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Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
2014–15 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball athletic logo
University University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Conference Big Ten
Location Champaign, IL
Head coach John Groce (2nd year)
Arena State Farm Center
(Capacity: 16,618)
Nickname Fighting Illini
Student section Orange Krush
Colors

Blue and Orange

            
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1915
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1915
NCAA Tournament runner up
2005
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2005
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Conference tournament champions
2003, 2005
Conference regular season champions
1915, 1917, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005

The Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Home games are played at the State Farm Center, located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's campus in Champaign.

The team's head coach is currently John Groce.

Eras of Illini Basketball[edit]

When duty calls[edit]

The Whiz Kids

Prior to World War II breaking out, the Fighting Illini men's basketball program had achieved a status which it had never seen prior. Under the direction of head coach and athletic director Douglas Mills, the Illini grouped a team of players, all around 6' 3", into a nearly undefeatable lineup later to be known as "The Whiz Kids". As freshman and sophomores, the 1941–42 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team dominated the Big Ten conference basketball season by posting a 13 - 2 record, overall finishing with 18 wins and only 5 losses. A starting lineup of freshman and sophomores, Arthur "Jack" Smiley, Ken Menke, Andy Phillip, Ellis "Gene" Vance, Victor Wukovits and Art Mathison, developed a winning attitude that would maintain for the next 15 years, a time period where the Illini would finish no less than third in the conference for 13 of them. Despite being ranked No. 1 in the nation, the 1943 Illinois men's basketball squad opted not to play in the NCAA Tournament when three of its five `Whiz Kids' were called to duty in World War II

Lou Henson era (1975-1996)[edit]

In 1975, after having taken New Mexico State (and future Illinois assistant coach, Jimmy Collins) to the Final Four, Lou Henson moved to the University of Illinois to replace Gene Bartow, after Bartow left Illinois to replace John Wooden at UCLA. Henson would lead the Fighting Illini back to their glory after having a number of difficult years following the Illinois slush fund scandal (where Illinois was hit with severe penalties for infractions that other Big 10 schools had in years prior been punished much more leniently (according to Sports Illustrated at the time). In 21 years at Illinois, Henson garnered 423 wins and 224 losses (.654 winning percentage), and with a record of 214 wins and 164 losses (.567) in Big Ten Conference games. The 214 wins in Big Ten games were the third highest total ever at the time of his retirement. At Illinois, Henson coached many future NBA players, including Eddie Johnson, Derek Harper, Ken Norman, Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Kenny Battle, Marcus Liberty, Steve Bardo, and Kiwane Garris and was known for his trademark, Lou-Do.

Early 1980s[edit]

In 1981, Illinois made strides in its return to the national spotlight with a 21-8 record, a third-place Big Ten finish and an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The team received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament and beat Wyoming, 67-65, in Los Angeles to advance to the regionals in Salt Lake City, where Illinois lost to Kansas State, 57-52. During this season, the Fighting Illini led the Big Ten in scoring for the second consecutive season and were again led by Eddie Johnson and Mark Smith. Guards Craig Tucker and Derek Harper arrived to add backcourt punch, and Harper began his Illini career being named First-Team Freshman All-America by ESPN and ABC.

Flyin' Illini[edit]

The top-seeded and top-ranked 1989 Illini were upset 83-81 in the Final Four on a last second basket by Michigan's Sean Higgins, ending the school's deepest run in the tournament at that time. Illinois had beaten the Wolverines by 12 and 16 points in two previous meetings that season. The 1988–89 Illinois Fighting Illini team gained the moniker "Flyin' Illini" by Dick Vitale during an ESPN broadcast that season. The team also gained national prominence for its athletic players, such as NCAA slam dunk champions Kenny Battle and Kendall Gill, as well as Lowell Hamilton, Nick Anderson, Marcus Liberty, and Stephen Bardo.

1990s[edit]

The early 1990s Illini were dominated by players such as guards Andy Kauffman, Richard Keene, and Kiwane Garris, as well as centers Shelly Clark and Deon Thomas. Thomas was at the center of a report of misconduct by Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball assistant coach Bruce Pearl, who alleged that Thomas had been offered cash to attend Illinois. The Illini were suspended from postseason play for one season for unrelated violations uncovered during the investigation.

Lon Kruger era (1996-2000)[edit]

After longtime coach Lou Henson's departure, Illinois hired Lon Kruger to fill the vacancy for the 1996 season. Kruger inherited players such as Victor Chukwudebe, Jerry Hester, Kevin Turner, Jerry Gee, Matt Heldman, Brian Johnson, Kiwane Garris and Cleotis Brown. During his four seasons at Illinois, three of which resulted in NCAA Tournament berths, (all three of which saw the Illini eliminated in the 2nd round) Kruger became the only Big Ten coach to successfully sign three consecutive Illinois Mr. Basketball winners, inking Sergio McClain, Frank Williams, and Brian Cook between 1997 and 1999.

