1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 12
1984–85 record 26–9 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Bob Hull
MVP Doug Altenberger
Captain George Montgomery
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1984–85 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Michigan 16 2   .889     26 4   .867
#12 Illinois 12 6   .667     26 9   .743
Purdue 11 7   .611     20 9   .690
Ohio State 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Iowa 10 8   .556     21 11   .656
Michigan State 10 8   .556     19 10   .655
Indiana 7 11   .389     19 14   .576
Minnesota 6 12   .333     13 15   .464
Wisconsin 5 13   .278     14 14   .500
Northwestern 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Rankings from AP Poll)

The 1984–85 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illiniois.

Regular season[edit]

The Illini started out the 1984-85 season ranked No. 1 nationally by Basketball Times in its preseason poll. Illinois made a return trip to the NCAA Tournament where the Illini advanced to the Sweet 16.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
4 Scott Haftner Noblesville, Indiana Noblesville High School Fr. Guard
10 Tony Wysinger Peoria, Illinois Peoria Central High School So. Guard
21 Glynn Blackwell Highland Park, Michigan Highland Park Community High School Fr. Guard
22 Doug Altenberger Peoria, Illinois Richwoods High School Jr. Guard
23 George Montgomery (captain) Chicago, Illinois Corliss High School Sr. Center
24 Efrem Winters Chicago, Illinois King High School Jr. Forward
25 Bruce Douglas Quincy, Illinois Quincy Senior High School Jr. Guard
30 Scott Meents Kankakee, Illinois Herscher High School Jr. Forward/Center
33 Ken Norman Chicago, Illinois Crane High School So. Forward
34 Dee Maras Antioch, Illinois Antioch Community High School Sr. Forward
35 Reggie Woodward Chicago, Illinois King High School Jr. Guard
40 Olaf Blab Munich, West Germany Charleston High School Fr. Center
44 Anthony Welch Grand Rapids, Michigan Creston High School Jr. Forward
54 Jens Kujawa Braunschweig, West Germany Taylorville High School Fr. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/18/1984*
no, no
No. 2 vs. #5 Oklahoma
Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic
W 81-64  1-0
Hall of Fame (7,530)
Springfield, MA
11/23/1984*
no, no
No. 2 vs. Idaho State
Great Alaska Shootout
W 66-44  2-0
Sullivan Arena (2,863)
Anchorage, AK
11/24/1984*
no, no
No. 2 vs. Alabama-Birmingham
Great Alaska Shootout
L 52-59  2-1
Sullivan Arena (4,500)
Anchorage, AK
11/25/1984*
no, no
No. 2 vs. Oregon
Great Alaska Shootout
W 75-72 3ot 3-1
Sullivan Arena (4,500)
Anchorage, AK
11/28/1984*
no, no
No. 7 vs. Chicago State W 81-63  4-1
Assembly Hall (14,543)
Champaign, IL
12/1/1984*
no, no
No. 7 vs. #10 Oklahoma W 73-70  5-1
Assembly Hall (16,671)
Champaign, IL
12/4/1984*
no, no
No. 7 vs. Cal State-Chico W 92-47  6-1
Assembly Hall (14,046)
Champaign, IL
12/6/1984*
no, no
No. 7 vs. Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 65-50  7-1
St. Louis Arena (12,946)
St. Louis, MO
12/7/1984*
no, no
No. 7 vs. Columbia
Illini Classic
W 72-48  8-1
Assembly Hall (14,989)
Champaign, IL
12/8/1984*
no, no
No. 7 vs. New Mexico State
Illini Classic
W 93-55  9-1
Assembly Hall (15,789)
Champaign, IL
