1989–90 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1989–90 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Illini Classic, Champion
Old Style Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 18
AP No. 18
1989–90 record 21–8 (11–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Kendall Gill
Captain Kendall Gill
Stephen Bardo
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1989–90 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Michigan State 15 3   .833     28 6   .824
No. 10 Purdue 13 5   .722     22 8   .733
No. 13 Michigan 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
No. 18 Illinois 11 7   .611     21 8   .724
No. 20 Minnesota 11 7   .611     23 9   .719
Ohio State 10 8   .556     17 13   .567
Indiana 8 10   .444     18 11   .621
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Iowa 4 14   .222     12 16   .429
Northwestern 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
Rankings from AP Poll
"1989-90 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1989–90 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Coming off the Final Four season a year earlier, Illinois went 21-8 overall, 11-7 in the Big Ten in 1990. Kendall Gill, a senior, became the first player since Ken Norman in 1987 to average 20 points per game. Gill was named a First-Team All-American by UPI. Gill led the Big Ten in scoring and was a finalist for the John Wooden Player of the Year Award. He was the fifth overall pick in the NBA draft, going to the Charlotte Hornets.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
3 Tim Geers Chicago, Illinois De La Salle High School Fr. Forward
4 Brooks Taylor Chicago, Illinois De La Salle High School Fr. Guard
10 P. J. Bowman Champaign, Illinois Centennial High School Jr. Guard
12 Travis Smith Ridgway, Illinois Gallatin High School Sr. Guard
13 Kendall Gill (co-captain) Matteson, Illinois Rich Central High School Sr. Guard
20 Ken Gibson Bloomington, Illinois Bloomington High School Fr. Guard
21 Rodney Jones Philadelphia, Pennsylvania West Philadelphia High School Jr. Center/Forward
24 Ervin Small Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Sr. Forward
25 Deon Thomas Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Fr. Forward
30 Marcus Liberty Chicago, Illinois King High School Jr. Forward
32 Tom Michael Hoffman, Illinois Carlyle High School Fr. Forward
34 Andy Kaufmann Jacksonville, Illinois Jacksonville High School So. Forward
35 Stephen Bardo (co-captain) Carbondale, Illinois Carbondale Community High School Sr. Guard/Forward
42 Brian O'Connell Schaumburg, Illinois Schaumburg High School Sr. Guard/Forward
50 Andy Kpedi St. Anne, Illinois St. Anne Community High School Sr. Center

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/28/1989*
no, no
No. 8 @ Mississippi W 83-72  1-0
Tad Smith Coliseum (8,439)
Oxford, Mississippi
12/2/1989*
no, no
No. 8 vs. Chicago State W 82-62  2-0
Assembly Hall (15,940)
Champaign, Illinois
12/5/1989*
no, no
No. 7 @ #25 Florida W 74-69  3-0
O'Connell Center (11,929)
Gainesville, Florida
12/8/1989*
no, no
No. 7 vs. Indiana State
Illini Classic
W 93-59  4-0
Assembly Hall (16,111)
Champaign, Illinois
12/9/1989*
no, no
No. 7 vs. Metro State
Illini Classic
W 96-62  5-0
Assembly Hall (16,016)
Champaign
12/16/1989*
no, no
No. 5 vs. Temple W 78-61  6-0
Assembly Hall (16,034)
Champaign
12/20/1989*
no, no
No. 5 vs. #4 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 101-93  7-0
St. Louis Arena (18,398)
St. Louis, Missouri
12/23/1989*
no, no
No. 5 vs. Wisconsin-Green Bay W 71-47  8-0
Assembly Hall (15,530)
Champaign, Illinois
12/29/1989*
no, no
No. 4 vs. Grambling
Old Style Classic
W 97-73  9-0
Rosemont Horizon (10,009)
Rosemont, Illinois
12/30/1989*
no, no
No. 4 vs. #15 Memphis State
Old Style Classic
W 83-71  10-0
Rosemont Horizon (13,103)
Rosemont, Illinois
1/4/1990
no, no
No. 4 vs. Wisconsin W 73-59  11-0 (1-0)
Assembly Hall (15,636)
Champaign, Illinois
1/6/1990
no, no
No. 4 @ Minnesota L 74-91  11-1 (1-1)
Williams Arena (16,545)
Minneapolis
1/13/1990
no, no
No. 8 @ Northwestern W 85-78  12-1 (2-1)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, Illinois
1/15/1990
no, no
No. 8 vs. #3 Michigan L 70-74  12-2 (2-2)
Assembly Hall (16,136)
Champaign, Illinois
1/18/1990
no, no
No. 7 vs. Michigan State W 73-64  13-2 (3-2)
Assembly Hall (16,037)
Champaign, Illinois
1/20/1990
no, no
No. 7 @ #24 Purdue L 68-81  13-3 (3-3)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, Indiana
1/25/1990
no, no
No. 10 @ Wisconsin W 66-63  14-3 (4-3)
Wisconsin Field House (11,666)
Madison, Wisconsin
1/27/1990
no, no
No. 10 vs. Ohio State W 92-81  15-3 (5-3)
Assembly Hall (16,154)
Champaign, Illinois
1/29/1990
no, no
No. 10 @ Iowa L 67-69  15-4 (5-4)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, Iowa
2/4/1990
no, no
No. 11 vs. #22 Indiana W 70-65  16-4 (6-4)
Assembly Hall (16,289)
Champaign, Illinois
2/8/1990
no, no
No. 12 vs. #17 Minnesota W 99-72  17-4 (7-4)
Assembly Hall (16,105)
Champaign, Illinois
2/11/1990
no, no
No. 12 @ #7 Michigan L 79-93  17-5 (7-5)
Crisler Arena (13,609)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
2/14/1990
no, no
No. 15 vs. Northwestern W 88-75  18-5 (8-5)
Assembly Hall (16,108)
Champaign, Illinois
2/17/1990
no, no
No. 15 @ #21 Michigan State L 63-70  18-6 (8-6)
Breslin Student Events Center (15,138)
East Lansing, Michigan
2/21/1990
no, no
No. 19 vs. #9 Purdue W 90-78  19-6 (9-6)
Assembly Hall (16,218)
Champaign, Illinois
2/21/1990
no, no
No. 19 @ Ohio State L 80-86  19-7 (9-7)
St. John Arena (13,276)
Columbus, Ohio
3/4/1990
no, no
No. 18 vs. Iowa W 118-85  20-7 (10-7)
Assembly Hall (16,219)
Champaign, Illinois
3/11/1990
no, no
No. 20 @ Indiana W 69-63  21-7 (11-7)
Assembly Hall (17,228)
Bloomington, Indiana
NCAA Tournament
3/15/1990*
no, no
No. 18 vs. Dayton
NCAA Tournament
L 86-88  21-8
Frank Erwin Center (11,578)
Austin, Texas
*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
Kendall Gill[3] 29 211 23 136 143 96 16 63 581
Marcus Liberty[4] 29 203 8 103 206 39 26 32 517
Andy Kaufmann[5] 29 91 22 81 93 54 5 27 285
Steve Bardo [6] 29 99 28 55 178 137 14 37 281
Rodney Jones[7] 29 88 0 40 126 9 18 17 216
Ervin Small[8] 29 75 1 49 151 12 5 23 200
P.J. Bowman[9] 29 39 23 21 35 73 2 16 122

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Midwest
    • Dayton 88, Illinois 86

[11]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 5 Kendall Gill Charlotte Hornets
2 41 Stephen Bardo Atlanta Hawks
2 42 Marcus Liberty Denver Nuggets

[12]

Rankings[edit]

References[edit]