Bill Self era (2000-2003)[edit]

The University of Illinois picked Tulsa coach Bill Self from a list of numerous candidates, including popular assistant Jimmy Collins to succeed Kruger, who moved on to the NBA to coach the Atlanta Hawks. In 2001, his first season at Illinois, Self coached his new Fighting Illini squad to a 27-8 record, a share of the Big Ten title, and a number 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. McClain, Cook and preseason Big Ten player of the year Cory Bradford led the Illini to the Elite Eight where they met and fell to eventual finalists Arizona in a much disputed contest. The Illini were accused of being overly physical most of the season, especially McClain and pesky guards Sean Harrington and Lucas Johnson (younger brother of former Illini forward Brian Johnson. The '01 Illini team also included Robert Archibald, Damir Krupalija and Marcus Griffin. With mostly the same core, Illinois followed up the season with impressive 2002 and 2003 campaigns, but fell in the sweet 16 in 2002;[1] the team finished with a 37–2 record after falling to the Roy Williams-coached Tar Heels 75–70 in the NCAA championship game under Bruce Weber, who replaced Self prior to the 2004 season. Self's recruits on that team included four eventual NBA draft picks, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (selected Rnd 1, Pick 3 by Utah), Dee Brown, Luther Head and James Augustine[1]

Bruce Weber Era (2004-2012)[edit]

2004–2005[edit]

In 2004-2005 the Illini went 37–2, tying the NCAA record for most wins in a season. They lost in the National Championship to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Illini won the Big Ten regular season and tournament which was held in Chicago. They gained a #1 seed in the "big dance" and posted one of the most memorable games in NCAA history against Arizona. Down 15 points with around 4 minutes left, the Illini sparked a run led by Luther Head and Deron Williams. The game was sent into overtime and the orange and blue pulled off the one point win to advance to the Final Four in St. Louis. Against the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four they won their final game of the season. The Illini had all 5 starters; Deron Williams, Luther Head, Dee Brown, James Augustine, and Roger Powell, Jr.; eventually play in the NBA. Deron Williams and Dee Brown both joined the Utah Jazz roster where Williams played until February 2011 and Luther Head plays for the Sacramento Kings. Coach Bruce Weber also won many Coach of the Year awards.

2006–2007[edit]

In the 2006-07 season, the Illini finished tied for 4th place in the Big Ten, earning the 6th seed in the Big Ten tournament, and losing in the seminfinals to Wisconsin. The Illini were selected as a 12-seed in the NCAA tournament; losing their opening-round game to Virginia Tech by a score of 54–52.

2007–2008[edit]

In the 2007-08 season, the Illini tied for 9th in the Big Ten. They reached the finals of the Big Ten tournament despite their 10-seed, where they lost to Wisconsin. The Illini failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1998–99 season.

John Groce Era (2012-Present)[edit]

Coach Groce

After Bruce Weber was fired at the end of the 2011–12 season, John Groce was hired by new athletic director Mike Thomas on March 28, 2012.[2] Despite losing NBA draft lottery pick Meyers Leonard after his sophomore season, the Illini were the 2012 Maui Invitational Tournament Champions and shocked the country to make round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Illini lost 63-59 in a controversial finish to the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Champions Miami Hurricanes.

The Illini spent 8 weeks nationally ranked in the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings, and for two weeks were ranked as high as 10th in the country.

Coaching history[edit]

Coach Years Record Conference
Record
Conference
Titles
NCAA
Appearances
Elwood Brown 1906–1907 6-8 3-6
Frank L. Pinckney 1907–1908 1-10 0-8
Fletcher Lane 1908–1909 20-6 6-5
Herb V. Juul 1909–1910 12-10 10-10
T. E. Thompson 1910–1912 14-14 10-13
Ralph R. Jones 1912–1920 85-34 64-31 2
Frank J. Winters 1920–1922 25-12 14-10
J. Craig Ruby 1922–1936 148-95 94-74 2
Douglas R. Mills 1936–1947 151-66 88-47 3 1
Harry Combes 1947–1967 316-150 174-104 4 4
Harv Schmidt 1967–1974 89-77 43-55
Gene Bartow 1974–1975 8-18 4-14
Lou Henson 1975–1996 423-224 214-164 1 12
Lon Kruger 1996–2000 81-48 38-28 1 3
Bill Self 2000–2003 78-24 35-13 2 3
Bruce Weber 2003–2012 210-101 89-65 2 6
John Groce 2012– 43-28 15-21 1
Totals 1710-925 901-668 17 30

