1925–26 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1925–26 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1925-26 Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1925–26 record 9–8 (6–6 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Assistant coach Jack Lipe
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Leonard Haines
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
1925–26 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 8 4   .667     13 4   .765
Indiana 8 4   .667     12 5   .706
Iowa 8 4   .667     12 5   .706
Michigan 8 4   .667     12 5   .706
Illinois 6 6   .500     9 8   .529
Ohio State 6 6   .500     10 7   .588
Minnesota 5 7   .417     7 10   .412
Wisconsin 4 8   .333     8 9   .471
Northwestern 4 8   .333     5 11   .313
Chicago 3 9   .250     5 12   .294
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1925–26 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Craig Ruby began the 1925–26 season with a Fighting Illini team that boasted a total of 8 returning letterman from a team that placed in a tie for third place a year earlier. Unfortunately for Ruby, though, this team did not live up to expectations and finished in a tie for fifth place in the Big Ten. Probably the greatest change for the Illini during this season was the opening of their new home, Huff Gymnasium. Originally named New Gymnasium, Huff Gymnasium was renamed in 1937 after George Huff,[2] who was the school's athletic director from 1895 to 1935, Huff Gymnasium would be home to the Fighting Illini's men's basketball program until 1963.[3] The starting lineup included captain Leonard Haines and Kenneth Reynolds at guard, John Mauer at center and Jack Lipe, Russell Daugherity and Hollie Martin at forward.[4]

Roster[edit]

1925–26 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 1 Haines, LeonardLeonard Haines (C)
Sr Belvidere, Illinois
F 2 Mauer, JohnJohn Mauer
Sr Batavia, Illinois
F 3 Daugherity, RussellRussell Daugherity
Jr Streator, Illinois
F 4 Martin, HollieHollie Martin
Sr Perrysville, Indiana
G 5 Kassel, ChasChas Kassel
Jr Melrose Park, Illinois
G 6 L. Reynolds, KennethKenneth L. Reynolds
Jr Villa Grove, Illinois
G 7 Lipe, JackJack Lipe
Sr Decatur, Illinois
F 8 Deimling, KestonKeston Deimling
So Stevens Point, Wisconsin
F 9 Doolen, ByranByran Doolen
Sr Kinmundy, Illinois
F 10 Leonard, MarionMarion Leonard
Jr Forrest, Illinois
G 11 R. "Bud" Stewart, JamesJames R. "Bud" Stewart
So Flint, Michigan
G 12 McKay, RobertRobert McKay
Jr Champaign, Illinois
F 14 Waldo Freeman, RalphRalph Waldo Freeman
Sr Ogden, Illinois
F 15 Rea, GeorgeGeorge Rea
Jr Urbana, Illinois
G 16 Mayberry, RoyRoy Mayberry
So Norwalk, Ohio
G 17 Cotie, LouisLouis Cotie
So Muskegon, Michigan
F R Daib, WernerWerner Daib
So Chicago, Illinois
F R Osgood, ArthurArthur Osgood
So Marseilles, Illinois
G R Weeks Vittum, DanielDaniel Weeks Vittum
So Canton, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jack Lipe (Player/Coach)

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

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster

Source[5]

Schedule[edit]

Source[6]

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-Conference regular season
12/12/1925*
no, no
vs Butler W 23–22  1-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
12/19/1925*
no, no
@ Drake L 16–20  1-1 (0-0)
Des Moines Coliseum 
Des Moines, IA
12/21/1925*
no, no
@ Iowa Agricultural College W 33–14  2-1 (0-0)
State Gymnasium 
Ames, IA
1/4/1926*
no, no
vs Kansas Aggies W 30–29  3-1 (0-0)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/11/1926
no, no
vs Minnesota W 17–8  4-1 (1-0)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
1/16/1926
no, no
@ Ohio State L 18–30  4-2 (1-1)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum 
Columbus, OH
1/18/1926
no, no
@ Michigan W 34–24  5-2 (2-1)
Yost Field House 
Ann Arbor, MI
1/23/1926
no, no
vs University of Chicago L 14–19  5-3 (2-2)
Bartlett Gymnasium (4,725)
Chicago, IL
2/6/1926*
no, no
@ Notre Dame L 14–26  5-4 (2-2)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
2/10/1926
no, no
vs Purdue W 29–28  6-4 (3-2)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
2/13/1926
no, no
vs Ohio State W 35–31  7-4 (4-2)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
2/19/1926
no, no
@ Indiana
Rivalry
W 21–20  8-4 (5-2)
Men's Gymnasium 
Bloomington, IN
2/22/1926
no, no
vs University of Chicago W 24–16  9-4 (6-2)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
2/26/1926
no, no
vs Michigan L 24–33  9-5 (6-3)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
3/1/1926
no, no
@ Purdue L 23–28  9-6 (6-4)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, IN
3/6/1926
no, no
vs Indiana
Rivalry
L 25–28  9-7 (6-5)
New Gymnasium 
Champaign, IL
3/8/1926
no, no
@ Minnesota L 21–28  9-8 (6-6)
Kenwood Armory 
Minneapolis, MN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Athletic Trainer Association
  2. ^ [1] Fighting Illini Facilities
  3. ^ A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.18 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  4. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  5. ^ FightingIllini.com
  6. ^ University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1924-25, FightingIllini.com