1970–71 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team

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1970–71 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball
Michigan State Spartans script.svg
Lobo Invitational champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1970–71 record 10–14 (4–10 Big Ten)
Head coach Gus Ganakas (2nd season)
Assistant coach Robert Nordmann
Assistant coach Matthew Aitch
Captain Rudy Benjamin
Home arena Jenison Fieldhouse
Seasons
1970–71 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#10 Ohio State 13 1   .929     20 6   .769
Michigan 12 2   .857     19 7   .731
Purdue 11 3   .786     18 7   .720
Indiana 9 5   .643     17 7   .708
Illinois 5 9   .357     11 12   .478
Minnesota 5 9   .357     11 13   .458
Michigan State 4 10   .286     10 14   .417
Iowa 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Wisconsin 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Northwestern 3 11   .214     7 17   .292
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970–71 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team represented Michigan State University in the 1970–71 NCAA Division I men's basketball season as members of the Big Ten Conference. They played their home games at Jenison Fieldhouse in East Lansing, Michigan and were coached by Gus Ganakas in his second year as head coach of the Spartans. They finished the season 10–14, 4–10 in Big Ten play to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place.

Previous season[edit]

The Spartans finished the 1969–70 season 9–15, 5–9 in Big Ten play to finish in a three-way tie for sixth place.

Roster and statistics[edit]

1970–71 Michigan State Spartans men's basketball team
No Name Pos Year Height Pts Reb
10 Brad VanPelt F SO 6–5 4.5 2.9
11 Gary Ganakas G SO 5–5 2.1 0.9
13 Gary Przybylo G JR 6–0 0.3
14 Johnnie Brown G JR 6–1 0.6
21 Rudy Benjamin G SR 6–2 21.7 4.0
22 Bill Kilgore C SO 6–7 14.2 12.9
24 Ron Gutkowski F JR 6–6 7.3 3.5
25 Larry Ike F SO 6–3 0.6
31 Eddie Humphrey G SR 6–2 2.0
32 Jeff VanderLende F SO 6–7 3.2 2.9
33 Paul Dean F SR 6–1 4.6 2.0
35 Pat Miller G JR 6–2 11.3 5.2
42 Brian Breslin F SO 6–5 7.8 4.0
43 Jim Shereda C SO 6–7 1.3
45 William Cohrs C JR 6–6 1.3 0.7

Source[1][2]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
Dec 1, 1970*
Northern Illinois L 75–76  0–1
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 5, 1970*
at Toledo W 72–62  1–1
The Field House 
Toledo, OH
Dec 12, 1970*
Western Michigan W 97–85  2–1
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 14, 1970*
Butler W 99–75  3–1
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 18, 1970*
at New Mexico
Lobo Invitational semifinals
W 73–69  4–1
The Pit/Bob King Court 
Albuquerque, NM
Dec 19, 1970*
vs. Rutgers
Lobo Invitational championship
W 81–71  5–1
The Pit/Bob King Court 
Albuquerque, NM
Dec 22, 1970*
Central Michigan W 85–74  6–1
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Dec 29, 1970*
at No. 4 USC
Trojan Invitational semifinals
L 63–88  6–2
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
Dec 30, 1970*
vs. No. 10 Tennessee
Trojan Invitational third place game
L 70–81  6–3
Los Angeles Sports Arena 
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 9, 1971
at Illinois L 69–89  6–4
(0–1)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
Jan 12, 1971
Iowa W 84–81  7–4
(1–1)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 16, 1971
Illinois L 67–69  7–5
(1–2)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Jan 26, 1971*
at No. 7 Notre Dame L 80–104  7–6
Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center 
South Bend, IN
Jan 30, 1971
at Ohio State W 82–70  8–6
(2–2)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, OH
Feb 6, 1971
Ohio State L 76–87  8–7
(2–3)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 9, 1971
Indiana L 70–71  8–8
(2–4)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 13, 1971
at Minnesota L 86–97  8–9
(2–5)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
Feb 16, 1971
at Indiana L 76–90  8–10
(2–6)
Gladstein Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, IN
Feb 20, 1971
Wisconsin W 97–78  9–10
(3–6)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Feb 27, 1971
at Purdue L 70–100  9–11
(3–7)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
Mar 2, 1971
Purdue L 60–65  9–12
(3–8)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Mar 6, 1971
at Michigan L 63–88  9–13
(3–9)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
Mar 9, 1971
Minnesota W 73–71  10–13
(4–9)
Jennison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
Mar 13, 1971
at Northwestern L 67–85  10–14
(4–10)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Source[3][2]

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