Statistical leaders[edit]

Former Fighting Illini Demetri McCamey

All-time leaders[edit]

Season leaders[edit]

Game leaders[edit]

Source for all statistical leaders[3]

Individual honors[edit]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

Henry Porter - 1960
Andy Phillip - 1961
Abe Saperstein - 1971
Jerry Colangelo - 2004

Consensus All-American[edit]

Ray Woods - 1915, 1916 & 1917
Clyde Alwood - 1917
Earl Anderson - 1918
Chuck Carney - 1920 & 1922
Bill Hapac - 1940
Andy Phillip - 1942 & 1943
Walt Kirk - 1945
Rod Fletcher - 1952
Dee Brown - 2005 & 2006

NCAA Men's Basketball All-American[edit]

Key to abbreviations:
AP Associated Press, Arg Argosy, Ath Athletic Publications, BN Basketball News, BT Basketball Times, BKW Basketball Weekly, BW Basketball Writers of America, Col Colliers, Con Converse, CSAF Citizens Savings Athletic Foundation, Helms Helms Foundation, INS International News Service, K Kodak, Look Look magazine, MSG Madison Square Garden, NABC National Association of Basketball Coaches, NEA Newspaper Enterprise Association, Omaha Omaha World Newspaper, PM Pic Magazine, SN Sporting News, True True Magazine, UP United Press, W Wooden
1st First Team, 2nd Second Team, 3rd Third Team, HM Honorable Mention
1915 Ray Woods - 1st (Helms)
1916 Ray Woods - 1st (Helms)
1917 Ray Woods - 1st (Helms), Clyde Alwood - 1st (Helms)
1918 Earl Anderson - 1st (Helms)
1920 Chuck Carney - 1st (Helms)
1922 Chuck Carney - 1st (Helms)
1937 Harry Combes - 2nd (Omaha)
1938 Lou Boudreau - 1st (MSG), Louis Dehner - 3rd (Con)
1939 Louis Dehner - 1st (MSG), 3rd (Con)
1940 Bill Hapac - 1st (Helms, Con)
1942 Andy Phillip - 1st (Helms), 2nd (PM), 3rd (Con), Jack Smiley - HM (SN), Art Mathisen - HM (SN), Ken Menke - HM (SN, Con), Gene Vance - HM (SN)
1943 Andy Phillip - 1st (Con, PM, Helms, SN, AP, UP, NEA, Look,), Jack Smiley - 3rd (Con), Art Mathisen - HM (Con), Gene Vance - HM (Con)
1944 Walt Kirk - HM (Con)
1945 Walt Kirk - 1st (Helms, Con), 2nd (AM), HM (Con)
1946 Jack Burmaster - HM (SN), Bob Doster - HM (SN)
1947 Andy Phillip - 1st (True, NABC), HM (Con), Jack Smiley - 3rd (Helms), HM (Con), Gene Vance - HM (Con)
1948 Dwight Eddleman - 2nd (AP), 3rd (Con, True), Jack Burmaster - HM (Con)
1949 Bill Erickson - 1st (Helms, Col, NABC), 3rd (SN, UP), 4th (Con), Dwight Eddleman - 1st (Con), 2nd (AP, UP)
1950 Bill Erickson - HM (Con)
1951 Don Sunderlage - 2nd (Helms, SN), 3rd (UP, Con), HM (AP), Ted Beach - HM (Con), Rod Fletcher - HM (Con)
1952 Rod Fletcher - 1st (Look, Con, Helms), 2nd (AP, UP, INS, NABC, Col, Ath), John Kerr - HM (AP, UP, Con), Irv Bemoras - HM (UP, Con), Jim Bredar - HM (UP, Con), Bob Peterson - HM (UP)
1953 Irv Bemoras - 2nd (Con, Helms, Look), HM (AP), Jim Bredar - 2nd (Con, Helms, Look, INS), 3rd (AP), John Kerr - HM (AP, INS, Con)
1954 John Kerr - 2nd (Helms), 3rd (Look, AP, UP), 4th (Con)
1955 Bill Ridley - HM (AP, Con), Paul Judson - HM (INS, Con), George Bon Salle - HM (Con)
1956 Paul Judson - 2nd (Con), 3rd (NABC, UP, NEA), HM (INS), Bill Ridley - 2nd (Con), 3rd (NABC, UP, AP), Bruce Brothers - HM (Con), Harv Schmidt - HM (Con)
1957 Harv Schmidt - 2nd (Con), George Bon Salle - 2nd (NABC) HM (Con), Don Ohl - HM (AP, Con)
1958 Don Ohl - 2nd (Con), 3rd (Helms), Govoner Vaughn - HM (Con)
1959 Roger Taylor - HM (Con)
1960 Mannie Jackson - HM (Con), Govoner Vaughn - HM (Con)
1961 Dave Downey - HM (Con), John Wessels - HM (Con)
1962 Dave Downey - HM (Con), Bill Burwell - HM (Con)
1963 Dave Downey - 1st (Helms), 2nd (Con), HM (AP), Bill Small - HM (Con)
1964 Tal Brody - HM (SN, Con), Duane Thoren - HM (Con)
1965 Duane Thoren - 1st (Helms), 2nd (AP, Con), 3rd (UPI, BN, NABC), Bogie Redmon - HM (Con), Tal Brody - 1st (Helms), 2nd (SN, Con)
1966 Don Freeman - 1st (Helms), 2nd (Con, BN), HM (UPI), Rich Jones - HM (Con)
1967 Jim Dawson - HM (Con), Dave Scholz - HM (Con)
1968 Dave Scholz - 1st (Helms), HM (Con)
1969 Dave Scholz - 1st (Helms), 3rd (AP), HM (Con)
1970 Mike Price - HM (Con)
1972 Nick Weatherspoon - HM (Con)
1973 Nick Weatherspoon - 1st (CASF, Helms), HM (Con)
1974 Jeff Dawson - HM (Con)
1975 Rick Schmidt - HM (Con)
1977 Audie Matthews - HM (Con), Levi Cobb - HM (Con)
1983 Derek Harper - 2nd (AP, Con), 3rd (BN)
1984 Bruce Douglas - 3rd (UPI)
1987 Ken Norman - 2nd (AP, BW, SN, K), 3rd (BT, NABC), HM (UPI)
1988 Nick Anderson - HM (SN), Kenny Battle - HM (SN)
1989 Nick Anderson - HM (AP, UPI, SN), Kenny Battle - HM (AP, UPI, SN), Kendall Gill - HM (SN)
1990 Kendall Gill - 1st (UPI), 2nd (BKW), 3rd (AP, SN, NABC)
1994 Deon Thomas - HM (AP)
2001 Frank Williams - 1st (W), 3rd (AP, NABC), Cory Bradford - HM (AP)
2002 Frank Williams - 2nd (NABC) HM (AP)
2003 Brian Cook - 2nd (SN), 3rd (AP, NABC, BT)
2004 Dee Brown - HM (AP)
2005 Dee Brown - 1st (W, BW, SN) 2nd (AP, NABC, BT), Luther Head - 2nd (AP, NABC, BW), Deron Williams - 1st (W), 2nd (NABC, SN), 3rd (AP)
2006 Dee Brown - 2nd (AP, BW, NABC)
Ray Woods - 1917
Chuck Carney - 1922
Andy Phillip - 1943
Dee Brown - 2005
Dwight "Dike" Eddleman - 1940s
Dee Brown - 2006
Dee Brown - 2006
Jim Bredar - 1952
Johnny "Red" Kerr - 1952
Luther Head - 2005
Deron Williams - 2005
Nick Anderson - 1989
Deron Williams - 2005
Andy Phillip - 1943
Dwight "Dike" Eddleman - 1949
Don Sunderlage - 1951
Johnny "Red" Kerr - 1954
Jim Dawson - 1967
Bruce Douglas - 1984
Frank Williams - 2001
Brian Cook - 2003
Dee Brown - 2005
Bruce Douglas - 1985 & 1986
Stephen Bardo - 1989
Dee Brown - 2005
Cory Bradford - 1999
Brian Cook - 2000
D.J. Richardson - 2010
Brian Cook - 2003
James Augustine - 2005
Deron Williams - 2008 & 2012
Bruce Weber - 2005
Lou Henson - 1993
Bruce Weber - 2005

