1987–88 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1987–88 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1987–88 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 15
AP No. 16
1987–88 record 23–10 (12–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Nick Anderson
MVP Kenny Battle
Captain Glynn Blackwell
Jens Kujawa
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1987–88 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Purdue 16 2   .889     29 4   .879
#10 Michigan 13 5   .722     26 8   .765
#17 Iowa 12 6   .667     24 10   .706
#16 Illinois 12 6   .667     23 10   .697
Indiana 11 7   .611     19 10   .655
Ohio State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Wisconsin 6 12   .333     12 16   .429
Michigan State 5 13   .278     10 18   .357
Minnesota 4 14   .222     10 18   .357
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1987–88 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1987-88 season brought Lou Henson his 500th career victory and laid the foundation for what would be an incredible history making season in 1988-1989.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
13 Kendall Gill Matteson, Illinois Rich Central High School So. Guard
21 Glynn Blackwell (captain) Highland Park, Michigan Highland Park Community High School Sr. Guard
23 Larry Smith Alton, Illinois Alton High School So. Guard
24 Ervin Small Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School So. Forward
25 Nick Anderson Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School So. Guard/Forward
32 Bob Starnes Ft. Lauderdale, Florida St. Thomas Aquinas High School Fr. Forward
33 Ken Battle Aurora, Illinois West Aurora High School Jr. Forward
35 Steve Bardo Carbondale, Illinois Carbondale Community High School So. Guard/Forward
44 Phil Kunz Carlyle, Illinois Carlyle High School So. Forward
45 Lowell Hamilton Chicago, Illinois Providence St. Mel High School Jr. Forward
54 Jens Kujawa (captain) Braunschweig, West Germany Taylorville High School Jr. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/27/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Baylor
Maui Invitational
W 73-50  1-0
Lahaina Civic Center (1,200)
Maui, HI
11/28/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Villanova
Maui Invitational
L 76-78  1-1
Lahaina Civic Center (1,200)
Maui, HI
11/29/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. #7 Kansas
Maui Invitational
W 81-75  2-1
Lahaina Civic Center (1,000)
Maui, HI
12/2/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Chicago State W 86-57  3-1
Assembly Hall (13,486)
Champaign, IL
12/5/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Mississippi Valley State W 111-73  4-1
Assembly Hall (14,354)
Champaign
12/8/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Austin Peay W 100-62  5-1
Assembly Hall (14,519)
Champaign
12/11/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Illinois-Chicago
Illini Classic
W 109-53  6-1
Assembly Hall (13,653)
Champaign, IL
12/12/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. Auburn
Illini Classic
W 107-103 ot 7-1
Assembly Hall (14,847)
Champaign, IL
12/19/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. North Carolina L 74-85  7-2
Assembly Hall (16,712)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1987*
no, no
No. NR vs. #17 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 75-63  8-2
St. Louis Arena (18,224)
St. Louis, MO
12/30/1987*
no, no
No. NR @ Colorado W 86-68  9-2
Coors Events Center (8,241)
Denver, CO
1/4/1988
no, no
No. NR vs. #11 Purdue L 68-81  9-3 (0-1)
Assembly Hall (16,654)
Champaign, IL
1/7/1988
no, no
No. 19 @ Minnesota W 65-61 ot 10-3 (1-1)
Williams Arena (10,988)
Minneapolis, MN
1/9/1988
no, no
No. 19 vs. Michigan State W 77-62  11-3 (2-1)
Assembly Hall (16,616)
Champaign, IL
1/16/1988
no, no
No. 20 @ Wisconsin W 80-65  12-3 (3-1)
Wisconsin Field House (11,068)
Madison, WI
1/17/1988*
no, no
No. 20 vs. Tennessee W 103-79  13-3
Assembly Hall (15,386)
Champaign, IL
1/21/1988
no, no
No. 13 @ #19 Iowa L 79-93  13-4 (3-2)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
1/23/1988
no, no
No. 13 vs. Northwestern W 79-48  14-4 (4-2)
Assembly Hall (14,606)
Champaign, IL
3/4/1987
no, no
No. 13 @ #8 Michigan L 64-76  14-5 (4-3)
Crisler Arena (13,609)
Ann Arbor, MI
1/30/1988*
no, no
No. 13 @ #1 Arizona L 70-78  14-6
McKale Center (13,227)
Tucson, AZ
2/4/1988
no, no
No. 17 @ Ohio State L 60-64  14-7 (4-4)
St. John Arena (13,320)
Columbus, OH
2/6/1988
no, no
No. 17 vs. #3 Indiana L 74-75  14-8 (4-5)
Assembly Hall (16,671)
Champaign, IL
2/11/1988
no, no
No. NR vs. Minnesota W 86-50  15-8 (5-5)
Assembly Hall (14,313)
Champaign, IL
2/13/1988
no, no
No. NR @ Michigan State W 83-65  16-8 (6-5)
Jenison Fieldhouse (10,004)
East Lansing, MI
2/17/1988
no, no
No. NR vs. Ohio State W 118-86  17-8 (7-5)
Assembly Hall (14,587)
Champaign, IL
2/21/1988
no, no
No. NR vs. Wisconsin W 85-65  18-8 (8-5)
Assembly Hall (16,348)
Champaign, IL
2/25/1988
no, no
No. NR @ #2 Purdue L 79-93  18-9 (8-6)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/29/1988
no, no
No. NR @ Indiana W 75-65  19-9 (9-6)
Assembly Hall (16,233)
Bloomington, IN
3/6/1988
no, no
No. NR vs. #11 Iowa W 94-81  20-9 (10-6)
Assembly Hall (16,538)
Champaign, IL
3/9/1988
no, no
No. 19 vs. Michigan W 85-74  21-9 (11-6)
Assembly Hall (16,605)
Champaign, IL
3/12/1988
no, no
No. 19 @ Northwestern W 79-74  22-9 (12-6)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
NCAA Tournament
3/18/1988*
no, no
No. 16 vs. Texas-San Antonio
NCAA Tournament
W 81-72  23-9
Riverfront Coliseum (16,562)
Cincinnati, OH
3/20/1988*
no, no
No. 16 vs. Villanova
NCAA Tournament
L 63-66  23-10
Riverfront Coliseum (16,562)
Cincinnati, OH
*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 Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points
Nick Anderson[3] 33 223 2 77 217 53 28 37 525
Kenny Battle[4] 33 179 0 122 183 55 10 72 516
Glynn Blackwell[5] 33 153 10 83 111 78 1 40 399
Kendall Gill[6] 33 128 21 67 73 138 3 65 344
Lowell Hamilton[7] 33 141 1 48 127 9 19 14 331
Stephen Bardo[8] 33 80 3 53 138 125 7 41 216
Jens Kujawa[9] 33 69 0 38 171 34 29 17 176
Larry Smith[10] 31 45 2 41 37 80 1 19 133

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Southeast Regional
    • Illinois 81, Texas-San Antonio 72
    • Villanova 66, Illinois 63

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]