GOLDEN GOPHER BASKETBALL

Gopher Basketball 1976-1977 Season

1976-1977 Schedule

Date Opponent W/L Score
11/27/1976 North Dakota State W 101-68 FF
12/04/1976 @ Detroit W 104-80 FF
12/06/1976 Northern Michigan W 96-50 FF
12/08/1976 @ Nebraska W 66-58 FF
12/18/1976 Vermont W 96-61 FF
12/21/1976 @ Marquette W 66-59 FF
12/23/1976 Kansas State W 62-60 FF
12/30/1976 Pillsbury Classic
vs. Cornell (NY)
W 84-54 FF
12/31/1976 Pillsbury Classic
vs. Montana
W 102-81 FF
01/08/1977 Iowa W 78-68 FF
01/13/1977 @ Illinois W 83-69 FF
01/15/1977 @ Purdue L 64-66 OT
01/22/1977 Wisconsin W 82-64 FF
01/24/1977 Michigan State W 75-70 FF
01/27/1977 @ Indiana W 79-60 FF
01/29/1977 @ Ohio State W 77-67 FF
02/05/1977 Northwestern W 79-53 FF
02/07/1977 Michigan L 80-86
02/10/1977 Ohio State W 91-65 FF
02/12/1977 @ Iowa W 61-58 FF
02/15/1977 Indiana W 65-61 FF
02/17/1977 @ Michigan State W 99-77 FF
02/19/1977 @ Michigan L 70-89
02/24/1977 Purdue W 84-78 OT FF
02/26/1977 Illinois W 72-70 FF
03/03/1977 @ Wisconsin W 64-61 FF
03/05/1977 @ Northwestern W 105-82 FF

1976-1977 Big Ten Standings

Team Conference Overall
W L PCT W L PCT
Michigan 16 2 .889 26 4 .867
Purdue 14 4 .778 20 8 .714
Iowa 12 6 .667 20 7 .741
Indiana 11 7 .611 16 11 .593
Michigan State 9 9 .500 12 15 .444
Illinois 8 10 .444 16 14 .533
Wisconsin 7 11 .389 11 16 .407
Northwestern 7 11 .389 9 18 .333
Ohio State 6 12 .333 11 16 .407
Minnesota 0 18 .000 0 27 .000

Season notes:

Coached by Jim Dutcher (2nd season). The Pillsbury Classic took place at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The Gophers were 24-3 this year and 15-3 in the Big Ten, but the NCAA retroactively ruled Mychal Thompson ineligible for selling his complimentary tickets. Therefore, the Gophers were forced to forfeit all 27 games after the fact. The game scores are listed here as they were actually played.

Because of probation dating back to the Musselman regime, the Gophers were denied the opportunity to play in the post-season.

Team Roster:

By Name By Number By Position By Eligibility

1976-1977 Poll Results

Associated Press United Press
1. Michigan
2. UCLA
3. Kentucky
4. UNLV
5. North Carolina
6. Syracuse
7. Marquette
8. San Francisco
9. Wake Forest
10. Notre Dame
11. Alabama
12. Detroit
13. Minnesota
14. Utah
15. Tennessee
16. Kansas State
17. Charlotte
18. Arkansas
19. Louisville
20. VMI
1. Michigan
2. San Francisco
3. North Carolina
4. UCLA
5. Kentucky
6. UNLV
7. Arkansas
8. Tennessee
9. Syracuse
10. Utah
11. Kansas State
12. Cincinnati
13. Louisville
14. Marquette
15. Providence
16. Indiana State
17. Minnesota
18. Alabama
19. Detroit
20. Purdue


1976-1977 National Invitation Tournament


First Round

Alabama 86, Memphis State 63
Virginia Tech 83, Georgetown 79
Illinois State 65, Creighton 58
Houston 83, Indiana State 82
Villanova 71, Old Dominion 68 OT
Massachusetts 86, Seton Hall 85
Oregon 90, Oral Roberts 89
St. Bonaventure 79, Rutgers 77


Quarterfinals

Alabama 79, Virginia Tech 72
Houston 91, Illinois State 90
Villanova 81, Massachusetts 71
St. Bonaventure 76, Oregon 73


NIT Final Four

Semifinals Finals
Houston 82, Alabama 76
St. Bonaventure 86, Villanova 82
St. Bonaventure 94, Houston 91


1976-1977 NCAA Tournament


First Round

East West
Virginia Military 73, Duquesne 66
Kentucky 72, Princeton 58
Notre Dame 90, Hofstra 83
North Carolina 69, Purdue 66
UCLA 87, Louisville 79
Idaho State 83, Long Beach State 72
Utah 72, St. John's (NY) 68
UNLV 121, San Francisco 95
Mideast Midwest
Michigan 92, Holy Cross 81
Detroit 93, Middle Tennessee State 76
North Carolina-Charlotte 91, Central Michigan 86 (OT)
Syracuse 93, Tennessee 88 (OT)
Marquette 66, Cincinnati 51
Kansas State 87, Providence 80
Wake Forest 86, Arkansas 80
Southern Illinois 81, Arizona 77


Sweet Sixteen

East West
Kentucky 93, Virginia Military 78
North Carolina 79, Notre Dame 77
Idaho State 76, UCLA 75
UNLV 88, Utah 83
Mideast Midwest
Michigan 86, Detroit 81
North Carolina-Charlotte 81, Syracuse 59
Marquette 67, Kansas State 66
Wake Forest 86, Southern Illinois 81


Elite Eight

East West
North Carolina 79, Kentucky 72 UNLV 107, Idaho State 90
Mideast Midwest
North Carolina-Charlotte 75, Michigan 68 Marquette 82, Wake Forest 68


Final Four

Semifinals Finals
Marquette 51, North Carolina-Charlotte 49
North Carolina 84, UNLV 83
Marquette 67, North Carolina 59

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