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Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
2014–15 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationChampaign, IL
Head coachJohn Groce (2nd year)
ArenaState Farm Center
(Capacity: 16,618)
NicknameFighting Illini
Student sectionOrange Krush
Colors

Blue and Orange

            
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1915
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1915
NCAA Tournament runner up
2005
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2005
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Conference tournament champions
2003, 2005
Conference regular season champions
1915, 1917, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
 
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Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
2014–15 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball athletic logo
UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
ConferenceBig Ten
LocationChampaign, IL
Head coachJohn Groce (2nd year)
ArenaState Farm Center
(Capacity: 16,618)
NicknameFighting Illini
Student sectionOrange Krush
Colors

Blue and Orange

            
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1915
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1915
NCAA Tournament runner up
2005
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1989, 2001, 2005
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005
NCAA Tournament appearances
1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013
Conference tournament champions
2003, 2005
Conference regular season champions
1915, 1917, 1924, 1935, 1937, 1942, 1943, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1984, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005

The Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team is an NCAA Division I college basketball team competing in the Big Ten Conference. Home games are played at the State Farm Center, located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's campus in Champaign.

The team's head coach is currently John Groce.

Eras of Illini Basketball[edit]

When duty calls[edit]

The Whiz Kids

Prior to World War II breaking out, the Fighting Illini men's basketball program had achieved a status which it had never seen prior. Under the direction of head coach and athletic director Douglas Mills, the Illini grouped a team of players, all around 6' 3", into a nearly undefeatable lineup later to be known as "The Whiz Kids". As freshman and sophomores, the 1941–42 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team dominated the Big Ten conference basketball season by posting a 13 - 2 record, overall finishing with 18 wins and only 5 losses. A starting lineup of freshman and sophomores, Arthur "Jack" Smiley, Ken Menke, Andy Phillip, Ellis "Gene" Vance, Victor Wukovits and Art Mathison, developed a winning attitude that would maintain for the next 15 years, a time period where the Illini would finish no less than third in the conference for 13 of them. Despite being ranked No. 1 in the nation, the 1943 Illinois men's basketball squad opted not to play in the NCAA Tournament when three of its five `Whiz Kids' were called to duty in World War II

Lou Henson era (1975-1996)[edit]

In 1975, after having taken New Mexico State (and future Illinois assistant coach, Jimmy Collins) to the Final Four, Lou Henson moved to the University of Illinois to replace Gene Bartow, after Bartow left Illinois to replace John Wooden at UCLA. Henson would lead the Fighting Illini back to their glory after having a number of difficult years following the Illinois slush fund scandal (where Illinois was hit with severe penalties for infractions that other Big 10 schools had in years prior been punished much more leniently (according to Sports Illustrated at the time). In 21 years at Illinois, Henson garnered 423 wins and 224 losses (.654 winning percentage), and with a record of 214 wins and 164 losses (.567) in Big Ten Conference games. The 214 wins in Big Ten games were the third highest total ever at the time of his retirement. At Illinois, Henson coached many future NBA players, including Eddie Johnson, Derek Harper, Ken Norman, Nick Anderson, Kendall Gill, Kenny Battle, Marcus Liberty, Steve Bardo, and Kiwane Garris and was known for his trademark, Lou-Do.

Early 1980s[edit]

In 1981, Illinois made strides in its return to the national spotlight with a 21-8 record, a third-place Big Ten finish and an invitation to the NCAA Tournament. The team received a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament and beat Wyoming, 67-65, in Los Angeles to advance to the regionals in Salt Lake City, where Illinois lost to Kansas State, 57-52. During this season, the Fighting Illini led the Big Ten in scoring for the second consecutive season and were again led by Eddie Johnson and Mark Smith. Guards Craig Tucker and Derek Harper arrived to add backcourt punch, and Harper began his Illini career being named First-Team Freshman All-America by ESPN and ABC.

Flyin' Illini[edit]

The top-seeded and top-ranked 1989 Illini were upset 83-81 in the Final Four on a last second basket by Michigan's Sean Higgins, ending the school's deepest run in the tournament at that time. Illinois had beaten the Wolverines by 12 and 16 points in two previous meetings that season. The 1988–89 Illinois Fighting Illini team gained the moniker "Flyin' Illini" by Dick Vitale during an ESPN broadcast that season. The team also gained national prominence for its athletic players, such as NCAA slam dunk champions Kenny Battle and Kendall Gill, as well as Lowell Hamilton, Nick Anderson, Marcus Liberty, and Stephen Bardo.

