Mid-American Conference West
2007–08 record 20–12 (12–4 MAC)
Head coach Steve Hawkins
Assistant coach Clayton Bates
Assistant coach Cornell Mann
Assistant coach Andy Hipsher
Home arena University Arena
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     28 7   .800
Akron 11 5   .688     24 11   .686
Ohio 9 7   .563     20 13   .606
Miami 9 7   .563     17 16   .515
Bowling Green 7 9   .438     13 16   .448
Buffalo 3 13   .188     10 20   .333
West
Western Michigan 12 4   .750     20 12   .625
Central Michigan 8 8   .500     14 17   .452
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     14 17   .452
Toledo 7 8   .467     11 19   .367
Ball State 5 11   .313     6 24   .200
Northern Illinois 3 12   .200     6 22   .214
2008 MAC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–2008 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team is a NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Mid-American Conference (MAC). The Broncos, 20–12 overall and 12–4 in the conference, captured the MAC West Division championship by four games and earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament. WMU reached the semi-finals of the MAC tournament before falling to No. 3 seed Akron.

During the regular season, Western Michigan defeated No. 25 ranked Davidson College, a team that reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. WMU finished the non-conference portion of their schedule 7–7, defeating Davidson, Detroit Mercy, Loyola Chicago, North Carolina Central, Pepperdine, Southern Illinois and Wisconsin–Green Bay.

WMU also retained the Michigan MAC Trophy for the third consecutive season.

Sophomore David Kool and senior Joe Reitz earned First Team All-MAC honors. Reitz was also named to the MAC All-Tournament team.

Preseason[edit]

The Broncos were picked to win the West Division by members of the MAC News Media Association, receiving 23 of 32 possible first place votes (Toledo received six votes and Central Michigan three). Western Michigan also received six votes to win the MAC Tournament, which was second to Kent State (7 votes).

Joe Reitz was named to the Preseason All-MAC Team.

Awards[edit]

  • Derek Drews
    • West Division Player of the Week (week 1)
  • David Kool
    • All-MAC First Team
    • 3-time West Division Player of the Week (weeks 12, 16, 17)
  • Joe Reitz
    • All-MAC First Team
    • 4-time West Division Player of the Week (weeks 2, 7, 13, 14)
    • Academic All-District IV First Team
    • Mid-American Conference Academic Player of the Week (February 7)

Roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown (Previous school)
4 Derek Drews F 6'5" 224 Jr. Elkhart, IN (Elkhart Central)
1 Derek Fracalossi G/F 6'5" 203 Sr. Davison, MI (Davison)
34 Shawntes Gary G 6'2" 207 Jr. Elkhart, IN (Concord)
13 Justin Hairston * F 6'5" 215 Fr. Fort Wayne, IN (Fort Wayne South)
5 Andrew Hershberger F 6'7" 223 Sr. Goshen, IN (Goshen)
0 Dan Hess F/C 6'7" 225 Sr. Owosso, MI (Corunna)
23 David Kool G 6'3" 200 So. Grand Rapids, MI (South Christian)
2 Silver Laku G 6'2" 180 Sr. Toronto, ON (Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute)
33 Donald Lawson C 6'9" 234 So. Chicago, IL (Leo Catholic)
21 Martelle McLemore G 6'5" 198 So. Detroit, MI (Consortium Prep)
22 Michael Redell G 6'0" 183 Jr. Rockford, MI (Cleveland State)
42 Joe Reitz C 6'7" 256 Sr. Fishers, IN (Hamilton Southeastern)
12 Andre Ricks G 5'9" 159 Jr. Detroit, MI (Pershing)
15 Alex Wolf G 5'11" 198 Fr.-R Parchment, MI (Parchment)
3 Jon Workman * F 6'9" 220 So. LaGrange, IN (Lakeland)

