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1996–97 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

The 1996–97 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1996–97 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 Steve Fisher, the team finished tied for sixth in the Big Ten Conference.[1] The team earned an invitation to the 1997 National Invitation Tournament where it emerged as champion.[2] The team was ranked for sixteen of the eighteen weeks of Associated Press Top Twenty-Five Poll, starting the season ranked ninth, peaking at number fourth and ending unranked,[3] and it also ended the season unranked in the final USA Today/CNN Poll.[4] The team had a 3–4 record against ranked opponents, including the following victories: December 8, 1996, against #10 Duke 62–61 on the road, December 21, 1996, against #6 Arizona 73–71 in overtime at the Palace of Auburn Hills, and on January 9, 1997, against #25 Illinois 88–74 at home.[5]

1996–97 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1996–97 record0–11 (24–11 unadjusted) (0–9 Big Ten)
Head coachSteve Fisher
Assistant coaches
MVPRobert Traylor
Captains
Home arenaCrisler Arena
Seasons
1996–97 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Iowa 12 6   .667     22 10   .688
Purdue 12 6   .667     18 12   .600
No. 19 Illinois 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
Wisconsin 11 7   .611     18 10   .643
Indiana 9 9   .500     22 11   .667
Michigan State 9 9   .500     17 12   .586
Ohio State 5 13   .278     10 17   .370
Penn State 3 15   .167     10 17   .370
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 22   .241
No. 3 Minnesota* 0 2   .000     0 4   .000
Michigan* 0 9   .000     0 11   .000
Rankings from AP Poll
*Michigan: 24 games vacated; including NIT champ. vacated due to sanctions against the program
*Minnesota: 31 games including 5 NCAA Tournament games vacated due to sanctions against the program
Disputed records: Michigan-(24–11)(9–9); Minnesota-(31–4)(16–2)

Robert Traylor and Travis Conlan served as team co-captains, while Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock shared team MVP honors.[6] The team's leading scorers were Louis Bullock (569 points), Robert Traylor (460 points) and Maurice Taylor (433 points). The leading rebounders were Robert Traylor (271), Maceo Baston (231), and Maurice Taylor (218).[7]

Bullock led the Big Ten Conference in three-point field goals made in all games (101) and free throw percentage in conference games (89.3%).[8] The team led the Big Ten in scoring average with a 73.3 average in conference games.[9]

Bullock set school records for single-season three-point field goals (101) made and single-season free throw percentage (84.48), surpassing Glen Rice (99, 1989) and Cazzie Russell (84.27, 1964), respectively. Both marks continue to be school bests but carry an asterisk due to Bullock's participation in the University of Michigan basketball scandal.[10] Bullock would surpass his free throw percentage mark two years later.[10] The team set a new school record for single-season three-point shots made (203), which they would rebreak the following season. This surpassed the 196 total set in 1989.[10]

Regular seasonEdit

National Invitation TournamentEdit

  • West
    • Michigan 76, Miami 63
  • Second Round
    • Michigan 75, Oklahoma State 65
  • Quarterfinal
    • Michigan 67, Notre Dame 66
  • Semifinal
    • Michigan 77, Arkansas 62
  • Final
    • Michigan 82, Florida State 73

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StatisticsEdit

The team posted the following statistics:[12]

Name GP GS Min Avg FG FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT% OR DR RB Avg Ast Avg PF DQ TO Stl Blk Pts Avg
Louis Bullock* 35 35 1169 33.4 181 396 0.457 101 214 0.472 106 128 0.828 22 83 105 3.0 76 2.2 65 1 60 38 5 569 16.3
Robert Traylor* 35 35 952 27.2 190 342 0.556 0 0 80 176 0.455 121 150 271 7.7 33 0.9 117 5 99 40 36 460 13.1
Maurice Taylor* 35 33 1052 30.1 174 342 0.509 1 5 0.200 84 117 0.718 84 134 218 6.2 40 1.1 95 4 71 26 31 433 12.4
Maceo Baston 34 11 830 24.4 115 201 0.572 0 1 0.000 122 182 0.670 106 125 231 6.8 15 0.4 97 4 65 29 35 352 10.3
Brandun Hughes 34 2 939 27.6 108 275 0.393 26 88 0.295 57 78 0.731 19 47 66 1.9 79 2.3 94 4 80 20 0 299 8.8
Jerod Ward 35 25 813 23.2 98 279 0.351 46 134 0.343 50 71 0.704 51 72 123 3.5 27 0.8 66 1 64 17 9 292 8.3
Travis Conlan 35 34 1122 32.1 56 148 0.378 28 79 0.354 26 45 0.578 39 92 131 3.7 157 4.5 81 4 85 54 4 166 4.7
Peter Vignier 24 0 85 3.5 3 11 0.273 0 0 1 4 0.250 9 7 16 0.7 1 0.0 0 5 1 4 7 0.3
Ron Oliver 23 0 60 2.6 2 9 0.222 1 1 1.000 2 2 1.000 1 1 2 0.1 2 0.1 17 0 5 4 1 7 0.3
Tai Streets 13 0 36 2.8 1 1 1.000 0 0 2 4 0.500 3 4 7 0.5 1 0.1 10 0 2 0 1 4 0.3
Ryan DeKuiper 9 0 13 1.4 1 5 0.200 0 3 0.000 0 2 0.000 3 0 3 0.3 2 0.2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0.2
Darius Taylor 6 0 6 1.0 1 3 0.333 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.2 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 2 0.3
Josh Palmer 1 0 1 1.0 1 1 1.000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 1 0 2 0 0 2 2.0
Erik Szyndlar 10 0 13 1.3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0.2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.0
Nick Haratsaris 7 0 9 1.3 0 4 0.000 0 3 0.000 0 0 0 3 3 0.4 0 0 3 0 0 0 0.0
TEAM 35 52 70 122 3.5 4
Season Total 35 931 2017 0.462 203 528 0.384 530 809 0.655 511 790 1301 37.2 23 547 230 126 2595 74.1
Opponents 35 870 2055 0.423 200 611 0.327 440 667 0.660 494 710 1204 34.4 489 14.0 701 19 550 232 91 2380 68.0
* Denotes players whose individual records, awards and other honors have been vacated due to NCAA and U-M sanctions

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 16 Final 
AP Poll[3] 9 9 7 7 5 4 4 8 16 18 13 16 13 14 18 24

Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

Four players from this team were selected in the NBA Draft.[13][14][15]

Year Round Pick Overall Player NBA Club
1997 1 14 14 Maurice Taylor Los Angeles Clippers
1998 1 6 6 Robert Traylor Dallas Mavericks
1998 2 29 58 Maceo Baston Chicago Bulls
1999 2 13 42 Louis Bullock Minnesota Timberwolves

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ a b "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. pp. 68–83. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  4. ^ "Division I Records" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. p. 87. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
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  8. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 34. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-09-16.
  9. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 36. Archived from the original on 2010-07-03. Retrieved 2010-09-17.
  10. ^ a b c "All-Time Records". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 12. Archived from the original on 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2010-09-09.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2009-12-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Men's Basketball Statistic Archive Query Page". CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 18 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-28.
  13. ^ "1997 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  14. ^ "1998 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
  15. ^ "1999 NBA Draft". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 2014-04-25.