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NCAAB Michigan Wolverines

General Information

Conference: Big Ten

NCAA Division: Division I

City: Ann Arbor, MI

Stadium: Crisler Center

Championships

  • National Championships: 1
  • Conference Titles: 3 (15 regular-season titles)
  • NCAA Tournaments: 1948, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, 2022

Past Conferences:

  • None

Michigan Wolverines Standings & Analysis

Check out all the updated Michigan Wolverines standings, recent college basketball news, and NCAAB betting tips, here at Point Spreads.

All-Time Michigan Wolverines Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Glen Rice: 2,442
  • Mike McGee: 2,439
  • Louis Bullock: 2,224

Rebounds

  • Rudy Tomjanovich: 1,039
  • Bill Buntin: 1,037
  • Loy Vaught: 993

Assists

  • Gary Grant: 731
  • Zavier Simpson: 667
  • Rumeal Robinson: 575

Wins

  • John Beilein: 278
  • Johnny Orr: 209
  • Bill Frieder: 189

Overview of the Michigan Wolverines Standings

Last-Season Standings

During the 2021-2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball season, the Michigan Wolverines team standings showed an overall record of 22 wins and 11 losses. They also had a record of 13 wins and 7 losses in the Big Ten Conference, which is one of the toughest conferences in college basketball.

The Michigan Wolverines team standings began the season strong, winning their first six games, including a victory over the defending national champions, the Baylor Bears. However, they struggled in the middle of the season, losing six out of seven games in January and February.

Despite those struggles, the Michigan Wolverines team standings finished the regular season on a high note, winning five of their last six games. In the NCAA Tournament, they were awarded a 7th seed and won their first-round matchup against the 10th-seed Wichita State Shockers. However, they were then knocked out in the second round by the 2nd seed and eventual national champions, the Duke Blue Devils.

Overall, while the Michigan Wolverines fell short of their ultimate goal of winning a national championship, they had a solid season and were competitive in one of the toughest conferences in college basketball.

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Analyze the team’s recent performance

Before placing a bet on the Michigan Wolverines, review their recent performance to assess their current form. Check their last few games, paying attention to their opponents, final scores, and any notable player performances or injuries.


Consider the team’s home/away record

Michigan’s home/away record can give you an idea of their comfort level in different environments. They may perform better on their home court or struggle on the road, so be sure to factor this into your betting strategy.


Review ttheir head-to-head matchups

Look at Michigan’s past head-to-head matchups with their upcoming opponents. This can give you an idea of their historical performance against that team and how they might fare in the current game.


Assess the key players

Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of Michigan’s key players can give you an advantage in your betting strategy. Consider the players’ recent performances, their roles within the team, and any injuries they may be dealing with.

Michigan Wolverines Basketball History

Overall

Basketball was slow to gain a foothold in Ann Arbor, as an initial program was terminated after attendance was scarce. It started up again in 1917 and joined the Big Ten, where it quickly built up a run of success with four conference crowns in the 1920s.

Between 1929 and 1964, however, there was just one more Big Ten title (1948) as this football school struggled to find consistent success on the hardwood. Dave Strack, who was a captain on the 1945-46 team, took over as head coach in 1960 and engineered the program’s rise to national prominence.

The 1963-64 squad was ranked at one point as high as No. 2 in the country. Leading the way was a sophomore forward from Chicago named Cazzie Russell, who would average 24.8 points and 9.0 rebounds as the Wolverines raced to the Final Four in their second NCAA Tournament appearance.

Russell & Coach Orr

Russell, who would eventually go No. 1 in the 1966 NBA draft, averaged 25.7 points as a junior as Michigan won its second straight Big Ten crown and reached the national title game, where it fell to UCLA. His scoring average would leap to 30.8 in his senior campaign as the Wolverines claimed a conference title for the third straight season before falling to Kentucky in the Elite Eight.

Russell put Michigan on the map and it would have several ranked teams in the 1970s under head coach Johnny Orr. The 1975-76 squad was one of the best of this era, as it engineered the program’s second all-time national title game appearance, this time against undefeated conference rival Indiana.

The Spectrum in Philadelphia played host to that contest, which was a tale of two halves. Michigan led by six at halftime but allowed the Hoosiers to pour in 57 second-half points en route to an 86-68 win.

