1990 Men's Basketball Team
Induction Year: 2003
Sport (s): Team

At the time of their induction, the 1989-90 men’s basketball team stands as the only squad in school history to play in a national championship game as they finished second at the NCAA Division III Championship. The Tigers finished with a 24-7 record, won the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and were just one basket away from a national title in losing in the national title game to Rochester, 43-42. After starting the season with three losses and having an 11-6 mark through late January, the Tigers finished the regular season with nine straight wins to earn a spot in the 40-team NCAA tournament. Royce Waltman’s team opened with a 71-69 win at Monmouth (Ill.) to snap the Fighting Scots’ 20-game home win streak and advance to the round of 16 in St. Paul, Minn. DePauw defeated host St. Thomas, 75-69, in double overtime to end the Tommies’ 15-game win streak. The next evening, a resilient Tiger squad rallied from a 14-point deficit and defeated Illinois Wesleyan, 68-65, and moved on to the national semifinals at Wittenberg University where they defeated second-ranked Calvin 82-79.

Television coverage of 1990 national championship game

Hall of Fame induction speech