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Eastern Michigan Eagles
Eastern Michigan Eagles
School Name: Eastern Michigan University
Location: Ypsilanti, Michigan
Arena: Convocation Center
Capacity: 8,824
Conference: MAC
Head coach: Rob Murphy

Previously known as the Eastern Michigan Hurons. The Eastern Michigan Eagles men's basketball team has appeared in four NCAA Division I tournaments, and have a 3-4 record, tied for third best among Michigan colleges. They reached the Sweet Sixteen in the 1991 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and defeated the Duke University Blue Devils in the first round of the 1996 tournament.

EMU has competed in the Mid-American Conference since joining in 1972, and they have previously competed in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1911-1926). The team last played in the NCAA tournament in 1998. The Eagles are currently coached by Rob Murphy.

NCAA Tournament Results[]

The Eagles have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3-4.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1988 First Round Pittsburgh L 109–90
1991 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Mississippi State
Penn State
North Carolina
W 76–56
W 71–68 OT
L 93–67
1996 First Round
Second Round
W 75–60
L 95–81
1998 First Round Michigan State L 83–71

Coach Ben Braun led Eastern Michigan to their first three NCAA Division I tournament appearances during his 11-year tenure. One of the great highlights in team history came after EMU's first round victory over Duke in 1996 when the Blue Devils' Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski stated, "Eastern Michigan is very well coached, much deeper than we are and, today, much quicker than we were."[1]

EMU reached the Final Four of the 1972 NCAA College Division National Championship, led by All-American George Gervin, an NBA Hall of Famer selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

Eagles in the NBA[]

  • Earl Boykins
  • Fred Cofield
  • Derrick Dial
  • George Gervin
  • Earle Higgins
  • Grant Long
  • Harvey Marlatt
  • Kennedy McIntosh
  • Carl Thomas
  • Charles Thomas


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