1990s[edit]

The early 1990s Illini were dominated by players such as guards Andy Kauffman, Richard Keene, and Kiwane Garris, as well as centers Shelly Clark and Deon Thomas. Thomas was at the center of a report of misconduct by Iowa Hawkeyes men's basketball assistant coach Bruce Pearl, who alleged that Thomas had been offered cash to attend Illinois. The Illini were suspended from postseason play for one season for unrelated violations uncovered during the investigation.

Lon Kruger era (1996-2000)[edit]

After longtime coach Lou Henson's departure, Illinois hired Lon Kruger to fill the vacancy for the 1996 season. Kruger inherited players such as Victor Chukwudebe, Jerry Hester, Kevin Turner, Jerry Gee, Matt Heldman, Brian Johnson, Kiwane Garris and Cleotis Brown. During his four seasons at Illinois, three of which resulted in NCAA Tournament berths, (all three of which saw the Illini eliminated in the 2nd round) Kruger became the only Big Ten coach to successfully sign three consecutive Illinois Mr. Basketball winners, inking Sergio McClain, Frank Williams, and Brian Cook between 1997 and 1999.

Bill Self era (2000-2003)[edit]

The University of Illinois picked Tulsa coach Bill Self from a list of numerous candidates, including popular assistant Jimmy Collins to succeed Kruger, who moved on to the NBA to coach the Atlanta Hawks. In 2001, his first season at Illinois, Self coached his new Fighting Illini squad to a 27-8 record, a share of the Big Ten title, and a number 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. McClain, Cook and preseason Big Ten player of the year Cory Bradford led the Illini to the Elite Eight where they met and fell to eventual finalists Arizona in a much disputed contest. The Illini were accused of being overly physical most of the season, especially McClain and pesky guards Sean Harrington and Lucas Johnson (younger brother of former Illini forward Brian Johnson. The '01 Illini team also included Robert Archibald, Damir Krupalija and Marcus Griffin. With mostly the same core, Illinois followed up the season with impressive 2002 and 2003 campaigns, but fell in the sweet 16 in 2002;[1] the team finished with a 37–2 record after falling to the Roy Williams-coached Tar Heels 75–70 in the NCAA championship game under Bruce Weber, who replaced Self prior to the 2004 season. Self's recruits on that team included four eventual NBA draft picks, Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (selected Rnd 1, Pick 3 by Utah), Dee Brown, Luther Head and James Augustine[1]

Bruce Weber Era (2004-2012)[edit]

2004–2005[edit]

In 2004-2005 the Illini went 37–2, tying the NCAA record for most wins in a season. They lost in the National Championship to the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Illini won the Big Ten regular season and tournament which was held in Chicago. They gained a #1 seed in the "big dance" and posted one of the most memorable games in NCAA history against Arizona. Down 15 points with around 4 minutes left, the Illini sparked a run led by Luther Head and Deron Williams. The game was sent into overtime and the orange and blue pulled off the one point win to advance to the Final Four in St. Louis. Against the Louisville Cardinals in the Final Four they won their final game of the season. The Illini had all 5 starters; Deron Williams, Luther Head, Dee Brown, James Augustine, and Roger Powell, Jr.; eventually play in the NBA. Deron Williams and Dee Brown both joined the Utah Jazz roster where Williams played until February 2011 and Luther Head plays for the Sacramento Kings. Coach Bruce Weber also won many Coach of the Year awards.

2006–2007[edit]

In the 2006-07 season, the Illini finished tied for 4th place in the Big Ten, earning the 6th seed in the Big Ten tournament, and losing in the seminfinals to Wisconsin. The Illini were selected as a 12-seed in the NCAA tournament; losing their opening-round game to Virginia Tech by a score of 54–52.

2007–2008[edit]

In the 2007-08 season, the Illini tied for 9th in the Big Ten. They reached the finals of the Big Ten tournament despite their 10-seed, where they lost to Wisconsin. The Illini failed to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1998–99 season.

John Groce Era (2012-Present)[edit]

Coach Groce

After Bruce Weber was fired at the end of the 2011–12 season, John Groce was hired by new athletic director Mike Thomas on March 28, 2012.[2] Despite losing NBA draft lottery pick Meyers Leonard after his sophomore season, the Illini were the 2012 Maui Invitational Tournament Champions and shocked the country to make round of 32 in the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Illini lost 63-59 in a controversial finish to the 2013 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Champions Miami Hurricanes.