12/16/1984*
no, no
No. 6 vs. South Carolina State W 83-47  10-1
Assembly Hall (14,026)
Champaign, IL
12/18/1984*
no, no
No. 4 vs. Cincinnati W 87-65  11-1
Rosemont Horizon (5,910)
Rosemont, IL
12/22/1984*
no, no
No. 4 vs. Loyola (Chicago) L 62-63  11-2
Rosemont Horizon (15,882)
Rosemont, IL
1/3/1985
no, no
No. 6 @ Minnesota L 58-60  11-3 (0-1)
Williams Arena (14,532)
Minneapolis, MN
1/5/1985
no, no
No. 6 @ Iowa L 60-64  11-4 (0-2)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,450)
Iowa City, IA
1/10/1985
no, no
No. 15 vs. Michigan W 64-58 ot 12-4 (1-2)
Assembly Hall (13,801)
Champaign, IL
1/12/1985
no, no
No. 15 vs. #17 Michigan State W 75-63  13-4 (2-2)
Assembly Hall (16,545)
Champaign, IL
1/17/1985
no, no
No. 11 @ Wisconsin W 78-67  14-4 (3-2)
Wisconsin Field House (9,448)
Madison, WI
1/19/1985
no, no
No. 11 @ Northwestern W 55-43  15-4 (4-2)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
1/23/1985
no, no
No. 6 vs. Ohio State W 84-66  16-4 (5-2)
Assembly Hall (15,906)
Champaign, IL
1/27/1985
no, no
No. 6 vs. #13 Indiana W 52-41  17-4 (6-2)
Assembly Hall (16,764)
Champaign, IL
1/30/1985
no, no
No. 5 @ Purdue L 34-54  17-5 (6-3)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/3/1985*
no, no
No. 5 @ Houston W 77-76  18-5
Hofheinz Pavilion (7,000)
Houston, TX
2/7/1985
no, no
No. 9 @ Michigan State L 56-64  18-6 (6-4)
Jenison Fieldhouse (9,691)
East Lansing, MI
2/9/1985
no, no
No. 9 @ #8 Michigan L 45-57  18-7 (6-5)
Crisler Arena (13,609)
Ann Arbor, MI
2/14/1985
no, no
No. 17 vs. Northwestern W 64-42  19-7 (7-5)
Assembly Hall (15,841)
Champaign, IL
2/16/1985
no, no
No. 17 vs. Wisconsin W 68-49  20-7 (8-5)
Assembly Hall (16,618)
Champaign, IL
2/21/1985
no, no
No. 16 @ Indiana W 66-50  21-7 (9-5)
Assembly Hall (16,823)
Bloomington, IN
2/23/1985
no, no
No. 16 @ Ohio State L 64-72  21-8 (9-6)
St. John Arena (13,681)
Columbus, OH
3/2/1985
no, no
No. 18 vs. Purdue W 86-43  22-8 (10-6)
Assembly Hall (16,648)
Champaign, IL
3/7/1985
no, no
No. 14 vs. Iowa W 59-53 ot 23-8 (11-6)
Assembly Hall (16,742)
Champaign, IL
3/9/1985
no, no
No. 14 vs. Minnesota W 82-56  24-8 (12-6)
Assembly Hall (16,617)
Champaign, IL
NCAA Tournament
3/15/1985*
no, no
No. 12 vs. Northeastern
NCAA Tournament
W 76-57  25-8
Omni Coliseum (14,311)
Atlanta, GA
3/17/1985*
no, no
No. 12 vs. #19 Georgia
NCAA Tournament
W 74-58  26-8
Omni Coliseum (16,723)
Atlanta, GA
3/21/1985*
no, no
No. 12 vs. #6 Georgia Tech
NCAA Tournament
L 53-61  26-9
Providence Civic Center (11,913)
Providence, RI
*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
Anthony Welch[3] 35 182 51 189 51 9 26 415
Doug Altenberger[4] 35 162 70 126 67 14 38 394
Efrem Winters[5] 35 137 76 252 49 32 33 350
Bruce Douglas[6] 35 118 42 107 200 6 85 278
George Montgomery[7] 23 86 64 168 39 6 21 236
Ken Norman[8] 29 86 55 107 26 16 9 227
Scott Meents[9] 35 84 25 111 87 24 16 193
Tony Wysinger[10] 35 48 38 32 64 1 16 134

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • East
    • Illinois 76, Northeastern 57
    • Illinois 74, Georgia 58
  • Regional Semifinals
    • Georgia Tech 61, Illinois 53

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Year Round Pick Player NBA club
1985 2 39 George Montgomery Portland Trail Blazers

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]