1993–94 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1993–94 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
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Illini Classic, Champion
Conference Big Ten Conference
1993–94 record 17–11 (10–8 Big Ten)
Head coach Lou Henson
Assistant coach Dick Nagy
Assistant coach Jimmy Collins
Assistant coach Mark Coomes
MVP Deon Thomas
Captain Tom Michael
Deon Thomas
T.J. Wheeler
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
« 1992–93 1994–95 »
1993–94 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Purdue 14 4   .778     29 5   .853
#11 Michigan 13 5   .722     24 8   .750
#18 Indiana 12 6   .667     21 9   .700
# 23 Minnesota 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Michigan State 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Illinois 10 8   .556     17 11   .607
Wisconsin 8 10   .444     18 11   .621
Penn State 6 12   .333     13 14   .481
Ohio State 6 12   .333     13 16   .448
Northwestern 5 13   .278     15 14   .517
Iowa 5 13   .278     11 16   .407
Rankings from AP Poll
*Minnesota vacated all NCAA tournament games due to sanctions against the program.
Disputed record (22-13)

The 1993–94 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season

The 1993-94 season saw Illinois again advance to the NCAA Tournament and in the process, senior Deon Thomas broke a 13-year-old record and became the school’s all-time leading scorer. Thomas scored his record-breaking 1,693rd point in the championship game of the Illini/Pepsi Classic against American University and he went on to finish his career with 2,129 points. Also during this season, a young upstart freshman, Kiwane Garris, would begin his assault on the all-time scoring list. He notched 446 points as a freshman and would be the catalyst on the Illini team over the next few years.

Team

No. Player Hometown High School Class Position
22 Kiwane Garris Chicago, Illinois Westinghouse High School Fr. Guard
24 Richard Keene Collinsville, Illinois Collinsville High School So. Guard
25 Deon Thomas (captain) Chicago, Illinois Simeon High School Sr. Forward/Center
30 Robert Bennett Chicago, Illinois Julian High School Jr. Forward
32 Tom Michael (captain) Hoffman, Illinois Carlyle High School Sr. Forward
34 Andy Kaufmann Jacksonville, Illinois Jacksonville High School Sr. Forward
35 Shelly Clark Chicago, Illinois South Shore High School Jr. Forward/Center
40 Jerry Hester Peoria, Illinois Manual High School Fr. Forward
42 Gene Cross Olympia Fields, Illinois Rich Central High School Sr. Guard
44 T.J. Wheeler (captain) Buckner, Illinois Christopher High School Sr. Guard
45 Chris Gandy Kankakee, Illinois Bradley Bourbanais High School Fr. Forward
52 Steve Roth Belleville, Illinois Belleville High School-East Jr. Center