Fighting Illini in the Pros[edit]

Fighting Illini Playing Overseas[edit]

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Hometown Years with
Illinois
Professional Team Country
F Marcus Arnold 6'8" 250 Chicago, IL 2006-2007 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada  Spain[4]
PF James Augustine 6'10" 235 Midlothian, IL 2003-2006 BC Khimki  Russia[5]
SG Joseph Bertrand 6'6" 200 Sterling, IL 2010-2014 Larochette  Luxembourg[6]
SG Cory Bradford 6'3" 200 Memphis, TN 1999-2001 Guerreros de Bogotá  Colombia[7]
PG Dee Brown 6'0" 185 Maywood, IL 2002-2006 BK VEF Rīga  Latvia[8]
C Brian Carlwell 6'11" 265 Maywood, IL 2006-2007 Iwate Big Bulls  Japan[9]
C Warren Carter 6'9" 220 Dallas, TX 2003-2007 Maurienne  France[10]
PF Mike Davis 6'9" 225 Alexandria, VA 2008-2011 BC Kyiv  Ukraine[11]
F Tyler Griffey 6'9" 220 Wildwood, MO 2010-2013 Allianz Swans Gmunden  Austria[12]
F C.J. Jackson 6'8" 265 Buena Vista, GA 2006-2009 Le Portel  France[13]
F Damir Krupalija 6'9" 232 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 1998-2002 SLUC Nancy Basket  France[14]
PG Demetri McCamey 6'3" 200 Bellwood, IL 2007-2011 Cairns Taipans  Australia[15]
F Sam McLaurin 6'8" 220 Havana, FL 2013 Korihait  Finland[16]
PG Trent Meacham 6'2" 195 Champaign, IL 2007-2009 JSF Nanterre  France[17]
PG Brandon Paul 6'4" 200 Gurnee, IL 2009-2013 BC Nizhny Novgorod  Russia[18]
PF/C Shaun Pruitt 6'10" 245 Aurora, IL 2004-2008 Marinos de Anzoátegui  Venezuela[19]
PF Brian Randle 6'8" 220 Peoria, IL 2003-2008 Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.  Israel[20]
SG D. J. Richardson 6'3" 195 Peoria, IL 2008-2013 Korikobrat  Finland[21]
SG Jamar Smith 6'3" 185 Peoria, IL 2006-2007 Brose Baskets  Germany[22]

Fighting Illini in the NBA[edit]

Position Name Height Weight (lbs.) Hometown Draft Year Pick All-Star
Appearances
NBA Championships NBA Team
PG Deron Williams 6'3" 209 The Colony, TX 2005 3rd 3 0 Brooklyn Nets
C Meyers Leonard 7'1" 245 Robinson, IL 2012 11th 0 0 Portland Trail Blazers
Fighting Illini in the NBA[23]
NBA Draft Selections
Total selected: 68
Lottery Picks in Draft: 3
1st round: 15
Notable Achievements
Olympic Gold Medal Winners: 1 player twice
NBA Champions: 4
Naismith Basketball-Hall-of-Famers: 4

All-Century Team[edit]

During the celebration of the program's 100th year of basketball as a varsity sport, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its All-Century Team. The 20-man team was selected after voting by fans on www.fightingillini.com and the Illinois Basketball Centennial Committee. The honorees were feted during the Illinois Basketball Centennial Reunion Weekend, Jan. 28-30, 2005.[24]