The Illini spent 8 weeks nationally ranked in the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball rankings, and for two weeks were ranked as high as 10th in the country.

Coaching history[edit]

CoachYearsRecordConference
Record
Conference
Titles
NCAA
Appearances
Elwood Brown1906–19076-83-6
Frank L. Pinckney1907–19081-100-8
Fletcher Lane1908–190920-66-5
Herb V. Juul1909–191012-1010-10
T. E. Thompson1910–191214-1410-13
Ralph R. Jones1912–192085-3464-312
Frank J. Winters1920–192225-1214-10
J. Craig Ruby1922–1936148-9594-742
Douglas R. Mills1936–1947151-6688-4731
Harry Combes1947–1967316-150174-10444
Harv Schmidt1967–197489-7743-55
Gene Bartow1974–19758-184-14
Lou Henson1975–1996423-224214-164112
Lon Kruger1996–200081-4838-2813
Bill Self2000–200378-2435-1323
Bruce Weber2003–2012210-10189-6526
John Groce2012–43-2815-211
Totals1710-925901-6681730

Statistical leaders[edit]

Former Fighting Illini Demetri McCamey

All-time leaders[edit]

Season leaders[edit]

Game leaders[edit]

Source for all statistical leaders[3]

Individual honors[edit]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

Henry Porter - 1960
Andy Phillip - 1961
Abe Saperstein - 1971
Jerry Colangelo - 2004

Consensus All-American[edit]

Ray Woods - 1915, 1916 & 1917
Clyde Alwood - 1917
Earl Anderson - 1918
Chuck Carney - 1920 & 1922
Bill Hapac - 1940
Andy Phillip - 1942 & 1943
Walt Kirk - 1945
Rod Fletcher - 1952
Dee Brown - 2005 & 2006

NCAA Men's Basketball All-American[edit]

