Central Michigan Chippewas men's basketball

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Central Michigan Chippewas
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UniversityCentral Michigan University
Head coach Tony Barbee
Conference Mid-American
Location Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Arena McGuirk Arena
(Capacity: 5,300)
Nickname Chippewas
ColorsMaroon and Gold [1]
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NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1975, 1977, 2003
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1975, 1977, 1987, 2003
Conference tournament champions
1987, 2003
Conference regular season champions
1975, 1977, 1979, 1987, 2001, 2003, 2015
Conference division season champions
2001, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2016

The Central Michigan Chippewas team is the basketball team that represent Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. The school's team currently competes in the Mid-American Conference. The team last played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2003. The Chippewas are currently coached by Tony Barbee.



NCAA Tournament

The Chippewas have appeared in four NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–4.

1975 First Round
Sweet 16
Regional Third Place Game
Oregon State
W 77–75
L 73–90
W 88–87
1977 First RoundCharlotteL 86–91
1987 #13First Round UCLA L 73–92
2003 #11First Round
Second Round
W 79–73
L 60–86


The Chippewas have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) twice. Their combined record is 0–2.

1979 First Round Purdue L 80–97
2015 #6First Round Louisiana Tech L 79–89

College Basketball Invitational (CBI) results

The Chippewas have appeared in the Division I College Basketball Invitational (CBI) once. Their record is 0–1.

2019 First RoundDePaulL 86–100


The Chippewas have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) two times. Their combined record is 2–2.

2016 First Round UT Martin L 73–76
2018 First Round
Second Round
Fort Wayne
W 94–89
W 98–94
L 71–84

NAIA Tournament results

Central Michigan went to the NAIA Tournament twice, garnering a record of 2–2. Former coach Ted Kjolhede was named NAIA Coach of the Year for 1966.

1966 First Round
Second Round
Oklahoma Baptist
W 67–53
L 70–90
1967 First Round
Second Round
Albany State
Southwestern Louisiana
W 71–70
L 62–70

Notable former players

Retired numbers

The Chippewas have retired six numbers, in honor of seven different players. [2]

Central Michigan Chippewas retired numbers
No.PlayerYears played
14 Jim McElroy 1973–1975
Melvin McLaughlin 1980–1983
30 Ben Kelso 1970–1973
32 Dan Roundfield 1972–1975
44 Dan Majerle 1984–1988
50 Ben Poquette 1973–1977
54 Don Edwards 1963–1966

Notable players

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  1. Graphic Identity Guidelines (PDF). Central Michigan University Brand Identity Standards. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 4, 2017. Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  2. "2018–19 Central Michigan Chippewas record book, page 3" (PDF). Central Michigan Chippewas . October 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2019.