Former Fighting Illini Deron Williams with the Brooklyn Nets.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Elwood Brown (1905–1906)
1905 - 06 Elwood Brown 6 - 8 3 - 6 4th
Frank L. Pinckney (1906–1907)
1906 - 07 Frank L. Pinckney 1 - 10 0 - 8 5th
Fletcher Lane (1907–1908)
1907 - 08 Fletcher Lane 20 - 6 6 - 5 3rd
Herb Juul (1908–1910)
1908 - 09 Herb Juul 7 - 6 5 - 6 4th
1909 - 10 Herb Juul 5 - 4 5 - 4 4th
Herb Juul: 12 - 10 10 - 10
T.E. Thompson (1910–1912)
1910 - 11 T.E. Thompson 6 - 6 6 - 5 4th
1911 - 12 T.E. Thompson 8 - 8 4 - 8 5th
T.E. Thompson: 14 - 14 10 - 13
Ralph Jones (1912–1920)
1912 - 13 Ralph Jones 10 - 6 7 - 6 5th
1913 - 14 Ralph Jones 9 - 4 7 - 3 3rd
1914 - 15 Ralph Jones 16 - 0 12 - 0 1st(T) Helms and Premo-Porretta National Champions
1915 - 16 Ralph Jones 13 - 3 9 - 3 2nd(T)
1916 - 17 Ralph Jones 13 - 3 10 - 2 1st(T)
1917 - 18 Ralph Jones 9 - 6 6 - 6 4th(T)
1918 - 19 Ralph Jones 6 - 8 5 - 7 5th
1919 - 20 Ralph Jones 9 - 4 8 - 4 3rd
Ralph Jones: 85 - 34 64 - 31
Frank Winters (1920–1922)
1920 - 21 Frank Winters 11 - 7 7 - 5 4th(T)
1921 - 22 Frank Winters 14 - 5 7 - 5 4th(T)
Frank Winters: 25 - 12 14 - 10
J. Craig Ruby (1922–1936)
1922 - 23 J. Craig Ruby 9 - 6 7 - 5 4th(T)
1923 - 24 J. Craig Ruby 11 - 6 8 - 4 1st(T)
1924 - 25 J. Craig Ruby 11 - 6 8 - 4 3rd(T)
1925 - 26 J. Craig Ruby 9 - 8 6 - 6 5th(T)
1926 - 27 J. Craig Ruby 10 - 7 7 - 5 4th(T)
1927 - 28 J. Craig Ruby 5 - 12 2 - 10 9th(T)
1928 - 29 J. Craig Ruby 10 - 7 6 - 6 5th(T)
1929 - 30 J. Craig Ruby 8 - 8 7 - 5 4th(T)
1930 - 31 J. Craig Ruby 12 - 5 7 - 5 5th
1931 - 32 J. Craig Ruby 11 - 6 7 - 5 5th
1932 - 33 J. Craig Ruby 11 - 7 6 - 6 5th(T)
1933 - 34 J. Craig Ruby 13 - 6 7 - 5 4th
1934 - 35 J. Craig Ruby 15 - 5 9 - 3 1st(T)
1935 - 36 J. Craig Ruby 13 - 6 7 - 5 3rd(T)
J. Craig Ruby: 148 - 95 94 - 74
Douglas Mills (1936–1947)
1936 - 37 Douglas Mills 14 - 4 10 - 2 1st(T)
1937 - 38 Douglas Mills 9 - 9 4 - 8 8th(T)
1938 - 39 Douglas Mills 14 - 5 8 - 4 3rd
1939 - 40 Douglas Mills 14 - 6 7 - 5 4th(T)
1940 - 41 Douglas Mills 13 - 7 7 - 5 3rd(T)
1941 - 42 Douglas Mills 18 - 5 13 - 2 1st NCAA Elite Eight
1942 - 43 Douglas Mills 17 - 1 12 - 0 1st
1943 - 44 Douglas Mills 11 - 9 5 - 7 6th
1944 - 45 Douglas Mills 13 - 7 7 - 5 3rd
1945 - 46 Douglas Mills 14 - 7 7 - 5 5th(T)
1946 - 47 Douglas Mills 14 - 6 8 - 4 2nd(T)
Douglas Mills: 151 - 66 88 - 47
Harry Combes (1947–1967)
1947 - 48 Harry Combes 15 - 5 7 - 5 3rd(T)
1948 - 49 Harry Combes 21 - 4 10 - 2 1st NCAA 3rd Place
1949 - 50 Harry Combes 14 - 8 7 - 5 3rd(T)
1950 - 51 Harry Combes 22 - 5 13 - 1 1st NCAA 3rd Place
1951 - 52 Harry Combes 22 - 4 12 - 2 1st NCAA 3rd Place
1952 - 53 Harry Combes 18 - 4 14 - 4 2nd
1953 - 54 Harry Combes 17 - 5 10 - 4 3rd(T)
1954 - 55 Harry Combes 17 - 5 10 - 4 2nd(T)
1955 - 56 Harry Combes 18 - 4 11 - 3 2nd
1956 - 57 Harry Combes 14 - 8 7 - 7 7th
1957 - 58 Harry Combes 11 - 11 5 - 9 8th(T)
1958 - 59 Harry Combes 12 - 10 7 - 7 5th(T)
1959 - 60 Harry Combes 16 - 7 8 - 6 3rd(T)
1960 - 61 Harry Combes 9 - 15 5 - 9 7th
1961 - 62 Harry Combes 15 - 8 7 - 7 4th(T)
1962 - 63 Harry Combes 20 - 6 11 - 3 1st(T) NCAA Elite Eight