Key to abbreviations:
AP Associated Press, Arg Argosy, Ath Athletic Publications, BN Basketball News, BT Basketball Times, BKW Basketball Weekly, BW Basketball Writers of America, Col Colliers, Con Converse, CSAF Citizens Savings Athletic Foundation, Helms Helms Foundation, INS International News Service, K Kodak, Look Look magazine, MSG Madison Square Garden, NABC National Association of Basketball Coaches, NEA Newspaper Enterprise Association, Omaha Omaha World Newspaper, PM Pic Magazine, SN Sporting News, True True Magazine, UP United Press, W Wooden
1st First Team, 2nd Second Team, 3rd Third Team, HM Honorable Mention
1915 Ray Woods - 1st (Helms)
1916 Ray Woods - 1st (Helms)
1917 Ray Woods - 1st (Helms), Clyde Alwood - 1st (Helms)
1918 Earl Anderson - 1st (Helms)
1920 Chuck Carney - 1st (Helms)
1922 Chuck Carney - 1st (Helms)
1937 Harry Combes - 2nd (Omaha)
1938 Lou Boudreau - 1st (MSG), Louis Dehner - 3rd (Con)
1939 Louis Dehner - 1st (MSG), 3rd (Con)
1940 Bill Hapac - 1st (Helms, Con)
1942 Andy Phillip - 1st (Helms), 2nd (PM), 3rd (Con), Jack Smiley - HM (SN), Art Mathisen - HM (SN), Ken Menke - HM (SN, Con), Gene Vance - HM (SN)
1943 Andy Phillip - 1st (Con, PM, Helms, SN, AP, UP, NEA, Look,), Jack Smiley - 3rd (Con), Art Mathisen - HM (Con), Gene Vance - HM (Con)
1944 Walt Kirk - HM (Con)
1945 Walt Kirk - 1st (Helms, Con), 2nd (AM), HM (Con)
1946 Jack Burmaster - HM (SN), Bob Doster - HM (SN)
1947 Andy Phillip - 1st (True, NABC), HM (Con), Jack Smiley - 3rd (Helms), HM (Con), Gene Vance - HM (Con)
1948 Dwight Eddleman - 2nd (AP), 3rd (Con, True), Jack Burmaster - HM (Con)
1949 Bill Erickson - 1st (Helms, Col, NABC), 3rd (SN, UP), 4th (Con), Dwight Eddleman - 1st (Con), 2nd (AP, UP)
1950 Bill Erickson - HM (Con)
1951 Don Sunderlage - 2nd (Helms, SN), 3rd (UP, Con), HM (AP), Ted Beach - HM (Con), Rod Fletcher - HM (Con)
1952 Rod Fletcher - 1st (Look, Con, Helms), 2nd (AP, UP, INS, NABC, Col, Ath), John Kerr - HM (AP, UP, Con), Irv Bemoras - HM (UP, Con), Jim Bredar - HM (UP, Con), Bob Peterson - HM (UP)
1953 Irv Bemoras - 2nd (Con, Helms, Look), HM (AP), Jim Bredar - 2nd (Con, Helms, Look, INS), 3rd (AP), John Kerr - HM (AP, INS, Con)
1954 John Kerr - 2nd (Helms), 3rd (Look, AP, UP), 4th (Con)
1955 Bill Ridley - HM (AP, Con), Paul Judson - HM (INS, Con), George Bon Salle - HM (Con)
1956 Paul Judson - 2nd (Con), 3rd (NABC, UP, NEA), HM (INS), Bill Ridley - 2nd (Con), 3rd (NABC, UP, AP), Bruce Brothers - HM (Con), Harv Schmidt - HM (Con)
1957 Harv Schmidt - 2nd (Con), George Bon Salle - 2nd (NABC) HM (Con), Don Ohl - HM (AP, Con)
1958 Don Ohl - 2nd (Con), 3rd (Helms), Govoner Vaughn - HM (Con)
1959 Roger Taylor - HM (Con)
1960 Mannie Jackson - HM (Con), Govoner Vaughn - HM (Con)
1961 Dave Downey - HM (Con), John Wessels - HM (Con)
1962 Dave Downey - HM (Con), Bill Burwell - HM (Con)
1963 Dave Downey - 1st (Helms), 2nd (Con), HM (AP), Bill Small - HM (Con)
1964 Tal Brody - HM (SN, Con), Duane Thoren - HM (Con)
1965 Duane Thoren - 1st (Helms), 2nd (AP, Con), 3rd (UPI, BN, NABC), Bogie Redmon - HM (Con), Tal Brody - 1st (Helms), 2nd (SN, Con)
1966 Don Freeman - 1st (Helms), 2nd (Con, BN), HM (UPI), Rich Jones - HM (Con)
1967 Jim Dawson - HM (Con), Dave Scholz - HM (Con)
1968 Dave Scholz - 1st (Helms), HM (Con)
1969 Dave Scholz - 1st (Helms), 3rd (AP), HM (Con)
1970 Mike Price - HM (Con)
1972 Nick Weatherspoon - HM (Con)
1973 Nick Weatherspoon - 1st (CASF, Helms), HM (Con)
1974 Jeff Dawson - HM (Con)
1975 Rick Schmidt - HM (Con)
1977 Audie Matthews - HM (Con), Levi Cobb - HM (Con)
1983 Derek Harper - 2nd (AP, Con), 3rd (BN)
1984 Bruce Douglas - 3rd (UPI)
1987 Ken Norman - 2nd (AP, BW, SN, K), 3rd (BT, NABC), HM (UPI)
1988 Nick Anderson - HM (SN), Kenny Battle - HM (SN)
1989 Nick Anderson - HM (AP, UPI, SN), Kenny Battle - HM (AP, UPI, SN), Kendall Gill - HM (SN)
1990 Kendall Gill - 1st (UPI), 2nd (BKW), 3rd (AP, SN, NABC)
1994 Deon Thomas - HM (AP)
2001 Frank Williams - 1st (W), 3rd (AP, NABC), Cory Bradford - HM (AP)
2002 Frank Williams - 2nd (NABC) HM (AP)
2003 Brian Cook - 2nd (SN), 3rd (AP, NABC, BT)
2004 Dee Brown - HM (AP)
2005 Dee Brown - 1st (W, BW, SN) 2nd (AP, NABC, BT), Luther Head - 2nd (AP, NABC, BW), Deron Williams - 1st (W), 2nd (NABC, SN), 3rd (AP)
2006 Dee Brown - 2nd (AP, BW, NABC)
Ray Woods - 1917
Chuck Carney - 1922
Andy Phillip - 1943
Dee Brown - 2005
Dwight "Dike" Eddleman - 1940s
Dee Brown - 2006
Dee Brown - 2006
Jim Bredar - 1952
Johnny "Red" Kerr - 1952
Luther Head - 2005
Deron Williams - 2005
Nick Anderson - 1989
Deron Williams - 2005
Andy Phillip - 1943
Dwight "Dike" Eddleman - 1949
Don Sunderlage - 1951
Johnny "Red" Kerr - 1954
Jim Dawson - 1967
Bruce Douglas - 1984
Frank Williams - 2001
Brian Cook - 2003
Dee Brown - 2005
Bruce Douglas - 1985 & 1986
Stephen Bardo - 1989
Dee Brown - 2005
Cory Bradford - 1999
Brian Cook - 2000
D.J. Richardson - 2010
Brian Cook - 2003
James Augustine - 2005
Deron Williams - 2008 & 2012
Bruce Weber - 2005
Lou Henson - 1993
Bruce Weber - 2005

