1971–72 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team

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1971–72 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball
Old Dominion Classic Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP No. 17
1971–72 record 17–8 (9–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Bobby Knight (1st season)
Assistant coach Dave Bliss
Assistant coach John Hulls
Assistant coach Bob Weltlich
Captain Joby Wright
Home arena Assembly Hall
Seasons
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 Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team represented Indiana University. Their head coach was Bobby Knight, who was in his 1st year. The team played its home games in the newly constructed Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, and was a member of the Big Ten Conference.

The Hoosiers finished the regular season with an overall record of 17–8 and a conference record of 9–5, finishing 3rd in the Big Ten Conference. Missing out on the NCAA Tournament, Indiana was invited to play in the National Invitation Tournament; however, the Hoosiers lost in the first round, bringing Knight's first season to an end.[1]

Roster[edit]

No. Name Position Ht. Year Hometown
20 Frank Wilson G 6–3 Jr. Bluffton, Indiana
22 Bootsie White G 5–8 Jr. Hammond, Indiana
23 Steve Heiniger G 5–10 So. Fort Wayne, Indiana
24 Dave Shepherd G 5–11 So. Carmel, Indiana
32 Steve Downing C 6–8 Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana
33 Jerry Memering F/C 6–7 Jr. Vincennes, Indiana
42 John Ritter F 6–5 Jr. Goshen, Indiana
43 Rick Ford F 6–5 Sr. Cloverdale, Indiana
44 Joby Wright F 6–8 Sr. Savannah, Georgia
54 Kim Pemberton G 6–3 Jr. Osgood, Indiana

Schedule/Results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular Season
12/1/1971*
Ball State W 84–77  1–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/4/1971*
Miami W 65–50  2–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/6/1971*
No. 14 Kansas W 59–56  3–0
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/11/1971*
vs. No. 7 Kentucky
Indiana–Kentucky rivalry
W 90–89 2OT 4–0
Freedom Hall 
Louisville, Kentucky
12/15/1971*
No. 12 at Ohio L 70–79  4–1
Convocation Center 
Athens, Ohio
12/18/1971*
No. 12 Notre Dame W 94–29  5–1
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
12/22/1971*
No. 8 at Butler W 85–74  6–1
Hinkle Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, Indiana
12/28/1971*
No. 7 vs. No. 8 BYU
Old Dominion Classic
W 61–50  7–1
Hampton Coliseum 
Norfolk, Virginia
12/29/1971*
No. 7 at Old Dominion
Old Dominion Classic
W 88–86  8–1
Hampton Coliseum 
Norfolk, Virginia
1/4/1972*
No. 5 at Northern Illinois L 71–85  8–2
Chick Evans Field House 
DeKalb, Illinois
1/8/1972
No. 5 at Minnesota L 51–52  8–3 (0–1)
Williams Arena 
Minneapolis
1/15/1972
No. 17 Wisconsin L 64–66 OT 8–4 (0–2)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
1/22/1972
at Ohio State L 74–80  8–5 (0–3)
St. John Arena 
Columbus, Ohio
1/29/1972
at Michigan State L 83–69  8–6 (0–4)
Jenison Fieldhouse 
East Lansing, Michigan
2/5/1972
Michigan State W 83–69  9–6 (1–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/8/1972
Minnesota W 61–42  10–6 (2–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/12/1972
at Wisconsin W 84–76 OT 11–6 (3–4)
Wisconsin Field House 
Madison, Wisconsin
2/19/1972
Iowa W 86–79  12–6 (4–4)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/22/1972
at Illinois
Rivalry
W 90–71  13–6 (5–4)
Assembly Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
2/26/1972
at Purdue
Rivalry
L 69–70  13–7 (5–5)
Purdue Arena 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/29/1972
No. 16 Michigan W 79–75  14–7 (6–5)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/4/1972
No. 14 Ohio State W 65–57  15–7 (7–5)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
3/7/1972
No. 20 at Northwestern W 72–67  16–7 (8–5)
Welsh-Ryan Arena 
Evanston, Illinois
3/11/1972
No. 20 Purdue
Rivalry
W 62–48  17–7 (9–5)
Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, Indiana
NIT
3/18/1972*
No. 17 vs. Princeton
First Round
L 60–68  17–8 (9–5)
Madison Square Garden 
New York City
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
2 18 Joby Wright Seattle SuperSonics

[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Indiana Basketball Men's Database". IndyStar. Retrieved November 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2010-10-07.