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1982–83 Houston Cougars men's basketball team

The 1982–83 Houston Cougars men's basketball team represented the University of Houston. The team was led by head coach Guy Lewis, played their home games in the Hofheinz Pavilion in Houston, Texas, and was then a member of the Southwest Conference.

1982–83 Houston Cougars men's basketball
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SWC Regular Season Champions
SWC Tournament Champions
Conference Southwest Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 1
1982–83 record 31–3 (16–0 SWC)
Head coach Guy Lewis (27th season)
Assistant coach Terry Kirkpatrick
Assistant coach Don Schverak
Home arena Hofheinz Pavilion
Seasons
1982–83 Southwest Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Houston 16 0   1.000     31 3   .912
#9 Arkansas 14 2   .875     26 4   .867
Texas A&M 10 6   .625     17 14   .548
TCU 9 7   .563     23 11   .676
SMU 9 7   .563     19 11   .633
Texas Tech 7 9   .438     11 20   .355
Baylor 4 12   .250     12 16   .429
Rice 2 14   .125     8 20   .286
Texas 1 15   .063     6 22   .214
1983 SWC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

This was the second of Houston's famous Phi Slama Jama teams, led by Michael Young, Larry Micheaux, and future Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon. The Cougars swept through the Southwest Conference schedule and were ranked #1 for the final three polls of the 1982–83 season. Riding a 26-game winning streak, they advanced to the 1983 National Championship Game, where they fell 54-52 to Jim Valvano's NC State Wolfpack. Despite the loss, Olajuwon was named Tournament MOP. To date, this remains the last time the MOP was from the losing team.

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RosterEdit

1982–83 Houston Cougars men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G/F 32 Benny Anders 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 188 lb (85 kg) So Bernice Bernice, LA
C 50 Dan Bunce 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Conroe Conroe, TX
C 52 David Bunce 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Conroe Conroe, TX
G 13 Antonio Chappell 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Tilden Chicago, IL
G 14 Eric Dickens 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 168 lb (76 kg) So Madison Houston, TX
F 22 Clyde Drexler 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Sterling Houston, TX
G 20 Alvin Franklin 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr La Marque La Marque, TX
G/F 44 Reid Gettys 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Memorial Houston, TX
G 10 Derek Giles 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Bayside Queens, NY
F/C 40 Larry Micheaux 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Worthing Houston, TX
C 34 Akeem Olajuwon 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 235 lb (107 kg) So Muslim Teachers College Lagos, Nigeria
F 30 Gary Orsak 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Alvin Alvin, Texas
G 24 Dave Rose 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Northbrook/Dixie JC Houston, TX
G 12 Renaldo Thomas 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Roosevelt Gary, IN
F 54 Bryan Williams 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Palisades Inglewood, CA
F 42 Michael Young 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Yates Houston, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Terry Kirkpatrick
  • Don Schverak

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

Roster
Last update: 2018-Mar-18

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Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
Nov 26, 1982*
No. 14 Arizona
Kettle Classic
W 104–63[2]  1–0
 26  Micheaux   16  Micheaux   4  Drexler  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,000)
Houston, TX
Nov 27, 1982*
No. 14 Lamar
Kettle Classic
W 106–72  2–0
 27  Drexler   13  Drexler   5  Drexler  Hofheinz Pavilion (8,000)
Houston, TX
Dec 1, 1982*
No. 11 Mississippi State W 74–65  3–0
 20  Drexler,
Young
 