1963 - 64 Harry Combes 13 - 11 6 - 8 6th(T)
1964 - 65 Harry Combes 18 - 6 10 - 4 3rd
1965 - 66 Harry Combes 12 - 12 8 - 6 3rd(T)
1966 - 67 Harry Combes 12 - 12 6 - 8 7th(T)
Harry Combes: 316 - 150 174 - 104
Harv Schmidt (1967–1974)
1967 - 68 Harv Schmidt 11 - 13 6 - 8 7th(T)
1968 - 69 Harv Schmidt 19 - 5 9 - 5 2nd(T)
1969 - 70 Harv Schmidt 15 - 9 8 - 6 3rd(T)
1970 - 71 Harv Schmidt 11 - 12 5 - 9 5th(T)
1971 - 72 Harv Schmidt 14 - 10 5 - 9 8th(T)
1972 - 73 Harv Schmidt 14 - 10 8 - 6 3rd(T)
1973 - 74 Harv Schmidt 5 - 18 2 - 12 10th
Harv Schmidt: 89 - 77 43 - 55
Gene Bartow (1974–1975)
1974 - 75 Gene Bartow 8 - 18 4 - 14 9th(T)
Lou Henson (1975–1996)
1975 - 76 Lou Henson 14 - 13 7 - 11 7th(T)
1976 - 77 Lou Henson 16 - 14 8 - 10 6th
1977 - 78 Lou Henson 13 - 14 7 - 11 7th
1978 - 79 Lou Henson 19 - 11 7 - 11 7th
1979 - 80 Lou Henson 22 - 13 8 - 10 6th(T) NIT 3rd Place
1980 - 81 Lou Henson 21 - 8 12 - 6 3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1981 - 82 Lou Henson 18 - 11 10 - 8 6th NIT 2nd Round
1982 - 83 Lou Henson 21 - 11 11 - 7 2nd(T) NCAA 1st Round
1983 - 84 Lou Henson 26 - 5 15 - 3 1st(T) NCAA Elite Eight
1984 - 85 Lou Henson 26 - 9 12 - 6 2nd NCAA Sweet 16
1985 - 86 Lou Henson 22 - 10 11 - 7 4th(T) NCAA 2nd Round
1986 - 87 Lou Henson 23 - 8 13 - 5 4th NCAA 1st Round
1987 - 88 Lou Henson 23 - 10 12 - 6 3rd(T) NCAA 2nd Round
1988 - 89 Lou Henson 31 - 5 14 - 4 2nd NCAA Final Four
1989 - 90 Lou Henson 21 - 8 11 - 7 4th(T) NCAA 1st Round
1990 - 91 Lou Henson 21 - 10 11 - 7 3rd(T)
1991 - 92 Lou Henson 13 - 15 7 - 11 8th
1992 - 93 Lou Henson 19 - 13 11 - 7 3rd(T) NCAA 2nd Round
1993 - 94 Lou Henson 17 - 11 10 - 8 4th(T) NCAA 1st Round
1994 - 95 Lou Henson 19 - 12 10 - 8 5th(T) NCAA 1st Round
1995 - 96 Lou Henson 18 - 13 7 - 11 9th NIT 1st Round
Lou Henson: 423 - 224 214 - 164
Lon Kruger (1996–2000)
1996 - 97 Lon Kruger 22 - 10 11 - 7 4th(T) NCAA 2nd Round
1997 - 98 Lon Kruger 23 - 10 13 - 3 1st(T) NCAA 2nd Round
1998 - 99 Lon Kruger 14 - 18 3 - 13 11th
1999 - 00 Lon Kruger 22 - 10 11 - 5 4th NCAA 2nd Round
Lon Kruger: 81 - 48 38 - 28
Bill Self (2000–2003)
2000 - 01 Bill Self 27 - 8 13 - 3 1st(T) NCAA Elite Eight
2001 - 02 Bill Self 26 - 9 11 - 5 1st(T) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002 - 03 Bill Self 25 - 7 11 - 5 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
Bill Self: 78 - 24 35 - 13
Bruce Weber (2003–2012)
2003 - 04 Bruce Weber 26 - 7 13 - 3 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004 - 05 Bruce Weber 37 - 2 15 - 1 1st NCAA Runner-Up
2005 - 06 Bruce Weber 26 - 7 11 - 5 2nd(T) NCAA Round of 32
2006 - 07 Bruce Weber 23 - 12 9 - 7 4th(T) NCAA Round of 64
2007 - 08 Bruce Weber 16 - 19 5 - 13 9th(T)
2008 - 09 Bruce Weber 24 - 10 11 - 7 2nd(T) NCAA Round of 64
2009 - 10 Bruce Weber 21 - 15 10 - 8 5th NIT Quarterfinals
2010 - 11 Bruce Weber 20 - 14 9 - 9 4th NCAA Round of 32
2011 - 12 Bruce Weber 17 - 15 6 - 12 9th
Bruce Weber: 210 - 101 89 - 65
John Groce (2012–present)
2012 - 13 John Groce 23 - 12 8 - 10 7th (T) NCAA Round of 32
2013-14 John Groce 20 – 15 7 - 11 8th (T) NIT 2nd round
John Groce: 43 - 27 15 - 21
Total: 1701-913

