1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1927–28 record 5–12 (2-10 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Captain Everett Olson
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
« 1926–27 1928–29 »
1927–28 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Indiana 10 2   .833     15 2   .882
Purdue 10 2   .833     15 2   .882
Wisconsin 9 3   .750     13 4   .765
Northwestern 9 3   .750     12 5   .706
Michigan 7 5   .583     10 7   .588
Chicago 5 7   .417     8 9   .471
Iowa 3 9   .250     6 11   .353
Ohio State 3 9   .250     5 12   .294
Illinois 2 10   .167     5 12   .294
Minnesota 2 10   .167     4 12   .250
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1927-28 season produced the only losing campaign in the 14 year tenure of head coach Craig Ruby at the University of Illinois. Having only one returning senior on a team predominantly consisting of Juniors, Ruby entered his 6th season as head coach of the Fighting Illini with an overall record of 50 wins and 33 losses. This season also produced the Ruby's only losing season in the Big Ten with a conference record of 2 wins and 10 losses. The starting lineup included captain Everett Olson at center, Ernest Dorn and Earl H. Drew at the forward slot. The guards were, future head coach, Douglas R. Mills, Keston J. Deimling and Andrew R. Solyom.[1]

Team[edit]

No. Player Position Class Hometown
3 Forrest H. Lindsay Center Junior Tulsa, Oklahoma
4 H.H. Edwards Forward Junior Newton, Illinois
5 Ernest Dorn Forward Junior Chicago, Illinois
6 Fremont G. Cann Guard Junior Oregon, Illinois
7 Douglas R. Mills Guard Sophomore Elgin, Illinois
8 Andrew R. Solyom Center Sophomore Hammond, Indiana
9 Omar C. Lee Forward Senior West Frankfort, Illinois
10 John D. How Forward Senior Lakeville, Indiana
11 E.H. Johnson Guard Sophomore Batavia, Illinois
12 C.Donnelly Gamble Guard Junior Champaign, Illinois
14 Keston J. Deimling Guard Junior Stevens Point, Wisconsin
15 James W. Lewis Guard Sophomore Waukegan, Illinois
16 Robert C. Greene Guard Junior Renovo, Pennsylvania
17 Carl H. Bergeson Guard Sophomore Batavia, Illinois
18 R.E. Fisher Guard Sophomore Champaign, Illinois
19 Edwin J. Simionich Guard Junior Joliet, Illinois
20 W.L. Julian Forward Junior Grant Park, Illinois
21 Vance Cummins Forward Junior Joliet, Illinois
22 Everette Olson (capt.) Forward Junior Champaign, Illinois
23 Lee Hickox Center Sophomore Evanston, Illinois
24 H.G. Lind Guard Junior Chicago, Illinois
25 William E. Short Forward Sophomore Frontenac, Kansas
26 H. Smock Reserve Sophomore Moweaqua, Illinois
27 William R. Bunn Forward Senior Byron, Illinois
Earl H. Drew Forward Junior Champaign, Illinois
H.T. Winterbauer Reserve Sophomore Athens, Illinois
R.A. Floberg Reserve Sophomore Rockford, Illinois
Rufus Glass Center Junior Kokomo, Indiana
H.L. Logan Guard Junior Salem, Illinois
D.O. Overpeck Reserve Sophomore Clinton, Indiana
J.H. Pribble Reserve Sophomore Salem, Illinois
Ernest W. Schultz Reserve Senior Geneseo, Illinois
R.S. Wachob Reserve Junior Cherry Tree, Pennsylvania

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 10, 1927 Knox 22–18 Win Champaign, IL 6,007
December 17, 1927 Bradley 41–35 Win Champaign, IL 6,149
December 27, 1927 Washington 23–34 Loss Seattle, WA -
December 29, 1927 Washington 34–24 Win Seattle, WA -
December 30, 1927 Washington 26–32 Loss Seattle, WA -
January 7, 1928 Purdue 24–30 Loss Champaign, IL 7,176
January 13, 1928 Iowa 30–36 Loss Iowa City, IA -
January 16, 1928 Wisconsin 34–33 Win Madison, WI -
January 21, 1928 Indiana 29–44 Loss Bloomington, IN -
February 8, 1928 Northwestern 32–20 Win Champaign, IL 6,675
February 14, 1928 Purdue 14–40 Loss West Lafayette, IN -
February 17, 1928 University of Chicago 26–52 Loss Chicago, IL -
February 24, 1928 Iowa 27–41 Loss Champaign, IL 5,359
March 1, 1928 Northwestern 31–39 Loss Evanston, IL -
March 3, 1928 University of Chicago 18–19 Loss Champaign, IL 5,457
March 6, 1928 Indiana 23–27 Loss Champaign, IL 5,737
March 9, 1927 Wisconsin 22–32 Loss Champaign, IL 5,642

Bold Italic connotes conference game


Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  2. ^ All-Time Illini Rosters