Basketball Ilinois has been a prominent member of the Big Ten but when was the last time they won a national championship?
Few teams in the Big Ten have as devoted fans as Illinois Fighting Illini. A regular contender for convention titles, Illinois has truly entered the men’s national title fray under head coach Brad Underwood.
This year’s edition of Fighting Illini is battling alongside Purdue and Wisconsin for the Big Ten regular season title with a Kofi Cockburn Center Player of the Year Nominee. Illinois has built a strong resume up to this point that should have Fighting Illini in the mix for a top four seed at the NCAA Tournament March.
The 2021-22 season hasn’t gone well for Illinois’ women’s program, just 6-13 overall and 1-7 in the Big Ten. There’s still a way for Fighting Illini to make it to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament by winning the Big Ten’s auto bid in the conference tournament.
Has Illinois basketball ever won a national championship?
The answer to this question is a bit complicated for Fighting Illini’s men’s program, which has never won an NCAA Tournament. Last won the title for Illinois was back in 2005, when Illinois’ stellar team with Deron Williams, Dee Brown and Luther Head advanced to a national championship match with a 37-1 record before losing 5 to North Carolina. point. .
Fighting Illini has a national championship under their belt from the Helms Athletic Foundation, which was founded in 1936 and retroactively evaluates all college basketball seasons prior to the founding of the NCAA Tournament in 1939. This announced the results in 1943, awarding Illinois’ In 1915, the team won the national championship 16-0 that year.
The Illinois women’s basketball team has no titles to its name at this time. The closest approach at this point is Sweet’s pair of 16 appearances in 1997 and 1998.
Illinois Basketball Team NCAA Tournament History
To the south, Illinois have entered the NCAA Tournament 31 times, including their most recent appearance in 2021, the eight-year March drought. Below is the full list of Illinois NCAA Tournament appearances.
- 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
The women’s program hasn’t been as successful as the men’s program in Illinois with just eight appearances in the NCAA Tournament, including their most recent trip back in 2003. Here’s the full list of times. appearance of Fighting Illini in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
- 1982, 1986, 1987, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003
Four Illinois Basketball NCAA Tournament Finals Appearances
The men’s basketball program has been in the Finals five times for Illinois, with their most recent appearance coming on the final weekend of the season back in 2005. Here’s the full list of the team’s appearances. Illinois basketball in the Men’s Four Finals.
- 1949, 1951, 1952, 1989, 2005
The Illinois women’s basketball program has never made it to the Quarterfinals. The closest they had at that point was the aforementioned Sweet’s 16 appearances in 1997 and 1998.
Illinois Basketball All Time NCAA Tournament Record
Throughout its history, the Illinois men’s basketball team has appeared in 73 NCAA Tournament games, with a win-loss record of 41-32. Fighting Illini has one more loss than NCAA Tournament appearances since they lost twice in the 1942 tournament, losing in the Elite Eight as well as a regional third place match, which is a feature of some Tournaments. First NCAA match.
The Illinois women’s basketball program has appeared in 16 NCAA Tournament games throughout their history, hitting a record 8-8 in those competitions.
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