1969–70 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1969–70 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
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Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #Not ranked
AP #Not ranked
1969–70 record 15–9 (8–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Harv Schmidt
Assistant coach Dick Campbell
Assistant coach Jim Wright
MVP Mike Price
Captain Mike Price and Randy Crews
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1968–69 1970–71 »
1969–70 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#7 Iowa 14 0   1.000     20 5   .800
Purdue 11 3   .786     18 6   .750
Ohio State 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Illinois 8 6   .571     15 9   .625
Minnesota 7 7   .500     13 11   .542
Michigan 5 9   .357     10 14   .417
Wisconsin 5 9   .357     10 14   .417
Michigan State 5 9   .357     9 15   .375
Northwestern 4 10   .286     9 15   .375
Indiana 3 11   .214     7 17   .292
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1969–70 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season

The 1969-70 basketball season for head coach Harv Schmidt saw his team enter the collegiate top 25 rankings in December, only to fall back off the chart in February. The team was lead in scoring for the season by Greg Jackson, Mike Price and Rick Howat. Price would finish his senior season by being named on the Converse honorable mention All-American team. The Fighting Illini would go on to finish the season with a 15-9 overall record and tied for 3rd place in the conference with an 8-6 record.

The 1969-70 team's starting lineup included Randy Crews and Fred Miller at the forward spots, Price and Howat as guards and Jackson at center.

Team

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
10 Rick Howat Downers Grove, Illinois Downers Grove North High School Jr. Guard
11 Bob Windmiller Ossian, Indiana Ossian High School Jr. Guard
14 Fred Miller Pekin, Illinois Pekin High School Jr. Forward
15 Mike Price Indianapolis, Indiana Arsenal Technical High School Sr. Forward
24 Larry Dykstra Rockford, Illinois Guilford High School So. Center
25 Jim Krelle Aurora, Illinois Aurora West High School So. Guard
30 Randy Crews Kankakee, Illinois Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School Sr. Forward
31 Greg Jackson Chicago, Illinois St. Philip High School Jr. Center
32 Sam Scaletta Blue Island, Illinois Eisenhower High School So. Guard
40 Tom Dezort Edwardsville, Illinois Edwardsville High School So. Forward
42 Doug Faulds LaGrange Park, Illinois Lyons Township High School So. Forward
43 Bob Shapland Champaign, Illinois Central High School Jr. Guard

Schedule

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
12/2/1969*
no, no
#NR vs.Butler W 83-67  1 - 0
Assembly Hall (13,752)
Champaign, IL
12/6/1969*
no, no
#NR @ Georgia W 81-70  2 - 0
Stegeman Coliseum (6,271)
Athens, GA
12/8/1969*
no, no
#NR vs. DePauw W 91-57  3 - 0
Assembly Hall (13,367)
Champaign, IL
12/13/1969*
no, no
#NR vs. Creighton W 57-51  4 - 0
Assembly Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
12/18/1969*
no, no
#NR vs. Detroit W 82-65  5 - 0
Assembly Hall (6,251)
Champaign, IL
12/20/1969*
no, no
#NR vs. Wichita State W 66-63  6 - 0
Chicago Stadium (5,240)
Chicago, IL
12/20/1969*
no, no
#15 @ Washington State L 58-59  6-1
Bohler Gymnasium (13,000)
Pullman, WA
12/29/1969*
no, no
#15 vs. Michigan St.
Far West Classic
W 86-77  7-1
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (6,873)
Portland, OR
12/30/1969*
no, no
#NR vs. #19 Southern California
Far West Classic
L 62-65  7-2
Veterans Memorial Coliseum (6,324)
Portland, OR
1/3/1970
no, no
#NR @ Wisconsin W 74-69  8 - 2 ( 1 - 0 )
Wisconsin Field House (5,411)
Madison, WI
1/6/1970
no, no
#NR vs. Indiana W 94-74  9 - 2 ( 2 - 0 )
Assembly Hall (15,392)
Champaign, IL
1/10/1970
no, no
#NR vs. Ohio State W 77-59  10 - 2 ( 3 - 0 )
Assembly Hall (16,128)
Champaign, IL
1/13/1970
no, no
#17 @ Northwestern W 101-80  11 - 2 ( 4 - 0 )
Welsh-Ryan Arena (7,677)
Evanston, IL
1/17/1970
no, no
#17 @ Michigan W 75-73  12 - 2 ( 5 - 0 )
Crisler Center (8,405)
Ann Arbor, MI
1/31/1970*
no, no
#10 vs. Notre Dame L 83-86  12 - 3
Chicago Stadium (15,864)
Chicago, IL
2/3/1970
no, no
#14 vs. Wisconsin L 65-66  12 - 4 ( 5 - 1 )
Assembly Hall (14,217)
Champaign, IL
2/7/1970
no, no
#14 @ Minnesota L 73-82  12 - 5 ( 5 - 2 )
Williams Arena (12,519)
Minneapolis, MN
2/14/1970
no, no
#NR @ Purdue L 49-83  12 - 6 ( 5 - 3 )
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
2/17/1970
no, no
#NR vs. #11 Iowa L 81-83  12 - 7 ( 5 - 4 )
Assembly Hall (16,128)
Champaign, IL
2/21/1970
no, no
#NR vs. Purdue L 81-88  12 - 8 ( 5 - 5 )
Assembly Hall (16,128)
Champaign, IL
2/24/1970
no, no
#NR @ Michigan State W 74-67  13 - 8 ( 6 - 5 )
Jenison Fieldhouse (6,417)
East Lansing, MI
2/28/1970
no, no
#NR vs. Minnesota W 75-73  14 - 8 ( 7 - 5 )
Assembly Hall (16,128)
Champaign, IL
3/3/1970
no, no
#NR @ Indiana W 85-75  15 - 8 ( 8 - 5 )
Assembly Hall (5,196)
Bloomington, IN
3/7/1970
no, no
#NR vs. Michigan State L 76-81  15 - 9 ( 8 - 6 )
Assembly Hall (16,128)
Champaign, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Player stats

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Points
Greg Jackson[3] 24 175 59 234 409
Mike Price[4] 24 135 89 220 359
Rick Howat[5] 24 147 41 66 335
Fred Miller[6] 24 107 79 138 293
Randy Crews[7] 23 77 47 142 201
Bob Windmiller[8] 21 56 15 37 127
Tom Dezort[9] 15 15 6 21 36
Bob Shapland[10] 21 8 18 25 34
Jim Krelle[11] 13 10 3 14 23

Awards and honors

Team players drafted into the NBA

Round Pick Player NBA Club
1 17 Mike Price New York Knicks

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Rankings

References