1976–77 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team

The 1976–77 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team represented the University of Cincinnati in the 1976-77 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bearcats were led by head coach Gale Catlett, as members of the Metro Conference.[1] They finished the season 25-5, 4-2 in Metro play, finishing in second place.[1] They defeated St. Louis, Memphis State, and Georgia Tech to win the Metro Tournament for the second consecutive year, and received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.[1] They lost 66-51 to national champions Marquette.[2]

1976–77 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball
Cincinnati University Bearcats textlogo.svg
NCAA Tournament, First round
ConferenceMetro Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 12
1976–77 record25-5 (4-2 Metro)
Head coachGale Catlett
Home arenaRiverfront Coliseum
Seasons
1976–77 Metro Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Louisville 6 1   .857     21 7   .750
Cincinnati 4 2   .667     25 5   .833
Georgia Tech 3 3   .500     13 10   .565
Tulane 3 3   .500     10 17   .370
Memphis 3 4   .429     20 9   .690
Saint Louis 1 5   .167     7 19   .269
Florida State 0 2   .000     16 11   .593
1977 Metro Conference Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bearcats finished the 1975–76 season 25–6, 2–1 in Metro play to win the regular season championship. As the number 1 seer, they defeated Georgia Tech and Memphis State to win the Metro Tournament and received the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.[3] They lost 79-78 to Notre Dame in the first round of the Midwest region.[4]

Roster[5]Edit

1976–77 Cincinnati Bearcats men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
PF 41 Bob Miller 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Jr Central high School Louisville, Kentucky
F 42 Pat Cummings 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Jr Johnstown High School Johnstown, Pennsylvania
G 44 Gary Yoder 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Westview High School LaGrange County, Indiana
F Brian Williams 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
F Mike Jones 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Jr
G Steve Collier 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Jr
G Eddie Lee 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr   Queens, New York
C Paul Fazekas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Sr
G Keith Hemans 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Sr
G Mick Shoemaker 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
G Mike Miller 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
F Curtis Cabbell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster
Last update: July 8, 2019

Schedule and results[1]Edit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
December 4, 1976*
South Florida W 103–69  1–0
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
December 8, 1976*
Bowling Green State W 67–63  2–0
Anderson Arena 
Bowling Green, OH
December 15, 1976*
Miami (OH) W 79–68  3–0
Millett Hall 
Oxford, OH
December 18, 1976
St. Louis W 86–53  4–0
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
December 29, 1976*
South Carolina W 79–62  5–0
Neutral 
 
December 30, 1976*
Indiana W 52–43  6–0
Louisiana Superdome 
New Orleans, LA
January 5, 1977*
Temple W 61–46  7–0
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
January 12, 1977*
Dayton W 84–61  8–0
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
January 16, 1977
St. Louis W 54–52  9–0
Kiel Auditorium 
St. Louis, MO
January 19, 1977
No. 12 Louisville L 77-83  9–1
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
January 22, 1977
Tulane L 75-78  9–2
Avron B. Fogelman Arena 
New Orleans, LA
January 26, 1977*
Wichita State W 68-60  10–2
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
January 29, 1977*
Duquesne W 83-65  11–2
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
January 31, 1977
No. 20 Memphis W 88-82  12–2
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
February 2, 1977*
Pittsburgh L 64-65  12–3
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
February 6, 1977*
No. 6 Marquette W 63-62  13–3
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
February 9, 1977*
Eastern Kentucky W 78-60  14–3
McBrayer Arena 
Richmond, KY
February 12, 1977
Georgia Tech W 84-73  15–3
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati, OH
February 19, 1977*
Rutgers L 70-89  16–4
College Avenue Gymnasium 
New Brunswick, NJ
February 26, 1977*
Jacksonville W 78-61  17–4
Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum 
Jacksonville, FL
Metro Conference Tournament
March 3, 1977
(2) vs. (6) Saint Louis
Quarterfinals
W 76–68  18–4
Mid-South Coliseum 
Memphis, TN
March 4, 1977
(2) vs. (5) Memphis State
Semifinals
W 68–67  19–4
Mid-South Coliseum 
Memphis, TN
March 5, 1977
(2) vs. (3) Georgia Tech
Final
W 74–61  20–4
Mid-South Coliseum 
Memphis, TN
NCAA Tournament
March 12, 1977*
vs. Marquette
First Round
L 66–51  20–5
Myriad Convention Center 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. S=South.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Rankings[1]Edit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = 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 Final 
AP NR 12 8 6 4 5 2 3 2 12 12 12 10 14 14 11 NR

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "1976-77 Cincinnati Bearcats Schedule and Results". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  2. ^ "Marquette vs. Cincinnati Box Score, March 12, 1977". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  3. ^ "1975-76 Cincinnati Bearcats Schedule and Results". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  4. ^ "Notre Dame vs. Cincinnati Box Score, March 13, 1976". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.
  5. ^ "1976-77 Cincinnati Bearcats Roster and Stats". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2019-07-09.