1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Big Ten Regular season champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #2
AP #3
1986–87 record 30–4 (15–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bobby Knight
Assistant coach Ron Felling
Assistant coach Royce Waltman
Assistant coach Joby Wright
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 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. The Head Coach was Bobby Knight. The team played its home games in the Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team is noted for having achieved much success without much NBA talent.

Indiana won the Indiana Classic title, including a 73-72 victory over unheralded North Carolina Wilmington. The team won similarly close games in the Big Ten, edging out Michigan 85-84, at Northwestern 77-75, and Wisconsin in triple-overtime 86-85, and at home over Minnesota 72-70. All but the win over Northwestern occurred on virtual last-second shots.

Indiana finished with a 24-4 in the regular season and was co-champions of the Big Ten, earning them a number one seed in the 1987 NCAA Tournament. They won solidly over Fairfield, Auburn and Duke in NCAA play but needed Ricky Calloway's rebound lay-in to beat LSU, 77-76, and get to the Final Four. There, Indiana beat number one ranked Nevada-Las Vegas 97-93 despite ten 3-pointers by UNLV guard Freddie Banks, still the Final Four record.

In the championship game versus Syracuse, which featured three future long-time professional players, Indiana trailed 73-70 in the last minute. However two late shots by Keith Smart, including the last at 0:05, won the game for Indiana.

"The greatness in this team," coach Bob Knight said, "may be the greatness no other team here has had, to the degree that this one did - almost a total resolve not to recognize or be a part of defeat. This team played the last five minutes of critical games as well as I've ever seen a team play."[1]

Regular season[edit]

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown Class Position
12 Steve Alford (capt.) New Castle, Indiana Sr. Guard
20 Ricky Calloway Cincinnati, Ohio So. Guard/Forward
32 Steve Eyl Hamilton, Ohio Jr. Forward
10 Tony Freeman Westchester, Illinois Fr. Guard
22 Dean Garrett San Clemente, California Jr. Center
44 Joe Hillman Glendale, California So. Guard
11 Todd Jadlow Salina, Kansas Rs. Forward/Center
30 Todd Meier (capt.) Oshkosh, Wisconsin Sr. Forward/Center
31 Dave Minor Cincinnati, Ohio Fr. Forward
35 Jeff Oliphant Lyons, Indiana So. Forward
14 Magnus Pelkowski Bogota, Colombia So. Forward/Center
45 Brian Sloan McLeansboro, Illinois Jr. Forward/Center
23 Keith Smart Baton Rouge, Louisiana Jr. Guard
42 Kreigh Smith Tipton, Indiana So. Guard/Forward
24 Daryl Thomas (capt.) Westchester, Illinois Sr. Forward/Center

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Blocks Steals Points
Steve Alford[2] 34 241 107 160 87 3 39 749
Keith Smart[3] 34 148 12 74 100 2 30 382

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Mideast

Seeding in brackets

    • Indiana (1) 92, Fairfield (16) 58
    • Indiana 107, Auburn (8) 90
    • Indiana 88, Duke (5) 82
    • Indiana 77, Louisiana State (10) 76[4]
  • Final Four

The 1987 championship game was capped by Keith Smart's jumpshot with five seconds left to play over the Syracuse Orangemen.

    • Indiana 97, University of Nevada at Las Vegas 93
    • Indiana 74, Syracuse 73

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1987 2 26 Steve Alford Dallas Mavericks
1987 6 116 Daryl Thomas Sacramento Kings
1988 2 38 Dean Garrett Phoenix Suns
1988 2 41 Keith Smart Golden State Warriors

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hammel, Bob (1999). Glory of Old IU. United States: Sports Publishing Inc. pp. 190–191. ISBN 1-58261-068-1. 
  2. ^ "Steve Alford Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Databasebasketball.com. 1964-11-23. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Keith Smart Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Databasebasketball.com. 1964-09-21. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  4. ^ a b http://www.databasesports.com/ncaab/tourney.htm?yr=1987
  5. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "1987 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Databasebasketball.com. Retrieved 2010-05-22.