Fighting Illini in the Pros[edit]

Fighting Illini Playing Overseas[edit]

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)HometownYears with
Illinois
Professional TeamCountry
FMarcus Arnold6'8"250Chicago, IL2006-2007Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Spain[4]
PFJames Augustine6'10"235Midlothian, IL2003-2006BC Khimki Russia[5]
SGJoseph Bertrand6'6"200Sterling, IL2010-2014Larochette Luxembourg[6]
SGCory Bradford6'3"200Memphis, TN1999-2001Guerreros de Bogotá Colombia[7]
PGDee Brown6'0"185Maywood, IL2002-2006BK VEF Rīga Latvia[8]
CBrian Carlwell6'11"265Maywood, IL2006-2007Iwate Big Bulls Japan[9]
CWarren Carter6'9"220Dallas, TX2003-2007Maurienne France[10]
PFMike Davis6'9"225Alexandria, VA2008-2011BC Kyiv Ukraine[11]
FTyler Griffey6'9"220Wildwood, MO2010-2013Allianz Swans Gmunden Austria[12]
FC.J. Jackson6'8"265Buena Vista, GA2006-2009Le Portel France[13]
FDamir Krupalija6'9"232Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina1998-2002SLUC Nancy Basket France[14]
PGDemetri McCamey6'3"200Bellwood, IL2007-2011Cairns Taipans Australia[15]
FSam McLaurin6'8"220Havana, FL2013Korihait Finland[16]
PGTrent Meacham6'2"195Champaign, IL2007-2009JSF Nanterre France[17]
PGBrandon Paul6'4"200Gurnee, IL2009-2013BC Nizhny Novgorod Russia[18]
PF/CShaun Pruitt6'10"245Aurora, IL2004-2008Marinos de Anzoátegui Venezuela[19]
PFBrian Randle6'8"220Peoria, IL2003-2008Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C. Israel[20]
SGD. J. Richardson6'3"195Peoria, IL2008-2013Korikobrat Finland[21]
SGJamar Smith6'3"185Peoria, IL2006-2007Brose Baskets Germany[22]

Fighting Illini in the NBA[edit]

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)HometownDraft YearPickAll-Star
Appearances
NBA ChampionshipsNBA Team
PGDeron Williams6'3"209The Colony, TX20053rd30Brooklyn Nets
CMeyers Leonard7'1"245Robinson, IL201211th00Portland Trail Blazers
Fighting Illini in the NBA[23]
NBA Draft Selections
Total selected:68
Lottery Picks in Draft:3
1st round:15
Notable Achievements
Olympic Gold Medal Winners:1 player twice
NBA Champions:4
Naismith Basketball-Hall-of-Famers:4

All-Century Team[edit]

During the celebration of the program's 100th year of basketball as a varsity sport, the University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics announced its All-Century Team. The 20-man team was selected after voting by fans on www.fightingillini.com and the Illinois Basketball Centennial Committee. The honorees were feted during the Illinois Basketball Centennial Reunion Weekend, Jan. 28-30, 2005.[24]

Former Fighting Illini Deron Williams with the Brooklyn Nets.

