Indiana doesn’t have any current seniors to honor Saturday at final regular season home game.
So instead, the Hoosiers will honor the seniors from the undefeated Big Ten championship team of 1975 on their 40th anniversary.
Here is the release put out by IU media relations.
Indiana University Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass has announced that senior members of the Hoosiers 1975 undefeated Big Ten men’s basketball championship team will be honored to commemorate the 40th anniversary of their historic season. Steve Ahlfeld, Steve Green, John Kamstra and John Laskowski will be recognized at the March 7 home game against Michigan State. Doug Allen also was a senior on that team but can not attend. The above mentioned also comprised the first recruiting class of Hall of Fame Coach Bob Knight.
“As with most other lifelong Hoosier basketball fans, the ’74-’75 team and it’s senior class hold a special place in my heart,” said Glass. “I’m very pleased most of them have been able to come back and receive this special and well-deserved recognition.”
The 1974-75 team, which featured eight players who would be drafted by an NBA team, was a group that Knight said was the best he ever coached. The team finished the regular season 29-0 and were ranked No.1 by United Press International and #3 by the Associated Press. They also were the first team in the history of the Big Ten to post an undefeated 18-0 record, a feat that was duplicated the following year in 1976 when IU also went 18-0 and won the national championship.
The Hoosiers had an average margin of victory in Big Ten play of 22.8 points, but junior Scott May broke his arm in an 83-82 win over Purdue, a game which clinched the league title for the Hoosiers. IU began the NCAA Tournament with a 78-52 win over Texas-El Paso in Lexington, Kentucky and advanced to the regional semifinals in Dayton the following weekend. IU defeated Oregon State, 81-71 to setup a rematch in the Mideast Regional Final with Kentucky, a team the Hoosiers had handled 98-74 early in the regular season with May scoring 25 points. In the rematch, with May playing with a cast and scoring just two points, IU narrowly lost 92-90 ending their hopes of returning to the Final Four for the second time in three years.
Overall, the 1975 senior class would lead IU to a 76-12 record and three Big Ten titles. In addition, the 1973-74 team won the Collegiate Commissioners Association title.
Today, Doug Allen lives in Phoenix, Arizona and is in the trucking industry.
Dr. Steve Ahlfeld and Ahlfeld Sports Medicine in Indianapolis have provided orthopaedic care for the IU men’s basketball team since 1984. His oldest son, Adam, also played basketball for the Hoosiers and his youngest son, Chris played football for the Hoosiers as well.
Dr. Steve Green of Team Green Dentistry in Fishers has been practicing dentistry in Indianapolis, Indiana All-American at IU and also played professionally for the Utah Stars (ABA), St. Louis Spirits (ABA), and the Indiana Pacers (NBA).
John Kamstra lives in Bloomington and serves as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Cook Group, Inc. Mr. Kamstra joined Cook Group Inc. in 1984. He served at Federal Loan Bank of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, In. from 1979 to 1984 and Arthur Young & Co, CPA, Indianapolis, In. from 1975 to 1979.
John Laskowski lives in Bloomington and is a Senior Sales Professional at Mercer and for several years has been a college basketball television and radio analyst and also authored a book Tales From the Hoosier Locker Room. He played two seasons with the Chicago Bulls.
“As a young fan of Big Ten college basketball, I could not wait to watch a game that Indiana was going to play in” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “As I have had the opportunity to meet so many of those who helped peak my interest in the sport, I always come away with the utmost respect and admiration for those who have made such an impact in others lives, first as Hoosiers, but more importantly as leaders in life. What this team accomplished is simply astounding.”
The following year, led by a senior class that included May, Quinn Buckner, Bobby Wilkerson, Tom Abernethy, and Jim Crews and junior All-American Kent Benson, the Hoosiers would complete the season undefeated winning the 1976 NCAA title.