2009–10 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team

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2009–2010 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball
Western Michigan Broncos text logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West Division
2009–2010 record 18–15 (8–8 MAC)
Head coach Steve Hawkins
Assistant coach Bacari Alexander
Assistant coach Clayton Bates
Assistant coach Rick Carter
Home arena University Arena
Seasons
2009–10 Mid-American Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Kent State 13 3   .813     24 10   .706
Akron 12 4   .750     24 11   .686
Miami 9 7   .563     14 18   .438
Buffalo 9 7   .563     18 12   .600
Ohio 7 9   .438     22 15   .595
Bowling Green 6 10   .375     14 16   .467
West
Central Michigan 9 7   .563     15 15   .500
Eastern Michigan 8 8   .500     17 15   .531
Western Michigan 8 8   .500     18 15   .545
Ball State 8 8   .500     15 15   .500
Northern Illinois 6 10   .375     10 20   .333
Toledo 1 15   .063     4 28   .125
Conference tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009–10 Western Michigan Broncos men's basketball team was a NCAA Division I college basketball team representing Western Michigan University. The team was the two-time defending Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division champion. WMU was coached by Steve Hawkins who was in his seventh season as head coach of the school. The Broncos played their home games at University Arena in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They finished the season 18–15, 8–8 in MAC play and lost in the semifinals of the 2010 MAC Men's Basketball Tournament.

Pre-season[edit]

Western Michigan was picked to finish fifth in the MAC's West Division by members of the MAC News Media Panel.[1] The Broncos received four first-place votes.[1] Senior guard David Kool was selected to the All-MAC West Division Pre-season team.[1]

This season also marked the return of assistant coach Clayton Bates who had left the team for a season in order to work in the private sector.[2] Bates previously served as assistant coach at Western Michigan for eight seasons.[2] Bates replaced former assistant coach Andy Hipsher. Hipsher left WMU to become director of basketball operations at USF.[3]

Awards[edit]

  • David Kool
    • All-MAC West Division Pre-season team
    • West Division Player of the Week
      • Week 5 – For the week, Kool averaged 23.5 points per game on 45.7% shooting, 42.9% shooting from three-point range and 100% shooting from the free throw line. Against Eastern Illinois, Kool produced the highest-scoring game of any player in the MAC this season with 34 points. He made a career-high eight three-pointers out of a career-high 11 field goals in 18 attempts.[4]
      • Week 6 – In WMU's only game of the week, Kool led his team over Kennesaw State with 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals. Kool scored nine of WMU's final 11 points of the game, including a three-pointer with 2:16 remaining that gave WMU the lead for the rest of the game.[5]
    • Mid-American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Week [6]
      • Week 15 (Dec. 18)
      • Week 16 (Dec. 23)
      • Week 18 (Jan. 8)
  • Martelle McLemore
    • West Division Player of the Week
      • Week 2 – Set career highs with 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists against VCU. McLemore converted on 9–13 from the field, including 8–9 on two-point field goals and 3–3 free throw shooting.[7]
  • Alex Wolf
    • West Division Player of the Week
      • Week 7 – Wolf earned player of the week honors based on his performance at the Diamond Head Classic.
    • Mid-American Conference Male Scholar Athlete of the Week
      • Week 17 (Jan. 1)

Diamond Head Classic[edit]

Diamond Head Classic surprise Alex Wolf, in a game against the University of Illinois.

The Broncos finished fifth out of eight teams in the December 2009 Diamond Head Classic. After losing the first game to eventual champion USC, WMU defeated Northeastern and the College of Charleston to finish the tournament 2–1. Western Michigan led USC 27–18 at the half and 47–46 with 4:24 to go in the game.[8] WMU gave champion USC their toughest game of the tournament.[9]

The tournament was the breakout performance for junior walk-on guard Alex Wolf, who scored 28 total points in the final two games of the tournament. Wolf had scored only 11 career points until the point. In the tournament, Wolf earned career highs in points (15) and rebounds (5) and made his first career three-point field goal. Wolf averaged 11 points, four rebounds and one assist per game and made six out of eight three-point field goals and four out of six free throws. For his accomplishments, Wolf was named MAC West Co-Player of the Week.[10]

Roster[edit]

No. Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown (Previous school)
25 David Brown G 6'3" 213 Fr. Roscoe, IL (Hononegah)
32 Muhammed Conteh F/C 6'7" 232 So. Bloomington, IN (Providence School)
5 Mike Douglas G 6'0" 177 So. Detroit, MI (Finney)
22 Austin Harper G 6'2" 176 Fr. Grand Haven, MI (Grand Haven)
11 Nate Hutcheson F 6'7" 206 Fr. Marion, IA (Linn-Mar)
23 David Kool G 6'3" 213 Sr. Grand Rapids, MI (South Christian)
24 Donald Lawson C 6'10" 243 Sr. Chicago, IL (Leo Catholic)
3 Martelle McLemore G/F 6'5" 205 Sr. Detroit, MI (Consortium Prep)
10 Brandon Pokley G 6'4" 176 Fr. Clarkston, MI (Clarkston)
50 Nick Stapert C 6'8" 230 Fr. Gobles, MI (Gobles)
1 Demetrius Ward G 6'3" 208 So. Detroit, MI (Pershing)
33 Flenard Whitfield F 6'7" 222 So. Detroit, MI (Martin Luther King)
21 Shayne Whittington C 6'10" 210 Fr. Paw Paw, MI (Lawrence)
15 Alex Wolf G 6'0" 198 Jr. Parchment, MI (Parchment)