Season-by-season records[edit]

SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Elwood Brown (1905–1906)
1905 - 06Elwood Brown6 - 83 - 64th
Frank L. Pinckney (1906–1907)
1906 - 07Frank L. Pinckney1 - 100 - 85th
Fletcher Lane (1907–1908)
1907 - 08Fletcher Lane20 - 66 - 53rd
Herb Juul (1908–1910)
1908 - 09Herb Juul7 - 65 - 64th
1909 - 10Herb Juul5 - 45 - 44th
Herb Juul:12 - 1010 - 10
T.E. Thompson (1910–1912)
1910 - 11T.E. Thompson6 - 66 - 54th
1911 - 12T.E. Thompson8 - 84 - 85th
T.E. Thompson:14 - 1410 - 13
Ralph Jones (1912–1920)
1912 - 13Ralph Jones10 - 67 - 65th
1913 - 14Ralph Jones9 - 47 - 33rd
1914 - 15Ralph Jones16 - 012 - 01st(T)Helms and Premo-Porretta National Champions
1915 - 16Ralph Jones13 - 39 - 32nd(T)
1916 - 17Ralph Jones13 - 310 - 21st(T)
1917 - 18Ralph Jones9 - 66 - 64th(T)
1918 - 19Ralph Jones6 - 85 - 75th
1919 - 20Ralph Jones9 - 48 - 43rd
Ralph Jones:85 - 3464 - 31
Frank Winters (1920–1922)
1920 - 21Frank Winters11 - 77 - 54th(T)
1921 - 22Frank Winters14 - 57 - 54th(T)
Frank Winters:25 - 1214 - 10
J. Craig Ruby (1922–1936)
1922 - 23J. Craig Ruby9 - 67 - 54th(T)
1923 - 24J. Craig Ruby11 - 68 - 41st(T)
1924 - 25J. Craig Ruby11 - 68 - 43rd(T)
1925 - 26J. Craig Ruby9 - 86 - 65th(T)
1926 - 27J. Craig Ruby10 - 77 - 54th(T)
1927 - 28J. Craig Ruby5 - 122 - 109th(T)
1928 - 29J. Craig Ruby10 - 76 - 65th(T)
1929 - 30J. Craig Ruby8 - 87 - 54th(T)
1930 - 31J. Craig Ruby12 - 57 - 55th
1931 - 32J. Craig Ruby11 - 67 - 55th
1932 - 33J. Craig Ruby11 - 76 - 65th(T)
1933 - 34J. Craig Ruby13 - 67 - 54th
1934 - 35J. Craig Ruby15 - 59 - 31st(T)
1935 - 36J. Craig Ruby13 - 67 - 53rd(T)
J. Craig Ruby:148 - 9594 - 74
Douglas Mills (1936–1947)
1936 - 37Douglas Mills14 - 410 - 21st(T)
1937 - 38Douglas Mills9 - 94 - 88th(T)
1938 - 39Douglas Mills14 - 58 - 43rd
1939 - 40Douglas Mills14 - 67 - 54th(T)
1940 - 41Douglas Mills13 - 77 - 53rd(T)
1941 - 42Douglas Mills18 - 513 - 21stNCAA Elite Eight
1942 - 43Douglas Mills17 - 112 - 01st
1943 - 44Douglas Mills11 - 95 - 76th
1944 - 45Douglas Mills13 - 77 - 53rd
1945 - 46Douglas Mills14 - 77 - 55th(T)
1946 - 47Douglas Mills14 - 68 - 42nd(T)
Douglas Mills:151 - 6688 - 47
Harry Combes (1947–1967)
1947 - 48Harry Combes15 - 57 - 53rd(T)
1948 - 49Harry Combes21 - 410 - 21stNCAA 3rd Place
1949 - 50Harry Combes14 - 87 - 53rd(T)
1950 - 51Harry Combes22 - 513 - 11stNCAA 3rd Place
1951 - 52Harry Combes22 - 412 - 21stNCAA 3rd Place
1952 - 53Harry Combes18 - 414 - 42nd
1953 - 54Harry Combes17 - 510 - 43rd(T)
1954 - 55Harry Combes17 - 510 - 42nd(T)
1955 - 56Harry Combes18 - 411 - 32nd
1956 - 57Harry Combes14 - 87 - 77th
1957 - 58Harry Combes11 - 115 - 98th(T)
1958 - 59Harry Combes12 - 107 - 75th(T)
1959 - 60Harry Combes16 - 78 - 63rd(T)
1960 - 61Harry Combes9 - 155 - 97th
1961 - 62Harry Combes15 - 87 - 74th(T)
1962 - 63Harry Combes20 - 611 - 31st(T)NCAA Elite Eight
