Illinois Fighting Illini basketball

Illinois Fighting Illini basketball history

University of Illinois (Champaign, IL)
State Farm Center
Big Ten Conference

Current head coach: Brad Underwood (2017-)

  • Asst: Geoff Alexander (2017-)
  • Asst: Tim Anderson (2021-)
  • Asst: Chester Frazier (2021-)
  • Asst. to the HC: Zach Hamer (2021-)
  • Asst. AD: Joey Biggs (2017-)
  • Recruiting: Tyler Underwood (2021-)

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Post-Season:

  • National Championships0  (Runner-up in 2005)
  • Final Four Appearances:  5  (1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005)
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  9  (1963, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1989, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  32  (1942, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1963, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2021, 2022)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  42-33
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  7  (1980, 1982, 1996, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • NIT Overall Record:  10-7
  • Premo-Porretta National Championships:  (1915, 1943)
  • Helms Foundation National Championships:  1  (1915)

Conference Titles (Big Ten):

Award Winners:




Illinois head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Brad Underwood 2017-Pres 94-66 1 2 0
Jamall Walker (int.)  2017 2-1 0 0 0
John Groce 2012-2017 95-75 0 1 0
Bruce Weber 2003-12 210-101 2 6 0
Bill Self 2000-03 78-24 2 3 0
Lon Kruger 1996-2000 81-48 1 3 0
Lou Henson 1975-96 423-224 1 12 0
Gene Bartow 1974-75 8-18 0 0 0
Harv Schmidt 1967-74 89-77 0 0 0
Harry Combes 1947-67 316-150 4 4 0
Douglas Mills 1936-47 151-66 3 1 0
Craig Ruby 1922-36 148-95 2
Frank Winters 1920-22 25-12 0
Ralph Jones 1912-20 85-34 2
T. E. Thompson 1910-12 14-14 0
Herb Juul 1908-10 12-10 0
Fletcher Lane 1907-08 20-6 0
F.L. Pinckney 1906-07 1-10 0
Elwood Brown 1905-06 6-8 0

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA. 

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