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1975–76 Virginia Squires season

The 1975-76 American Basketball Association season saw the Virginia Squires finish in last place in the league, tying the record they set the year before for the worst record in ABA history. The Squires' financial troubles led to their dissolution just after the end of the regular season. As a result, the Squires were not part of the ABA-NBA merger that occurred at the conclusion of the season.[1][2]

1975–76 Virginia Squires season
Head coachAl Bianchi (1–6)
Bill Musselman (0–6)
Mack Calvin (4–22)
Jack Ankerson (1–1)
Zelmo Beaty (9–33)
ArenaNorfolk Scope
Hampton Roads Coliseum
Results
Record15–68 (.181)
PlaceDivision: 7th
Playoff finishdid not qualify
< 1974–75

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Draft picksEdit

Preseason transactionsEdit

Preseason exhibition gamesEdit

Like most ABA teams, the Squires played several preseason exhibition games against NBA opponents.

On October 1, 1975, the Squires lost to the Houston Rockets 117-112 in Norfolk.[3] On October 4, 1975, the Squires lost to the Philadelphia 76ers 130-113 in Hampton; in that game Squires star Mack Calvin tore a knee tendon, putting him out of action for two months.[3] On October 12, 1975, the Squires defeated the Chicago Bulls 105-102 in Norfolk; the Bulls later sued the Squires for failing to pay a $13,000 guarantee for the game.[3]

Though the Squires were 1-2 against the NBA that year, the ABA finished 31-17 against the NBA that year.[4]

Regular seasonEdit

RosterEdit

Season standingsEdit

1975-76 ABA Final Standings
Team W L PCT. GB
Denver Nuggets 60 24 .714 -
New York Nets 55 29 .655 5
San Antonio Spurs 50 34 .595 10
Kentucky Colonels 46 38 .548 14
Indiana Pacers 39 45 .464 21
Spirits of St. Louis 35 49 .417 25
Virginia Squires 15 68 .181 44
San Diego Sails 3 8 .273 -
Utah Stars 4 12 .250 -
Baltimore Claws 0 0 .000 -

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Month by MonthEdit

October 1975Edit

The Squires opened the 1975-76 season on October 24, 1975, with a 112-101 loss at home in Norfolk to the Indiana Pacers; Indiana's Billy Knight led all players with 36 points.[3] Two nights later on the 26th the Squires lost in Louisville to the Kentucky Colonels, 130-112, despite Ticky Burden leading all scorers with 28.[3] On October 28 the Squires lost at home to the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 despite Willie Wise leading all scorers with 27; 3,949 attended.[3] On the 29th before 2,905 fans in Hampton the Squires lost in overtime to the Spirits of St. Louis, 104-100, despite Willie Wise again leading all scorers with 38.[3] On October 31 Virginia lost on the road to the Utah Stars, 123-116. The Squires entered November with a record of 0-5.[3]

November 1975Edit

The Squires opened November with their first win of the season, a 109-105 road victory over the San Diego Sails in which Ticky Burden led all scorers with 45 points.[3] The following night the Squires lost on the road to the Spirits of St. Louis, 106-99.[3] On November 3, 1975, head coach Al Bianchi was fired after a 1-6 start.[3] Mack Calvin became the Squires player/coach on November 5, 1975.[3] The Squires next game was a 118-104 loss before 4,334 fans at home to the San Diego Sails on November 5; Ticky Burden scored 40 points in Mack Calvin's debut as the Virginia head coach.[3] On the 7th in Hampton the Squires lost to the Indiana Pacers 104-100 before 3,293 fans.[3] On November 11 in Cincinnati the Squires lost to the Kentucky Colonels 128-106; Artis Gilmore, Louie Dampier and Johnny Neumann each scored 21.[3] The next night in San Antonio the Squires lost to the Spurs 144-112 despite Ticky Burden leading all scorers with 27.[7]

After Calvin went 0-6 he was replaced by former San Diego Sails coach Bill Musselman on November 19, 1975.[3] Musselman went 4-22 before being replaced.[3]

November 21 saw the Utah Stars visit the Squires, and the Squires won 106-98 in front of 7,292 fans in Norfolk as Ticky Burden tallied a game-high 34 points.

December 1975Edit

January 1976Edit

On January 7, 1976 Jim Eakins was traded to the New York Nets for Swen Nater and Bill Schaeffer[3] On January 17, 1976, the Squires traded Johnny Neumann and Jan van Breda Kolff to the Kentucky Colonels for Marv Roberts[3] Jack Ankerson became head coach on January 21, 1976. After compiling a 1-1 record he was replaced by Zelmo Beaty on January 23, 1976.[3] Beaty finished with a record of 9-33.[3]

February 1976Edit

The Squires closed February 1976 on the 28th with a 99-92 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Norfolk before 4,967 fans,[3] and on the 29th with an overtime loss in St. Louis to the Spirits, 113-109, with St. Louis' Marvin Barnes leading all scorers with 34 before 1,828 fans.[3]

March 1976Edit

April 1976Edit

On April 2, 1976, despite Ticky Burden's game-high 28 points the Squires lost on the road to the Spirits of St. Louis, 110-109, before a crowd of only 1,388.[3] The next night the Squires won at home against the Indiana Pacers, 113-112, before 4,336 fans.[3] The next night, April 4, the Squires lost on the road against the New York Nets, 136-103, before 9,141 fans.[3] On April 6 the Squires won at home against the Spirits, 120-116, before 2,448 fans in their last game in Hampton.[3] The next night, April 7, 1976, the Squires lost their final game, 127-123, at home in Norfolk against the New York Nets; former Squire Julius Erving had a game-high 38 points for the Nets.[8]

May 1976Edit

On May 10, 1976, the Squires had failed to pay a $75,000 league assessment.[3] On May 11, 1976, the Virginia Squires franchise was permanently disbanded.[9]

June 1976Edit

The ABA-NBA merger took place, but the disbanded Squires were excluded.

RecordsEdit

The Squires ended the season with a record of 15 wins and 68 losses, putting them in last place.[2] They did not qualify for the playoffs.

TransactionsEdit

Draft and preseason signingsEdit

Trades and transactionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit