The Greatest Series: Top Performance No. 4

In today's countdown of the Greatest Series in IU basketball history, Ted Kitchel had a day during the '81 national championship season where he was nearly perfect for the Hoosiers.

Each day, has a new installment in "The Greatest" series that will chronicle some of the top players, teams and performances in Indiana basketball history.

The first top 10 countdown will look at some of the top individual performances in IU history. Go to the premium message board and weigh in with your own votes for what some of the top individual efforts have been in IU history.


Indiana had plenty of stars on the 1981 national championship team.

Isiah Thomas led the Hoosiers with a 16 point per game average. Ray Tolbert averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Randy Wittman was the other starter averaging in double figures at 10.4 points per game.

Ted Kitchel was fifth in scoring at 9.2.

But you never would have known it on Jan. 10, 1981 at Assembly Hall when No. 12 ranked Illinois came to town. Kitchel was nearly perfect that day and when it was over he had scored 40 points to lead the Hoosiers to a 78-61 victory.

How close was Kitchel to perfection?

He hit 11-of-13 shots from the field, which in and of itself was pretty impressive. But he also took 18 free throws that day – and made them all.

The 18-for-18 free throws still stands as a school record in terms of perfection with the most attempts.

Stay tuned for the No. 3 selection in "The Greatest" series tomorrow at

In order to stay up with previous installments in the series, here are the links to previous stories in the countdown:

Top Performances: No. 10

Top Performances: No. 9

Top Performances: No. 8

Top Performances: No. 7

Top Performances: No. 6

Top performances: No. 5

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