1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1920–21 record 11–7 (7–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Frank Winters
Captain Charles Vail
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
« 1919–20 1921–22 »
1920–21 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Michigan 8 4   .667     18 4   .818
Wisconsin 8 4   .667     13 4   .765
Purdue 8 4   .667     13 7   .650
Minnesota 7 5   .583     10 5   .667
Illinois 7 5   .583     11 7   .611
Indiana 6 5   .545     15 6   .714
Iowa 6 5   .545     9 9   .500
Chicago 6 6   .500     14 6   .700
Ohio State 2 10   .167     4 13   .235
Northwestern 1 11   .083     2 12   .143
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1920–21 season began a new era for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team. New head coach Frank Winters was coming to the University of Illinois after 5 very successful years as head coach of Rockford Central High School in Rockford, Illinois. During his tenure in Rockford, he guided his Rabs teams to three round of 16 finishes, one quarterfinals finish and one team finished their season as state champions. Unfortunately, Winters inherited a team whose best player, Chuck Carney, had just severely injured his knee in the last football game. Nonetheless, the team went on to an overall record of 11–7.[1] The Big Ten record for the Illini, at the conclusion of the 1920–21 season would be seven wins five losses and a tie for fourth place. The starting lineup included All-American Chuck Carney, Lawrence Walquist, and Norton Hellstrom at forward, Henry Reitsch at center, and Charles Vail, John Sabo and Walter Collins as guards.[2]

Team[edit]

No. Player Position Class Hometown
1 Chuck Carney Forward Junior Evanston, Illinois
2 Walter Collins Guard Junior
3 John Sabo Guard Junior Toledo, Ohio
4 Henry Reitsch Center Sophomore Rockford, Illinois
5 Leland "Slim" Stillwell Center Junior
6 Otto H. Vogel Guard Sophomore Iowa City, Iowa
7 Roland H. Popken Forward Freshman Oak Park, Illinois
8 Norton Hellstrom Forward Sophomore Ft. Pierce, Florida
9 Glenn E. Potter Forward Freshman Yuba City, California
10 Hubert Tabor Guard Junior Belleville, Illinois
11 C.M. White Forward Sophomore
12 H.C. Neville Forward Sophomore
13 J.W. Hansen Guard Sophomore
14 C.R. Danielson Forward Sophomore
15 Charles Vail (captain) Guard Junior Chicago, Illinois
16 Lawrence Walquist Forward Junior Chicago, Illinois
17 Julian Mee Forward Senior Chicago, Illinois

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 8, 1920 Millikin University 24–29 Loss Urbana, IL 2,994
December 20, 1920 Illinois Normal 32–21 Win Normal, IL -
January 1, 1921 Nebraska 25–30 Loss Urbana, IL 441
January 3, 1921 Nebraska 26–24 Win Urbana, IL 3,044
January 10, 1921 Illinois Normal 42–17 Win Urbana, IL 2,759
January 14, 1921 Millikin University 26–20 Win Decatur, IL -
January 18, 1921 University of Chicago 33–29 Win Urbana, IL 4,233
January 22, 1921 Wisconsin 18–23 Loss Madison, WI -
January 24, 1921 Minnesota 23–22 Win Minneapolis, MN -
February 5, 1921 Purdue 39–26 Win West Lafayette, IN -
February 7, 1921 Ohio State 46–11 Win Urbana, IL 4,272
February 12, 1921 Minnesota 24–20 Win Urbana, IL 4,272
February 19, 1921 Wisconsin 17–9 Win Urbana, IL 4,283
February 22, 1921 Purdue 19–29 Loss Urbana, IL 4,283
February 26, 1921 Michigan 18–24 Loss Ann Arbor, MI -
February 28, 1921 Ohio State 35–32 Win Columbus, OH -
March 5, 1921 University of Chicago 26–29 Loss Chicago, IL 3,260
March 7, 1921 Michigan 26–28 Loss Urbana, IL 4,294

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Points
Henry Reitsch[4] 18 55 0 110
Charles Vail[5] 18 22 59 103
Julian Mee[6] 15 24 26 74
Lawrence Walquist[7] 18 36 1 73
Norton Hellstrom[8] 13 25 4 54
Charles Carney[9] 8 19 0 38
Walter Collins[10] 14 12 0 24
John Sabo[11] 14 6 0 12


Awards and honors[edit]

Chuck Carney was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004. Carney was also selected as the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year for his play during the 1921–22 season.

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