1977–78 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1977–78 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 13
1977–78 record21–8 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coachBobby Knight (7th season)
CaptainWayne Radford
Jim Wisman
Home arenaAssembly Hall
Seasons
1977–78 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Michigan State 15 3   .833     25 5   .833
No. 13 Indiana 12 6   .667     21 8   .724
Minnesota 12 6   .667     17 10   .630
Michigan 11 7   .611     16 11   .593
Purdue 11 7   .611     16 11   .593
Ohio State 9 9   .500     16 11   .593
Illinois 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Iowa 5 13   .278     12 15   .444
Northwestern 4 14   .222     8 19   .296
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     8 19   .296
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1977–78 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 7th 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 21–8 and a conference record of 12–6, finishing 2nd in the Big Ten Conference. After missing out on the NCAA Tournament last season, Indiana was invited to participate in the 1978 NCAA Tournament, where Bobby Knight and the Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet Sixteen.[1]

Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
20 Bill Cunningham G 6–4 So. Phoenix, Illinois
22 Wayne Radford G/F 6–3 Sr. Indianapolis, Indiana
23 Jim Wisman G 6–2 Sr. Quincy, Illinois
25 Tommy Baker G 6–2 Fr. Jeffersonville, Indiana
31 Scott Eells F 6–9 Jr. Hoopeston, Illinois
33 Eric Kirchner F 6–7 Fr. Edelstein, Illinois
34 Steve Risley F 6–8 Fr. Indianapolis, Indiana
40 Glen Grunwald F 6–9 So. Franklin Park, Illinois
41 Butch Carter G/F 6–5 So. Middletown, Ohio
42 Mike Woodson F 6–5 So. Indianapolis, Indiana
43 Jim Roberson C 6–9 Jr. Rochester, New York
44 Phil Isenbarger F 6–8 Fr. Muncie, Indiana
45 Ray Tolbert F/C 6–9 Fr. Anderson, Indiana

Schedule/Results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
11/26/1977*
East Carolina W 77–59  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/5/1977*
at No. 1 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
L 64–78  1–1
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, Kentucky
12/10/1977*
Murray State W 85–61  2–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/14/1977*
No. 2 Notre Dame W 67–66  3–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/17/1977*
vs. SMU W 56–51  4–1
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis
12/20/1977*
Bowling Green State
Indiana Classic
W 89–52  5–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/21/1977*
No. 18 Alabama
Indiana Classic
W 66–57  6–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/27/1977*
No. 15 vs. Jacksonville
Gator Bowl Classic
W 69–59  7–1
Gator Bowl Stadium 
Jacksonville, Florida
12/28/1977*
No. 15 vs. Florida Gators
Gator Bowl Classic
W 73–60  8–1
Gator Bowl Stadium 
Jacksonville, Florida
1/5/1978
No. 11 Iowa W 69–51  9–1 (1–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/7/1978
No. 11 Illinois
Rivalry
L 64–65  9–2 (1–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/12/1978
No. 18 at Minnesota L 62–75  9–3 (1–2)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
1/14/1978
No. 18 at Wisconsin L 65–78  9–4 (1–3)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
1/19/1978
Ohio State W 77–63  10–4 (2–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/21/1978
at Purdue
Rivalry
L 67–77  10–5 (2–4)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
1/26/1978
at Michigan L 73–92  10–6 (2–5)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1/28/1978
No. 7 Michigan State W 71–66  11–6 (3–5)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/2/1978
at Northwestern W 86–70  12–6 (4–5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
2/4/1978
at No. 7 Michigan State L 59–68  12–7 (4–6)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, Michigan
2/9/1978
Purdue
Rivalry
W 65–64  13–7 (5–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/11/1978
Northwestern W 86–62  14–7 (6–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/16/1978
at Ohio State W 83–70  15–7 (7–6)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
2/18/1978
Michigan W 71–59  16–7 (8–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/23/1978
Wisconsin W 58–54  17–7 (9–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/25/1978
No. 19 Minnesota W 68–47  18–7 (10–6)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/2/1978
at Illinois
Rivalry
W 77–68  19–7 (11–6)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
3/4/1978
at Iowa W 71–55  20–7 (12–6)
Iowa Field House 
Iowa, Iowa
NCAA Tournament
3/12/1978*
No. (1) vs. No. (3) Furman
Quarterfinals
W 63–62  21–7 (12–6)
Charlotte Coliseum 
Charlotte, North Carolina
3/17/1978*
No. 13 (1) vs. No. (2) Villanova
Sweet Sixteen
L 60–61  21–8 (12–6)
Providence Civic Center 
Providence, Rhode Island
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 16, 2015.