1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #10
AP #12
1984–85 record 26–9 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Bob Hull
MVP Doug Altenberger
Captain George Montgomery
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1983–84 1985–86 »
1984–85 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Michigan 16 2   .889     26 4   .867
#12 Illinois 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
Purdue 11 7   .611     20 9   .690
Ohio State 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Iowa 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Michigan State 10 8   .556     19 10   .655
Indiana 7 11   .389     19 14   .576
Minnesota 6 12   .333     13 15   .464
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     14 14   .500
Northwestern 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illiniois.

Regular season[edit]

The Illini started out the 1984-85 season ranked No. 1 nationally by Basketball Times in its preseason poll. Illinois made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament where the Illini advanced to the Sweet 16.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
4 Scott Haftner Noblesville, Indiana Noblesville High School Fr. Guard
10 Tony Wysinger Peoria, Illinois Peoria Central High School So. Guard
21 Glynn Blackwell Highland Park, Michigan Highland Park Community High School Fr. Guard
22 Doug Altenberger Peoria, Illinois Richwoods High School Jr. Guard
23 George Montgomery (captain) Chicago, Illinois Corliss High School Sr. Center
24 Efrem Winters Chicago, Illinois King High School Jr. Forward
25 Bruce Douglas Quincy, Illinois Quincy Senior High School Jr. Guard
30 Scott Meents Kankakee, Illinois Herscher High School Jr. Forward/Center
33 Ken Norman Chicago, Illinois Crane High School So. Forward
34 Dee Maras Antioch, Illinois Antioch Community High School Sr. Forward
35 Reggie Woodward Chicago, Illinois King High School Jr. Guard
40 Olaf Blab Munich, West Germany Charleston High School Fr. Center
44 Anthony Welch Grand Rapids, Michigan Creston High School Jr. Forward
54 Jens Kujawa Braunschweig, West Germany Taylorville High School Fr. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site


Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
11/18/1984* vs. #5 Oklahoma #2 Hall of FameSpringfield, MA
(Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic)
W 81-64  7,530 1-0
11/23/1984* vs. Idaho State #2 Sullivan ArenaAnchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 66-44  2,863 2-0
11/24/1984* vs. Alabama-Birmingham #2 Sullivan Arena • Anchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
L 52-59  4,500 2-1
11/25/1984* vs. Oregon #2 Sullivan Arena • Anchorage, AK
(Great Alaska Shootout)
W 75-72 3ot 4,500 3-1
11/28/1984* vs. Chicago State #7 Assembly HallChampaign, IL W 81-63  14,543 4-1
12/1/1984* vs. #10 Oklahoma #7 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 73-70  16,671 5-1
12/4/1984* vs. Cal State-Chico #7 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 92-47  14,046 6-1
12/6/1984* vs. Missouri #7 St. Louis ArenaSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
W 65-50  12,946 7-1
12/7/1984* vs. Columbia #7 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL
(Illini Classic)
W 72-48  14,989 8-1
12/8/1984* vs. New Mexico State #7 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL
(Illini Classic)
W 93-55  15,789 9-1
12/16/1984* vs. South Carolina State #6 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 83-47  14,026 10-1
12/18/1984* vs. Cincinnati #4 Rosemont HorizonRosemont, IL W 87-65  5,910 11-1
12/22/1984* vs. Loyola (Chicago) #4 Rosemont Horizon • Rosemont, IL L 62-63  15,882 11-2
1/3/1985 @ Minnesota #6 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN L 58-60  14,532 11-3 (0-1)
1/5/1985 @ Iowa #6 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA L 60-64  15,450 11-4 (0-2)
1/10/1985 vs. Michigan #15 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 64-58 ot 13,801 12-4 (1-2)
1/12/1985 vs. #17 Michigan State #15 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 75-63  16,545 13-4 (2-2)
1/17/1985 @ Wisconsin #11 Wisconsin Field HouseMadison, WI W 78-67  9,448 14-4 (3-2)
1/19/1985 @ Northwestern #11 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL W 55-43  8,117 15-4 (4-2)
1/23/1985 vs. Ohio State #6 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 84-66  15,906 16-4 (5-2)
1/27/1985 vs. #13 Indiana #6 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 52-41  16,764 17-4 (6-2)
1/30/1985 @ Purdue #5 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN L 34-54  14,123 17-5 (6-3)
2/3/1985* @ Houston #5 Hofheinz PavilionHouston, TX W 77-76  7,000 18-5
2/7/1985 @ Michigan State #9 Jenison FieldhouseEast Lansing, MI L 56-64  9,691 18-6 (6-4)
2/9/1985 @ #8 Michigan #9 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI L 45-57  13,609 18-7 (6-5)
2/14/1985 vs. Northwestern #17 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 64-42  15,841 19-7 (7-5)
2/16/1985 vs. Wisconsin #17 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 68-49  16,618 20-7 (8-5)
2/21/1985 @ Indiana #16 Assembly HallBloomington, IN W 66-50  16,823 21-7 (9-5)
2/23/1985 @ Ohio State #16 St. John ArenaColumbus, OH L 64-72  13,681 21-8 (9-6)
3/2/1985 vs. Purdue #18 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 86-43  16,648 22-8 (10-6)
3/7/1985 vs. Iowa #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 59-53 ot 16,742 23-8 (11-6)
3/9/1985 vs. Minnesota #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 82-56  16,617 24-8 (12-6)
NCAA Tournament
3/15/1985* vs. Northeastern #12 Omni ColiseumAtlanta, GA
(NCAA Tournament)
W 76-57  14,311 25-8
3/17/1985* vs. #19 Georgia #12 Omni Coliseum • Atlanta, GA
(NCAA Tournament)
W 74-58  16,723 26-8
3/21/1985* vs. #6 Georgia Tech #12 Providence Civic CenterProvidence, RI
(NCAA Tournament)
L 53-61  11,913 26-9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points
Anthony Welch[3] 35 182 51 189 51 9 26 415
Doug Altenberger[4] 35 162 70 126 67 14 38 394
Efrem Winters[5] 35 137 76 252 49 32 33 350
Bruce Douglas[6] 35 118 42 107 200 6 85 278
George Montgomery[7] 23 86 64 168 39 6 21 236
Ken Norman[8] 29 86 55 107 26 16 9 227
Scott Meents[9] 35 84 25 111 87 24 16 193
Tony Wysinger[10] 35 48 38 32 64 1 16 134

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • East
    • Illinois 76, Northeastern 57
    • Illinois 74, Georgia 58
  • Regional Semifinals
    • Georgia Tech 61, Illinois 53

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA club
1985 2 39 George Montgomery Portland Trail Blazers

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]