1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
San Juan Shootout, Champion
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1994–95 record 19–12 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Bial
MVP Kiwane Garris
Captain Robert Bennett
Shelly Clark
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1993–94 1995–96 »
1994–95 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 7   .781
#11 Michigan State 14 4   .778     22 6   .786
Indiana 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Michigan 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Illinois 10 8   .556     19 12   .613
Minnesota 10 8   .556     20 11   .645
Penn State 9 9   .500     21 11   .656
Iowa 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Ohio State 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Northwestern 1 17   .056     5 22   .185
Rankings from AP Poll
*Minnesota 1 NCAA Tourn. game vacated due to sanctions against the program; 1 Win by forfeit (non-conf.)
Disputed record (19-13)

The 1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
21 Matt Heldman Libertyville, Illinois Libertyville High School Fr. Guard
22 Kiwane Garris Chicago, Illinois Westinghouse High School So. Guard
24 Richard Keene Collinsville, Illinois Collinsville High School Jr. Guard
25 Bryant Notree Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Fr. Guard
30 Robert Bennett (captain) Chicago, Illinois Julian High School Sr. Forward
31 Brett Robisch Springfield, Illinois Calvary Academy Fr. Center
32 Jerry Gee Chicago, Illinois St. Martin de Porres High School Fr. Forward
33 Kevin Turner Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Fr. Guard
34 Brian Johnson Des Plaines, Illinois Maine West High School Fr. Forward
35 Shelly Clark (captain) Chicago, Illinois South Shore High School Jr. Forward/Center
40 Jerry Hester Peoria, Illinois Manual High School So. Forward
45 Chris Gandy Kankakee, Illinois Bradley Bourbanais High School So. Forward
52 Steve Roth Belleville, Illinois Belleville High School-East Sr. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site


Result Attendance Record
Regular Season
11/25/1994* vs. American-Puerto Rico #NR Roberto Clemente ColiseumSan Juan, PR
(San Juan Shootout)
W 89-77  1,000 1-0
11/26/1994* vs. College of Charleston #NR Roberto Clemente Coliseum • San Juan, PR
(San Juan Shootout)
W 66-57  500 2-0
11/27/1994* vs. Virginia Tech #NR Roberto Clemente Coliseum • San Juan, PR
(San Juan Shootout)
W 85-75  500 3-0
12/3/1994* vs. #6 Duke #NR United CenterChicago, IL L 65-70  21,500 3-1
12/5/1994* @ Kansas State #NR Bramlage ColiseumManhattan, KS W 76-69  8,643 4-1
12/9/1994* vs. Northeastern Illinois #NR Assembly HallChampaign, IL
(Illini Classic)
W 71-53  15,084 5-1
12/10/1994* vs. Princeton #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL
(Illini Classic)
W 59-37  14,943 6-1
12/17/1994* vs. Illinois-Chicago #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 75-60  15,696 7-1
12/19/1994* vs. Mercer #23 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 90-66  14,182 8-1
12/22/1994* vs. Missouri #23 Scottrade CenterSt. Louis, MO
(Braggin' Rights)
L 58-76  21,714 8-2
12/27/1994* @ #8 Connecticut #NR Harry A. Gampel PavilionHartford, CT L 56-71  16,294 8-3
12/29/1994* vs. Memphis #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 86-76  16,313 9-3
1/4/1995 vs. Ohio State #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 79-70  15,813 10-3 (1-0)
1/7/1995 @ Northwestern #NR Welsh-Ryan ArenaEvanston, IL W 82-55  8,117 11-3 (2-0)
1/10/1995 @ Purdue #NR Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN W 62-58  14,123 12-3 (3-0)
1/14/1995 vs. Indiana #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 78-67  16,450 13-3 (4-0)
1/17/1995 vs. Michigan #20 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 59-69  16,450 13-4 (4-1)
1/21/1995 @ Minnesota #20 Williams ArenaMinneapolis, MN L 66-77  14,527 13-5 (4-2)
1/28/1995 vs. #10 Michigan State #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 72-64  16,450 13-6 (4-3)
2/1/1995 @ Iowa #NR Carver–Hawkeye ArenaIowa City, IA W 79-74  15,500 14-6 (5-3)
2/4/1995 @ Wisconsin #NR Wisconsin Field HouseMadison, WI L 60-73  11,500 14-7 (5-4)
2/8/1995 vs. Penn State #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 67-58  16,090 15-7 (6-4)
2/11/1995 vs. Iowa #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 104-97 ot 16,450 16-7 (7-4)
2/15/1995 @ #8 Michigan State #NR Breslin Student Events CenterEast Lansing, MI L 58-68  15,138 16-8 (7-5)
2/22/1995 vs. #22 Minnesota #20 Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 94-88 ot 16,206 17-8 (8-5)
2/26/1995 @ Michigan #NR Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI L 51-63  13,562 17-9 (8-6)
3/2/1995 @ Indiana #NR Assembly HallBloomington, IN L 85-89  17,101 17-10 (8-7)
3/4/1995 vs. #17 Purdue #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL L 56-69  14,123 17-11 (8-8)
3/8/1995 vs. Northwestern #NR Assembly Hall • Champaign, IL W 99-57  15,195 18-11 (9-8)
3/11/1995 @ Ohio State #NR St. John ArenaColumbus, OH W 82-63  11,216 19-11 (10-8)
NCAA Tournament
3/17/1995* vs. Tulsa #NR Knickerbocker ArenaAlbany, NY
(NCAA Tournament)
L 62-68  15,100 19-12
*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
Shelly Clark[3] 28 131 0 67 233 43 11 28 494
Kiwane Garris[4] 31 150 46 148 88 117 0 36 494
Richard Keene[5] 31 123 63 29 119 111 4 30 338
Jerry Hester[6] 30 119 38 47 145 57 10 23 323
Robert Bennett[7] 31 98 0 66 191 15 13 22 262
Jerry Gee[8] 31 73 0 39 106 7 7 12 185

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • East
    • Tulsa 68, Illinois 62

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]