Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Happy 48th, Mike Small

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Happy 48th, Mike Small

Top Big Ten scoring performances vs. Illinois

Thirty-five years ago Monday, Indiana’s Mike Woodson produced one of the most magnificent individual performances in Big Ten history, scoring 48 points against the Illini in the 1979 season finale. Woodson canned 18 of 27 field goal attempts and 12 of 14 free throws against Illinois, which No. 1 nationally in field goal defense. Pointswise, it’s the third-best single-game effort by a Big Ten player against Illinois. The best scoring performances by Illini opponents in Big Ten games:

Indiana: 48 points by Mike Woodson (3/3/79)
Iowa: 38 points by Chris Pervall (3/6/65)
Michigan: 40 points by Rudy Tomjanovich (1/22/69)
Michigan State: 35 points by Shawn Respert (2/15/95), by Steve Smith (1/17/91) and Terry Furlow (1/24/76)
Minnesota: 37 points by Dick Garmaker (1/2/54)
Nebraska: 33 points by Shavon Shields (2/12/14)
Northwestern: 40 points by Rick Lopossa (2/1/64) and Joe Ruklick (3/8/58)
Ohio State: 49 points by Gary Bradds (2/10/64)
Penn State: 31 points by Joe Crispin (1/22/00)
Purdue: 49 by Glenn Robinson (3/13/94)
Wisconsin: 33 points by Tracy Webster (2/22/92)

Illini birthdays
Sunday: JR Kyes, baseball (31)
Monday: Brian Ford, football (60)
Tuesday: Mike Small, golf (48)
Wednesday: Dennis Graff, basketball (60)
Thursday: Dusty Bensko (right), baseball (31)
Friday: Meegan Johnston, soccer (19)
Saturday: Mel Romani, football (74)

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