1985–86 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1985–86 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #20
AP #19
1985–86 record 22–10 (11–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Ken Norman
Captain Bruce Douglas
Efrem Winters
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1984–85 1986–87 »
1985–86 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Michigan 14 4   .778     28 5   .848
#16 Indiana 13 5   .722     21 8   .724
#18 Michigan State 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
#19 Illinois 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
Purdue 10 8   .556     22 10   .688
Iowa 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Ohio State 8 10   .444     19 14   .576
Minnesota 5 13   .278     15 16   .484
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     12 16   .429
Northwestern 2 16   .111     8 20   .286
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1985–86 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illiniois.

Regular season[edit]

Junior college transfer Ken Norman highlighted the 1985-86 season as he set the school record for single-season field-goal percentage (.641).

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
10 Tony Wysinger Peoria, Illinois Peoria Central High School Jr. Guard
12 Chuck Keller Effingham, Illinois Effingham High School Sr. Guard
21 Glynn Blackwell Highland Park, Michigan Highland Park Community High School So. Guard
22 Doug Altenberger Peoria, Illinois Richwoods High School Sr. Guard
23 Curtis Taylor Syracuse, New York Fowler High School Fr. Guard
24 Efrem Winters (captain) Chicago, Illinois King High School Sr. Forward
25 Bruce Douglas (captain) Quincy, Illinois Quincy Senior High School Sr. Guard
30 Scott Meents Kankakee, Illinois Herscher High School Sr. Forward/Center
33 Ken Norman Chicago, Illinois Crane High School Jr. Forward
34 Dave Wells Freeport, Illinois Freeport High School Jr. Guard
35 Reggie Woodward Chicago, Illinois King High School Sr. Guard
40 Olaf Blab Munich, West Germany Charleston High School So. Center
42 Jim Green Morton, Illinois Morton High School Sr. Forward
44 Anthony Welch Grand Rapids, Michigan Creston High School Sr. Forward
45 Lowell Hamilton Chicago, Illinois Providence St. Mel High School Fr. Forward
54 Jens Kujawa Braunschweig, West Germany Taylorville High School So. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site


Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
11/26/1985* vs. Loyola (Chicago) #7 Assembly HallChampaign, IL W 95-64  13,143 1-0
11/26/1985* vs. Hawaii Loa #7 Kaneohe ArmoryHonolulu, HI
(Hawaii Thanksgiving Invitational)
W 72-45  200 2-0
11/29/1985* vs. #13 Oklahoma #7 Kaneohe Armory • Honolulu, HI
(Hawaii Thanksgiving Invitational)
L 57-59  300 2-1
12/4/1985* vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay #12 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 84-34  13,417 3-1
12/6/1985* vs. Eastern Kentucky #12 Assembly Hall • Champaign
(Illini Classic)
W 79-56  13,707 4-1
12/7/1985* vs. Utah State #12 Assembly Hall • Champaign
(Illini Classic)
W 115-64  13,980 5-1
12/10/1985* vs. Tennessee #10 Mabee CenterTulsa, OK L 51-54  12,700 5-2
12/14/1985* vs. Houston #10 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 102-92  15,564 6-2
12/21/1985* vs. Missouri #15 St. Louis ArenaSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
W 67-55  13,106 7-2
12/23/1985* vs. Howard #15 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 67-55  10,043 8-2
12/30/1985* vs. Iowa State #16 Rosemont HorizonRosemont, IL W 64-62  9,876 9-2
1/2/1986 vs. Minnesota #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 76-57  13,329 10-2 (1-0)
1/4/1986 vs. Iowa #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 59-60  16,676 10-3 (1-1)
1/8/1986 @ #2 Michigan #18 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI L 59-61  13,609 10-4 (1-2)
1/12/1986 @ Michigan State #18 Jenison FieldhouseEast Lansing, MI L 51-58  7,912 10-5 (1-3)
1/16/1986 vs. Wisconsin #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 73-54  12,829 11-5 (2-3)
1/18/1986 vs. Northwestern #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 72-46  13,891 12-5 (3-3)
1/23/1986 @ Ohio State #NR St. John ArenaColumbus, OH W 67-65  13,071 13-5 (4-3)
1/25/1986 @ Indiana #NR Assembly HallBloomington, IN L 69-71  17,128 13-6 (4-4)
2/2/1986 vs. Purdue #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 80-68  16,412 14-6 (5-4)
2/6/1986 vs. Michigan State #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 80-84  15,947 14-7 (5-5)
2/8/1986 vs. Michigan #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 83-79 ot 16,353 15-7 (6-5)
2/13/1986 @ Northwestern #NR Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL W 75-52  8,117 16-7 (7-5)
2/15/1986 @ Wisconsin #NR Wisconsin Field HouseMadison, WI W 82-74  10,605 17-7 (8-5)
2/20/1986 vs. #15 Indiana #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 60-61  16,349 17-8 (8-6)
2/22/1986 vs. Ohio State #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 66-62  16,376 18-8 (8-7)
2/27/1986 @ #20 Purdue #NR Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN W 81-72  14,123 19-8 (9-7)
3/1/1986* @ #4 Georgia Tech #12 Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA W 59-57  15,148 20-8
3/6/1986 @ Iowa #19 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA L 53-57  15,450 20-9 (10-7)
3/8/1986 @ Minnesota #19 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN W 73-64  13,608 21-9 (11-7)
NCAA Tournament
3/14/1986* vs. Fairfield #19 Charlotte ColiseumCharlotte, NC
(NCAA Tournament)
W 75-51  - 22-9
3/16/1986* vs. Alabama #19 Charlotte Coliseum • Charlotte, NC
(NCAA Tournament)
L 56-58  11,325 22-10
*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
Ken Norman[3] 32 216 93 226 32 25 24 525
Anthony Welch[4] 32 162 22 147 49 12 18 334
Efrem Winters[5] 32 124 48 183 40 19 15 296
Bruce Douglas[6] 32 118 47 88 199 10 88 283
Tony Wysinger[7] 28 115 39 41 106 2 39 269
Glynn Blackwell[8] 32 94 18 63 53 0 37 206
Scott Meents[9] 32 77 24 89 46 22 17 178
Lowell Hamilton[10] 24 36 16 41 4 6 4 88

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Southeast Regional
    • Illinois 75, Fairfield 51
    • Alabama 58, Illinois 56

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
3 57 Bruce Douglas Sacramento Kings
3 62 Anthony Welch Dallas Mavericks
4 74 Scott Meents Chicago Bulls
4 88 Efrem Winters Atlanta Hawks

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]