Mike Davis completed his sixth and final season with Indiana University with a trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2005-06.
Davis finished his career with a 115-79 (.593) career record and a 55-41 (.573) league ledger. His teams usually played their best basketball during the postseason, evidenced by Davis' 21-10 record in the month of March and his 7-4 NCAA Tournament mark.
Davis has continued a legacy of success as IU's mentor, including these accomplishments:
Davis was the first coach in Indiana history to begin his tenure with three straight 20-plus win seasons and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
Davis has led his team to a postseason appearance in four of his five years at the helm.
Davis has averaged 19.2 wins per season.
Davis has achieved such a high win number despite the fact Indiana has consistently played one of the nation's toughest schedules. In 2003-04, IU was the only school in the country to play six straight 2003 NCAA Tournament teams during its non-league season. Last season, Indiana, Duke and North Carolina were the only schools in the country to play five non-conference Top 10 teams.
Under Davis' tutelage, Indiana has defeated 19 ranked opponents. Davis has coached three NBA Draft picks.
While the Hoosiers have enjoyed considerable success under Davis, the best is yet to come.
"I am very excited for this season," said Davis. "We have our main nucleus of guys returning from last season, and we also have a new crop of players who can all step in and contribute immediately. I feel with the addition of the newcomers mixed with the players we have coming back, IU fans have every reason to have high expectations."
Indiana fans hope that this hard work pays off in a similar fashion to the 2001-02 campaign. After capturing a share of the Big Ten regular season title that season (the 20th in school history, which is second in league lore), the Hoosiers embarked on a memorable run to the NCAA Final Four. Indiana disposed of Utah and UNC-Wilmington in the first two rounds, which set up a regional semifinal showdown with top-seeded Duke. The Hoosiers overcame a 17-point deficit to upset the Blue Devils, 74-73.
Fortunately, Indiana did not suffer a letdown in the regional final against Kent State, hitting a blistering 15-of-19 three-pointers en route to an 81-68 triumph. That victory earned the Hoosiers their first Final Four appearance since 1992 and the eighth in school history. IU was the fourth No. 5 seed to advance to the Final Four, and it took one step closer to the sixth national title in school history when it turned back Oklahoma, 73-64. Maryland may have held off Indiana, 64-52, in the national championship game, but IU's 2001-02 campaign was already one for the record books.
Indiana finished with a 25-12 overall record, its best since the 1992-93 Elite Eight club finished 31-4.
In each of his first two seasons, Davis led the Hoosiers to six victories over ranked opponents. The last time Indiana defeated at least six nationally-ranked opponents was 1992-93.
Under Davis' direction, Indiana has defeated four top 4-ranked programs (No. 1 Michigan State and No. 4 Illinois in 2000-01 and No. 1 Duke and No. 3 Oklahoma in 2001-02).
The Sweet Sixteen win over Duke marked the second-straight year that Indiana had upended the Associated Press' top-ranked team. The Hoosiers also defeated Michigan State on Jan. 7, 2001.
Davis' then-46 career victories are the most-ever by an IU coach in his first two seasons.
One month after the Final Four, Indiana rewarded Davis with a contract extension through the 2007-08 season.
"It is an honor to know that I will be the head coach at Indiana University. My family and I thank the university and athletic department for the support that they have provided. I certainly want to pay special thanks to my assistant coaches and staff; without them this would not all be possible," Davis said. "Indiana is a special place for college basketball and I am honored to be a part of it."
Named the 25th head coach in Indiana history on Sept. 12, 2000, Davis proved to have the most successful first season of any of his 24 predecessors. His 21 wins were four more than any other first-year IU head coach. His success was not limited to just IU, as his 21 victories ranked him second among first-year head coaches in the country in 2000-01.
Davis, selected as the National Coach of the Year by The Charlotte Observer, was one of just 14 of a total of 319 men's basketball coaches that season who guided a team that did not include a single senior. His team was the highest ranked seniorless team according to the RPI and just one of two to make the NCAA Tournament.
He led the Hoosiers to the finest defensive performance in Big Ten history, as they held opponents to .382 shooting from the floor in conference action, a Big Ten record. The squad also set the school mark for blocked shots in a season.
Davis' head coaching career began with the Hoosiers advancing to the Preseason NIT finals in New York, as Indiana won its first two contests under its new head coach. After suffering three straight losses, the Hoosiers put together a five-game win streak, including a victory at 10th-ranked Notre Dame. The triumph marked the first time since 1993 that Indiana had defeated a top 10 team on the road. The five-game win streak concluded with another victory over a ranked team, as the Hoosiers defeated No. 24 Charlotte.
