1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1930–31 record 12–5 (7-5 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Captain Charles Harper
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
« 1929–30 1931–32 »
1930–31 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northwestern 11 1   .917     16 1   .941
Michigan 8 4   .667     13 4   .765
Minnesota 8 4   .667     13 4   .765
Purdue 8 4   .667     12 5   .706
Illinois 7 5   .583     12 5   .706
Indiana 5 7   .417     9 8   .529
Chicago 4 8   .333     8 9   .471
Wisconsin 4 8   .333     8 9   .471
Ohio State 3 9   .250     4 13   .235
Iowa 2 10   .167     5 12   .294
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1930-31 season was head coach Craig Ruby's 9th at the University of Illinois, establishing the first time in the history of Illinois basketball that a head coach remained longer than 8 years. Ruby had 10 returning lettermen from a team that had finished in a fifth place tie in the Big Ten the year before. Even though they did not lose any non-conference games, the Fighting Illini showed no improvement in conference play by finishing with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses, however; the team improved to an overall record of 12 wins 5 losses. The starting lineup included captain Charles Harper, George Fencl and Elbert Kamp at forward, Elbridge May at center with Boyd Owen and Robert Kamp at the guard spots.[1]

Team[edit]

No. Player Position Height Weight Class Hometown
3 Charles Harper (captain) Forward 5'11" 163 Senior Chandlerville, Illinois
4 Robert Kamp Guard 5'10" 150 Junior Mt. Carmel, Illinois
5 Elbert Kamp Forward 5'11" 150 Junior Mt. Carmel, Illinois
6 Elbridge Horace May Center 6'4" 180 Senior Chicago, Illinois
8 Boyd Owen Guard 6'2" 179 Sophomore South Bend, Indiana
9 Herbert R. Hill Forward 5'8" 145 Senior Elgin, Illinois
10 Caslon Bennett Center 6'3" 185 Sophomore Marshall, Illinois
11 Vernon Moore Center 6'1" 165 Sophomore Martinsville, Illinois
12 Robert Y. Bartholomew Forward 5'11" 155 Junior Peoria, Illinois
14 William Hagerman Center 6'1" 154 Sophomore Champaign, Illinois
15 William Theobald Guard 5'11" 155 Sophomore Duquoin, Illinois
17 Paul Chervinko Forward 5'7" 155 Sophomore Witt, Illinois
18 Norval Hodges Guard 6'2" 176 Sophomore Flora, Illinois
19 Harold Thornburg Center 6'1" 172 Senior Watseka, Illinois
20 Charles Canfield Guard 5'11" 165 Sophomore Maywood, Illinois
21 George S. Fencl Guard 5'8" 159 Junior Cicero, Illinois
22 David Smith Guard 5'10" 157 Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
23 William Fuzak Forward 6'0" 160 Senior Urbana, Illinois
24 Charles Goldstein Forward 5'10" 160 Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
25 Marvin L. Hadam Forward 5'9" 150 Senior Chicago, Illinois
26 Homer Adams Guard 5'11" 150 Junior Pontiac, Illinois
27 John Hadley Guard 6'0" 160 Sophomore Frankfort, Indiana
28 Ralph W. Downing Guard 5'10" 150 Junior Mount Pulaski, Illinois
29 Henry Howard Guard 6'0" 170 Sophomore Sheffield, Illinois
30 Maurice Weintraub Forward 5'6" 148 Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
31 H.B. Scharback Forward 5'10" 163 Junior Hobart, Indiana
32 Thomas Plunk Forward 5'8" 160 Sophomore Mansfield, Illinois

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 8, 1930 DePauw 27–15 Win Champaign, IL 3,625
December 13, 1930 Carleton College 23–11 Win Champaign, IL 4,879
December 19, 1930 Miami 40–17 Win Champaign, IL 1,500
December 22, 1930 Wabash 28–13 Win Champaign, IL 2,473
January 1, 1931 Bradley 28–17 Win Peoria, IL 3,000
January 5, 1931 Wisconsin 9–12 Loss Champaign, IL 6,696
January 10, 1931 Purdue 15–30 Loss West Lafayette, IN -
January 12, 1931 Northwestern 27–29 Loss Champaign, IL 7,092
January 17, 1931 Indiana 34–35 Loss Champaign, IL 6,807
January 24, 1931 Wisconsin 20–30 Loss Madison, WI -
February 10, 1931 Purdue 26–22 Win Champaign 6,873
February 14, 1931 Iowa 26–23 Win Iowa City, IA 3,600
February 16, 1931 Northwestern 35–28 Win Evanston, IL 5,000
February 21, 1931 University of Chicago 45–22 Win Champaign, IL 6,228
February 23, 1931 Indiana 39–25 Win Bloomington, IN 4,200
February 28, 1931 Iowa 31–13 Win Champaign, IL 6,267
March 2, 1931 University of Chicago 36–30 Win Chicago, IL 1,900

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