1971–72 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1971–72 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
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Gator Bowl Tournament, Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #Not ranked
AP #Not ranked
1971–72 record 14–10 (5–9 Big Ten)
Head coach Harv Schmidt
Assistant coach Dick Campbell
Assistant coach Jim Wright
MVP Nick Weatherspoon
Captain Jim Krelle
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1970–71 1972–73 »
1971–72 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#11 Minnesota 11 3   .786     17 6   .739
#19 Ohio State 10 4   .714     18 6   .750
#17 Indiana 9 5   .643     17 8   .680
Michigan 9 5   .643     14 10   .583
Michigan State 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Wisconsin 6 8   .429     13 11   .542
Purdue 6 8   .429     12 12   .500
Illinois 5 9   .357     14 10   .583
Iowa 5 9   .357     11 13   .458
Northwestern 3 11   .214     5 18   .217
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971–72 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season

The 1971-72 Fighting Illini men's basketball season, led by head coach Harv Schmidt, experienced the a tale of two years, 1971 and 1972. The Fighting Illini opened the season December 1, 1971 with a win over Butler and proceeded to win 7 of their next 8 games, finishing 1971 with an 8-1 record. That streak would continue into January 1972 for one more game, the opening game of the Big Ten season. After beating Northwestern the Fighting Illini would go on to drop 9 of their next 14 games, finishing the season with a 14-10 record, tied for 8th place in the conference.

The brightest spot of the season would shine upon junior forward Nick Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon would return from a terrific sophomore campaign where he scored 381 points, averaging 16.5 points per game and collected 246 rebounds. During this season, 1971–72, he would score 500 total points, averaging 20.8 points and pull down 262 rebounds.

The 1971-72 team's starting lineup included Weatherspoon and Nick Conner at the forward spots, Jim Krelle and Garvin Roberson as guards and Bill Morris at center.

Team

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
10 Garvin Roberson Elkhart, Indiana Elkhart Central High School So. Guard
12 Nick Weatherspoon Canton, Ohio McKinley High School Jr. Forward
14 C.J. Schroeder Davenport, Iowa Davenport West High School So. Guard
21 Larry Cohen Wilmette, Illinois New Trier East High School Jr. Guard
25 Jim Krelle Aurora, Illinois Aurora West High School Sr. Guard
30 Mike Wente Effingham, Illinois St. Anthony High School So. Forward
34 Greg Wilson Sebring, Ohio McKinley High School So. Guard
35 Bill Morris St. Louis, Missouri Beaumont High School So. Center
40 John McBride Orland Park, Illinois Carl Sandburg High School Jr. Guard/Forward
42 Jim Rucks Waukegan, Illinois Waukegan High School Jr. Forward
43 Kim Jolley Indianola, Illinois Jamaica High School So. Forward
44 Jed Foster Fairfield, Illinois Fairfield High School Jr. Forward
45 Nick Conner Columbus, Ohio East High School Jr. Forward/Center
54 Jim DeDecker Moline, Illinois Alleman High School Jr. Center

Schedule

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
12/1/1971*
no, no
vs.Butler W 73-71  1 - 0
Assembly Hall (12,959)
Champaign, IL
12/4/1971*
no, no
@ #20 Oklahoma W 70-65  2 - 0
McCasland Field House (8,326)
Norman, OK
12/7/1971*
no, no
vs. South Dakota W 96-56  3 - 0
Assembly Hall (12,206)
Champaign, IL
12/10/1971*
no, no
@ Tulane W 79-68  4 - 0
Devlin Fieldhouse (3,250)
New Orleans, LA
12/11/1971*
no, no
@ Loyola (New Orleans) W 94-74  5 - 0
Devlin Fieldhouse (1,345)
New Orleans, LA
12/16/1971*
no, no
vs. Georgia W 84-78  6 - 0
Assembly Hall (12,447)
Champaign, IL
12/23/1971*
no, no
@ Vanderbilt L 92-95  6 - 1
Memorial Gymnasium (14,000)
Nashville, TN
12/28/1971*
no, no
vs. North Carolina State
Gator Bowl Tournament
W 74-72  7 - 1
Jacksonville Coliseum (6,506)
Jacksonville, FL
12/29/1971*
no, no
vs. Florida
Gator Bowl Tournament
W 76-75  8 - 1
Jacksonville Coliseum (8,248)
Jacksonville, FL
1/8/1972
no, no
@ Northwestern W 67-63  9 - 1 ( 1 - 0 )
Welsh-Ryan Arena (5,885)
Evanston, IL
1/11/1972
no, no
vs. Michigan L 76-75  9 - 2 ( 1 - 1 )
Assembly Hall (14,836)
Champaign, IL
1/15/1972
no, no
vs. Purdue L 74-85  9 - 3 ( 1 - 2 )
Assembly Hall (16,017)
Champaign, IL
1/28/1972*
no, no
vs. Notre Dame W 81-59  10 - 3
Chicago Stadium (11,255)
Chicago, IL
2/5/1972
no, no
vs. Northwestern W 68-59  11 - 3 ( 2 - 2 )
Assembly Hall (13,628)
Champaign, IL
2/8/1972
no, no
@ Michigan State L 79-89  11 - 4 ( 2 - 3 )
Jenison Fieldhouse (6,132)
East Lansing, MI
2/12/1972
no, no
@ Michigan L 83-105  11 - 5 ( 2 - 4 )
Crisler Center (12,562)
Ann Arbor, MI
2/15/1972
no, no
@ Iowa L 84-87  11 - 6 ( 2 - 5 )
Iowa Field House (12,559)
Iowa City, IA
2/17/1973
no, no
vs. #8 Ohio State W 64-62  12 - 6 ( 3 - 5 )
Assembly Hall (15,236)
Champaign, IL
2/22/1972
no, no
vs. Indiana L 71-90  12 - 7 ( 3 - 6 )
Assembly Hall (14,083)
Champaign, IL
2/26/1972
no, no
vs. Wisconsin W 91-86  13 - 7 ( 4 - 6 )
Assembly Hall (14,006)
Champaign, IL
2/29/1972
no, no
@ #14 Ohio State L 70-103  13 - 8 ( 4 - 7 )
St. John Arena (13,489)
Columbus, OH
3/4/1972
no, no
@ Minnesota L 62-91  13 - 9 ( 4 - 8 )
Williams Arena (14,666)
Minneapolis, MN
3/7/1972
no, no
vs. Iowa W 91-84  14 - 9 ( 5 - 8 )
Assembly Hall (11,554)
Champaign, IL
3/11/1972
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 84-97  14 - 10 ( 5 - 9 )
Wisconsin Field House (7,242)
Madison, WI
*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
Nick Weatherspoon[3] 24 200 100 262 500
Bill Morris[3] 21 113 93 197 319
Jim Krelle[3] 23 104 70 78 278
Nick Conner[3] 24 101 51 204 253
Larry Cohen[3] 21 42 39 28 123
Garvin Roberson[3] 24 39 42 51 120
Jed Foster[3] 19 38 42 67 118
C.J. Schroeder[3] 21 23 30 33 76

Awards and honors

Team players drafted into the NBA

  • No Players Drafted[5]

Rankings

References

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