1980–81 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1980–81 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Big Ten regular season champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 9
1980–81 record26–9 (14–4 Big Ten)
Head coachBobby Knight (10th season)
Assistant coachJim Crews
Assistant coachJene Davis
Assistant coachGerry Gimelstob
CaptainRay Tolbert
Glen Grunwald
Home arenaAssembly Hall
Seasons
1980–81 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 9 Indiana 14 4   .778     26 9   .743
No. 13 Iowa 13 5   .722     21 7   .750
No. 19 Illinois 12 6   .667     21 8   .724
Purdue 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Minnesota 9 9   .500     19 11   .633
Ohio State 9 9   .500     14 13   .519
Michigan 8 10   .444     19 11   .633
Michigan State 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     11 16   .407
Northwestern 3 15   .167     9 18   .333
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1980–81 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 10th 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 26–9 and a conference record of 14–4, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. As Big Ten Conference Champions, IU was invited to participate in the 1981 NCAA Tournament as a 3-seed; the Hoosiers advanced to the championship game where Bobby Knight and the Hoosiers won their fourth national title.[1]

Roster[edit]

1980–81 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 54 Steve Bouchie 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 228 lb (103 kg) So Washington, Indiana
G 31 Tony Brown 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 178 lb (81 kg) So Chicago, Illinois
G 23 Chuck Franz 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Clarksville, Indiana
F 40 Glen Grunwald 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 207 lb (94 kg) Sr Franklin Park, Illinois
F 44 Phil Isenbarger 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 192 lb (87 kg) Sr Muncie, Indiana
F 30 Ted Kitchel 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Jr Galveston, Indiana
F 43 Mike LaFave 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Fr Indianapolis, Indiana
F 34 Steve Risley 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Sr Indianapolis, Indiana
G 11 Isiah Thomas 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Chicago, Illinois
G 20 Jim Thomas 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 189 lb (86 kg) So Fort Lauderdale, Florida
F/C 45 Ray Tolbert 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Sr Anderson, Indiana
F/C 32 Landon Turner 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 241 lb (109 kg) Jr Indianapolis, Indiana
G 24 Randy Wittman 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Indianapolis, Indiana
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

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Schedule/Results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
11/29/1980*
No. 5 Ball State W 75–69  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/1/1980*
No. 5 Murray State W 59–41  2–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/6/1980*
No. 5 No. 2 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
L 66–68  2–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/9/1980*
No. 7 at No. 9 Notre Dame L 64–68  2–2
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, Indiana
12/12/1980*
No. 7 California
Indiana Classic
W 94–58  3–2
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/13/1980*
No. 7 Baylor
Indiana Classic
W 83–47  4–2
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/15/1980*
No. 7 vs. Oral Roberts W 65–56  5–2
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis
12/20/1980*
No. 11 at No. 8 North Carolina L 56–65  5–3
Carmichael Auditorium 
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
12/23/1980*
No. 15 at Kansas State W 51–44  6–3
Ahearn Field House 
Manhattan, Kansas
12/28/1980*
No. 15 vs. Rutgers
Rainbow Classic Quarterfinals
W 55–50  7–3
Neal S. Blaisdell Center 
Honolulu, HI
12/29/1980*
No. 15 vs. Clemson
Rainbow Classic Semifinals
L 57–58  7–4
Neal S. Blaisdell Center 
Honolulu, HI
12/30/1980*
No. 15 vs. Texas-Pan American
Rainbow Classic Consolation Round
L 60–66  7–5
Neal S. Blaisdell Center 
Honolulu, HI
1/8/1981
Michigan State W 55–43  8–5 (1–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/10/1981
No. 12 Illinois
Rivalry
W 78–61  9–5 (2–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/15/1981
at No. 9 Michigan L 52–55  9–6 (2–1)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1/18/1981
at Ohio State W 67–60  10–6 (3–1)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
1/22/1981
No. 14 Iowa L 53–56  10–7 (3–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/24/1981
at Northwestern W 93–56  11–7 (4–2)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
1/29/1981
at No. 19 Minnesota W 56–53  12–7 (5–2)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
1/31/1981
Purdue
Rivalry
W 69–61  13–7 (6–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/5/1981
No. 17 Wisconsin W 89–64  14–7 (7–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/7/1981
No. 17 at Purdue
Rivalry
L 66–68  14–8 (7–3)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/12/1981
Northwestern W 86–52  15–8 (8–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/14/1981
No. 20 at Wisconsin W 59–52  16–8 (9–3)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
2/19/1981
No. 16 at No. 12 Iowa L 65–78  16–9 (9–4)
Iowa Field House 
Iowa City, Iowa
2/21/1981
No. 16 Minnesota W 74–63  17–9 (10–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/26/1981
No. 16 Ohio State W 74–58  18–9 (11–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/28/1981
No. 16 Michigan W 98–83  19–9 (12–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/5/1981
No. 14 at No. 16 Illinois
Rivalry
W 69–66  20–9 (13–4)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
3/7/1981
No. 14 at Michigan State W 69–48  21–9 (14–4)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, Michigan
NCAA Tournament
3/14/1981*
No. 9 (3) vs. No. 18 (6) Maryland
Second Round
W 99–64  22–9 (14–4)
University of Dayton Arena 
Dayton, Ohio
3/20/1981*
No. 9 (3) No. (7) UAB
Sweet Sixteen
W 87–72  23–9 (14–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/22/1981*
No. 9 (3) No. (9) St. Joseph's (Pa.)
Elite Eight
W 78–46  24–9 (14–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/28/1981*
No. 9 (3) No. 4 (1) LSU
Final Four
W 67–49  25–9 (14–4)
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia
3/30/1981*
No. 9 (3) No. 6 (2) North Carolina
Championship
W 63–50  26–9 (14–4)
The Spectrum 
Philadelphia
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA Club
1981 1 2 Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons
1981 1 18 Ray Tolbert New Jersey Nets
1981 5 115 Glen Grunwald Boston Celtics
1981 8 180 Steve Risley Phoenix Suns
1982 10 225 Landon Turner Boston Celtics
1983 1 22 Randy Wittman Washington Bullets
1983 2 40 Jim Thomas Indiana Pacers
1983 2 41 Ted Kitchel Milwaukee Bucks
1983 4 78 Steve Bouchie Detroit Pistons
1983 7 141 Tony Brown Indiana Pacers

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  2. ^ "1981 NCAA Final Four program". March 1981.
  3. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2012-11-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1981/07/26/sports/turner-indiana-u-star-seriously-hurt-in-crash.html