1963 - 64Harry Combes13 - 116 - 86th(T)
1964 - 65Harry Combes18 - 610 - 43rd
1965 - 66Harry Combes12 - 128 - 63rd(T)
1966 - 67Harry Combes12 - 126 - 87th(T)
Harry Combes:316 - 150174 - 104
Harv Schmidt (1967–1974)
1967 - 68Harv Schmidt11 - 136 - 87th(T)
1968 - 69Harv Schmidt19 - 59 - 52nd(T)
1969 - 70Harv Schmidt15 - 98 - 63rd(T)
1970 - 71Harv Schmidt11 - 125 - 95th(T)
1971 - 72Harv Schmidt14 - 105 - 98th(T)
1972 - 73Harv Schmidt14 - 108 - 63rd(T)
1973 - 74Harv Schmidt5 - 182 - 1210th
Harv Schmidt:89 - 7743 - 55
Gene Bartow (1974–1975)
1974 - 75Gene Bartow8 - 184 - 149th(T)
Lou Henson (1975–1996)
1975 - 76Lou Henson14 - 137 - 117th(T)
1976 - 77Lou Henson16 - 148 - 106th
1977 - 78Lou Henson13 - 147 - 117th
1978 - 79Lou Henson19 - 117 - 117th
1979 - 80Lou Henson22 - 138 - 106th(T)NIT 3rd Place
1980 - 81Lou Henson21 - 812 - 63rdNCAA Sweet Sixteen
1981 - 82Lou Henson18 - 1110 - 86thNIT 2nd Round
1982 - 83Lou Henson21 - 1111 - 72nd(T)NCAA 1st Round
1983 - 84Lou Henson26 - 515 - 31st(T)NCAA Elite Eight
1984 - 85Lou Henson26 - 912 - 62ndNCAA Sweet 16
1985 - 86Lou Henson22 - 1011 - 74th(T)NCAA 2nd Round
1986 - 87Lou Henson23 - 813 - 54thNCAA 1st Round
1987 - 88Lou Henson23 - 1012 - 63rd(T)NCAA 2nd Round
1988 - 89Lou Henson31 - 514 - 42ndNCAA Final Four
1989 - 90Lou Henson21 - 811 - 74th(T)NCAA 1st Round
1990 - 91Lou Henson21 - 1011 - 73rd(T)
1991 - 92Lou Henson13 - 157 - 118th
1992 - 93Lou Henson19 - 1311 - 73rd(T)NCAA 2nd Round
1993 - 94Lou Henson17 - 1110 - 84th(T)NCAA 1st Round
1994 - 95Lou Henson19 - 1210 - 85th(T)NCAA 1st Round
1995 - 96Lou Henson18 - 137 - 119thNIT 1st Round
Lou Henson:423 - 224214 - 164
Lon Kruger (1996–2000)
1996 - 97Lon Kruger22 - 1011 - 74th(T)NCAA 2nd Round
1997 - 98Lon Kruger23 - 1013 - 31st(T)NCAA 2nd Round
1998 - 99Lon Kruger14 - 183 - 1311th
1999 - 00Lon Kruger22 - 1011 - 54thNCAA 2nd Round
Lon Kruger:81 - 4838 - 28
Bill Self (2000–2003)
2000 - 01Bill Self27 - 813 - 31st(T)NCAA Elite Eight
2001 - 02Bill Self26 - 911 - 51st(T)NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2002 - 03Bill Self25 - 711 - 52ndNCAA 2nd Round
Bill Self:78 - 2435 - 13
Bruce Weber (2003–2012)
2003 - 04Bruce Weber26 - 713 - 31stNCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004 - 05Bruce Weber37 - 215 - 11stNCAA Runner-Up
2005 - 06Bruce Weber26 - 711 - 52nd(T)NCAA Round of 32
2006 - 07Bruce Weber23 - 129 - 74th(T)NCAA Round of 64
2007 - 08Bruce Weber16 - 195 - 139th(T)
2008 - 09Bruce Weber24 - 1011 - 72nd(T)NCAA Round of 64
2009 - 10Bruce Weber21 - 1510 - 85thNIT Quarterfinals
2010 - 11Bruce Weber20 - 149 - 94thNCAA Round of 32
2011 - 12Bruce Weber17 - 156 - 129th
Bruce Weber:210 - 10189 - 65
John Groce (2012–present)
2012 - 13John Groce23 - 128 - 107th (T)NCAA Round of 32
2013-14John Groce20 – 157 - 118th (T)NIT 2nd round
John Groce:43 - 2715 - 21
Total:1701-913

