1995–96 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1995–96 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1995–96 record 18–13 (7–11 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Bial
MVP Kiwane Garris
Captain Richard Keene
Kiwane Garris
Jerry Hester
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
1995–96 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Purdue 15 3   .833     26 6   .813
Indiana 13 5   .722     20 11   .645
#18 Penn State 12 6   .667     21 7   .750
#21 Iowa 12 6   .667     24 8   .750
Minnesota 11 7   .611     20 10   .667
Wisconsin 9 9   .500     18 14   .563
Michigan State 9 9   .500     16 16   .500
Illinois 7 11   .389     18 13   .581
Ohio State 5 13   .278     12 15   .444
Northwestern 4 14   .222     9 18   .333
Michigan 1 8   .111     1 10   .091
Rankings from AP Poll
*Michigan: 20 Games vacated due to sanctions against the program; 1 NCAA Tourn. vacated
*Minnesota: 2 NIT vacated due to sanctions against the program
Disputed records: Michigan-(21-11)(10-8); Minnesota-(19-13)(10-8)
"1995-96 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1995–96 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

After advancing to the NCAA Tournament in 1994-95, Illinois extended its run on postseason play with a berth in the 1996 NIT. The Illini started the 1995-96 season 11-1 before losing Kiwane Garris to injury. Without its leader, the Illini dropped its first five Big Ten games. Garris returned, but was never 100 percent and junior forward Jerry Hester missed games with a severely sprained ankle. The Illini finished the 1996 season 18-13 overall, 7-11 in the Big Ten. But more importantly the 1996 season marked the end of the most successful era in Illinois basketball when Lou Henson announced his retirement before the end of the season. In his 21 years at Illinois, Henson notched 423 victories and guided the Illini to 11 NCAA Tournament appearances. The Okay, Oklahoma native coached Illinois to 11, 20-win seasons and finished his career as the third winningest coach in Big Ten history with 214 league victories.

Roster[edit]

