2002–03 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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2002–03 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 11
2002–03 record 25–7 (11–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bill Self
Assistant coach Billy Gillispie
Assistant coach Wayne McClain
Assistant coach Norm Roberts
MVP Brian Cook
Captain Brian Cook
Sean Harrington
Jerrance Howard
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
2002–03 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#21 Wisconsin 12 4   .750     24 8   .750
#11 Illinois 11 5   .688     25 7   .781
Purdue 10 6   .625     19 11   .633
Michigan State 10 6   .625     22 13   .629
Michigan 10 6   .625     18 12   .600
Indiana 8 8   .500     21 13   .618
Minnesota 8 8   .500     19 14   .576
Iowa 7 9   .438     17 14   .548
Ohio State 7 9   .438     17 15   .531
Northwestern 3 13   .188     12 17   .414
Penn State 2 14   .125     7 21   .250
2003 Big Ten Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll
"2002-03 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 2002–03 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the 2002-03 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Bill Self's third season at Illinois.

Season[edit]

The 2003 squad started three freshmen, a sophomore and one senior, and still finished with a 25-7 record and second-place finish in the Big Ten. Brian Cook earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors and the Illini won the Big Ten Tournament championship for the first time.

Roster[edit]

2002–03 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F/C 1 Spears, AaronAaron Spears 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Fr Dunbar Chicago, IL
G 4 Head, LutherLuther Head 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) So Manley Chicago, IL
G 5 Williams, DeronDeron Williams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr The Colony The Colony, TX
G 11 Brown, DeeDee Brown 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr Proviso East Maywood, IL
F 23 Ferguson, BlandonBlandon Ferguson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr St. Joseph Notre Dame Oakland, CA
G 24 Harrington, SeanSean Harrington (C) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Elgin Bartlett, IL
G 25 Howard, JerranceJerrance Howard (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Jr Peoria Peoria, IL
G 31 Huge, NickNick Huge 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Jr Christian Charlotte, NC
F 32 Wilson, KyleKyle Wilson 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Fr Dallas Jesuit Plano, TX
F 34 Cook, BrianBrian Cook (C) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Lincoln Lincoln, IL
F 40 Augustine, JamesJames Augustine 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Lincoln-Way Central Mokena, IL
F 42 Thomas, ClaytonClayton Thomas (w) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Larkin Elgin, IL
F 43 Powell, RogerRoger Powell 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So Joliet Central Joliet, IL
C 45 Smith, NickNick Smith 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS So Bloomingdale Valrico, FL
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Schedule[edit]