Orr’s squad carried the momentum into the following NCAAB season by capturing another Big Ten title. Alas, a crew led by future pros Phil Hubbard and Rickey Greene was upset by UNC-Charlotte in the Elite Eight.

Bill Frieder, an assistant under Orr, took over in 1980 and – following a few down years – built the program back to national power. There was an NIT title in 1984 with a win over rival Notre Dame and a return to the NCAA Tournament in 1985.

That appearance was the first of six straight in the Big Dance for the Wolverines, as stars such as Roy Tarpley, Gary Grant, Glen Rice, and Loy Vaught gave Frieder a boatload of talent. After three straight second-round exits, the 1987-88 edition reached the Sweet 16, setting the stage for a dream campaign the following season, even if it came with some awkwardness near the end.

With Rice finishing out a remarkable four-year career with a scoring average of 25.6 points, Vaught and Terry Mills providing toughness and skill inside and a point guard by the name of Rumeal Robinson, the 1988-89 Wolverines were loaded.

They didn’t dominate all season, though, losing a stunner to Alaska-Anchorage in a holiday tournament and sitting at 7-5 in Big Ten play following a loss to Indiana on February 19. Michigan then turned it on, winning five of their last six regular-season contests and piling up points in bunches.

Michigan Wolverines team standings pages showed a prolific attack that posted 119 points in a late-season win over Iowa and then averaged 94.3 in racing through their first four victims in the NCAA Tournament.

Those four victories didn’t come under Frieder, however, as he had already accepted a job with Arizona State for the following season. Athletic director Bo Schembechler ousted Frieder before the tournament, saying he wanted a Michigan man to lead the team in the postseason. That man was assistant Steve Fisher, whose steady hand helped the Wolverines stay hot.

First & Only National Title

The impressive run gave them a date with Big Ten rival Illinois in the national semifinals, and an 83-81 win put the Wolverines into the title game against a fellow No. 3 seed, Seton Hall.

The Kingdome in Seattle saw a memorable encounter. The Wolverines scored the game’s final four points, with Robinson’s two made free throws with three seconds left in overtime enough for a 79-78 win and the program’s first and only national title.

Fisher would stay on for eight more seasons and guide six of them to the NCAA Tournament, including some with the most heralded recruiting class in college basketball history. The Fab Five – consisting of Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King – transformed the college basketball landscape upon their entry in 1991.

That star-studded quintet made it to the national title game in both 1992 and 1993, losing both times. The 1993 setback was particularly painful, as Webber committed a mental gaffe by calling a timeout in the closing seconds that his team did not have, allowing North Carolina to use a technical foul and seal the game at the line.

While this era was memorable for some great moments with some outstanding talent, it was washed away amid a scandal involving a booster who gave loans to several NCAAB players, including Webber. Many of the tournament appearances and records were vacated by the NCAA and it took several years for the program to dig itself out of the mess.

John Beilein, who took over for former Duke star Tommy Amaker in 2007, helped complete that process. He led the Wolverines to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, ending a 10-year drought, and pushed the team to national title appearances in 2013 and 2018. They both ended in losses, though, which left Michigan with a 1-6 record in championship games.

Howard took over when Beilein went to the NBA in 2019 and he’s guided the team to at least two NCAA Tournament wins in each of its last three appearances. NCAAB odds are now consistently in favor of the Wolverines’ success and betting tips suggest siding with Howard’s crew in 2022-23.

Michigan Wolverines NCAAB FAQs

What is the highest win total in Michigan Wolverines history?

The Eagles exploded onto the ACC scene when they won 28 games in their first season in the conference in 2005-06. That squad finished the season ranked seventh in the country.

What was the worst season in Michigan Wolverines history?

The worst winning percentage in school history came in 2020-21 when the team went 4-16 while playing a COVID-shortened campaign. Head coach Jim Christian was fired when the team was 3-13 and it limped to the finish line, losing to Duke in the ACC tournament by 35 points.

Who is the greatest player in Michigan Wolverines history?

With apologies to all-time leading scorer, Troy Bell and worthy candidates such as Craig Smith and Jared Dudley, the most impactful player in program history was Dana Barros. A local kid who starred at Xavierian in nearby Westwood, MA, Barros was a Big East first-team selection in 1987-88 alongside conference greats such as Derrick Coleman and Sherman Douglas. He also was an all-conference second team on two occasions in a career that saw him average 19.7 points. Barros led the Big East in scoring twice and is one of four 2,000-point scorers in team history.
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