1972–73 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1972–73 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Big Ten Regular Season Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 6
1972–73 record 22–6 (11–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bobby Knight (2nd season)
Assistant coach Dave Bliss
Assistant coach John Hulls
Assistant coach Bob Weltlich
Captain John Ritter
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1972–73 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Indiana 11 3   .786     22 6   .786
No. 10 Minnesota 10 4   .714     21 5   .808
Purdue 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Illinois 8 6   .571     14 10   .583
Ohio State 8 6   .571     14 10   .583
Iowa 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Michigan 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Michigan State 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Wisconsin 5 9   .357     11 13   .458
Northwestern 2 12   .143     5 19   .208
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1972–73 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 2nd year. The team played its home games in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 22–6 and a conference record of 11–3, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. After a quick first-round exit during the 1972 NIT, Indiana was invited to participate in the 1973 NCAA Tournament, where Bobby Knight and the Hoosiers advanced to the Final Four. IU lost to the UCLA Bruins who went on to win their 7th straight national title; however, IU secured third place after beating Providence. [1]


Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
20 Frank Wilson G 6–3 Sr. Bluffton, Indiana
21 Quinn Buckner G 6–3 Fr. Phoenix, Illinois
22 Trent Smock F 6–5 Fr. Richmond, Indiana
22 Bootsie White G 5–8 Sr. Hammond, Indiana
23 Steve Heiniger G 5–10 Jr. Fort Wayne, Indiana
24 Steve Ahlfeld G 6–1 So. Wabash, Indiana
25 Doug Allen F 6–6 So. Champaign, Illinois
30 John Kamstra G 6–1 So. Frankfort, Indiana
31 John Laskowski G/F 6–5 So. South Bend, Indiana
32 Steve Downing C 6–8 Sr. Indianapolis, Indiana
33 Jerry Memering F/C 6–7 Sr. Vincennes, Indiana
34 Steve Green F 6–7 So. Sellersburg, Indiana
35 Don Noort C 6–8 Fr. Worth, Illinois
40 Mike Miller F 6–8 Fr. Bloomington, Indiana
41 Craig Morris G 6–4 Fr. DeGraff, Ohio
42 John Ritter F 6–5 Sr. Goshen, Indiana
43 John Hunter F 6–6 So. Danville, Indiana
45 Jim Crews G 6–5 Fr. Normal, Illinois
55 Tom Abernethy F 6–7 Fr. South Bend, Indiana

Schedule/Results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
12/2/1972*
Harvard W 97–76  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/5/1972*
at Kansas W 72–55  2–0
Allen Field House 
Lawrence, KS
12/9/1972*
No. 8 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
W 64–58  3–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/12/1972*
No. 15 Notre Dame W 69–67  4–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/16/1972*
No. 15 Ohio W 89–68  5–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/22/1972*
No. 9 at South Carolina L 85–88  5–1
Carolina Coliseum 
Columbia, SC
12/28/1972*
No. 15 vs. No. 13 Houston W 75–72  6–1
Memorial Gymnasium 
El Paso, TX
12/29/1972*
No. 15 at UTEP L 65–74  6–2
Memorial Gymnasium 
El Paso, Texas
1/3/1973*
No. 20 Ball State W 94–71  7–2
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/6/1973
No. 20 at Wisconsin W 78–64  8–2 (1–0)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, WI
1/9/1973*
No. 16 Miami W 80–68  9–2 (1–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/13/1973
No. 16 Ohio State W 81–67  10–2 (2–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/20/1973
No. 16 No. 6 Minnesota W 83–71  11–2 (3–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/22/1973
No. 16 at Michigan State W 97–89  12–2 (4–0)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
1/27/1973
No. 6 at Michigan W 79–73  13–2 (5–0)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
2/3/1973
No. 5 Northwestern W 83–65  14–2 (6–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2/5/1973
No. 5 at Ohio State L 69–70  14–3 (6–1)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, OH
2/10/1973
No. 4 at Purdue
Rivalry
L 69–72  14–4 (6–2)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
2/12/1973
No. 4 Illinois
Rivalry
W 87–66  15–4 (7–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2/17/1973
No. 11 at No. 4 Minnesota L 75–82  15–5 (7–3)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
2/19/1973
No. 11 Michigan State W 75–65  16–5 (8–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2/24/1973
No. 10 Wisconsin W 57–55  17–5 (9–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
3/3/1973
No. 12 at Iowa W 80–64  18–5 (10–3)
Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, IA
3/10/1973
No. 9 Purdue
Rivalry
W 77–72  19–5 (11–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
NCAA Tournament
3/15/1973*
No. 6 vs. No. 5 Marquette
Regional Semifinals
W 75–69  20–5 (11–3)
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
3/17/1973*
No. 6 vs. No. 17 Kentucky
Elite Eight
W 72–65  21–5 (11–3)
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, TN
3/24/1973*
No. 6 vs. No. 1 UCLA
Final Four
L 59–70  21–6 (11–3)
St. Louis Arena 
St. Louis, MO
3/26/1973*
No. 6 vs. No. 4 Providence
National Third Place Game
W 97–79  22–6 (11–3)
St. Louis Arena 
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 17 Steve Downing Boston Celtics

[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-10-07.