Illinois State Redbirds men's basketball

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Illinois State Redbirds
2014–15 Illinois State Redbirds men's basketball team
Illinois State Redbirds athletic logo
University Illinois State University
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Location Normal, IL
Head coach Dan Muller (3rd year)
Arena Redbird Arena
(Capacity: 10,200)
Nickname Redbirds
Colors

Red and White

            
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1984, 1985, 1998
NCAA Tournament appearances
1983, 1984, 1985, 1990, 1997, 1998
Conference tournament champions
1983, 1990, 1997, 1998

The Illinois State Redbirds men's basketball team represents Illinois State University, located in Normal, Illinois, in NCAA Division I basketball competition. They are currently led by head coach Dan Muller and play their home games at Redbird Arena as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.

Season by season records[edit]

Season Head Coach W L PCT Conf. Record Postseason
Independent
1971–72 Will Robinson 16 10 .615
1972–73 Will Robinson 13 12 .520
1973–74 Will Robinson 17 9 .654
1974–75 Will Robinson 16 10 .615
1975–76 Gene Smithson 20 7 .741
1976–77 Gene Smithson 22 7 .759 NIT Quarterfinals
1977–78 Gene Smithson 24 4 .857 NIT First Round
1978–79 Bob Donewald 20 10 .667
1979–80 Bob Donewald 20 9 .690 NIT Sweet Sixteen
1980–81 Bob Donewald 16 11 .593
Missouri Valley Conference
1981–82 Bob Donewald 17 12 .586 9–7
1982–83 Bob Donewald 24 7 .774 13–5 NCAA First Round
1983–84 Bob Donewald 23 8 .742 13–3 NCAA Second Round
1984–85 Bob Donewald 22 8 .733 11–5 NCAA Second Round
1985–86 Bob Donewald 15 14 .517 9–7
1986–87 Bob Donewald 19 13 .594 7–7 NIT Elite Eight
1987–88 Bob Donewald 18 13 .581 9–5 NIT First Round
1988–89 Bob Donewald 13 17 .433 6–8
1989–90 Bob Bender 18 13 .581 9–5 NCAA First Round
1990–91 Bob Bender 5 23 .179 4–12
1991–92 Bob Bender 18 11 .621 14–4
1992–93 Bob Bender 19 10 .655 13–5
1993–94 Kevin Stallings 16 11 .593 12–6
1994–95 Kevin Stallings 20 13 .606 13–5 NIT Sweet Sixteen
1995–96 Kevin Stallings 22 12 .647 13–5 NIT Elite Eight
1996–97 Kevin Stallings 24 6 .800 14–4 NCAA First Round
1997–98 Kevin Stallings 25 6 .806 16–2 NCAA Second Round
1998–99 Kevin Stallings 16 15 .516 7–11
1999–2000 Tom Richardson 10 20 .333 5–13
2000–01 Tom Richardson 21 9 .700 12–6 NIT First Round
2001–02 Tom Richardson 17 14 .548 12–6
2002–03 Tom Richardson 8 21 .276 5–13
2003–04 Porter Moser 10 19 .345 4–14
2004–05 Porter Moser 17 13 .567 8–10
2005–06 Porter Moser 9 19 .321 4–14
2006–07 Porter Moser 15 16 .484 6–12
2007–08 Tim Jankovich 25 10 .714 13–5 NIT Sweet Sixteen
2008–09 Tim Jankovich 24 10 .706 11–7 NIT First Round
2009–10 Tim Jankovich 22 10 .688 11–7 NIT First Round
2010–11 Tim Jankovich 12 19 .387 4–14
2011–12 Tim Jankovich 21 14 .600 9–9 NIT Sweet Sixteen
2012–13 Dan Muller 18 15 .545 8–10
2013–14 Dan Muller 18 16 .529 9–9 CBI Semifinals
2014–15 Dan Muller 22 13 .629 11–7 NIT Second Round
Regular season 787 539 .594

Postseason[edit]

NCAA Tournament results[edit]

The Redbirds have appeared in six NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 3–6.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result/Score
1983 #6 Round of 64 #11 Ohio L 51–49
1984 #8 Round of 64
Round of 32
#9 Alabama
#1 DePaul
W 49–48
L 75–61
1985 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 USC
#1 Oklahoma
W 58–55
L 75–69
1990 #14 Round of 64 #3 Michigan L 76–70
1997 #11 Round of 64 #6 Iowa State L 69–57
1998 #9 Round of 64
Round of 32
#8 Tennessee
#1 Arizona
W 82–81 OT
L 82–49

NIT results[edit]

The Redbirds have appeared in 13 National Invitation Tournaments (NIT). Their combined record is 10–13.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1977 First Round
Quarterfinals
Creighton
Houston
W 65–58
L 91–90
1978 First Round Indiana State L 73–71
1980 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
West Texas State
Illinois
W 80–63
L 75–65
1987 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Akron
Cleveland State
La Salle
W 79–72
W 79–77
L 70–50
1988 First Round Cleveland State L 89–83
1995 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Utah Sate
Washington State
W 93–87
L 83–80
1996 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Mount St. Mary's
Wisconsin
Tulane
W 73–49
W 77–62
L 83–72
2001 First Round Purdue L 90–79
2008 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Utah State
Dayton
W 61–57
L 55–48
2009 First Round Kansas State L 83–79OT
2010 First Round Dayton L 63–42
2012 First Round
Second Round
Ole Miss
Stanford
W 96–93OT
L 92–88OT
2015 First Round
Second Round
Green Bay
Old Dominion
W 69–56
L 50–49

CBI tesults[edit]

The Redbirds have appeared in one College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Their record is 2–1.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
2014 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Morehead State
Texas A&M
Siena
W 77–67
W 62–55
L 61–49

Redbirds drafted into the NBA[edit]

Draft Year Player Position Round Overall NBA Team
1999 Rico Hill SF 2 31 LA Clippers
1977 Jeff Wilkins (basketball) C 2 37 San Antonio Spurs
1975 Robert Hawkins SF 3 51 Golden State Warriors
1973 Doug Collins SG 1 1 Philadelphia 76ers

I-74 Rivalry[edit]

The I-74 Rivalry is the rivalry game between the Illinois State and Bradley University.

Plane Crash[edit]

In 2015, while flying home from the NCAA tournament in Indianapolis, a plane carrying Illinois State assistant coach Torrey Ward and 6 others crashed just outside of Bloomington, Illinois, leaving no survivors.

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