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/7/09*
2:00pm
Kalamazoo College W 78–52[11]  0–0
University Arena (2,097)
Kalamazoo, MI
11/11/09*
7:00pm
Spring Arbor W 81–51[12]  0–0
University Arena (2,644)
Kalamazoo, MI
Regular Season
11/15/09*
3:00pm
at Detroit L 86–80[13]  0–1
Calihan Hall (3,840)
Detroit, MI
11/18/09*
7:00pm
VCU W 83–67[14]  1–1
University Arena (2,654)
Kalamazoo, MI
11/23/09*
8:00pm, WYIN, ESPN Full Court
at Loyola (IL) L 60–58[15]  1–2
Gentile Center (1,848)
Chicago, IL
11/28/09*
2:00pm
Holy Cross W 64–54[16]  2–2
University Arena (2,671)
Kalamazoo, MI
12/1/09*
7:00pm
Temple L 76–70[17]  2–3
University Arena (3,086)
Kalamazoo, MI
12/9/09*
8:30pm
at Eastern Illinois W 69–58[18]  3–3
Lantz Arena (1,033)
Charleston, IL
12/13/09*
2:30pm, Big Ten Network
at Illinois L 88–53[19]  3–4
Assembly Hall (14,886)
Urbana, IL
12/19/09*
4:00pm
Kennesaw State W 72–64[20]  4–4
University Arena (2,612)
Kalamazoo, MI
12/22/09*
5:00pm, ESPNU
vs. USC
Diamond Head Classic
L 55–51[21]  4–5
Stan Sheriff Center (6,892)
Honolulu, HI
12/23/09*
3:00pm, ESPNU
vs. Northeastern
Diamond Head Classic
W 75–60[22]  5–5
Stan Sheriff Center (N/A)
Honolulu, HI
12/25/09*
4:30pm
vs. College of Charleston
Diamond Head Classic
W 66–63[23]  6–5
Stan Sheriff Center (5,402)
Honolulu, HI
1/3/09*
2:00pm
Sam Houston State W 74–73[24]  7–5
University Arena (2,693)
Kalamazoo, MI
1/5/09*
7:00pm
Michigan–Dearborn W 86–45[25]  8–5
University Arena (2,362)
Kalamazoo, MI
1/9/09
4:00pm
Eastern Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 61–47[26]  9–5
(1–0)
University Arena (3,224)
Kalamazoo, MI
1/13/09
8:00pm
at Northern Illinois L 87–77[27]  9–6
(1–1)
Convocation Center (1,463)
DeKalb, IL
1/16/09
2:00pm
Central Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
W 70–61[28]  10–6
(2–1)
University Arena (4,656)
Kalamazoo, MI
1/20/09
7:00pm
at Ball State L 75–68[29]  10–7
(2–2)
Worthen Arena (3,032)
Muncie, IN
1/23/09
2:00pm
Toledo W 73–41[30]  11–7
(3–2)
University Arena (3,521)
Kalamazoo, MI
1/27/09
7:00pm
Akron L 79–70[31]  11–8
(3–3)
University Arena (3,041)
Kalamazoo, MI
1/30/09
2:00pm, Fox Sports Detroit[32]
at Kent State L 74–73[33]  11–9
(3–4)
Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (3,961)
Kent, OH
2/1/09
7:00pm
at Buffalo W 85–70[34]  12–9
(4–4)
Alumni Arena (1,301)
Buffalo, NY
2/4/09
7:00pm
Miami L 56–54[35]  12–10
(4–5)
University Arena (3,032)
Kalamazoo, MI
2/6/09
2:00pm
Bowling Green W 65–64[36]  13–10
(5–5)
University Arena (3,515)
Kalamazoo, MI
2/9/09
7:00pm
at Ohio L 90–74[37]  13–11
(5–6)
Convocation Center (2,880)
Athens, OH
2/14/09
2:00pm, Fox Sports Detroit[38]
at Eastern Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
L 66–52[39]  13–12
(5–7)
Convocation Center (1,094)
Ypsilanti, MI
2/17/09
7:00pm, Fox Sports Detroit Plus[40]
Northern Illinois W 90–81[41]  14–12
(6–7)
University Arena (3,016)
Kalamazoo, MI
2/20/09*
3:00pm
at Southern Illinois
BracketBusters
L 89–72[42]  14–13
SIU Arena (4,151)
Carbondale, IL
2/24/09
7:00pm
at Toledo W 61–41[43]  15–13
(7–7)
Savage Arena (3,398)
Toledo, OH
2/27/09
6:30pm, Fox Sports Detroit[44]
at Central Michigan
Michigan MAC Trophy
L 74–66[45]  15–14
(7–8)
Rose Arena (3,504)
Mt. Pleasant, MI
3/4/09
7:00pm
Ball State W 67–52[46]  16–14
(8–8)
University Arena (3,121)
Kalamazoo, MI
MAC Tournament
3/7/09
2:00pm
Bowling Green
MAC Tournament First Round
W 75–73[47]  17–14
University Arena (1,786)
Kalamazoo, MI
3/11/09
12:00pm, Fox Sports Detroit
vs. Central Michigan
MAC Tournament Quarterfinals
W 69–60[48]  18–14
Quicken Loans Arena (N/A)
Cleveland, OH
3/12/09
7:00pm, ESPN Full Court
vs. Akron
MAC Tournament Semifinals
L 66–64[49]  18–15
Quicken Loans Arena (N/A)
Cleveland, OH
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

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