1981–82 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1981–82 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1981–82 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1981–82 record 18–11 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Tony Yates
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Bob Hull
MVP James Griffin
MVP Perry Range
Captain James Griffin
Perry Range
Craig Tucker
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1981–82 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Minnesota 14 4   .778     23 6   .793
#16 Iowa 12 6   .667     21 8   .724
Ohio State 12 6   .667     21 10   .677
Indiana 12 6   .667     19 10   .655
Purdue 11 7   .611     18 14   .563
Illinois 10 8   .556     18 11   .621
Michigan State 6 12   .333     11 17   .393
Michigan 6 12   .333     7 20   .259
Northwestern 4 14   .222     8 19   .296
Wisconsin 3 15   .167     6 21   .222
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1981–82 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1982 season brought Illinois another post-season appearance, in the NIT, and an 18-11 record. Derek Harper led the Big Ten in assists and steals.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
10 Craig Tucker (co-captain) Flint, Michigan Flint Northern High School Sr. Guard
11 Dan Klier Naperville, Illinois Naperville Central High School Jr. Forward
12 Derek Harper West Palm Beach, Florida North Shore High School So. Guard
13 James Griffin (co-captain) Grandview, Texas Dunbar High School Sr. Center
20 Kevin Bontemps Morton High School Morton, Illinois Jr. Guard
21 Quinn Richardson Robbins, Illinois Eisenhower High School Jr. Guard
22 Perry Range (co-captain) South Beloit, Illinois South Beloit High School Sr. Guard
23 George Montgomery Chicago, Illinois Corliss High School Fr. Forward
32 Jay Daniels West Palm Beach, Florida John I. Leonard High School Fr. Forward
34 Dee Maras Antioch, Illinois Antioch Community High School Fr. Forward
43 Bryan Leonard Belleville, Illinois Belleville High School-East Jr. Forward
44 Anthony Welch Grand Rapids, Michigan Creston High School Fr. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/28/1981*
no, no
@ Loyola (Chicago) W 87-83 ot 1-0
Chicago Stadium (13,827)
Chicago, IL
12/5/1981*
no, no
vs. Kansas State W 55-49  2-0
Assembly Hall (15,106)
Champaign, IL
12/8/1981*
no, no
vs. #13 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
L 68-78 ot 2-1
St. Louis Arena (15,187)
St. Louis, MO
12/11/1981*
no, no
vs. Army
Illini Classic
W 72-37  3-1
Assembly Hall (14,257)
Champaign, IL
12/12/1981*
no, no
vs. Texas A&M
Illini Classic
W 76-63  4-1
Assembly Hall (15,126)
Champaign, IL
12/19/1981*
no, no
vs. St. Louis W 53-43  5-1
Assembly Hall (14,094)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1981*
no, no
vs. North Dakota State W 90-61  6-1
Assembly Hall (14,755)
Champaign, IL
12/28/1981*
no, no
vs. Bowling Green
Blade-Glass City Classic
W 56-51  7-1
Centennial Hall (9,089)
Toledo, OH
12/29/1981*
no, no
@ Toledo
Blade-Glass City Classic
L 51-71  7-2
Centennial Hall (9,108)
Toledo, OH
1/7/1982
no, no
@ Northwestern W 60-50  8-2 (1-0)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,183)
Evanston, IL
1/9/1982
no, no
@ #7 Iowa L 50-56  8-3 (1-1)
Iowa Field House (13,356)
Iowa City, IA
1/14/1982
no, no
vs. Ohio State L 50-51 ot 8-4 (1-2)
Assembly Hall (15,579)
Champaign, IL
1/16/1982
no, no
vs. Michigan State W 55-51  9-4 (2-2)
Assembly Hall (15,290)
Champaign, IL
1/21/1982
no, no
vs. Indiana L 53-54  9-5 (2-3)
Assembly Hall (16,768)
Champaign, IL
1/23/1982
no, no
@ #5 Minnesota W 64-57  10-5 (3-3)
Williams Arena (17,218)
Minneapolis, MN
1/28/1982
no, no
@ Purdue W 63-48  11-5 (4-3)
Mackey Arena (13,946)
West Lafayette, IN
1/30/1982
no, no
vs. Michigan W 79-61  12-5 (5-3)
Assembly Hall (16,186)
Champaign, IL
2/4/1982
no, no
vs. Wisconsin W 88-54  13-5 (6-3)
Assembly Hall (15,763)
Champaign, IL
2/6/1982
no, no
@ Michigan L 53-58  13-6 (6-4)
Crisler Arena (9,208)
Ann Arbor, MI
2/11/1982
no, no
@ Indiana L 60-73  13-7 (6-5)
Assembly Hall (16,502)
Bloomington, IN
2/13/1982
no, no
@ Wisconsin W 68-60  14-7 (7-5)
Wisconsin Field House (6,387)
Madison, WI
2/18/1982
no, no
vs. Purdue L 44-52  14-8 (7-6)
Assembly Hall (15,817)
Champaign, IL
2/20/1982
no, no
vs. #8 Minnesota W 77-65  15-8 (8-6)
Assembly Hall (16,578)
Champaign, IL
2/25/1982
no, no
@ Michigan State L 47-56  15-9 (8-7)
Jenison Fieldhouse (10,004)
East Lansing, MI
2/27/1982
no, no
@ Ohio State L 53-63  15-10 (8-8)
St. John Arena (13,591)
Columbus, OH
3/4/1982
no, no
vs. #11 Iowa W 73-67 ot 16-10 (9-8)
Assembly Hall (16,413)
Champaign, IL
3/6/1982*
no, no
vs. Northwestern W 85-65  17-10 (10-8)
Assembly Hall (16,396)
Champaign, IL
National Invitation Tournament
3/10/1982
no, no
vs. Long Island
National Invitational Tournament
W 126-78  18-10
Assembly Hall (10,505)
Champaign, IL
3/15/1982*
no, no
vs. Dayton
National Invitational Tournament
L 58-61  18-11
Assembly Hall (16,275)
Champaign, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points
Craig Tucker[3] 29 170 110 69 84 1 32 450
James Griffin[4] 29 171 52 204 27 56 19 394
Perry Range[5] 29 146 83 128 71 7 37 375
Derek Harper[6] 29 105 34 133 145 16 67 244

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

  • First Round
    • Illinois 126, Long Island 78
  • Second Round
    • Dayton 61, Illinois 58

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
3 57 Craig Tucker New York Knickerbockers
4 80 James Griffin New Jersey Nets
7 143 Perry Range Kansas City Kings
8 181 Brian Leonard Milwaukee Bucks

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]