In his first Big Ten season, Davis' squad alternated wins and losses in its first seven games. No win was more memorable than the Hoosiers' victory over Michigan State in Bloomington on Jan. 7. A three-pointer at the buzzer gave Indiana its initial win over a No. 1 team at Assembly Hall. The victory was the first by an IU team against a No. 1 squad home or away since 1993. Midway through the Big Ten season, the Hoosiers and Davis strung together four straight wins, including back-to-back victories on the road. The four-game streak was the longest by an Indiana team since 1998, and 1996 was the last time an IU team had won back-to-back conference road games. The Hoosiers closed out Davis' initial regular season with three victories by a combined total of 82 points. They stormed into the Big Ten Tournament after posting a 10-6 conference mark - good for fifth place. In the tournament, Davis and the Hoosiers defeated Wisconsin and then shocked top-seeded Illinois to advance to the Big Ten Tournament championship for the first time in Indiana's history. The win over Illinois, which was ranked fourth in the nation, gave Indiana two victories over top four teams for the first time since 1992-93.
The strong regular season and Big Ten Tournament earned the Hoosiers a No. 20 national ranking and a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest by an Indiana team since 1993.
Though new to the role of head coach, Davis already had contributed significantly to the Indiana program. He spent the previous three seasons as an assistant coach with the Hoosiers. His successful recruitment of several of the country's top prep players earned him national recognition at Indiana. In addition to his recruiting success, he has been instrumental in the development of several players including A.J. Guyton, the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player in 2000, Kirk Haston, a first-round NBA selection in 2001 and 2002 Big Ten MVP and consenus second team All-American Jared Jeffries, who was the 11th overall pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards.
In Davis' three seasons as an IU assistant, the Hoosiers compiled a 63-32 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons. Davis came to Indiana after a two-year stint (1995-97) as an assistant coach under David Hobbs at the University of Alabama. The 1995-96 Crimson Tide posted a 23-10 record and advanced to the NIT Final Four.
Davis' coaching tenure with Alabama marked his return to the Crimson Tide. The Fayette, Ala., native spent his collegiate-playing career with the Tide after earning the state's Mr. Basketball honor and All-America status in 1979. He was a standout for four seasons at Alabama and finished his career in the Top 25 on the Crimson Tide's all-time scoring list with 1,211 points. In his first season, he played for the legendary C.M. Newton and then spent his final three years playing under another coaching legend, Wimp Sanderson. He averaged 10.1 points per game for his career and ranks third all-time on the school's steals list with 165.
During his four seasons at Alabama, the Crimson Tide posted an 80-42 record and advanced to two NIT and two NCAA Tournaments.
He won Alabama's Hustle Award all four of his seasons in Tuscaloosa and was named to the Southeastern Conference's All-Defensive team his senior year.
Following his playing career at Alabama, Davis was a second-round selection of the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1983 NBA Draft. He would spend the next two seasons playing in Switzerland, where he was named to the league's all-star team, and in Italy. He played the 1988-89 season with the Topeka Sizzlers of the Continental Basketball Association.
The following season, Davis began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Miles College in Birmingham, Ala. He stayed at Miles for the 1989-90 season and then coached in Venezuela, directing the country's national team for two summers as well as professional teams in that country. Davis returned to the United States and the CBA in 1990 and worked with the Wichita Falls Texans.
The first season with the Texans proved to be a championship one. After struggling to a 16-22 record, the club won 16 of its final 18 contests to finish with a 32-24 overall record. In the conference playoffs, the Texans upset both division champions --Tulsa (3-1) and Albany (4-2). The Texans then edged Quad Cities, 4-3, in a dramatic Finals.
The 1991-92 Texans posted a 28-28 overall record and finished second in the Southern Division before losing in the second round of the playoffs to Rapid City, S.D. In 1992-93, Davis helped guide the Texans to a franchise-best 34-22 record and its first-ever Western Division title. The club finished the year with a 21-7 homecourt record. During the 1993-94 season, the two guided the Texans to a second-place finish in the Western Division and the club featured two of the league's top performers in guard Stephen Bardo, the CBA's Defensive Player of the Year, and first team All-CBA selection Henry James.
In 1994, the Wichita franchise relocated to Chicago, and Davis moved with the team not only as an assistant coach, but also as a player. Despite not having played for five years, the then 35-year-old Davis averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest for the Rockers.
He played in 56 games (35 starts) and was second on the team with 31.5 minutes played per outing. Davis shot 80 percent from the free throw line and finished fourth in the league's Defensive Player of the Year voting. The Rockers posted a 28-28 regular season mark and earned a trip to the conference finals. It was there they were swept by the Pittsburgh Pirhanas in three games.
During his CBA coaching career, Davis tutored several eventual NBA players such as Ennis Whatley, Derrick Phelps, Bardo, John Lucas, Roy Tarpley, Fred Roberts, James, Elston Turner, Cedric Ball, Walter Bond, David Wesley and Jaren Jackson.
Davis was born September 15, 1960, in Fayette, Ala., and is married to the former Tamilya Floyd. The couple has a five-year-old son, Antoine. Davis is also the father of 19-year-old son, Mike, Jr., who is a redshirt sophomore on the IU men's basketball team, and a daughter Lateesha, 25. He earned a degree in telecommunications from Thomas Edison College.
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