1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1920-21 Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1920–21 record 11–7 (7–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Frank Winters
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Charles Vail
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
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
"1920-21 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1920–21 season began a new era for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team. New head coach Frank Winters was coming to the University of Illinois after 5 very successful years as head coach of Rockford Central High School in Rockford, Illinois. During his tenure in Rockford, he guided his Rabs teams to three round of 16 finishes, one quarterfinals finish and one team finished their season as state champions. Unfortunately, Winters inherited a team whose best player, Chuck Carney, had just severely injured his knee in the last football game. Nonetheless, the team went on to an overall record of 11–7.[2] The Big Ten record for the Illini, at the conclusion of the 1920–21 season would be seven wins five losses and a tie for fourth place. The starting lineup included All-American Chuck Carney, Laurie Walquist, and Norton Hellstrom at forward, Henry Reitsch at center, and Charles Vail, John Sabo and Walter Collins as guards.[3]

Roster[edit]

1920–21 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 1 Carney, ChuckChuck Carney
Jr Evanston, Illinois
G 2 Collins, WalterWalter Collins
Jr Rockford, Illinois
G 3 Sabo, JohnJohn Sabo
Jr Toledo, Ohio
C 4 Reitsch, HenryHenry Reitsch
So Rockford, Illinois
C 5 "Slim" Stillwell, LelandLeland "Slim" Stillwell
Fr Olney, Illinois
G 6 Vogel, OttoOtto Vogel
So Iowa City, Iowa
F 7 H. Popken, RolandRoland H. Popken
Fr Oak Park, Illinois
F 8 Hellstrom, NortonNorton Hellstrom
So Ft. Pierce, Florida
F 9 E. Potter, GlennGlenn E. Potter
Fr Yuba City, California
G 10 Tabor, HubertHubert Tabor
Jr Sullivan, Illinois
F 11 Milton White, CharlesCharles Milton White
So Chicago, Illinois
F 12 Clay Neville, HarryHarry Clay Neville
So Pinckneyville, Illinois
G 13 Wilbur Hansen, JohnJohn Wilbur Hansen
So Brookston, Indiana
F 14 Reynolds Danielson, CecilCecil Reynolds Danielson
So Rockford, Illinois
G 15 W. Vail, CharlesCharles W. Vail (C)
Jr Chicago, Illinois
G 16 Walquist, LawrenceLawrence Walquist
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F 17 Mee, JulianJulian Mee
Sr Chicago, Illinois
Head coach
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
12/8/1920*
no, no
vs Millikin University L 24–29  0-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (2,994)
Urbana, IL
12/20/1920*
no, no
@ Illinois Normal W 32–21  1-1 (0-0)
John W. Cook Hall (-)
Normal, IL
1/1/1921*
no, no
vs Nebraska L 25–30  1-2 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (441)
Urbana, IL
1/3/1921*
no, no
vs Nebraska W 26–24  2-2 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (3,044)
Urbana, IL
1/10/1921*
no, no
vs Illinois Normal W 42–17  3-2 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (2,759)
Urbana, IL
1/14/1921*
no, no
@ Millikin University W 26–20  4-2 (0-0)
Millikin Gymnasium (-)
Decatur, IL
1/18/1921
no, no
vs University of Chicago W 33–29  5-2 (1-0)
Kenney Gym (4,233)
Urbana, IL
1/22/1921
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 18–23  5-3 (1-1)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (-)
Madison, WI
1/24/1921
no, no
@ Minnesota W 23–22  6-3 (2-1)
University of Minnesota Armory (-)
Minneapolis, MN
2/5/1921
no, no
@ Purdue W 39–26  7-3 (3-1)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
2/7/1921
no, no
vs Ohio State W 46–11  8-3 (4-1)
Kenney Gym (4,272)
Urbana, IL
2/12/1921
no, no
vs Minnesota W 24–20  9-3 (5-1)
Kenney Gym (4,272)
Urbana, IL
2/19/1921
no, no
vs Wisconsin W 17–9  10-3 (6-1)
Kenney Gym (4,283)
Urbana, IL
2/22/1921
no, no
vs Purdue L 19–29  10-4 (6-2)
Kenney Gym (4,283)
Urbana, IL
2/26/1921
no, no
@ Michigan L 18–24  10-5 (6-3)
Waterman Gymnasium (-)
Ann Arbor, MI
2/28/1921
no, no
@ Ohio State W 35–32  11-5 (7-3)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum (-)
Columbus, OH
3/5/1921
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 35–32  11-6 (7-4)
Bartlett Gymnasium (3,260)
Chicago, IL
3/7/1921
no, no
@ Michigan L 26–28  11-7 (7-5)
Kenney Gym (4,294)
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
Henry Reitsch[6] 18 55 0 110
Charles Vail[7] 18 22 59 103
Julian Mee[8] 15 24 26 74
Laurie Walquist[9] 18 36 1 73
Norton Hellstrom[10] 13 25 4 54
Charles Carney[11] 8 19 0 38
Walter Collins[12] 14 12 0 24
John Sabo[13] 14 6 0 12

Awards and honors[edit]

Chuck Carney was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004. Carney was also selected as the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year for his play during the 1921–22 season.

References[edit]

See also[edit]