1977 NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
The 1976-77 Marquette men’s basketball team beat North Carolina, 67-59, to win the national title. The team posted a final record of 25-7 en route to the school’s first national crown. The club was ranked No. 7 in the nation in the final Associated Press rankings and defeated Cincinnati, Kansas State, Wake Forest and UNC Charlotte before meeting the Tar Heels. One of the great plays in MU basketball history took place in the national semifinals against UNC Charlotte. After the 49ers tied the game at 49-49 with three seconds left, guard Butch Lee inbounded the ball and fired a long pass toward the key. After jostling with a Charlotte player, center Jerome Whitehead got control of the ball and laid it in at the buzzer giving MU a breath-taking 51-49 triumph. Butch Lee finished as the team’s top scorer (19.6 ppg) while Bo Ellis was the top rebounder (8.3 rpg).
Inducted in 1991