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
Scott Nagy
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.

Roster[edit]

1989–90 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 3 Geers, TimTim Geers 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr De La Salle High School Chicago, Illinois
G 4 Taylor, BrooksBrooks Taylor 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr De La Salle High School Chicago, Illinois
G 10 Bowman, P.J.P.J. Bowman 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Centennial High School Champaign, Illinois
G 12 Smith, TravisTravis Smith 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr Gallatin High School Ridgway, Illinois
G 13 Gill, KendallKendall Gill (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Rich Central High School Matteson, Illinois
G 20 Gibson, KenKen Gibson 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Bloomington High School Bloomington, Illinois
F/C 21 Jones, RodneyRodney Jones 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr West Philadelphia High School Philadelphia, PA
G 23 Smith, LarryLarry Smith Injured Current redshirt 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Sr Alton High School Alton, Illinois
F 24 Small, ErvinErvin Small 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Sr Simeon High School Chicago, Illinois
F 25 Thomas, DeonDeon Thomas Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Simeon High School Chicago, Illinois
G 30 Liberty, MarcusMarcus Liberty 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr King High School Chicago, Illinois
F 32 Michael, TomTom Michael Current redshirt 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 190 lb (86 kg) RS Fr Carlyle High School Hoffman, Illinois
F 34 Kaufmann, AndyAndy Kaufmann 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Jacksonville High School Jacksonville, Illinois
G/F 35 Bardo, StephenStephen Bardo (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Carbondale Community High School Carbondale, Illinois
F 40 Schnaderbeck, MattMatt Schnaderbeck 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Maine West High School Des Plaines, Illinois
G/F 42 O'Connell, BrianBrian O'Connell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Sr Schaumburg High School Schaumburg, Illinois
C 50 Kpedi, AndyAndy Kpedi 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jr Kankakee Community College Warri, Nigeria
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

All-Time Illini Roster

Source[1] [2]

Schedule[edit]

Source[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-Conference 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
Big Ten regular season
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
Rivalry
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
Rivalry
W 69-63  21-7 (11-7)
Assembly Hall (17,228)
Bloomington, Indiana
NCAA Tournament[4]
3/15/1990*
no, no
No. 18 vs. Dayton
First Round
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 Minutes Played 2 pt. Field Goals 3 pt. Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points
Kendall Gill[5] 29 1000 188 23 136 143 96 16 63 581
Marcus Liberty[6] 29 958 195 8 103 206 39 26 32 517
Andy Kaufmann[7] 29 682 69 22 81 93 54 5 27 285
Steve Bardo [8] 29 944 71 28 55 178 137 14 37 281
Rodney Jones[9] 29 542 88 0 40 126 9 18 17 216
Ervin Small[10] 29 577 74 1 49 151 12 5 23 200
P.J. Bowman[11] 29 571 16 23 21 35 73 2 16 122
Andy Kpedi 19 201 17 0 20 54 2 11 4 54
Brooks Taylor 24 154 12 0 13 25 24 5 10 37
Ken Gibson 20 54 7 4 8 8 1 0 2 34
Tim Geers 20 104 11 0 11 19 9 1 5 33
Travis Smith 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Midwest
    • Dayton 88, Illinois 86

[13]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

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

[14]

Rankings[edit]

References[edit]