The Michigan Wolverines Men’s Basketball team is the intercollegiate men’s basketball club representing the University of Michigan. The coach of the team is Juwan Howard. This team nicknamed ‘Wolverines’ competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). For the 1994 and 1995, NBA Finals Champions Rudy Tomjanovich was the coach
The team plays at the home field of Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. It has won one NCAA Championship, two National Invitation Tournaments (NIT), fourteen Big Ten Conference titles and two Big Ten Tournament titles. Moreover, it has won an NIT title and a Big Ten Tournament that were vacated due to NCAA sanctions.
|University||University of Michigan|
|All-time record||1,513–1,044 (.592)|
|Head coach||Juwan Howard (1st season)|
|Location||Ann Arbor, Michigan|
The team has 31 All-Americans who have been selected 44 times. Eight of these, Cazzie Russell (two times), Rickey Green, Gary Grant, Chris Webber, Trey Burke, Harry Kipke, Richard Doyle and Bennie Oosterbaan (two-times) have been consensus All-Americans selected by the Helms Foundation. Twelve All-Americans members of the team have been at least two-time honorees. Only Russell has been a three-time All-American honoree.
Numerous players of the team have been the most successful basketball players. Till now, 58 players have been drafted into the National Basketball Association. Out of the total, 26 were first-round draft picks including both Cazzie Russell and Chris Webber. These two players were drafted first overall. Glen Rice is one of only nine basketball players of the team to have won a state high school championship, NCAA title, an NBA championship.
The 1990 NBA draft, Michigan became the third of only ten schools, to have 3 or more players selected in the first round of the same draft. Teams 5 players became NBA champions for a total of 9 times. Also, 8 players of the team have become NBA All-Stars for a total of 18 times.
Howard as the coach for the team
|Name||Position coached||Consecutive season at|
|Michigan in current position|
|Juwan Howard||Head coach||1st|
|Saddi Washington||Assistant Coach||3rd|
|Phil Martelli||Assistant Coach||1st|
|Howard Eisley||Assistant Coach||1st|
|Chris Hunter||Director of Basketball Operations||2nd|
|Jay Smith||Director of Program Personnel||1st|
|Jon Sanderson||Head Strength and Conditioning Coach||9th|
|David Metzendorf||Video Analyst||1st|
|Alex Wong||Athletic Trainer||3rd|
|Jaaron Simmons||Graduate Manager||1st|
Former Fab Five member, Juwan Howard, became the head coach of the Wolverines. He agreed on a five-year contract on 22 May 2019. He led the unranked Wolverines to a strong 7–0 start. This included back-to-back wins over then #6 ranked UNC (73–64) and #8 ranked Gonzaga (82–64). Also, the team captured the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament title on November 29, 2019. Michigan leaped from unranked to #4 in the AP Top 25 on December 02, 2019, owing to its power-packed performances. It became the only second team after the 1989-90 Kansas Jayhawks to achieve the feat in the history of the poll that dates back 70 years to 1949. On December 6, 2019, in their first Big Ten opener under Howard, the Wolverines defeated Iowa 103–91 and scored the most points in a Big Ten game since 1998.
Current status of Michigan
Michigan basketball notched from unranked to No. 4 overall after beating two top ten teams in the AP Top 25 during Thanksgiving.
Following its first loss and the worst performance of the season against Louisville, Michigan basketball responded Friday night at the Crisler Center against Iowa.
The Hawkeyes could not match for the Wolverines. The two teams played back and forth. Luka Garza, the Iowa big man scored 44 points against Michigan basketball. un But towards the end, U-M limited his teammates enough that it didn’t matter. The Wolverines’ unexpected U-M to win eight of its first nine games: wins are over North Carolina, Gonzaga, Iowa, Iowa State, and Creighton.
The Wolverines play up-tempo basketball, shoot a lot of 3-pointers. It seems the team is doing so to attract more good players to Ann Arbor.
Isaiah Todd would be an asset for 2020 Michigan basketball. Another player that U-M has been trending with is Hunter Dickinson ($).He is a four-star center that is also considering Duke, Florida State, and Notre Dame.
Recruits generally want two things from the team they planning to join and currently Michigan can offer both the things. They want to win college basketball and have a chance to go to the NBA.
Team coach, Howard, has the ability to help big-time players improve and raise their draft stock. Additionally, he can help them with a chance to play at a program that still looks very much like an elite.
Michigan seems to be a trendy pick for Terrance Williams too. Decommitted from Georgetown currently, Williams has Michigan as its last choice over the Hoyas. Also, ending up in Ann Arbor makes a lot of sense for him too. He’s another talented big man and those players have taken a special interest in playing for Howard.
Michigan teams have spent a total of 22 weeks ranked number 1 with the last time occurring in 2013. Entering the 2013–14 season this ranked 13th and third in the Big Ten behind Indiana and Ohio State. Two Michigan teams have defeated the number one ranked team.