1991–92 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1991–92 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1991–92 record 13–15 (7–11 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Deon Thomas
Captain Tom Michael
Deon Thomas
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1991–92 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Ohio State 15 3   .833     26 6   .813
#5 Indiana 14 4   .778     27 7   .794
#15 Michigan 11 7   .611     24 9   .727
#14 Michigan State 11 7   .611     22 8   .733
Iowa 10 8   .556     19 11   .633
Purdue 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Minnesota 8 10   .444     16 16   .500
Illinois 7 11   .389     13 15   .464
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
Northwestern 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
Rankings from AP Poll
"1991-92 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1991–92 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Illinois’ consecutive 20-win season streak was snapped in 1992 when the Illini posted its first losing record in 14 years, going 13-15. Despite their losing record, the Illini outscored their opponents by over 100 points during the season (1,954 - 1,843). To emphasize how close the Illini were to a successful season, of the eleven Big Ten conference games that they lost, eight were by nine points or less, of which four games were lost by three points or fewer. Based on the allegations of recruiting violations from Iowa assistant coach Bruce Pearl, the most satisfying win during the conference season took place on February 23, 1992, when the Illini would defeat the Hawkeyes in an overtime thriller at Assembly Hall.

Team[edit]

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
3 Tim Geers Chicago, Illinois De La Salle High School Jr. Forward
4 Brooks Taylor Chicago, Illinois De La Salle High School Jr. Guard
10 Will Tuttle Mokena, Illinois Lincoln-Way Central High School Fr. Guard
11 Rennie Clemons Springfield, Illinois Calvary Academy So. Guard
13 Doug Clarida Marion, Illinois Marion High School Sr. Guard
14 Matt Williams Libertyville, Illinois Libertyville High School Fr. Guard
21 Scott Pierce Euless, Texas Trinity High School So. Forward
23 Mike Duis Crescent City, Illinois Crescent-Iroquois High School Jr. Forward
25 Deon Thomas (co-captain) Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School So. Forward/Center
30 Robert Bennett Chicago, Illinois Julian High School Fr. Forward
32 Tom Michael (co-captain) Hoffman, Illinois Carlyle High School So. Forward
33 Marc Davidson Minooka, Illinois Aurora Christian High School Fr. Forward
44 T.J. Wheeler Christopher, Illinois Christopher High School So. Guard
50 Matt Schnaderbeck Des Plaines, Illinois Maine West High School Sr. Forward

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
11/25/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Penn State L 50-65  0-1
Assembly Hall (12,183)
Champaign, IL
11/30/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Louisiana-Monroe W 95-79  1-1
Assembly Hall (11,856)
Champaign, IL
12/3/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Tennessee State W 78-56  2-1
Assembly Hall (11,274)
Champaign, IL
12/6/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Hawaii
Illini Classic
W 69-63  3-1
Assembly Hall (11,524)
Champaign, IL
12/7/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Washington
Illini Classic
W 76-55  4-1
Assembly Hall (11,939)
Champaign, IL
12/10/1991*
no, no
No. NR @ Temple L 56-92  4-2
McGonigle Hall (3,623)
Philadelphia, PA
12/21/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Maryland Baltimore County W 84-71  5-2
Assembly Hall (11,576)
Champaign, IL
12/23/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. #16 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
L 44-61  5-3
St. Louis Arena (18,034)
St. Louis, MO
12/30/1991*
no, no
No. NR vs. Illinois-Chicago W 84-75 ot 6-3
Assembly Hall (11,200)
Champaign, IL
1/4/1992*
no, no
No. NR vs. #5 Connecticut L 66-70  6-4
Assembly Hall (12,376)
Champaign, IL
1/8/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. Purdue W 74-72 ot 7-4 (1-0)
Assembly Hall (12,674)
Champaign, IL
1/11/1992
no, no
No. NR @ #9 Michigan State L 75-77  7-5 (1-1)
Breslin Student Events Center (15,138)
East Lansing, MI
1/15/1992
no, no
No. NR @ Iowa L 69-74  7-6 (1-2)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
1/18/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. #15 Michigan L 61-68  7-7 (1-3)
Assembly Hall (15,985)
Champaign, IL
1/22/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. Wisconsin W 74-67  8-7 (2-3)
Assembly Hall (11,758)
Champaign, IL
1/25/1992
no, no
No. NR @ Minnesota L 53-54  8-8 (2-4)
Williams Arena (16,126)
Minneapolis, MN
1/30/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. #10 Ohio State L 72-74  8-9 (2-5)
Assembly Hall (12,558)
Champaign, IL
2/1/1992
no, no
No. NR @ Northwestern L 43-46  8-10 (2-6)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
2/4/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. #6 Indiana L 65-76  8-11 (2-7)
Assembly Hall (15,590)
Champaign, IL
2/11/1992
no, no
No. NR @ Purdue W 76-71 ot 9-11 (3-7)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/15/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. Minnesota W 74-58  10-11 (4-7)
Assembly Hall (14,322)
Champaign, IL
2/20/1992
no, no
No. NR @ Wisconsin L 78-92  10-12 (4-8)
Wisconsin Field House (9,403)
Madison, WI
2/23/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. Iowa W 77-72 ot 11-12 (5-8)
Assembly Hall (16,281)
Champaign, IL
2/26/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. Northwestern W 92-65  12-12 (6-8)
Assembly Hall (12,012)
Champaign, IL
3/1/1992
no, no
No. NR @ #2 Indiana L 70-76  12-13 (6-9)
Assembly Hall (14,224)
Bloomington, IN
3/7/1992
no, no
No. NR vs. #13 Michigan State W 80-71  13-13 (7-9)
Assembly Hall (14,087)
Champaign, IL
3/11/1992
no, no
No. NR @ #5 Ohio State L 70-82  13-14 (7-10)
St. John Arena (13,276)
Columbus, OH
3/14/1992
no, no
No. NR @ #14 Michigan W 59-68  13-15 (7-11)
Crisler Arena (13,605)
Ann Arbor, MI
*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
Deon Thomas[3] 28 199 0 144 193 20 44 25 542
Tom Michael[4] 28 116 75 43 130 39 10 8 350
Rennie Clemons[5] 28 104 11 93 106 137 7 42 312
T.J. Wheeler[6] 27 84 29 81 111 72 3 18 278
Scott Pierce[7] 28 55 1 52 97 26 9 9 163
Robert Bennett[8] 28 57 2 17 105 14 12 12 133
Brooks Taylor[9] 27 34 8 33 121 90 13 31 109

Awards and honors[edit]

Rankings[edit]

References[edit]