1920–21 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team

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1920–21 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball
A blue block M with maize-colored borders and the word Michigan across the middle.
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Western Conference Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1920–21 record 18–4 (8–4 Big Nine)
Head coach E. J. Mather
Captain Arthur Karpus
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 Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team represented the University of Michigan in intercollegiate college basketball during the 1920–21 season. The team won its first eight games and its last eight games to finish tied with the Purdue Boilermakers and Wisconsin Badgers for the Western Conference Championship.[1][2] Arthur Karpus served as team captain.[3] On January 29, 1921, the team began a 14-game winning streak against the University of Chicago that continued through a January 6, 1922 victory over Michigan State University, which was at the time known as Michigan Agricultural college. This stood as the longest winning streak in school history until 1985.[4] The team was also involved in setting the longest road winning streaks at the time. It won on January 22, 1921 against Northwestern ending a 7-game road winning streak that had started on December 27, 1920 against the Louisville YMCA. Then on January 29, the team started another 7-game road winning streak against Chicago that lasted until a December 17, 1921 victory at Case. These two 7-game streaks stood as the school road losing streak record until 1985.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location
December 10, 1920 Kalamazoo College 44–32 Win Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI[5]
December 18, 1920 Western State Normal 44–32 Win Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI
December 27, 1920 Louisville YMCA 32–18 Win Louisville, KY
December 28, 1920 Nashville 28–16 Win Nashville, TN
December 29, 1920 Jonesboro 24–16 Win Jonesboro, TN
December 30, 1920 Memphis YMCA 14–11 Win Memphis, TN
December 31, 1920 Nashville 28–11 Win Nashville, TN
January 1, 1921 Vanderbilt 21–7 Win Nashville, TN[6]
January 8, 1921 Wisconsin 27–24 Loss Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI[7]
January 10, 1921 Indiana 30–21 Loss Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI
January 15, 1921 Ohio State 22–10 Loss Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI[8]
January 21, 1921 Iowa 19–15 Win Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI
January 22, 1921 Northwestern 30–15 Loss Evanston, IL
January 24, 1921 Wisconsin 25–17 Loss Madison, WI
January 29, 1921 Chicago 16–14 Win Chicago, IL[9]
January 31, 1921 Purdue 27–23 Win Lafayette, IN
February 5, 1921 Michigan Agricultural 37–24 Win Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI
February 22, 1921 Michigan Agricultural 17–10 Win Lansing, MI[10]
February 26, 1921 Illinois 24–18 Win Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI
February 28, 1921 Purdue 19–15 Win Waterman Gymnasium, Ann Arbor, MI[11]
March 5, 1921 Ohio State 36–22 Win Columbus, OH
March 7, 1921 Illinois 26–24 Win Kenney Gym, Urbana, IL

Players[edit]

  • R. Jerome Dunne, Chicago, Illinois - center and varsity letter winner
  • R. Gregory - aMa letter winner
  • Arthur Karpus, Grayling, Michigan - forward, captain, and varsity letter winner
  • Kenneth B. LeGalley - guard and varsity letter winner
  • George W. "Bill" Miller - forward and varsity letter winner
  • Robert S. Peare, Rockville, Indiana
  • Charles L. Pearman, Verona, New York - aMa letter winner
  • William J. Piper, Calumet, Michigan - aMa letter winner
  • Walter B. "Bud" Rea, Erie, Pennsylvania - guard and varsity letter winner
  • Rex G. Reason, Detroit, Michigan
  • Howard Elmer Rowse, Detroit, Michigan
  • Raymond W. Walmoth, Detroit, Michigan - aMa letter winner
  • Benjamin Weiss,[12] Newark, New Jersey - center and varsity letter winner
  • Robert C. Whitlock, Detroit, Michigan - forward and varsity letter winner
  • Frederick B. Wickham, Norwalk, Ohio - aMa letter winner
  • Jack G. Williams, Detroit, Michigan - guard and varsity letter winner
  • Lincoln B. Wilson, Chicago, Illinois - aMa letter winner
  • Bernard F. Zinn, Huntington, Indiana - aMa letter winner

Scoring statistics[edit]

Player Games Field goals Free throws Points Points per game[13]
Arthur Karpus 15 29 80 138 9.2
William Miller 15 44 0 88 5.9
R. Jerome Dunne 12 24 0 48 4.0
Walter B. Rea 14 19 0 38 2.7
Robert Whitlock 13 18 1 37 2.8
Benjamin Weiss 7 8 9 25 3.6
Jack Williams 16 8 0 16 1.0
Kenneth LeGalley 2 2 0 4 2.0
Rex Reason 2 1 0 2 1.0
Wilford Wilson 4 0 0 0 0.0
Robert Peare 3 0 0 0 0.0
Howard Rowse 1 0 0 0 0.0
Charles Pearman 1 0 0 0 0.0
Incomplete Totals 17 153 90 396 23.3
  • The scoring statistics do not include six games of Southern tour.[13]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Ten Basketball 2009–10 Media Guide". CBS Interactive. p. 54. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 
  2. ^ 2007–08 Men's Basketball Media Guide. University of Michigan. 2007. p. 10. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Accolades". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. pp. 9–10. 
  4. ^ a b "Through The Years". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. p. 7. Retrieved 2010-09-10. 
  5. ^ "Michigan Five Wins Opener: Kalamazoo College Beaten in Opening Game of Season by Score of 44 to 32". Detroit Free Press. December 11, 1920. p. 12. 
  6. ^ "U. of M. Makes Six-Day Trip: Basketeers Go South for the Holiday Court Tour, Playing Vanderbilt First. Eight Players to Be Taken Along, and All Games Played During Holidays". Detroit Free Press. December 21, 1920. p. 15. 
  7. ^ "Badgers Beat Michigan Five: Wisconsin Wins First Big Ten Basketball Game at Ann Arbor, 27 to 24". Detroit Free Press. January 9, 1921. p. 21. 
  8. ^ "Michigan Gets One Field Goal: Ohio State's Close Guarding Enables It to Win at Basketball, 22-10". Detroit Free Press. January 16, 1921. p. 21. 
  9. ^ "Michigan Puts Chicago Down: Maroons' Chances to Win Big Ten Basketball Title Set Back by 16-14 Defeat". Detroit Free Press. January 31, 1921. p. 10. 
  10. ^ "Aggies Fall Before U. of M.: Close Guarding Contest Goes to the Wolverines--Final Count is 17 to 10". Detroit Free Press. February 24, 1921. p. 12. 
  11. ^ "Michigan Five Climbs Again: Pulls Purdue Down, 19 to 15, Goes Into Triple Tie for Third Place". Detroit Free Press. March 1, 1921. p. 13. 
  12. ^ Benjamin Weiss, born February 26, 1898, in New York City. Educated in the Newark, New Jersey public schools. Graduated from Michigan in 1921. Engaged in private practice as an orthodontist. Died February 12, 1963, at Tucson, Arizona.
  13. ^ a b "University of Michigan Basketball Record Book". University of Michigan. p. 23. (The scoring statistics do not include six games of Southern tour.)