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1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

The 1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 16th year. The team played its home games in Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference. The team is noted for having achieved much success without much NBA talent.

1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Big Ten regular season champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 3
1986–87 record30–4 (15–3 Big Ten)
Head coachBobby Knight (16th season)
Assistant coachRon Felling
Assistant coachKohn Smith
Assistant coachRoyce Waltman
Assistant coachJoby Wright
CaptainSteve Alford
Todd Meier
Daryl Thomas
Home arenaAssembly Hall
Seasons
1986–87 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Indiana 15 3   .833     30 4   .882
#7 Purdue 15 3   .833     25 5   .833
#6 Iowa 14 4   .778     30 5   .857
#11 Illinois 13 5   .722     23 8   .742
Michigan 10 8   .556     20 12   .625
Ohio State 9 9   .500     20 13   .606
Michigan State 6 12   .333     11 17   .393
Wisconsin 4 14   .222     14 17   .452
Minnesota 2 16   .111     9 19   .321
Northwestern 2 16   .111     7 21   .250
As of March 30, 1987[1]; Rankings from AP Poll

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 24–4 and a conference record of 15–3, finishing 1st in the Big Ten Conference. As Big Ten Conference co-champions with Purdue, IU was named a one-seed in the 1987 NCAA Tournament.[2] They won solidly over Fairfield, Auburn, and Duke in NCAA play, but they needed Ricky Calloway's rebound lay-in to beat LSU, 77–76, to get to the Final Four. Once there, Indiana beat one-seed UNLV, 97–93, despite ten 3-pointers by UNLV guard Freddie Banks, which is still the Final Four record.

In the championship game versus Syracuse, which featured three future long-time professional players, Indiana trailed 73–70 in the last minute. However, two late shots by Keith Smart, including the last at 0:05, won the game for Indiana.

"The greatness in this team", coach Bob Knight said, "may be the greatness no other team here has had, to the degree that this one did – almost a total resolve not to recognize or be a part of defeat. This team played the last five minutes of critical games as well as I've ever seen a team play."[3]

Contents

RosterEdit

1986–87 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 10 Tony Freemen 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 144 lb (65 kg) Fr Westchester, Illinois
F/C 11 Todd Jadlow   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 238 lb (108 kg) Jr Salina, Kansas
G 12 Steve Alford 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 183 lb (83 kg) Sr New Castle, Indiana
C 14 Magnus Pelkowski 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Jr Bogota, Colombia
G/F 20 Rick Calloway 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) So Cincinnati, Ohio
C 22 Dean Garrett 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Jr San Clemente, California
G 23 Keith Smart 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Baton Rouge, Louisiana
F/C 24 Daryl Thomas 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 236 lb (107 kg) Sr Westchester, Illinois
F/C 30 Todd Meier 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 222 lb (101 kg) Sr Oshkosh, Wisconsin
F 31 Dave Minor 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Fr Cincinnati, Ohio
F 32 Steve Eyl 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 216 lb (98 kg) Jr Hamilton, Ohio
G 35 Jeff Oliphant 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Lyons, Indiana
G/F 42 Kreigh Smith 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 221 lb (100 kg) Jr Tipton, Indiana
G 44 Joe Hillman 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 184 lb (83 kg) Jr Glendale, California
F/C 45 Brian Sloan 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr McLeansboro, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 2019-Mar-16

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Schedule/ResultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
11/29/1986*
No. 3 Montana State Billings W 90–55  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/2/1986*
No. 3 at Notre Dame W 67–62  2–0
Joyce Center 
Notre Dame, Indiana
12/6/1986*
No. 3 No. 13 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
W 71–66  3–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/9/1986*
No. 2 at Vanderbilt L 75–79  3–1
Memorial Gymnasium 
Nashville, Tennessee
12/12/1986*
No. 2 UNC-Wilmington
Indiana Classic
W 73–72  4–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/13/1986*
No. 2 East Carolina
Indiana Classic
W 96–68  5–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/20/1986*
No. 8 Morehead State W 84–62  6–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/23/1986*
No. 8 Louisville W 67–58  7–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/26/1986*
No. 8 vs. Princeton
Hoosier Classic
W 83–54  8–1
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis
12/27/1986*
No. 8 vs. Illinois State
Hoosier Classic
W 82–58  9–1
Market Square Arena 
Indianapolis
1/4/1987
No. 6 at Ohio State W 92–80  10–1 (1–0)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
1/8/1987
No. 4 at Michigan State W 79–60  11–1 (2–0)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, Michigan
1/12/1987
No. 4 at Michigan W 85–84  12–1 (3–0)
Crisler Arena 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
1/15/1987
No. 4 Wisconsin W 103–65  13–1 (4–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/17/1987
No. 4 Northwestern W 95–43  14–1 (5–0)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/22/1987
No. 3 at No. 1 Iowa L 88–101  14–2 (5–1)
Carver–Hawkeye Arena 
Iowa City, Iowa
1/24/1987
No. 3 at Minnesota W 77–53  15–2 (6–1)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
1/28/1987
No. 4 No. 12 Illinois
Rivalry
W 69–66  16–2 (7–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/31/1987
No. 4 No. 4 Purdue
Rivalry
W 88–74  17–2 (8–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/4/1987
No. 2 Michigan State W 84–80  18–2 (9–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/8/1987
No. 2 Michigan W 83–67  19–2 (10–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/11/1987
No. 2 at Northwestern W 77–75  20–2 (11–1)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
2/16/1987
No. 2 at Wisconsin W 86–85 3OT 21–2 (12–1)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
2/19/1987
No. 2 Minnesota W 72–70  22–2 (13–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/21/1987
No. 2 No. 7 Iowa W 84–75  23–2 (14–1)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/26/1987
No. 3 at No. 6 Purdue
Rivalry
L 64–75  23–3 (14–2)
Mackey Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
3/1/1987
No. 3 at No. 14 Illinois
Rivalry
L 67–69  23–4 (14–3)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
3/7/1987
No. 4 Ohio State W 90–81  24–4 (15–3)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
NCAA Tournament
3/12/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. (16) Fairfield
First Round
W 92–58  25–4 (15–3)
Hoosier Dome 
Indianapolis
3/14/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. (8) Auburn
Second Round
W 107–90  26–4 (15–3)
Hoosier Dome 
Indianapolis
3/20/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. 17 (5) Duke
Sweet Sixteen
W 88–82  27–4 (15–3)
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati
3/22/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. (10) LSU
Elite Eight
W 77–76  28–4 (15–3)
Riverfront Coliseum 
Cincinnati
3/28/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. 1 (1) UNLV
Final Four
W 97–93  29–4 (15–3)
Louisiana Superdome 
New Orleans
3/30/1987*
No. 3 (1) vs. No. 10 (2) Syracuse
NCAA Championship Game
W 74–73  30–4 (15–3)
Louisiana Superdome 
New Orleans
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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Awards and honorsEdit

Team players drafted into the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1986-87 Big Ten Conference Season Summary". sports-reference.com. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  2. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Hammel, Bob (1999). Glory of Old IU. United States: Sports Publishing Inc. pp. 190–191. ISBN 1-58261-068-1.
  4. ^ "1987 NCAA Final Four program". March 1987.
  5. ^ "Final Four Most Outstanding Players". cbs.sportsline.com. Archived from the original on 7 September 2008. Retrieved 31 March 2008.
  6. ^ "1987 NBA Draft on Basketballreference.com". Databasebasketball.com. Archived from the original on 2010-05-23. Retrieved 2010-05-22.