1915–16 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1915–16 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1915–16 record 13–3 (9–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Ralph Jones
Captain Ray Woods
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
« 1914–15 1916–17 »
1915–16 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wisconsin 11 1   .917     20 1   .952
Illinois 9 3   .750     13 3   .813
Northwestern 9 3   .750     13 3   .813
Minnesota 6 6   .500     11 6   .647
Indiana 3 5   .375     6 7   .462
Chicago 4 8   .333     15 11   .577
Iowa 2 4   .333     11 4   .733
Ohio State 2 8   .200     9 13   .409
Purdue 2 10   .167     4 10   .286
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1915–16 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1915–16 season was a follow up to an undefeated season, in which the Fighting Illini men's basketball team won both a national and Big Ten Conference championship. Coached by Ralph Jones, the Illini continued their winning ways by finishing the season with an overall record of 13 wins and 3 losses and a 9 win 3 loss conference mark. Taking second in the Western Conference to the National Champion Wisconsin Badgers men's basketball team. During the season, the Illini dropped two games to Northwestern and one to eventual champion Wisconsin, but the first loss to the Wildcats was the Illini’s first-ever overtime game as Northwestern scored two points in the overtime period to beat Illinois, 23-21, February 12, 1916, at what is now the Kenney Gym Annex. The starting lineup included Gordon Otto, Dan W. Elwell and Ralf Woods rotating at the forward position, center C. G. Alwood, and guards Clarence Applegran and captain Ray Woods.[1] Woods was named an All-American for his work during this season.[2] Woods and Alwood were named All-Big Ten players for the season.

Roster[edit]

Player Position Class Hometown
Clarence O. Applegran Right Forward Freshman Chicago, Illinois
Clyde Alwood Right Forward Junior Clinton, Illinois
Ray Woods Right Guard Junior Oak Park, Illinois
Ralf Woods Right Guard Junior Oak Park, Illinois
John B. Felmley Left Forward Sophomore Bloomington, Illinois
Gordon Otto Right Forward Junior Miami, Florida
Elmer T. Rundquist Center Sophomore San Antonio, Texas
Dan W. Elwell Left Forward Junior
V. W. Dean

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 13, 1915 Millikin University 36–16 Win Urbana, IL 1,892
December 17, 1915 Millikin University 34–19 Win Decatur, IL -
January 1, 1916 Illinois Wesleyan 25–18 Win Bloomington, IL -
January 4, 1916 Wabash College 24–16 Win Urbana, IL -
January 11, 1916 Purdue 22–11 Win Urbana, IL 2,507
January 15, 1916 Ohio State 21–10 Win Urbana, IL 2,497
January 22, 1916 Wisconsin 27–20 Win Urbana, IL 3,383
February 9, 1916 University of Chicago 30–17 Win Chicago, IL -
February 12, 1916 Northwestern 21–23(OT) Loss Urbana, IL 3,147
February 19, 1916 Wisconsin 14–34 Loss Madison, WI -
February 21, 1916 Minnesota 27–22 Win Minneapolis, MN -
February 26, 1916 University of Chicago 31–13 Win Urbana, IL 3,218
February 29, 1916 Northwestern 16–25 Loss Evanston, IL -
March 4, 1916 Purdue 29–19 Win West Lafayette, IN -
March 6, 1916 Ohio State 28–22 Win Columbus, OH -
March 13, 1916 Minnesota 20–9 Win Urbana, IL -

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Points
Ralf Woods[4] 10 35 52 122
Gordon Otto[5] 15 25 40 90
Clyde Alwood[6] 15 45 0 90
Ray Woods[7] 16 26 0 52
John Felmley[8] 5 12 2 26
Dan Elwell[9] 10 6 1 12
Clarence Applegran[10] 16 3 0 6


Awards and honors[edit]

Ray Woods was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004. Woods was also selected as an All-American for the 1915–16 season.

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