Blog: 1971-72 Big Ten Champions to Be Honored Saturday

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The 1971-72 Golden Gopher basketball team brought home the program's first Big Ten title since the 1936-37 season. Led down the stretch by a starting lineup known as the "Iron Five," Minnesota qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The Gopher basketball program will commemorate the 40th anniversary of this Big Ten championship team at halftime of Minnesota's game against USC on Saturday.
Go Gophers! Jim Brewer
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Jim Brewer is one of 10 players expected to be at the ceremony.
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The celebration will start with an autograph session before the game. Team members who are present will sign autographs from 12:15 to 12:45 in the concourse. At halftime, the players, managers, assistant coach Bill Klucas, and head coach Bill Musselman's son Max will be introduced on the court as they receive 40th anniversary plaques.

The 1971-72 Gophers finished the season with an 11-3 record, just ahead of Ohio State (10-4). Clyde Turner was the team's leading scorer, averaging 18.6 points per game. Also in the "Iron Five" lineup were Dave Winfield, Jim Brewer, Keith Young, and Bob Nix. Turner, Winfield, and Brewer are expected to be in attendance at the ceremony, along with seven other players.

Look back on after the game for video and photos of the team reunion. Until then, check out the photo gallery above.

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