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General Team Information:
NCAA Division: Division I
Conference: Mid-American Conference
Past Conferences: MAC
City: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Stadium: McGuirk Arena
NCAA Tournaments: 1975, 1977, 1987, 2003
National Championships: 0
Conference Titles: 2
The Central Michigan Chippewas men’s basketball team commenced much later than most of the teams in the Mid-American Conference. As soon as the school’s basketball program began, it joined the MAC in the 1972-1973 season. However, during its first season, the program wasn’t considered a major school.
Under coach Rick Parfitt, the team punched its ticket to the NCAA Tournament in just three years. In the 1974-75 season, the team was able to perform well on the big stage, since they beat the Georgetown Hoyas in the opening round but lost to the Kentucky Wildcats in the next round.
The outcome was still considered a major feat as the team won against the Oregon State Beavers in the Regional third-place game in a narrow one-point victory. In the 1976-77 season, Parfitt and the Chippewas entered the Tournament once again but were bounced in the first round in a close loss against the Charlotte 49ers.
Success came at a fast pace for the program; the 1976 season was the low point in the young program’s history. Since then, the program has struggled to maintain success for numerous periods.
Head Coach Charlie Coles
It would take the program another decade before it became relevant in the organization, with Charlie Coles as head coach. Before joining the Chippewas, Coles was coaching the Miami Ohio RedHawks for quite some time as he had a memorable Sweet 16 run in the 1998-99 season.
When he was coaching Central Michigan, they made it to the Tournament in his second to last year. With a 22-8 record and a 14-2 record in conference play, the odds were pretty high as many believed that Cole would bring his winning mentality over to the program.
As a 13th seed, the Chippewas met their kryptonite; they couldn’t get any momentum on their side against the UCLA Bruins. The Bruins pounced on the opportunity and crushed their opponent by a score of 92-73.
Central Michigan would go through a long trial period before making it back to the dance in the 2002-03 season, with coach Jay Smith calling the shots. This would be the highest seed in the program’s history, since they were the 11th seed if one excludes the sixth seed they achieved during the 2015 NIT.
The Central Michigan Chippewas were going to take advantage of this opportunity as they had a record of 25-7 while going 14-4 in conference play. As the ninth-seeded Creighton Bluejays rallied in the second half, the Central Michigan Chippewas team stats showed heart in their opening-round performance by cutting the party short.
However, the team was dominated on both sides of the court when they faced the Duke Blue Devils; they got crushed by a 26-point margin. The program would go through three more coaching chances looking to find its magic once again.
Tony Barbee was named new head coach a season ago and will guide a team in 2022-23 that will have some astronomical NCAAB odds, since they only won seven games last season.
- Mel McLaughlin 2,071
- Dan Majerle 2,045
- Braylon Rayson 1,885
- Dan Roundfield 1,031
- Dan Majerle 834
- Ben Poquette 813
- Chris Fowler 686
- Giordan Watson 489
- Derrick Richmond 456
- Chris Kaman 182
- Luke Meyer 131
- Sefton Barrett 105
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