1985–86 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

The 1985–86 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 15th year. The team played its home games in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference.

1985–86 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 14
APNo. 16
1985–86 record21–8 (13–5 Big Ten)
Head coachBobby Knight (15th season)
Assistant coaches
CaptainSteve Alford
Winston Morgan
Stew Robinson
Home arenaAssembly Hall
Seasons
1985–86 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#5 Michigan 14 4   .778     28 5   .848
#16 Indiana 13 5   .722     21 8   .724
#18 Michigan State 12 6   .667     23 8   .742
#19 Illinois 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
Purdue 10 8   .556     22 10   .688
Iowa 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Ohio State 8 10   .444     19 14   .576
Minnesota 5 13   .278     15 16   .484
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     12 16   .429
Northwestern 2 16   .111     8 20   .286
Rankings from AP Poll

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 21–8 and a conference record of 13–5, finishing 2nd in the Big Ten Conference. IU was invited to participate in the 1986 NCAA Tournament as a 3-seed; however, IU made a quick exit with a first-round loss to 14-seed Cleveland State.[1]

The season was memorialized and popularized by A Season on the Brink, a 1986 book by John Feinstein. For the book, Bobby Knight granted almost unprecedented access to his team, as well as insights into his private life. The book was well received and is often referred to as "the bestselling sports book of all time." The book and season was later dramatized in a two-hour, made-for-ESPN movie of the same name that first aired in the spring of 2002.

RosterEdit

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
11 Todd Jadlow F/C 6–9 So. Salina, Kansas
12 Steve Alford G 6–2 Jr. New Castle, Indiana
14 Magnus Pelkowski C 6–10 RS So. Bogota, Colombia
20 Ricky Calloway G/F 6–6 Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio
21 Winston Morgan G/F 6–5 Sr. Anderson, Indiana
22 Stew Robinson G 6–1 Sr. Anderson, Indiana
23 Delray Brooks G 6–4 So. Michigan City, Indiana
24 Daryl Thomas F/C 6–7 Jr. Westchester, Illinois
30 Todd Meier F/C 6–8 Jr. Oshkosh, Wisconsin
32 Steve Eyl F 6–6 So. Hamilton, Ohio
34 Andre Harris F 6–6 Jr. Grand Rapids, Michigan
35 Jeff Oliphant G 6–5 RS Fr. Lyons, Indiana
42 Kreigh Smith G/F 6–7 RS So. Tipton, Indiana
44 Joe Hillman G 6–2 RS So. Glendale, California
45 Brian Sloan F/C 6–8 RS So. McLeansboro, Illinois
52 Courtney Witte F/C 6–8 Sr. Vincennes, Indiana

Schedule/ResultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
11/30/1985*
Kent State W 89–73  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/3/1985*
No. 19 No. 11 Notre Dame W 82–67  2–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/7/1985*
No. 19 at No. 9 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
L 58–63  2–1
Rupp Arena 
Lexington, KY
12/10/1985*
No. 18 Kansas State W 78–71  3–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/13/1985*
No. 18 Louisiana Tech
Indiana Classic
W 84–63  4–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/14/1985*
No. 18 Texas Tech
Indiana Classic
W 74–59  5–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/18/1985*
No. 17 at No. 16 Louisville L 63–65  5–2
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, KY
12/21/1985*
No. 17 Iowa State W 86–65  6–2
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
12/27/1985*
No. 17 vs. Idaho
Hoosier Classic
W 87–57  7–2
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis, IN
12/28/1985*
No. 17 vs. Mississippi State
Hoosier Classic
W 74–73  8–2
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis, IN
1/2/1986
No. 15 No. 2 Michigan L 69–74  8–3 (0–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/5/1986
No. 15 Michigan State L 74–77  8–4 (0–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/9/1986
at Northwestern W 102–65  9–4 (1–2)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, IL
1/11/1986
at Wisconsin W 80–69  10–4 (2–2)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, WI
1/15/1986
Ohio State W 69–66  11–4 (3–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/23/1986
No. 15 Purdue
Rivalry
W 71–70  12–4 (4–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/25/1986
Illinois
Rivalry
W 71–69  13–4 (5–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
1/30/1986
No. 15 at Iowa L 69–79  13–5 (5–3)
Carver-Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, IA
2/1/1986
No. 15 at Minnesota W 62–54  14–5 (6–3)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis, MN
2/6/1986
No. 18 Wisconsin W 78–69  15–5 (7–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2/8/1986
No. 18 Northwestern W 77–52  16–5 (8–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
2/16/1986
No. 16 at Ohio State W 84–75  17–5 (9–3)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, OH
2/20/1986
No. 15 at Illinois
Rivalry
W 61–60  18–5 (10–3)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, IL
2/23/1986
No. 15 at Purdue
Rivalry
L 68–85  18–6 (10–4)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, IN
2/27/1986
No. 16 Minnesota W 95–63  19–6 (11–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
3/2/1986
No. 16 Iowa W 80–73  20–6 (12–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
3/5/1986
No. 16 at No. 17 Michigan State W 97–79  21–6 (13–4)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, MI
3/8/1986
No. 16 at No. 7 Michigan L 52–80  21–7 (13–5)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, MI
NCAA Tournament
3/13/1986*
No. 16 (3) vs. No. (14) Cleveland State
First Round
L 79–83  21–8 (13–5)
Carrier Dome 
Syracuse, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 15, 2015.