              Hofheinz Pavilion (6,800)
Houston, TX
Dec 5, 1982*
No. 11 Biscayne W 78–59  4–0
 24  Micheaux                Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Dec 8, 1982*
No. 9 Auburn W 77–65  5–0
 22  Young   12  Olajuwon         Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Dec 11, 1982*
No. 9 at Syracuse L 87–92  5–1
 28  Drexler   12  Drexler   5  Gettys  Carrier Dome (19,430)
Syracuse, NY
Dec 16, 1982*
No. 14 vs. No. 1 Virginia
Suntory Ball Tournament
L 63–72[3]  5–2
                     Aoyama Gakuin University Gym (5,000)
Tokyo, Japan
Dec 17, 1982*
No. 14 vs. Utah
Suntory Ball Tournament
W 82–57[4]  6–2
 30  Olajuwon   18  Olajuwon         Aoyama Gakuin University Gym (5,000)
Tokyo, Japan
Dec 27, 1982*
No. 19 at Pepperdine W 93–92  7–2
                     Firestone Fieldhouse 
Malibu, CA
Jan 2, 1983*
No. 18 Pacific W 112–58  8–2
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Jan 5, 1983
No. 19 Texas A&M W 84–61  9–2
(1–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Jan 8, 1983
No. 19 SMU W 105–71  10–2
(2–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Jan 10, 1983
No. 19 Louisiana-Lafayette W 79–78  11–2
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Jan 12, 1983
No. 16 at TCU W 54–51  12–2
(3–0)
                     Daniel-Meyer Coliseum 
Fort Worth, TX
Jan 15, 1983
No. 16 at Texas W 77–52  13–2
(4–0)
                     Frank Erwin Center 
Austin, TX
Jan 17, 1983
No. 14 Texas Tech W 98–73  14–2
(5–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Jan 22, 1983
No. 14 No. 4 Arkansas W 75–60  15–2
(6–0)
 26  Micheaux   10  Olajuwon         Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Jan 26, 1983
No. 9 Rice W 76–40  16–2
(7–0)
                     Tudor Fieldhouse 
Houston, TX
Feb 2, 1983
No. 8 Baylor W 86–69  17–2
(8–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Feb 5, 1983
No. 8 at Texas A&M W 86–66  18–2
(9–0)
                     G. Rollie White Coliseum 
College Station, TX
Feb 9, 1983
No. 6 at SMU W 85–68  19–2
(10–0)
                     Moody Coliseum 
Dallas, TX
Feb 12, 1983
No. 6 TCU W 74–63  20–2
(11–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Feb 16, 1983
No. 4 Texas W 106–63  21–2
(12–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Feb 19, 1983
No. 4 at Texas Tech W 84–75  22–2
(13–0)
                     Lubbock Municipal Coliseum 
Lubbock, TX
Feb 26, 1983
No. 2 Rice W 86–52  23–2
(14–0)
                     Hofheinz Pavilion 
Houston, TX
Mar 3, 1983
No. 1 at No. 5 Arkansas W 74–66  24–2
(15–0)
 18  Anders   12  Micheaux         Barnhill Arena 
Fayetteville, AR
Mar 5, 1983
 NBC
No. 1 at Baylor W 93–64  25–2
(16–0)
                     Heart O' Texas Coliseum 
Waco, TX
SWC Tournament
Mar 12, 1983*
No. 1 SMU
Semifinal
W 75–59  26–2
                     Reunion Arena 
Dallas, TX
Mar 13, 1983*
No. 1 TCU
Championship Game
W 62–59  27–2
                     Reunion Arena (12,857)
Dallas, TX
NCAA Tournament
Mar 19, 1983*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 1 (MW8) Maryland
Round of 32
W 60–50  28–2
 16  Young   8  Drexler   7  Gettys  The Summit 
Houston, TX
Mar 25, 1983*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 1 vs. (MW4) No. 17 Memphis State
Sweet Sixteen
W 70–63  29–2
 21  Olajuwon   7  Drexler,
Micheaux
 
 4  Drexler,
Gettys
 
Kemper Arena 
Kansas City, MO
Mar 27, 1983*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 1 vs. (MW3) No. 13 Villanova
Elite Eight – Midwest Regional Final
W 89–71  30–2
 30  Micheaux   13  Olajuwon   3  3 tied  Kemper Arena 
Kansas City, MO
Apr 2, 1983*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 1 vs. (ME1) No. 2 Louisville
Final Four – National Semifinal
W 94–81  31–2
 21  Drexler,
Olajuwon
 
 22  Olajuwon   6  Drexler  The Pit 
Albuquerque, NM
Apr 4, 1983*
 CBS
(MW1) No. 1 vs. (W6) No. 16 NC State
NCAA Tournament Championship
L 52–54  31–3
 20  Olajuwon   18  Olajuwon   3  Franklin  The Pit 
Albuquerque, NM
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Sources [5]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 14 11 9 14 19 18 19 16 14 9 8 6 4 2 1 1 1 
Coaches 11 10 14 17 16 19 13 12 9 8 6 4 2 1 1 1

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Awards and honorsEdit

Players drafted into the NBAEdit

Year Player Round Pick NBA club
1983 Clyde Drexler 1 14 Portland Trail Blazers
1983 Larry Micheaux 2 29 Chicago Bulls
1984 Akeem Olajuwon 1 1 Houston Rockets
1984 Michael Young 1 24 Boston Celtics
1985 Reid Gettys 5 103 Chicago Bulls
1986 Alvin Franklin 4 80 Sacramento Kings

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1982–83 SWC men's basketball media guide, p. 18
  2. ^ "Houston slams UA for Lewis' 500th career win". The Arizona Republic via newspapers.com. November 27, 1982. p. 19. Retrieved March 24, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Virginia 72, Houston 63". The New York Times. December 17, 1982. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Houston 82, Utah 57". The New York Times. December 18, 1982. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  5. ^ "1982-83 Houston Cougars Schedule and Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved March 18, 2018. 
  6. ^ *ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. Random House. 2009. pp. 899–900. ISBN 0-345-51392-4. 
  7. ^ "1983 NBA Draft on databaseBasketball.com". databasebasketball.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-30. Retrieved 2014-04-06. 

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