1995–96 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 10 Lindenmeyer, JeffJeff Lindenmeyer (W)
Fr Arcola Arcola, Illinois
G 21 Heldman, MattMatt Heldman 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Libertyville Libertyville, Illinois
G 22 Garris, KiwaneKiwane Garris (C) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Westinghouse Chicago
G 24 Keene, RichardRichard Keene (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Collinsville Collinsville, Illinois
G 25 Notree, BryantBryant Notree 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) So Simeon Chicago
C 31 Robisch, BrettBrett Robisch 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Calvary Academy Springfield, Illinois
F 32 Gee, JerryJerry Gee 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) So St. Martin de Porres Chicago
G 33 Turner, KevinKevin Turner 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Simeon Chicago
F 34 Johnson, BrianBrian Johnson 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Maine West Des Plaines, Illinois
F 40 Hester, JerryJerry Hester (C) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Manual Peoria, Illinois
F 42 Caldwell, HerbHerb Caldwell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Jacksonville Jacksonville, Illinois
F 44 Blackwell, RyanRyan Blackwell 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Fr Pittsford Sutherland Pittsford, New York
F 45 Gandy, ChrisChris Gandy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Bradley-Bourbonnais Kankakee, 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
11/25/1995*
no, no
No. NR vs. Texas-San Antonio W 83-80  1-0
Assembly Hall (12,382)
Champaign, IL
11/28/1995*
no, no
No. NR vs. Eastern Illinois W 89-57  2-0
Assembly Hall (13,521)
Champaign, IL
12/2/1995*
no, no
No. NR @ #12 Duke W 75-65  3-0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
12/4/1995*
no, no
No. 21 vs. Kansas State W 82-56  4-0
Assembly Hall (13,814)
Champaign, IL
12/8/1995*
no, no
No. 21 vs. Southeast Missouri State
Illini Classic
W 89-70  5-0
Assembly Hall (14,611)
Champaign, IL
12/9/1995*
no, no
No. 21 vs. Ball State
Illini Classic
W 97-53  6-0
Assembly Hall (14,920)
Champaign, IL
12/16/1995*
no, no
No. 16 vs. Illinois-Chicago W 81-73  7-0
Assembly Hall (15,902)
Champaign, IL
12/20/1995*
no, no
No. 14 vs. #15 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 96-85 ot 8-0
Scottrade Center (21,901)
St. Louis, MO
12/23/1995*
no, no
No. 14 vs. California W 83-69  9-0
United Center (15,046)
Chicago, IL
12/27/1995*
no, no
No. 12 vs. #13 Syracuse
Rainbow Classic
L 64-75  9-1
Stan Sheriff Center (8,757)
Honolulu, HI
12/29/1995*
no, no
No. 12 @ Hawaii
Rainbow Classic
W 82-81 ot 10-1
Stan Sheriff Center (7,827)
Honolulu, HI
12/30/1995*
no, no
No. 12 vs. North Carolina State
Rainbow Classic
W 85-76  11-1
Assembly Hall (7,787)
Champaign, IL
1/3/1996
no, no
No. 13 @ Minnesota L 64-69  11-2 (0-1)
Williams Arena (14,221)
Minneapolis, MN
1/6/1996
no, no
No. 13 vs. Michigan State L 58-68  11-3 (0-2)
Assembly Hall (16,413)
Champaign, IL
2/26/1995
no, no
No. 21 @ #23 Michigan L 68-83  11-4 (0-3)
Crisler Arena (13,562)
Ann Arbor, MI
1/13/1996
no, no
No. 21 vs. Indiana L 71-85  11-5 (0-4)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
1/18/1996
no, no
No. NR @ #16 Iowa L 79-82  11-6 (0-5)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
1/20/1996
no, no
No. NR @ #17 Purdue W 71-67  12-6 (1-5)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
1/24/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. Ohio State W 77-46  13-6 (2-5)
Assembly Hall (14,862)
Champaign, IL
1/27/1996
no, no
No. NR @ Northwestern W 74-62  14-6 (3-5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
2/3/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. Wisconsin L 56-57  14-7 (3-6)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
2/8/1996
no, no
No. NR @ #10 Penn State L 58-61  14-8 (3-7)
Bryce Jordan Center (14,754)
University Park, PA
2/14/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. Northwestern W 93-62  15-8 (4-7)
Assembly Hall (13,560)
Champaign, IL
2/17/1996
no, no
No. NR @ Ohio State W 76-67  16-8 (5-7)
St. John Arena (12,718)
Columbus, OH
2/20/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. #7 Purdue L 71-74  16-9 (5-8)
Assembly Hall (15,628)
Champaign, IL
2/24/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. #18 Iowa W 91-86  17-9 (6-8)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
2/28/1996
no, no
No. NR @ Indiana L 64-76  17-10 (6-9)
Assembly Hall (17,139)
Bloomington, IN
3/3/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. Michigan W 73-62  18-10 (7-9)
Assembly Hall (16,450)
Champaign, IL
3/6/1996
no, no
No. NR @ Michigan State L 67-77  18-11 (7-10)
Breslin Student Events Center (13,187)
East Lansing, MI
3/9/1996
no, no
No. NR vs. Minnesota L 66-67 ot 18-12 (7-11)
Assembly Hall (16,206)
Champaign, IL
National Invitation Tournament
3/13/1996*
no, no
No. NR vs. Alabama
National Invitation Tournament
L 69-72  18-13
Assembly Hall (8,398)
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
Kiwane Garris[3] 25 118 38 112 86 98 0 42 386
Jerry Hester[4] 28 112 38 46 111 35 9 16 308
Brian Notree[5] 31 122 17 66 190 30 5 32 327
Richard Keene[6] 31 107 69 34 116 162 8 40 317
Jerry Gee[7] 31 115 0 35 190 16 33 17 265
Chris Gandy[8] 31 76 4 33 126 14 16 14 189
Matt Heldman[9] 31 53 30 33 29 43 1 11 175
Kevin Turner[10] 31 65 25 15 49 54 3 17 170

Awards and honors[edit]

National Invitation Tournament[edit]

  • Alabama 72, Illinois 69

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Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club

[13]

Rankings[edit]

References[edit]