BILL MUSSELMANGame 195 | July 23, 1971 | Bill Musselman
Bill who? A Gopher basketball search committee had just hired Murray State Coach Calvin Luther, who accepted and resigned in a 24-hour period. Enter the second choice, 30-year-old Ashland College coach Bill Musselman. He surrounded center Jim Brewer with junior college recruits Ron Behagen, Clyde Turner and Bob Nix, and instituted a Harlem Globetrotters-type pregame show, and the Gophers became an instant Big Ten contender, winning the Big Ten title in 1972.
Game 364 | September 22, 1988 | Bill Musselman
Although he coached briefly and successfully for the Gophers from 1971-1975, it was Musselman's more recent success in minor league basketball that appealed most to the new Minnesota Timberwolves ownership when they hired him as their initial coach. ln 1984-'85 he coached the Tampa Bay Thrillers to a 45-18 record. He was 46-19 the following season and 46-16 the next year in Rapid City. His Albany Patroons went 48-6 in 1987-'88. The T'Wolves went 22-60 under Musselman in 1989-'90, their first season in the NBA.
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