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
« 1924–25 1926–27 »
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]

Team[edit]

No. Player Position Class Hometown
1 Leonard Haines (capt.) Guard Senior Belvidere, Illinois
2 John Mauer Forward Senior Batavia, Illinois
3 Russell Daugherity Forward Senior Streator, Illinois
4 Hollie Martin Center Senior Perrysville, Indiana
5 Charles Kassel Guard Sophomore Melrose Park, Illinois
6 Kenneth L. Reynolds Guard Junior Villa Grove, Illinois
7 Jack Lipe Guard Junior Decatur, Illinois
8 Keston Deimling Forward Sophomore Stevens Point, Wisconsin
9 Byran Doolen Forward Senior Kinmundy, Illinois
10 Marion Leonard Guard Junior Forrest, Illinois
11 J.R. Stewart Guard Sophomore Flint, Michigan
12 Robert McKay Guard Junior Champaign, Illinois
14 R.W. Freeman Forward Senior Ogden, Illinois
15 George Rea Forward Junior Urbana, Illinois
16 Roy Mayberry Guard Sophomore Norwalk, Ohio
17 Louis Cotie Guard Sophomore Muskegon, Michigan
Werner Daib Reserve Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
Arthur Osgood Reserve Sophomore Marseilles, Illinois
Daniel Weeks Vittum Reserve Sophomore Canton, Illinois

[5]

Schedule[edit]

Source[6]

Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
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
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 Ice Arena 
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 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 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. ^ All-Time Illini Rosters
  6. ^ University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1924-25, FightingIllini.com

See also[edit]