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Fighting Illini have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 30 times. Their combined record is 40–31.

YearSeedRoundOpponentResults
1942Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place Game
Kentucky
Penn State
L 44–46
L 34–41
1949Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Yale
Kentucky
Oregon State
W 71–67
L 47–76
W 57–53
1951Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Columbia
NC State
Kentucky
Oklahoma A&M
W 79–71
W 84–70
L 74–76
W 61–46
1952Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
Dayton
Duquesne
St. John's
Santa Clara
W 80–61
W 74–68
L 59–61
W 67–64
1963Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Bowling Green
Loyola–Chicago
W 70–67
L 64–79
1981#4Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Wyoming
#8 Kansas State
W 67–65
L 52–57
1983#7First Round#10 UtahL 49–52
1984#2Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#7 Villanova
#3 Maryland
#1 Kentucky
W 64–56
W 72–70
L 51–54
1985#3First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Northeastern
#6 Georgia
#2 Georgia Tech
W 76–57
W 74–58
L 53–61
1986#4First Round
Second Round
#13 Fairfield
#5 Alabama
W 75–51
L 56–58
1987#3First Round#14 Austin PeayL 67–68
1988#3First Round
Second Round
#14 UTSA
#6 Villanova
W 81–72
L 63–66
1989#1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#16 McNeese State
#9 Ball State
#4 Louisville
#2 Syracuse
#3 Michigan
W 77–71
W 72–60
W 83–69
W 89–86
L 81–83
1990#5First Round#12 DaytonL 86–88
1993#6First Round
Second Round
#11 Long Beach State
#3 Vanderbilt
W 75–72
L 68–85
1994#8First Round#9 GeorgetownL 77–84
1995#11First Round#6 TulsaL 62–68
1997#6First Round
Second Round
#11 USC
#14 Chattanooga
W 90–77
L 63–75
1998#5First Round
Second Round
#12 South Alabama
#4 Maryland
W 64–51
L 61–67
2000#4First Round
Second Round
#13 Penn
#5 Florida
W 68–58
L 76–93
2001#1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 Northwestern State
#9 Charlotte
#4 Kansas
#2 Arizona
W 96–54
W 79–61
W 80–64
L 81–87
2002#4First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 San Diego State
#12 Creighton
#1 Kansas
W 93–64
W 72–60
L 69–73
2003#4First Round
Second Round
#13 WKU
#5 Notre Dame
W 65–60
L 60–68
2004#5First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Murray State
#4 Cincinniati
#1 Duke
W 72–53
W 92–68
L 62–72
2005#1First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#16 Fairleigh Dickinson
#9 Nevada
#12 Milwaukee
#3 Arizona
#4 Louisville
#1 North Carolina
W 67–55
W 71–59
W 77–63
W 90–89 OT
W 72–57
L 70–75
2006#4First Round
Second Round
#13 Air Force
#5 Washington
W 78–69
L 64–67
2007#12First Round#5 Virginia TechL 52–54
2009#5First Round#12 WKUL 72–76
2011#9Second Round
Third Round
#8 UNLV
#1 Kansas
W 73–62
L 59–73
2013#7Second Round
Third Round
#10 Colorado
#2 Miami (FL)
W 57–49
L 59–63

NCAA Tournament seeding history[edit]

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

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Seeds →472343315681165414451412597

NIT results[edit]

The Fighting Illini have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times. Their combined record is 8–5.

YearRoundOpponentResult
1980First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Loyola–Chicago
Illinois State
Murray State
Minnesota
UNLV
W 105–87
W 75–65
W 65–63
L 63–65
W 84–74
1982First Round
Second Round
LIU Brooklyn
Dayton
W 126–78
L 58–61
1996First RoundAlabamaL 69–72
2010First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Stony Brook
Kent State
Dayton
W 76–66
W 75–58
L 71–77
2014First Round
Second Round
Boston University
Clemson
W 66–62
L 49–50

Head-to-head Big Ten records[edit]

TeamOverall RecordHome RecordRoad RecordNeutral Record
Indiana82-8348-3129-505-1
Iowa78-6759-1419-520-1
Michigan84-7153-2329-472-1
Michigan State55-5435-1718-341-3
Minnesota114-6269-1741-444-1
Nebraska3-12-01-10-0
Northwestern127-3563-1361-223-0
Ohio State102-6760-2440-412-2
Penn State23-1110-510-53-1
Purdue84-9154-3228-572-2
Wisconsin109-7567-2039-523-3

Fighting Illini home courts[edit]

Kenney Gym
Assembly Hall

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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