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Fighting Illini have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 30 times. Their combined record is 40–31.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1942 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
Kentucky
Penn State
L 44–46
L 34–41
1949 Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Yale
Kentucky
Oregon State
W 71–67
L 47–76
W 57–53
1951 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Columbia
NC State
Kentucky
Oklahoma A&M
W 79–71
W 84–70
L 74–76
W 61–46
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Dayton
Duquesne
St. John's
Santa Clara
W 80–61
W 74–68
L 59–61
W 67–64
1963 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Bowling Green
Loyola–Chicago
W 70–67
L 64–79
1981 #4 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Wyoming
#8 Kansas State
W 67–65
L 52–57
1983 #7 First Round #10 Utah L 49–52
1984 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Villanova
#3 Maryland
#1 Kentucky
W 64–56
W 72–70
L 51–54
1985 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Northeastern
#6 Georgia
#2 Georgia Tech
W 76–57
W 74–58
L 53–61
1986 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 Fairfield
#5 Alabama
W 75–51
L 56–58
1987 #3 First Round #14 Austin Peay L 67–68
1988 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 UTSA
#6 Villanova
W 81–72
L 63–66
1989 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 McNeese State
#9 Ball State
#4 Louisville
#2 Syracuse
#3 Michigan
W 77–71
W 72–60
W 83–69
W 89–86
L 81–83
1990 #5 First Round #12 Dayton L 86–88
1993 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Long Beach State
#3 Vanderbilt
W 75–72
L 68–85
1994 #8 First Round #9 Georgetown L 77–84
1995 #11 First Round #6 Tulsa L 62–68
1997 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 USC
#14 Chattanooga
W 90–77
L 63–75
1998 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 South Alabama
#4 Maryland
W 64–51
L 61–67
2000 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 Penn
#5 Florida
W 68–58
L 76–93
2001 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Northwestern State
#9 Charlotte
#4 Kansas
#2 Arizona
W 96–54
W 79–61
W 80–64
L 81–87
2002 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 San Diego State
#12 Creighton
#1 Kansas
W 93–64
W 72–60
L 69–73
2003 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 WKU
#5 Notre Dame
W 65–60
L 60–68
2004 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Murray State
#4 Cincinniati
#1 Duke
W 72–53
W 92–68
L 62–72
2005 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Fairleigh Dickinson
#9 Nevada
#12 Milwaukee
#3 Arizona
#4 Louisville
#1 North Carolina
W 67–55
W 71–59
W 77–63
W 90–89 OT
W 72–57
L 70–75
2006 #4 First Round
Second Round
#13 Air Force
#5 Washington
W 78–69
L 64–67
2007 #12 First Round #5 Virginia Tech L 52–54
2009 #5 First Round #12 WKU L 72–76
2011 #9 Second Round
Third Round
#8 UNLV
#1 Kansas
W 73–62
L 59–73
2013 #7 Second Round
Third Round
#10 Colorado
#2 Miami (FL)
W 57–49
L 59–63

