1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1908–09 record 7–6 (5–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Herb V. Juul
Captain Henry Popperfuss
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
« 1907–08 1909–10 »
1908–09 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 12 0   1.000     12 0   1.000
Purdue 6 4   .600     8 4   .667
Wisconsin 5 4   .556     8 4   .667
Illinois 5 6   .455     7 6   .538
Minnesota 3 6   .333     8 6   .571
Indiana 2 6   .250     5 9   .357
Northwestern 1 4   .200     1 7   .125
Iowa 1 5   .167     8 7   .533
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1908–09 season witnessed the fourth coach in just four years to head up the University of Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team. The only difference for this season, however; was that Herb V. Juul became the first coach to stay for more than one year.[1] He also became the first former Fighting Illini player to head the Illinois basketball program, serving as captain of the 1906–07 team. The starting lineup for the team included captain H. J. Popperfuss and Carl P. Watson at the forward positions, Emmett V. Poston as the center, and a combination of Roy G. Rennacker, Louis S. Bernstein and Thomas E. Thompson at guard. The Illini finished their season with an overall record of seven wins and six losses with a conference record of five wins, six losses and a fourth place finish in the Western Conference.[2]

Roster[edit]

"1908-09 Fighting Illini team"
Player Position Class Hometown
Emmett V. Poston Center Senior Springfield, Illinois
Carl Watson Left Forward, Right Forward Senior DeKalb, Illinois
Henry Popperfuss Left Forward Junior Tomah, Wisconsin
Roy Rennacker Left Guard Junior Winnetka, Illinois
Thomas Thompson Right Guard Junior Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Avery Brundage Right Forward Senior Chicago, Illinois
Louis S. Bernstein Left Guard, Right Guard Sophomore Niagara Falls, New York
Charles M. Bunn Left Forward Junior Chicago, Illinois
C. E. Lord Left Forward
D. R. Palmquist Right Guard

[3]

  • Head Coach: Herb Juul (1st year at Illinois)

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location
December 22, 1908 Shelbyville Business College 93–19 Win Urbana, IL
December 23, 1908 Mt. Vernon 47–25 Win Mt. Vernon, IL
January 9, 1909 Indiana 30–2 Win Urbana, IL
January 16, 1909 Wisconsin 28–19 Win Urbana, IL
January 22, 1909 Minnesota 17–18 Loss Minneapolis, MN
January 23, 1909 Wisconsin 10–20 Loss Madison, WI
February 10, 1909 Minnesota 21–20 Win Urbana, IL
February 13, 1909 University of Chicago 15–17 Loss Urbana, IL
February 17, 1909 Purdue 24–18 Win Urbana, IL
February 26, 1909 University of Chicago 10–23 Loss Chicago, IL
February 27, 1909 Northwestern 35–4 Win Evanston, IL
March 5, 1909 Purdue 20–28 Loss West Lafayette, IN
March 6, 1909 Indiana 13–23 Loss Bloomington, IN

Bold Italic connotes conference game

References[edit]

  1. ^ A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.20 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  2. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  3. ^ All-Time Illini Rosters