1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
San Juan Shootout, Champion
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1994–95 record 19–12 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Bial
MVP Kiwane Garris
Captain Robert Bennett
Shelly Clark
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1994–95 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#12 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 7   .781
#11 Michigan State 14 4   .778     22 6   .786
Indiana 11 7   .611     19 12   .613
Michigan 11 7   .611     17 14   .548
Illinois 10 8   .556     19 12   .613
Minnesota 10 8   .556     20 11   .645
Penn State 9 9   .500     21 11   .656
Iowa 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Wisconsin 7 11   .389     13 14   .481
Ohio State 2 16   .111     6 22   .214
Northwestern 1 17   .056     5 22   .185
Rankings from AP Poll
*Minnesota 1 NCAA Tourn. game vacated due to sanctions against the program; 1 Win by forfeit (non-conf.)
Disputed record (19-13)

The 1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Roster[edit]

1994–95 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 12 Thomas, DerrickDerrick Thomas (W)
Fr Rich Central Country Club Hills, Illinois
G 21 Heldman, MattMatt Heldman 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Libertyville Libertyville, Illinois
G 22 Garris, KiwaneKiwane Garris 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Westinghouse Chicago
G 24 Keene, RichardRichard Keene 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Collinsville Collinsville, Illinois
G 25 Notree, BryantBryant Notree 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Simeon Chicago
F 30 Bennett, RobertRobert Bennett (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Julian Chicago
C 31 Robisch, BrettBrett Robisch 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Fr Calvary Academy Springfield, Illinois
F 32 Gee, JerryJerry Gee 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr St. Martin de Porres Chicago
G 33 Turner, KevinKevin Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Fr Simeon Chicago
F 34 Johnson, BrianBrian Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Fr Maine West Des Plaines, Illinois
F/C 35 Clark, ShellyShelly Clark (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr South Shore Chicago
F 40 Hester, JerryJerry Hester (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Manual Peoria, Illinois
F 45 Gandy, ChrisChris Gandy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS So Bradley-Bourbonnais Kankakee, Illinois
C 52 Roth, SteveSteve Roth 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Sr Belleville-East Belleville, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster

Source[1]

Schedule[edit]

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/25/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. American-Puerto Rico
San Juan Shootout
W 89-77  1-0
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (1,000)
San Juan, PR
11/26/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. College of Charleston
San Juan Shootout
W 66-57  2-0
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (500)
San Juan, PR
11/27/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. Virginia Tech
San Juan Shootout
W 85-75  3-0
Roberto Clemente Coliseum (500)
San Juan, PR
12/3/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. #6 Duke L 65-70  3-1
United Center (21,500)
Chicago, IL
12/5/1994*
no, no
No. NR @ Kansas State W 76-69  4-1
Bramlage Coliseum (8,643)
Manhattan, KS
12/9/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. Northeastern Illinois
Illini Classic
W 71-53  5-1
Assembly Hall (15,084)
Champaign, IL
12/10/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. Princeton
Illini Classic
W 59-37  6-1
Assembly Hall (14,943)
Champaign, IL
12/17/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. Illinois-Chicago W 75-60  7-1
Assembly Hall (15,696)
Champaign, IL
12/19/1994*
no, no
No. 23 vs. Mercer W 90-66  8-1
Assembly Hall (14,182)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1994*
no, no
No. 23 vs. Missouri
Braggin' Rights
L 58-76  8-2
Scottrade Center (21,714)
St. Louis, MO
12/27/1994*
no, no
No. NR @ #8 Connecticut L 56-71  8-3
Hartford Civic Center (16,294)
Hartford, CT
12/29/1994*
no, no
No. NR vs. Memphis W 86-76  9-3
Assembly Hall (16,313)
Champaign, IL
1/4/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. Ohio State W 79-70  10-3 (1-0)
Assembly Hall (15,813)
Champaign, IL
1/7/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Northwestern W 82-55  11-3 (2-0)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
1/10/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Purdue W 62-58  12-3 (3-0)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
1/14/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. Indiana W 78-67  13-3 (4-0)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
1/17/1995
no, no
No. 20 vs. Michigan L 59-69  13-4 (4-1)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
1/21/1995
no, no
No. 20 @ Minnesota L 66-77  13-5 (4-2)
Williams Arena (14,527)
Minneapolis, MN
1/28/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. #10 Michigan State L 72-64  13-6 (4-3)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
2/1/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Iowa W 79-74  14-6 (5-3)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
2/4/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Wisconsin L 60-73  14-7 (5-4)
Wisconsin Field House (11,500)
Madison, WI
2/8/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. Penn State W 67-58  15-7 (6-4)
Assembly Hall (16,090)
Champaign, IL
2/11/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. Iowa W 104-97 ot 16-7 (7-4)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
2/15/1995
no, no
No. NR @ #8 Michigan State L 58-68  16-8 (7-5)
Breslin Student Events Center (15,138)
East Lansing, MI
2/22/1995
no, no
No. 20 vs. #22 Minnesota W 94-88 ot 17-8 (8-5)
Assembly Hall (16,206)
Champaign, IL
2/26/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Michigan L 51-63  17-9 (8-6)
Crisler Arena (13,562)
Ann Arbor, MI
3/2/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Indiana L 85-89  17-10 (8-7)
Assembly Hall (17,101)
Bloomington, IN
3/4/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. #17 Purdue L 56-69  17-11 (8-8)
Assembly Hall (14,123)
Champaign, IL
3/8/1995
no, no
No. NR vs. Northwestern W 99-57  18-11 (9-8)
Assembly Hall (15,195)
Champaign, IL
3/11/1995
no, no
No. NR @ Ohio State W 82-63  19-11 (10-8)
St. John Arena (11,216)
Columbus, OH
NCAA Tournament
3/17/1995*
no, no
No. NR vs. Tulsa
NCAA Tournament
L 62-68  19-12
Knickerbocker Arena (15,100)
Albany, NY
*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
Shelly Clark[3] 28 131 0 67 233 43 11 28 494
Kiwane Garris[4] 31 150 46 148 88 117 0 36 494
Richard Keene[5] 31 123 63 29 119 111 4 30 338
Jerry Hester[6] 30 119 38 47 145 57 10 23 323
Robert Bennett[7] 31 98 0 66 191 15 13 22 262
Jerry Gee[8] 31 73 0 39 106 7 7 12 185

Awards and honors[edit]

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • East
    • Tulsa 68, Illinois 62

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]