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '81 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '93 '94 '95 '97 '98 '00 '01 '02 '03 '04 '05 '06 '07 '09 '11 '13
Seeds → 4 7 2 3 4 3 3 1 5 6 8 11 6 5 4 1 4 4 5 1 4 12 5 9 7

NIT results[edit]

The Fighting Illini have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times. Their combined record is 8–5.

Year Round Opponent Result
1980 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Loyola–Chicago
Illinois State
Murray State
Minnesota
UNLV
W 105–87
W 75–65
W 65–63
L 63–65
W 84–74
1982 First Round
Second Round
LIU Brooklyn
Dayton
W 126–78
L 58–61
1996 First Round Alabama L 69–72
2010 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Stony Brook
Kent State
Dayton
W 76–66
W 75–58
L 71–77
2014 First Round
Second Round
Boston University
Clemson
W 66–62
L 49–50

Head-to-head Big Ten records[edit]

Team Overall Record Home Record Road Record Neutral Record
Indiana 82-83 48-31 29-50 5-1
Iowa 78-67 59-14 19-52 0-1
Michigan 84-71 53-23 29-47 2-1
Michigan State 55-54 35-17 18-34 1-3
Minnesota 114-62 69-17 41-44 4-1
Nebraska 3-1 2-0 1-1 0-0
Northwestern 127-35 63-13 61-22 3-0
Ohio State 102-67 60-24 40-41 2-2
Penn State 23-11 10-5 10-5 3-1
Purdue 84-91 54-32 28-57 2-2
Wisconsin 109-75 67-20 39-52 3-3

Fighting Illini home courts[edit]

Kenney Gym
Assembly Hall
  • Kenney Gym (1905–1925) located on the campus of the University of Illinois and is named after Harold E. (Hek) Kenney. The arena opened in 1890 and was originally known as the Men's Gym Annex
  • Huff Hall (1925–1963) opened in 1925 and was known as Huff Gymnasium until the 1990s. It is named after George Huff, who was the school's athletic director from 1895 to 1935.
  • State Farm Center (1963–present) (formerly Assembly Hall) opened on March 2, 1963 and continues to attract attention for its design and construction. Four hundred feet across, it at one time was one of only two edge-supported domes in the world.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  17. ^ "Trent Meacham Player Profile". EuroBasket. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  18. ^ "Brandon Paul Player Profile". EuroBasket. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
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  21. ^ "D.J. Richardson Player Profile". EuroBasket. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Jamar Smith Player Profile". EuroBasket. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
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