* Will redshirt the 2007–2008 season

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
November 1, 2007*
7:00pm
Tri-State
Exhibition
W 94–54  0–0
University Arena (2,088)
Kalamazoo, MI
Regular Season
November 10, 2007*
9:30pm
vs. Pacific
World Vision Invitational
L 90–76  0–1
McArthur Court (8,601)
Eugene, OR
November 11, 2007*
6:30pm
vs. Pepperdine
World Vision Invitational
W 70–65  1–1
McArthur Court (8,406)
Eugene, OR
November 12, 2007*
10:30pm, ESPN Full Court
at #13 Oregon
World Vision Invitational
L 97–88  1–2
McArthur Court (8,341)
Eugene, OR
November 16, 2007*
8:00pm, WYIN
at Loyola Chicago W 63–61  2–2
Alumni Gym (1,100)
Chicago, IL
November 19, 2007*
7:00pm
at Detroit Mercy W 60–59  3–2
Calihan Hall (2,085)
Detroit, MI
November 21, 2007*
7:00pm
#25 Davidson W 83–76  4–2
University Arena (3,542)
Kalamazoo, MI
November 28, 2007*
8:05pm
at Valparaiso L 77–65  4–3
Athletics-Recreation Center (3,678)
Valparaiso, IN
December 1, 2007*
10:00pm
at San Diego State L 72–61  4–4
Cox Arena (7,122)
San Diego, CA
December 8, 2007*
2:00pm
Northwestern L 65–63  4–5
University Arena (4,112)
Kalamazoo, MI
December 15, 2007*
7:00pm
at Indiana-Purdue Indianapolis L 71–63  4–6
IUPUI Gymnasium (972)
Indianapolis, IN
December 18, 2007*
7:00pm
Southern Illinois W 57–41  5–6
University Arena (3,168)
Kalamazoo, MI
December 22, 2007*
2:00pm
at Iona L 67–62  5–7
Hynes Athletic Center (1,411)
New Rochelle, NY
January 2, 2008*
7:00pm
North Carolina Central W 70–43  6–7
University Arena (2,832)
Kalamazoo, MI
January 5, 2008
2:00pm
Northern Illinois W 86–69  7–7
(1–0)
University Arena (3,204)
Kalamazoo, MI
January 12, 2008
4:00pm
at Eastern Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
L 81–71  7–8
(1–1)
Convocation Center (1,397)
Ypsilanti, MI
January 16, 2008
7:00pm, Ball State Sports Network
at Ball State W 71–45  8–8
(2–1)
John E. Worthen Arena (3,201)
Muncie, IN
January 19, 2008
2:00pm
Toledo W 75–62  9–8
(3–1)
University Arena (4,157)
Kalamazoo, MI
January 22, 2008
7:00pm, ESPNU
Central Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 72–52  10–8
(4–1)
University Arena (3,859)
Kalamazoo, MI
January 27, 2008
2:00pm
at Kent State L 67–58  10–9
(4–2)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,674)
Kent, OH
January 29, 2008
7:00pm
at Buffalo W 100–90 2OT 11–9
(5–2)
Alumni Arena (1,787)
Buffalo, NY
February 2, 2008
4:00pm
Bowling Green W 64–50  12–9
(6–2)
University Arena (4,116)
Kalamazoo, MI
February 6, 2008
7:00pm, Comcast Local
Akron W 86–66  13–9
(7–2)
University Arena (2,733)
Kalamazoo, MI
February 9, 2008
2:30pm, Comcast Local, FSN Ohio
at Ohio L 57–54  13–10
(7–3)
Convocation Center (6,884)
Athens, OH
February 12, 2008
7:00pm
Miami W 78–75 2OT 14–10
(8–3)
University Arena (3,172)
Kalamazoo, MI
February 20, 2008
9:00pm, ESPNU
Eastern Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 70–52  15–10
(9–3)
University Arena (3,014)
Kalamazoo, MI
February 23, 2008*
8:05pm
at Wisconsin–Green Bay
ESPN Bracket Busters
W 74–67  16–10
Resch Center (3,414)
Green Bay, WI
February 26, 2008
8:00pm
at Northern Illinois W 56–49  17–10
(10–3)
Convocation Center (2,032)
DeKalb, IL
March 1, 2008
7:00pm
at Toledo W 69–55  18–10
(11–3)
Savage Hall (6,813)
Toledo, OH
March 4, 2008
7:00pm, Comcast TV
at Central Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
L 72–68  18–11
(11–4)
Daniel P. Rose Center (1,178)
Mount Pleasant, MI
March 9, 2008
2:00pm, Ball State Sports Network
Ball State W 57–53  19–11
(12–4)
University Arena (4,546)
Kalamazoo, MI
MAC Tournament
March 13, 2008*
12:00pm, FSN Ohio, FSN Plus
vs. Eastern Michigan
MAC Tournament quarterfinals
W 70–61  20–11
Quicken Loans Arena (TBA)
Cleveland, OH
March 14, 2008*
7:00pm, FSN Ohio, FSN Plus
vs. Akron
MAC Tournament semifinals
L 73–62  20–12
Quicken Loans Arena (TBA)
Cleveland, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

2008–2009 recruits[edit]

Western Michigan signed forwards Muhammed Conteh, Justin Hairston and Flenard Whitfield, center Lemarcus Lowe and guards Mike Douglas and Demetrius Ward during this season.[1] Each player will be a freshman for the 2008–09 season. Lowe was rated the #1 Michigan high school center in 2007.[2]

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