Schedule

Source[2]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Regular Season
12/1/1993*
no, no
#16 vs. LaSalle W 99-73  1-0
Assembly Hall (12,831)
Champaign, IL
12/4/1993*
no, no
#16 vs. Illinois-Chicago W 101-80  2-0
Assembly Hall (16,321)
Champaign, IL
12/7/1993*
no, no
#16 @ Marquette L 65-74  2-1
Bradley Center (14,195)
Milwaukee, WI
12/10/1993*
no, no
#16 vs. Morehead State
Illini Classic
W 110-75  3-1
Assembly Hall (13,914)
Champaign, IL
12/11/1993*
no, no
#16 vs. American
Illini Classic
W 108-84  4-1
Assembly Hall (14,523)
Champaign, IL
12/18/1993*
no, no
#19 vs. Chicago State W 121-52  5-1
Assembly Hall (14,023)
Champaign, IL
12/20/1993*
no, no
#19 vs. Jackson State W 79-63  6-1
Assembly Hall (11,997)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1993*
no, no
#19 vs. Missouri
Braggin' Rights
L 107-108 3ot 6-2
St. Louis Arena (18,273)
St. Louis, MO
1/2/1994*
no, no
#22 vs. Texas W 83-78  7-2
Assembly Hall (16,129)
Champaign, IL
1/8/1994
no, no
#21 @ Michigan State L 74-79  7-3 (0-1)
Breslin Student Events Center (12,118)
East Lansing, MI
1/12/1994
no, no
#NR vs. Northwestern W 81-53  8-3 (1-1)
Assembly Hall (14,229)
Champaign, IL
1/15/1994
no, no
#NR @ Ohio State W 83-75  9-3 (2-1)
St. John Arena (13,276)
Columbus, OH
1/19/1994
no, no
#NR vs. Iowa W 105-90  10-3 (3-1)
Assembly Hall (16,011)
Champaign, IL
1/23/1994
no, no
#NR vs. #15 Michigan L 70-74  10-4 (3-2)
Assembly Hall (16,321)
Champaign, IL
1/25/1994
no, no
#NR @ #16 Wisconsin L 56-66  10-5 (3-3)
Wisconsin Field House (11,500)
Madison, WI
1/30/1994
no, no
#NR vs. #11 Indiana W 88-81  11-5 (4-3)
Assembly Hall (16,321)
Champaign, IL
2/2/1994
no, no
#NR @ Penn State W 83-65  12-5 (5-3)
Rec Hall (7,103)
University Park, PA
2/9/1994
no, no
#24 vs. Michigan State W 72-64  13-5 (6-3)
Assembly Hall (14,676)
Champaign, IL
2/12/1994
no, no
#24 @ Northwestern L 68-79  13-6 (6-4)
Welsh-Ryan Arena (8,117)
Evanston, IL
2/15/1994
no, no
#NR vs. Ohio State W 80-68  14-6 (7-4)
Assembly Hall (15,096)
Champaign, IL
2/19/1994
no, no
#NR @ Iowa L 69-83  14-7 (7-5)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena (15,500)
Iowa City, IA
2/22/1994
no, no
#NR @ #3 Michigan L 70-79  14-8 (7-6)
Crisler Arena (13,548)
Ann Arbor, MI
2/27/1994
no, no
#NR vs. Wisconsin W 76-65  15-8 (8-6)
Assembly Hall (16,321)
Champaign, IL
3/1/1994
no, no
#NR @ #17 Indiana L 77-82  15-9 (8-7)
Assembly Hall (17,066)
Bloomington, IN
3/5/1994
no, no
#NR vs. Penn State W 84-59  16-9 (9-7)
Assembly Hall (16,321)
Champaign, IL
3/9/1994
no, no
#NR @ #20 Minnesota W 90-75  17-9 (10-7)
Williams Arena (15,267)
Minneapolis, MN
3/13/1994
no, no
#NR @ #6 Purdue L 77-87  17-10 (10-8)
Mackey Arena (14,123)
West Lafayette, IN
NCAA Tournament
3/18/1994*
no, no
#18 vs. Georgetown
NCAA Tournament
L 77-84  17-11
Myriad Gardens (13,336)
Oklahoma City, OK
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Player stats

Player Games Played Field Goals Three Pointers Free Throws Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals Points
Deon Thomas[3] 28 207 0 133 194 43 37 23 548
Kiwane Garris[4] 28 133 29 151 98 107 1 33 446
T.J. Wheeler[5] 26 99 30 61 119 97 3 22 289
Shelly Clark[6] 26 97 0 54 166 33 6 15 248
Jerry Hester[7] 28 87 21 32 111 43 6 19 227
Richard Keene[8] 28 81 48 14 97 113 4 30 224
Robert Bennett[9] 28 49 0 43 103 10 6 16 141
Tom Michael[10] 26 41 30 11 45 21 4 4 123

Awards and honors

NCAA basketball tournament

[12]

Team players drafted into the NBA

Round Pick Player NBA Club
2 1 Deon Thomas Dallas Mavericks

[13]

Rankings

References