1974-75 Michigan Wolverines Men's Basketball Team
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1974%E2%80%9375 Michigan Wolverines Men's Basketball Team

1974-75 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
APNo. 19
1974-75 record19-8 (12-6 Big Ten)
Head coachJohnny Orr
Assistant coaches
MVPJoe Johnson
MVPC. J. Kupec
Captains
Home arenaCrisler Arena
Seasons
← 1973-74
1975-76 →
1974-75 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Indiana 18 0   1.000     31 1   .969
No. 19 Michigan 12 6   .667     19 8   .704
Minnesota 11 7   .611     18 8   .692
Purdue 11 7   .611     17 11   .607
Michigan State 10 8   .556     17 9   .654
Ohio State 8 10   .444     14 14   .500
Iowa 7 11   .389     10 16   .385
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     8 18   .308
Illinois 4 14   .222     8 18   .308
Northwestern 4 14   .222     6 20   .231
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1974-75 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1974-75 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, the team finished second in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team earned the second of four consecutive NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament invitations.[2] Joe Johnson and C. J. Kupec served as team captains and shared team MVP honors.[3] John Robinson led the Big Ten in field goal percentage with a 60.3% average in conference games,[4] while Kupec led the conference in free throw percentage with an 88.0%.[5] As a team, they led the conference in free throw percentage as well with a 75.8%.[6] The team began the season ranked seventeenth, peaked at eleventh, and finished the season in nineteenth in the Associated Press Top Twenty Poll. It was ranked for a total of eight of nineteen weeks during the season.[7] The team ended the season unranked in the final UPI Coaches' Poll.[8] Kupec was selected as an All-American.[9] The team's 74.4% free throw percentage was a school record that lasted 11 seasons.[10] On January 2, 1975, Kupec went 14 for 14 in free throw attempts against Illinois which continues to be a school single-game record for most without a miss, surpassing Craig Dill's total of 12.[11] The team set a school single-season free throw percentage record of 74.4% that would last until 1986.[11]

In the 32-team 1975 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Michigan was eliminated from the West Region in the first round by the UCLA Bruins 103–91.[12][13]

Roster

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Final
AP Poll[7] 17 19 16 17 11 19 19 19

Team players drafted into the NBA

Six players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[14][15][16][17]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1975 4 2 56 C. J. Kupec Los Angeles Lakers
1976 4 9 60 Wayman Britt Los Angeles Lakers
1977 3 11 55 Steve Grote Cleveland Cavaliers
1977 5 22 110 John Robinson Los Angeles Lakers
1978 3 17 61 Dave Baxter Seattle SuperSonics
1978 4 3 69 Joel Thompson Houston Rockets

See also

References

  1. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 197.
  2. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 12.
  3. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9-10. Archived from the original on September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  4. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 33. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  5. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 34. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  6. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009-10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 37. Archived from the original on July 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  7. ^ a b "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68-83. Retrieved 2010.
  8. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 85. Retrieved 2010.
  9. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 4-7. Archived from the original on September 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010.
  10. ^ 2007-08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 174.
  11. ^ a b "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 14. Archived from the original on April 1, 2011. Retrieved 2010.
  12. ^ "1975 Men's College Basketball Bracket". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2010.
  13. ^ "1975 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket". databaseSports.com. Retrieved 2010.
  14. ^ "1975 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  15. ^ "1976 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  16. ^ "1977 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ "1978 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014.

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