1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1918–19 record 6–8 (5–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Ralph Jones
Captain Burt Ingwersen
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
« 1917–18 1919–20 »
1918–19 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Minnesota 10 0   1.000     13 0   1.000
Chicago 10 2   .833     21 6   .778
Northwestern 6 4   .600     6 6   .500
Michigan 5 5   .500     18 6   .750
Illinois 5 7   .417     6 8   .429
Indiana 4 6   .400     10 7   .588
Iowa 4 7   .364     8 7   .533
Purdue 4 7   .364     6 8   .429
Wisconsin 3 9   .250     5 11   .313
Ohio State 2 6   .250     7 12   .368
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1918–19 season for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team, was the lowest point for head coach Ralph Jones during his tenure at the University of Illinois. Jones experienced his only losing season as a Big Ten coach, as a matter of fact, this was the only losing season he would have in career spanning nearly 35 years. Jones, who coached the Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team for three seasons prior to coming to Illinois, had never lost more than 6 games during any conference campaign.[1] The record the Illini would possess at the conclusion of the 1918–19 season would overall be 6 wins, 8 losses with a 6 win 6 loss conference mark. The starting lineup included captain Burt Ingwersen, Benjamin Mittleman and Ralph Fletcher at the forward positions, K.L. Wilson at center, and W.K. Kopp and P.C. Taylor as guards.[2]

Roster[edit]

Player Position Class Hometown
Ralph Fletcher Right Forward, Left Forward Sophomore Champaign, Illinois
Burt Ingwersen Left Forward, Right Forward Junior Urbana, Illinois
John S. Probst Center Junior East Aurora, Illinois
Paul C. Taylor Right Guard Junior New Orleans, Louisiana
Kenneth L. Wilson Center Junior Wilmette, Illinois
William K. Kopp Left Guard Sophomore Beverly Farms, Massachusetts
Benjamin E. Mittleman Left Forward Senior
G.C. Buckheit Right Guard
D.W. Smith Right Forward
T. Johnson Right Guard

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
January 3, 1919 Great Lakes 26–28 Loss Urbana, IL 467
January 10, 1919 Millikin University 37–17 Win Urbana, IL 577
January 18, 1919 Purdue 13–16 loss Urbana, IL 1,519
January 20, 1919 Ohio State 25–20 Win Urbana, IL 1,462
January 25, 1919 Wisconsin 25–15 Win Madison, WI -
January 27, 1919 Minnesota 17–36 Loss Minneapolis, MN -
February 1, 1919 Michigan 27–23 Win Ann Arbor, MI -
February 8, 1919 University of Chicago 12–17 Loss Chicago, IL -
February 15, 1919 Wisconsin 16–14 Win Urbana, IL 1,774
February 21, 1919 Purdue 25–18 Win West Lafayette, IN -
February 24, 1919 Ohio State 15–32 Loss Columbus, OH -
March 1, 1919 University of Chicago 15–17 Loss Urbana, IL 2,126
March 3, 1919 Minnesota 9–26 Loss Urbana, IL 1,485
March 10, 1919 Michigan 18–22 Loss Urbana, IL 1,329

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Points
Kenneth Wilson[4] 14 28 53 109
Paul Taylor[5] 12 24 6 54
Ralph Fletcher[6] 12 23 2 48
Bert Ingwersen[7] 13 10 0 20
Benjamin Mittleman[8] 13 8 1 17
D.W. Smith[9] 7 6 1 13


Awards and honors[edit]

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