1982 Men's Basketball Hall of Fame
Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
          Release: 05/15/2007
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It has been called the “Greatest season in Vandal basketball history.” The 1981-82 Vandal men’s basketball team went 27-3, repeated as Big Sky champions and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen at the NCAA Tournament after beating Iowa on a buzzer-beater in overtime. The team started the season 16-0, including a win at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore., over Oregon, Oregon State and Iowa State. The team finished the regular season with an overall record of 25-2, losing the two games by a combined four points. The Vandals won every home game, extending their home winning streak to 35 games. The team won the Big Sky tournament and regular season titles. The 1981-82 team’s 27 wins is a team record, while their .900 win percentage is also the best-ever at Idaho. Head coach Don Monson won Big Sky and Kodak Division I Coach of the Year honors for that season, Phil Hopson and Brian Kellerman earned All-Big Sky honors, Ken Owens earned Big Sky Tournament MVP honors and Kellerman and Gordie Herbert earned All-Tournament Team honors. When the Big Sky announced its 25th Anniversary Team, two members of the 1981-82 squad, Kellerman and Owens, were named to the team.

 

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