Former Illinois center Robert Archibald, a member of the Illini’s 2000-01 and 2001-02 teams that won a share of the Big Ten championship, has died at age 39, the university confirmed Friday. The cause of death remained unknown.
A native of Scotland who attended high school in the St. Louis area, the 6-foot-11 Archibald played 130 games in four seasons at Illinois (1998-2002). As a junior, he averaged 7.2 points and 4.5 rebounds as a key reserve for a team that finished 27-8 (13-3 Big Ten) and reached the Elite Eight of the 2001 NCAA Tournament under coach Bill Self.
Archibald scored 25 points in that 87-81 loss to Arizona then moved into the starting lineup as a senior. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.5 rebounds as the Illini went 26-9 (11-5 Big Ten) and advanced to the Sweet 16, where he had 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-69 loss to Kansas. The Illini went 89-45 overall and 38-26 in Big Ten play in Archibald’s four years in Champaign.
SOURCE: Chicago Tribune