1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1934–35 record 15–5 (9-3 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Captain Frank Froschauer
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
« 1933–34 1935–36 »
1934–35 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 9 3   .750     17 3   .850
Illinois 9 3   .750     15 5   .750
Wisconsin 9 3   .750     15 5   .750
Indiana 8 4   .667     14 6   .700
Ohio State 8 4   .667     13 6   .684
Iowa 6 6   .500     10 9   .526
Minnesota 5 7   .417     11 9   .550
Northwestern 3 9   .250     10 10   .500
Michigan 2 10   .167     8 12   .400
Chicago 1 11   .083     2 18   .100
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1934-35 season brought the fourth conference title at the University of Illinois as well as the second title in Craig Ruby's tenure. Ruby had previously won a title in his second season, 1923-24. A new star on the playing floor emerged during the 1934-35 season with the addition of Harry Combes to the roster. Combes, a three-year letterwinner, starred for the Illini from 1935–37 and later returned to his alma mater as head coach of the Illini in 1948. Combes helped lead Illinois to both its Big Ten titles in the 1930s. Along with future head coach Combes the Illini only returned 6 lettermen from a team that had finished in fourth place in the Big Ten the year before. Even though the Fighting Illini lost twice to Indiana, they improved in conference play by finishing with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. The team finished the season with an overall record of 15 wins 5 losses with one of the losses coming as the result of playing two games on December 10, 1934. The starting lineup included captain Frank Froschauer and Roy Guttschow at forward, Harry Combes, Jack Benyon and Wilbur Henry at guard, with Lewis Dehner at the center position.[1]

Team[edit]

"1934-35 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"
No. Player Position Class Hometown
3 Jack Beynon Guard Senior Rockford, Illinois
4 Roy Guttschow Forward Senior Simi Valley, California
5 Grant Mickelson Guard Sophomore
6 Wilbur Henry Guard Sophomore North Hollywood, California
7 Lewis Dehner Center Freshman East St. Louis, Illinois
8 Frank Froschauer (captain) Forward Senior Harvey, Illinois
10 Harold Swanson Center Sophomore Chicago Heights, Illinois
11 Coke Mills Forward Junior Galesburg, Illinois
12 Harry Combes Guard Sophomore Champaign, Illinois
14 Robert Riegel Center Sophomore Tolono, Illinois
15 Byron Blout Forward Senior Salinas, California
16 Howard Braun Guard Junior Champaign, Illinois
18 Harold Benham Forward Senior Downers Grove, Illinois
19 Paul W. Gibbs Guard Junior Los Angeles, California
24 James Vopicka Guard Sophomore Berwyn, Illinois
29 Martin Markworth Forward Junior Cleveland, Ohio

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 10, 1934 Bradley 55–25 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
December 10, 1934 DePaul 26–29 Loss Champaign, IL 6,000
December 14, 1934 Wabash College 30–27 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
December 21, 1934 Washington (St. Louis) 35–18 Win St. Louis, MO 3,000
December 22, 1934 St. Louis 21–22 Win St. Louis, MO 4,000
December 29, 1934 Butler 24–39 Loss Indianapolis, IN 5,000
January 1, 1935 Wabash College 35–28 Win Crawfordsville, IN -
January 5, 1935 Indiana 28–32 Loss Champaign, IL 5,000
January 7, 1935 Purdue 37–36 Win Champaign 8,000
January 12, 1935 Ohio State 44–23 Loss Columbus, OH 5,500
January 14, 1935 Indiana 29–42 Loss Bloomington, IN 5,000
January 19, 1935 Michigan 34–22 Win Champaign, IL 7,000
February 5, 1935 Notre Dame 27–26 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 9, 1935 University of Chicago 43–36 Win Chicago, IL 2,500
February 16, 1935 Purdue 27–35 Loss West Lafayette, IN 5,000
February 18, 1935 Ohio State 43–36 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 23, 1935 Minnesota 38–34 Win Minneapolis, MN 7,500
February 25, 1935 University of Chicago 39–29 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
March 2, 1935 Minnesota 38–34 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
March 4, 1935 Michigan 36–22 Win Ann Arbor, MI -

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