1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Big Ten Regular Season Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 3
1986–87 record 30–4 (15–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bobby Knight (16th season)
Assistant coach Ron Felling
Assistant coach Kohn Smith
Assistant coach Royce Waltman
Assistant coach Joby Wright
Captain Steve Alford
Todd Meier
Daryl Thomas
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1986–87 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Indiana 15 3   .833     30 4   .882
#7 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 5   .833
#6 Iowa 14 4   .778     30 5   .857
#11 Illinois 13 5   .722     23 8   .742
Michigan 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Ohio State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Michigan State 6 12   .333     11 17   .393
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Minnesota 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 16th year. The team played its home games in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team is noted for having achieved much success without much NBA talent.

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 24–4 and a conference record of 15–3, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. As Big Ten Conference co-champions with Purdue, IU was named a one-seed in the 1987 NCAA Tournament.[1] They won solidly over Fairfield, Auburn, and Duke in NCAA play, but they needed Ricky Calloway's rebound lay-in to beat LSU, 77–76, to get to the Final Four. Once there, Indiana beat one-seed UNLV, 97–93, despite ten 3-pointers by UNLV guard Freddie Banks, which is still the Final Four record.

In the championship game versus Syracuse, which featured three future long-time professional players, Indiana trailed 73–70 in the last minute. However, two late shots by Keith Smart, including the last at 0:05, won the game for Indiana.

"The greatness in this team", coach Bob Knight said, "may be the greatness no other team here has had, to the degree that this one did – almost a total resolve not to recognize or be a part of defeat. This team played the last five minutes of critical games as well as I've ever seen a team play."[2]

Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
10 Tony Freeman G 5–7 Fr. Westchester, Illinois
11 Todd Jadlow F/C 6–9 RS Jr. Salina, Kansas
12 Steve Alford G 6–2 Sr. New Castle, Indiana
14 Magnus Pelkowski C 6–10 So. Bogotá, Colombia
20 Ricky Calloway G/F 6–6 So. Cincinnati, Ohio
22 Dean Garrett C 6–10 Jr. San Clemente, California
23 Keith Smart G 6–1 Jr. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
24 Daryl Thomas F/C 6–7 Sr. Westchester, Illinois
30 Todd Meier F/C 6–8 Sr. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
31 Dave Minor F 6–5 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio
32 Steve Eyl F 6–6 Jr. Hamilton, Ohio
35 Jeff Oliphant G 6–5 Fr. Lyons, Indiana
42 Kreigh Smith G/F 6–7 So. Tipton, Indiana
44 Joe Hillman G 6–2 So. Glendale, California
45 Brian Sloan F/C 6–8 So. McLeansboro, Illinois

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Blocks Steals Points
Steve Alford[3] 34 241 107 160 87 3 39 749
Keith Smart[4] 34 148 12 74 100 2 30 382

Schedule/Results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
11/29/1986*
No. 3 Montana State Billings W 90–55  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/2/1986*
No. 3 at Notre Dame W 67–62  2–0
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, Indiana
12/6/1986*
No. 3 No. 13 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
W 71–66  3–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/9/1986*
No. 2 at Vanderbilt L 75–79  3–1
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, Tennessee
12/12/1986*
No. 2 UNC-Wilmington
Indiana Classic
W 73–72  4–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/13/1986*
No. 2 East Carolina
Indiana Classic
W 96–68  5–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/20/1986*
No. 8 Morehead State W 84–62  6–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/23/1986*
No. 8 Louisville W 67–58  7–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/26/1986*
No. 8 vs. Princeton
Hoosier Classic
W 83–54  8–1
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis
12/27/1986*
No. 8 vs. Illinois State
Hoosier Classic
W 82–58  9–1
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis
1/4/1987
No. 6 at Ohio State W 92–80  10–1 (1–0)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
1/8/1987
No. 4 at Michigan State W 79–60  11–1 (2–0)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, Michigan
1/12/1987
No. 4 at Michigan W 85–84  12–1 (3–0)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1/15/1987
No. 4 Wisconsin W 103–65  13–1 (4–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/17/1987
No. 4 Northwestern W 95–43  14–1 (5–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/22/1987
No. 3 at No. 1 Iowa L 88–101  14–2 (5–1)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, Iowa
1/24/1987
No. 3 at Minnesota W 77–53  15–2 (6–1)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
1/28/1987
No. 4 No. 12 Illinois
Rivalry
W 69–66  16–2 (7–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/31/1987
No. 4 No. 4 Purdue
Rivalry
W 88–74  17–2 (8–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/4/1987
No. 2 Michigan State W 84–80  18–2 (9–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/8/1987
No. 2 Michigan W 83–67  19–2 (10–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/11/1987
No. 2 at Northwestern W 77–75  20–2 (11–1)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
2/16/1987
No. 2 at Wisconsin W 86–85 3OT 21–2 (12–1)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
2/19/1987
No. 2 Minnesota W 72–70  22–2 (13–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/21/1987
No. 2 No. 7 Iowa W 84–75  23–2 (14–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/26/1987
No. 3 at No. 6 Purdue
Rivalry
L 64–75  23–3 (14–2)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
3/1/1987
No. 3 at No. 14 Illinois
Rivalry
L 67–69  23–4 (14–3)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
3/7/1987
No. 4 Ohio State W 90–81  24–4 (15–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
NCAA Tournament
3/12/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. (16) Fairfield
First Round
W 92–58  25–4 (15–3)
Hoosier Dome 
Indianapolis
3/14/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. (8) Auburn
Second Round
W 107–90  26–4 (15–3)
Hoosier Dome 
Indianapolis
3/20/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. 17 (5) Duke
Sweet Sixteen
W 88–82  27–4 (15–3)
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati
3/22/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. (10) LSU
Elite Eight
W 77–76  28–4 (15–3)
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati
3/28/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. 1 (1) UNLV
Final Four
W 97–93  29–4 (15–3)
Louisiana Superdome 
New Orleans
3/30/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. 10 (2) Syracuse
NCAA Championship Game
W 74–73  30–4 (15–3)
Louisiana Superdome 
New Orleans
*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
1987 2 26 Steve Alford Dallas Mavericks
1987 6 116 Daryl Thomas Sacramento Kings
1988 2 38 Dean Garrett Phoenix Suns
1988 2 41 Keith Smart Golden State Warriors

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ Hammel, Bob (1999). Glory of Old IU. United States: Sports Publishing Inc. pp. 190–191. ISBN 1-58261-068-1. 
  3. ^ "Steve Alford Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Databasebasketball.com. 1964-11-23. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Keith Smart Past Stats, Playoff Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". Databasebasketball.com. 1964-09-21. Archived from the original on 2012-04-04. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  5. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008. 
  6. ^ "1987 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Databasebasketball.com. Archived from the original on 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-22.