1986–87 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1986–87 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #11
1986–87 record 23–8 (13–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Ken Norman
Captain Doug Altenberger
Ken Norman
Tony Wysinger
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1985–86 1987–88 »
1986–87 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Indiana 15 3   .833     30 4   .882
#7 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 5   .833
#6 Iowa 14 4   .778     30 5   .857
#11 Illinois 13 5   .722     23 8   .742
Michigan 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Ohio State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Michigan State 6 12   .333     11 17   .393
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Minnesota 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1986–87 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illiniois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1986-87 season saw the addition of an outstanding group of young players to the roster. Guards Steve Bardo, Kendall Gill and Larry Smith joined forward Nick Anderson in a highly touted recruiting class. This group produced another 20-win season (23-8) and a trip to the NCAA Tournament, where Illinois was beaten 68-67 by Austin Peay in arguably the school’s most shocking upset.

This marked the first season in Big Ten Conference basketball history where two teams finished with 30 or more victories.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
10 Tony Wysinger (captain) Peoria, Illinois Peoria Central High School Sr. Guard
13 Kendall Gill Matteson, Illinois Rich Central High School Fr. Guard
21 Glynn Blackwell Highland Park, Michigan Highland Park Community High School Jr. Guard
22 Doug Altenberger (captain) Peoria, Illinois Richwoods High School Sr. Guard/Forward
25 Nick Anderson Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Fr. Guard/Forward
31 Larry Smith Alton, Illinois Alton High School Fr. Guard
33 Ken Norman (captain) Chicago, Illinois Crane High School Sr. Forward
35 Stephen Bardo Carbondale, Illinois Carbondale Community High School Fr. Guard/Forward
40 Olaf Blab Munich, West Germany Charleston High School So. Center
42 Jim Green Morton, Illinois Morton High School Sr. Forward
43 Jeff Finke Casey, Illinois Casey-Westfield High School Fr. Forward
44 Phil Kunz Carlyle, Illinois Carlyle High School Fr. Forward
45 Lowell Hamilton Chicago, Illinois Providence St. Mel High School So. 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
11/28/1986* vs. New Mexico State #14 BYU-Hawaii CampusLaie, HI
(BYU-Hawaii Classic)
W 67-65  450 1-0
11/29/1986* vs. Duke #14 BYU-Hawaii Campus • Laie, HI
(BYU-Hawaii Classic)
W 69-62  1,887 2-0
12/4/1986* vs. Chicago State #9 Assembly HallChampaign, IL W 92-78  13,986 3-0
12/6/1986* @ #12 Pittsburgh #9 Civic ArenaPittsburgh, PA W 99-97  6,689 4-0
12/8/1986* vs. Eastern Illinois #9 Assembly Hall • Champaign W 85-51  13,578 5-0
12/12/1986* vs. Baylor #6 Assembly Hall • Champaign
(Illini Classic)
W 92-68  13,922 6-0
12/13/1986* vs. Princeton #6 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL
(Illini Classic)
W 81-55  14,543 7-0
12/20/1986* @ #4 North Carolina #5 Dean Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC L 77-90  21,444 7-1
12/23/1986* vs. Missouri #9 St. Louis ArenaSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
W 92-74  16,500 8-1
12/27/1986* vs. Loyola (Chicago) #9 Alumni GymChicago, IL L 82-83  9,017 8-2
1/3/1987 vs. Michigan #16 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 95-84  16,468 9-2 (1-0)
1/5/1987 vs. Michigan State #16 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 79-72  13,672 10-2 (2-0)
1/8/1987 @ Wisconsin #12 Wisconsin Field HouseMadison, WI W 68-66  8,054 11-2 (3-0)
1/10/1987 @ Northwestern #12 Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL W 76-69  8,117 12-2 (4-0)
1/14/1987 vs. #2 Iowa #8 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 88-91 ot 16,666 12-3 (4-1)
1/17/1987 vs. Minnesota #8 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 80-58  13,814 13-3 (5-1)
1/22/1987 @ #5 Purdue #9 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN L 86-87 ot 14,123 13-4 (5-2)
1/24/1987* vs. Arizona #9 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 82-63  15,884 14-4
1/28/1987 @ #4 Indiana #12 Assembly HallBloomington, IN L 66-69  17,249 14-5 (5-3)
1/31/1987* vs. Colorado #12 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 69-65  14,596 15-5
2/2/1987 @ Ohio State #12 St. John ArenaColumbus, OH W 93-70  14,075 16-5 (6-3)
2/5/1987 vs. Northwestern #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 72-43  14,095 17-5 (7-3)
2/7/1987 vs. Wisconsin #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 99-74  16,682 18-5 (8-3)
2/12/1987 @ Minnesota #11 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN W 79-67  11,183 19-5 (9-3)
2/14/1987 @ #4 Iowa #11 Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA L 61-66  15,500 19-6 (9-4)
2/23/1987 vs. #6 Purdue #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 75-76 ot 16,667 19-7 (9-5)
2/25/1987 vs. Ohio State #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 93-70  14,075 20-7 (10-5)
3/1/1987 vs. #3 Indiana #14 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 69-67  16,793 21-7 (11-5)
3/4/1987 @ Michigan #12 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI W 89-75  13,145 22-7 (12-5)
3/7/1987 @ Michigan State #12 Jenison FieldhouseEast Lansing, MI W 77-64  10,004 23-7 (13-5)
NCAA Tournament
3/12/1987* vs. Austin Peay #11 BJCCBirmingham, AL
(NCAA Tournament)
L 67-68  - 23-8
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points
Ken Norman[3] 31 256 1 128 303 68 48 37 641
Doug Altenberger[4] 30 139 76 55 138 91 6 41 409
Tony Wysinger[5] 30 128 28 54 56 192 2 40 338
Lowell Hamilton[6] 31 149 0 36 121 28 31 24 334
Glynn Blackwell[7] 31 120 6 61 106 64 4 31 307
Jens Kujawa[8] 31 53 0 35 109 22 14 14 141
Stephen Bardo[9] 31 42 1 34 92 85 15 23 119
Kendall Gill[10] 31 40 0 34 42 27 8 39 114

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Southeast Regional
    • Austin Peay 68, Illinois 67

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 19 Ken Norman Los Angeles Clippers
6 125 Doug Altenberger Chicago Bulls

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]