1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1918-1919 University of Illinois Fighting Illini Men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1918–19 record 6–8 (5–7 Big Ten)
Head coach Ralph Jones
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Burt Ingwersen
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
1918–19 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Minnesota 10 0   1.000     13 0   1.000
Chicago 10 2   .833     21 6   .778
Northwestern 6 4   .600     6 6   .500
Michigan 5 5   .500     18 6   .750
Illinois 5 7   .417     6 8   .429
Indiana 4 6   .400     10 7   .588
Iowa 4 7   .364     8 7   .533
Purdue 4 7   .364     6 8   .429
Wisconsin 3 9   .250     5 11   .313
Ohio State 2 6   .250     7 12   .368
Rankings from AP Poll
"1918-19 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1918–19 season for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team, was the lowest point for head coach Ralph Jones during his tenure at the University of Illinois. Jones experienced his only losing season as a Big Ten coach, as a matter of fact, this was the only losing season he would have in career spanning nearly 35 years. Jones, who coached the Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team for three seasons prior to coming to Illinois, had never lost more than 6 games during any conference campaign.[2] The record the Illini would possess at the conclusion of the 1918–19 season would overall be 6 wins, 8 losses with a 6 win 6 loss conference mark. The starting lineup included captain Burt Ingwersen, Benjamin Mittleman and Ralph Fletcher at the forward positions, K.L. Wilson at center, and W.K. Kopp and P.C. Taylor as guards.[3]

Roster[edit]

1918–19 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Fletcher, RalphRalph Fletcher
So Champaign, Illinois
F Ingwersen, BurtBurt Ingwersen (C)
Jr Urbana, Illinois
C S. Probst, JohnJohn S. Probst
Jr East Aurora, Illinois
C C. Taylor, PaulPaul C. Taylor
Jr New Orleans, Louisiana
C L. Wilson, KennethKenneth L. Wilson
Jr Wilmette, Illinois
G K. Kopp, WilliamWilliam K. Kopp
So Beverly Farms, Massachusetts
F F. Mittleman, BenjaminBenjamin F. Mittleman
Sr East Farmingdale, New York
G Buchheit, GeorgeGeorge Buchheit
So Beardstown, Illinois
F Willard Smith, DanielDaniel Willard Smith
Fr Bellflower, Illinois
F Johnson, ThomasThomas Johnson
So Homer, Illinois
Head coach
  • Ralph Jones (Indianapolis YMCA Training School) (7th year)
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster

Source[4]

Schedule[edit]

Source[5]

Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
1/3/1919*
no, no
vs Great Lakes L 26–28  0-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (467)
Urbana, IL
1/10/1919*
no, no
vs Millikin University W 37–17  1-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (577)
Urbana, IL
1/18/1919
no, no
vs Purdue L 13–16  1-2 (0-1)
Kenney Gym (1,519)
Urbana, IL
1/20/1919
no, no
vs Ohio State W 25–20  2-2 (1-1)
Kenney Gym (1,462)
Urbana, IL
1/25/1919
no, no
@ Wisconsin W 25–15  3-2 (2-1)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (-)
Madison, WI
1/27/1919
no, no
@ Minnesota L 17–36  3-3 (2-2)
University of Minnesota Armory (-)
Minneapolis, MN
2/1/1919
no, no
@ Michigan W 27–23  4-3 (3-2)
Waterman Gymnasium (-)
Ann Arbor, MI
2/8/1919
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 12–17  4-4 (3-3)
Bartlett Gymnasium (-)
Chicago, IL
2/15/1919
no, no
vs Wisconsin W 16–14  5-4 (4-3)
Kenney Gym (1,774)
Urbana, IL
2/21/1919
no, no
@ Purdue W 25–18  6-4 (5-3)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
2/24/1919
no, no
@ Ohio State L 15–32  6-5 (5-4)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum (-)
Columbus, OH
3/1/1919
no, no
vs University of Chicago L 15–17  6-6 (5-5)
Kenney Gym (2,126)
Urbana, IL
3/3/1919
no, no
vs Minnesota L 9–26  6-7 (5-6)
Kenney Gym (1,485)
Urbana, IL
3/10/1919
no, no
vs Michigan L 18–22  6-8 (5-7)
Kenney Gym (1,329)
Urbana, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Bold Italic connotes conference game


Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Points
Kenneth Wilson[6] 14 28 53 109
Paul Taylor[7] 12 24 6 54
Ralph Fletcher[8] 12 23 2 48
Bert Ingwersen[9] 13 10 0 20
Benjamin Mittleman[10] 13 8 1 17
D.W. Smith[11] 7 6 1 13


Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]