Source[1]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
11/24/2002*
no, no
No. NR vs. Lehigh W 90-56  1-0
Assembly Hall (11,758)
Champaign, IL
11/27/2002*
no, no
No. NR vs. Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 96-43  2-0
Assembly Hall (11,733)
Champaign, IL
12/1/2002*
no, no
No. NR vs. Western Illinois W 85-56  3-0
Assembly Hall (14,224)
Champaign, IL
12/7/2002*
no, no
No. 25 vs. #12 North Carolina
Big Ten-ACC Challenge
W 92-65  4-0
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
12/7/2002*
no, no
No. 25 vs. Arkansas W 62-58  5-0
Alltel Arena (9,756)
North Little Rock, AK
12/10/2002*
no, no
No. 15 vs. Eastern Illinois W 80-68  6-0
Assembly Hall (13,828)
Champaign, IL
12/14/2002*
no, no
No. 15 vs. Temple W 70-54  7-0
United Center (13,361)
Chicago, IL
12/21/2002*
no, no
No. 12 vs. #11 Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 85-70  8-0
Scottrade Center (22,153)
St. Louis, MO
12/28/2002*
no, no
No. 7 @ Memphis L 74-77  8-1
The Pyramid (19,837)
Memphis, TN
12/28/2002*
no, no
No. 11 vs. Coppin State W 63-37  9-1
Assembly Hall (13,923)
Champaign, IL
1/4/2002*
no, no
No. 5 vs. Oakland W 88-53  10-1
Assembly Hall (14,837)
Champaign, IL
1/7/2003
no, no
No. 10 @ Minnesota W 76-70  11-1 (1-0)
Williams Arena (13,548)
Minneapolis, MN
1/11/2003
no, no
No. 10 vs. Wisconsin W 69-63  12-1 (2-0)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
1/15/2003
no, no
No. 8 @ Iowa L 61-68  12-2 (2-1)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,232)
Iowa City, IA
1/18/2003
no, no
No. 8 @ #18 Indiana L 66-74  12-3 (2-2)
Assembly Hall (17,456)
Bloomington, IN
1/22/2003
no, no
No. 18 vs. Purdue W 75-62  13-3 (3-2)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
1/25/2003
no, no
No. 18 @ Penn State W 75-63  14-3 (4-2)
Bryce Jordan Center (9,601)
University Park, PA
1/29/2003
no, no
No. 13 vs. Michigan W 67-60  15-3 (5-2)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
2/2/2003
no, no
No. 13 @ Michigan State L 65-68  15-4 (5-3)
Breslin Student Events Center (14,759)
East Lansing, MI
2/9/2003
no, no
No. 16 vs. Ohio State W 76-57  16-4 (6-3)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
2/15/2003
no, no
No. 14 @ Purdue L 61-70  16-5 (6-4)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/18/2003
no, no
No. 20 vs. Michigan State W 70-40  17-5 (7-4)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
2/22/2003
no, no
No. 20 @ Northwestern W 73-61  18-5 (8-4)
United Center (15,429)
Chicago, IL
2/25/2003
no, no
No. 18 vs. Indiana W 80-54  19-5 (9-4)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
3/1/2003
no, no
No. 18 @ Michigan W 82-79  20-5 (10-4)
Crisler Arena (13,057)
Ann Arbor, MI
3/5/2003
no, no
No. 14 @ #24 Wisconsin L 59-60  20-6 (10-5)
Kohl Center (17,142)
Madison, WI
3/9/2003
no, no
No. 14 vs. Minnesota W 84-60  21-6 (11-5)
Assembly Hall (16,500)
Champaign, IL
Big Ten Tournament
3/14/2003*
no, no
No. 13 vs. Northwestern
Big Ten Tournament
W 94-65  22-6
United Center (18,895)
Chicago, IL
3/15/2003*
no, no
No. 13 vs. Indiana
Big Ten Tournament
W 73-72  23-6
United Center (20,248)
Chicago, IL
3/16/2003*
no, no
No. 13 vs. Ohio State
Big Ten Tournament Championship
W 72-59  24-6
United Center (17,007)
Chicago, IL
NCAA Tournament
3/20/2003*
no, no
No. 11 vs. Western Kentucky
NCAA Tournament, Regional Round of 16
W 65-60  25-6
RCA Dome (21,250)
Indianapolis, IN
3/22/2003*
no, no
No. 11 vs. #22 Notre Dame
NCAA Tournament, Regional Quarterfinals
L 60-68  25-7
RCA Dome (25,767)
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Season Statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP  Games played   GS  Games started  Avg  Average per game
  FG  Field-goals made  FGA  Field-goal attempts  Off  Offensive rebounds
 Def  Defensive rebounds   A  Assists   TO Turnovers
 Blk  Blocks  Stl  Steals  High  Team high
Final Individual Statistics [2]
Minutes Scoring Total FGs 3-point FGs Free-Throws Rebounds
Player GP GS Tot Avg Pts Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG 3FA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg A TO Blk Stl
Cook, Brian 30 30 940 31.3 599 20.0 202 422 .479 27 89 .303 168 205 .820 44 183 227 7.6 60 83 13 20
Brown, Dee 32 31 1090 34.1 384 12.0 142 327 .434 51 155 .329 49 72 .681 35 84 119 3.7 159 62 0 57
Powell, Roger 30 19 558 18.6 261 8.7 104 176 .591 20 49 .408 33 57 .579 40 61 101 3.4 12 24 12 9
Harrington, Sean 32 6 718 22.4 235 7.3 76 171 .444 64 144 .444 19 30 .633 2 71 73 2.3 65 25 0 29
Augustine, James 32 29 697 21.8 225 7.0 94 162 .580 5 14 .357 32 45 .711 64 122 186 5.8 25 45 27 20
Williams, Deron 32 30 868 27.1 202 6.3 75 176 .426 28 79 .354 24 45 .533 15 80 95 3.0 145 59 5 46
Head, Luther 25 8 509 20.4 198 7.9 68 131 .519 28 66 .424 34 46 .739 23 48 71 2.8 42 40 3 27
Smith, Nick 31 5 539 17.4 163 5.3 60 121 .496 5 11 .455 38 44 .864 23 69 92 3.0 26 42 38 11
Wilson, Kyle 18 0 118 6.6 46 2.6 14 37 .378 4 16 .250 14 18 .778 13 16 29 1.6 8 5 1 4
Ferguson, Blandon 24 1 218 9.1 40 1.7 11 33 .333 0 3 .000 18 26 .692 11 21 32 1.3 20 20 0 3
Spears, Aaron 6 0 55 9.2 19 3.2 8 12 .667 0 0 .000 3 7 .429 4 5 9 1.5 6 5 1 1
Howard, Jerrance 14 1 52 3.7 9 0.6 4 16 .250 1 6 .167 0 0 .000 0 3 3 0.2 7 2 0 0
Huge, Nick 8 0 17 2.1 4 0.5 0 3 .000 0 3 .000 4 4 1.000 0 1 1 0.1 0 1 0 0
Thomas, Clayton 9 0 21 2.3 3 0.3 1 6 .167 0 1 .000 1 4 .250 1 3 4 0.4 0 2 0 0
Team 42 49 91 3
Total 32 6400 2388 74.6 859 1793 .479 233 636 .366 437 603 .725 317 816 1133 35.4 575 418 100 227
Opponents 32 6400 1970 61.6 657 1741 .377 192 655 .293 464 655 .708 356 686 1042 32.6 353 469 84 182

NCAA basketball tournament[edit]

  • West regional
    • Illinois 65, Western Kentucky 60
    • Notre Dame 68, Illinois 60

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Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 24 Brian Cook Los Angeles Lakers

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]