1990–91 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1990–91 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Illini Classic, Champion
Banned from any postseason tournament
Conference Big Ten Conference
1990–91 record 21–10 (11–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Andy Kpedi
Captain Andy Kpedi
Larry Smith
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1990–91 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Ohio State 15 3   .833     27 4   .871
#3 Indiana 15 3   .833     29 5   .853
Illinois 11 7   .611     21 10   .677
Michigan State 11 7   .611     19 11   .633
Iowa 9 9   .500     21 11   .656
Purdue 9 9   .500     17 12   .586
Wisconsin 8 10   .444     15 15   .500
Michigan 7 11   .389     14 15   .483
Minnesota 5 13   .278     12 16   .429
Northwestern 0 18   .000     5 23   .179
Rankings from AP Poll
"1990-91 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1990–91 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Entering the 1990-91 season, Illinois, faced with the loss of Kendall Gill, Steve Bardo and Marcus Liberty, who declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after his junior season, was picked to finish as low as ninth in the Big Ten by some publications. But, junior forward Andy Kaufmann burst onto the scene scoring 660 points, the second largest single-season total in Illinois history. He and the Illini proved the preseason expectations wrong by going 21-10 and finishing third in the Big Ten.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
3 Tim Geers Chicago, Illinois De La Salle High School So. Forward
4 Brooks Taylor Chicago, Illinois De La Salle High School So. Guard
11 Rennie Clemons Springfield, Illinois Calvary Academy Fr. Guard
23 Larry Smith (co-captain) Alton, Illinois Alton High School Sr. Guard
24 Scott Pierce Euless, Texas Trinity High School Fr. Forward
25 Deon Thomas Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Fr. Forward/Center
32 Tom Michael Hoffman, Illinois Carlyle High School Fr. Forward
34 Andy Kaufmann Jacksonville, Illinois Jacksonville High School Jr. Forward
44 T.J. Wheeler Christopher, Illinois Christopher High School Fr. Guard
50 Andy Kpedi (co-captain) 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
11/23/1990*
no, no
No. NR @ American-Puerto Rico
San Juan Shootout
W 103-84  1-0
Mario Morales Coliseum (400)
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
11/24/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Nebraska
San Juan Shootout
L 73-100  1-1
Mario Morales Coliseum (400)
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
11/25/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Old Dominion
San Juan Shootout
W 80-62  2-1
Mario Morales Coliseum (400)
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
11/29/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Illinois-Chicago L 60-71  2-2
Assembly Hall (11,117)
Champaign, IL
12/1/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Eastern Illinois W 106-87  3-2
Assembly Hall (12,643)
Champaign, IL
12/3/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Wisconsin-Milwaukee W 120-116 2ot 4-2
Assembly Hall (11,835)
Champaign, IL
12/5/1990*
no, no
No. NR @ Penn State L 68-78  4-3
Rec Hall (7,347)
University Park, PA
12/7/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Oregon State
Illini Classic
W 112-78  5-3
Assembly Hall (12,631)
Champaign, IL
12/8/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Georgia Southern
Illini Classic
W 85-67  6-3
Assembly Hall (12,098)
Champaign, IL
12/15/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Arkansas-Little Rock
Illini Classic
W 83-72  7-3
Assembly Hall (12,213)
Champaign, IL
12/19/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 84-81  8-3
St. Louis Arena (17,253)
St. Louis, MO
12/22/1990*
no, no
No. NR vs. #10 Louisiana State W 102-96  9-3
Assembly Hall (14,824)
Champaign, IL
12/29/1990*
no, no
No. NR @ Memphis State W 84-75  10-3
Pyramid Arena (11,200)
Memphis, TN
1/2/1991
no, no
No. NR @ #5 Indiana W 74-109  10-4 (0-1)
Assembly Hall (17,283)
Bloomington, IN
1/5/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Purdue W 63-61  11-4 (1-1)
Assembly Hall (15,721)
Champaign, IL
1/10/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Minnesota W 67-66  12-4 (2-1)
Assembly Hall (12,435)
Champaign, IL
1/17/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Michigan State L 68-71  12-5 (2-2)
Assembly Hall (13,487)
Champaign, IL
1/19/1991
no, no
No. NR @ #4 Ohio State L 55-89  12-6 (2-3)
St. John Arena (13,276)
Columbus, OH
1/26/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Michigan W 72-67  13-6 (3-3)
Crisler Arena (11,707)
Ann Arbor, MI
1/28/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Iowa W 53-50  14-6 (4-3)
Assembly Hall (14,846)
Champaign, IL
2/2/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Wisconsin W 70-62  15-6 (5-3)
Assembly Hall (16,295)
Champaign, IL
2/4/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Northwestern W 73-59  16-6 (6-3)
Assembly Hall (12,068)
Champaign, IL
2/6/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Purdue W 59-56  17-6 (7-3)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/10/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Minnesota W 94-74  18-6 (8-3)
Williams Arena (16,305)
Minneapolis, MN
2/16/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Michigan State L 58-62  18-7 (8-4)
Breslin Student Events Center (15,138)
East Lansing, MI
2/20/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. #2 Ohio State L 64-73  18-8 (8-5)
Assembly Hall (13,885)
Champaign, IL
2/23/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Iowa W 79-74  19-8 (9-5)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
2/28/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. Michigan W 68-65  20-8 (10-5)
Assembly Hall (14,584)
Champaign, IL
3/2/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Northwestern W 91-81  21-8 (11-5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
3/6/1991
no, no
No. NR @ Wisconsin L 77-85  21-9 (11-6)
Wisconsin Field House (11,189)
Madison, WI
3/10/1991
no, no
No. NR vs. #3 Indiana L 58-70  21-10 (11-7)
Assembly Hall (16,321)
Champaign, IL
*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
Andy Kaufmann[3] 31 225 41 169 154 67 0 18 660
Deon Thomas [4] 30 172 0 108 203 18 54 10 452
Larry Smith[5] 29 140 24 90 168 144 8 42 394
Rennie Clemons[6] 31 90 8 76 99 96 7 43 264
Andy Kpedi[7] 31 83 0 35 197 15 27 13 201
Scott Pierce[8] 31 50 0 25 96 18 7 11 135
Tom Michael[9] 31 49 18 15 84 31 10 17 131

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • Ineligible due to NCAA violations

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club

[11]

Rankings[edit]

References[edit]