1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1927–28 record 5–12 (2-10 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Assistant coach Jack Lipe
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Everett Olson
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
1927–28 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Indiana 10 2   .833     15 2   .882
Purdue 10 2   .833     15 2   .882
Wisconsin 9 3   .750     13 4   .765
Northwestern 9 3   .750     12 5   .706
Michigan 7 5   .583     10 7   .588
Chicago 5 7   .417     8 9   .471
Iowa 3 9   .250     6 11   .353
Ohio State 3 9   .250     5 12   .294
Illinois 2 10   .167     5 12   .294
Minnesota 2 10   .167     4 12   .250
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1927-28 season produced the only losing campaign in the 14 year tenure of head coach Craig Ruby at the University of Illinois. Having only one returning senior on a team predominantly consisting of Juniors, Ruby entered his 6th season as head coach of the Fighting Illini with an overall record of 50 wins and 33 losses. This season also produced the Ruby's only losing season in the Big Ten with a conference record of 2 wins and 10 losses. The starting lineup included captain Everett Olson at center, Ernest Dorn and Earl H. Drew at the forward slot. The guards were, future head coach, Douglas R. Mills, Keston J. Deimling and Andrew R. Solyom.[2]

Roster[edit]

1927–28 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C 3 H. Lindsay, ForrestForrest H. Lindsay
Jr Tulsa, Oklahoma
F 4 Hughes Edwards, HuberHuber Hughes Edwards
Jr Newton, Illinois
F 5 Dorn, ErnestErnest Dorn
Jr Chicago, Illinois
G 6 G. Cann, FremontFremont G. Cann
Jr Oregon, Illinois
G 7 R. Mills, DouglasDouglas R. Mills
So Elgin, Illinois
C 8 R. Solyom, AndrewAndrew R. Solyom
So Hammond, Indiana
F 9 C. Lee, OmarOmar C. Lee
Sr Frankfort, Illinois
F 10 D. How, JohnJohn D. How
Jr Lakeville, Indiana
G 11 H. Johnson, EarlEarl H. Johnson
So Batavia, Illinois
G 12 Gamble, C. DonnellyC. Donnelly Gamble
Jr Champaign, Illinois
G 14 J. Deimling, KestonKeston J. Deimling
Jr Stevens Point, Wisconsin
G 15 W. Lewis, JamesJames W. Lewis
So Waukegan, Illinois
G 16 Greene, RoyRoy Greene
Jr Renovo, Pennsylvania
G 17 H. Bergeson, CarlCarl H. Bergeson
So Batavia, Illinois
G 18 Eugene Fisher, RaymondRaymond Eugene Fisher
So Champaign, Illinois
G 19 J. Simionich, EdwinEdwin J. Simionich
Jr Joliet, Illinois
F 20 Lincoln Julian, WilliamWilliam Lincoln Julian
Jr Grant Park, Illinois
F 21 Cummins, VanceVance Cummins
Jr Joliet, Illinois
G 22 Olson, EveretteEverette Olson (C)
Sr Champaign, Illinois
C 23 Hickox, LeeLee Hickox
So Evanston, Illinois
G 24 Gustave Lind, HerbertHerbert Gustave Lind
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F 25 E. Short, WilliamWilliam E. Short
So Frontenac, Kansas
F 26 K. Smock, HerbertHerbert K. Smock
So Moweaqua, Illinois
F 27 Bunn, WilliamWilliam Bunn
Sr Byron, Illinois
F 28 Drew, EarlEarl Drew
Jr Champaign, Illinois
C 29 Glass, RufusRufus Glass
Jr Kokomo, Indiana
G R Thomas Winterbauer, HenryHenry Thomas Winterbauer
Jr Athens, Illinois
F R Anthony Floberg, RichardRichard Anthony Floberg
So Rockford, Illinois
G R Lambert Logan, HarryHarry Lambert Logan
Jr Salem, Illinois
F R Ova Overpeck, DarrellDarrell Ova Overpeck
So Clinton, Indiana
G R H. Pribble, JohnJohn H. Pribble
So Salem, Illinois
G R W. Schultz, ErnestErnest W. Schultz
Sr Geneseo, Illinois
F R Sanford Wachob, RolandRoland Sanford Wachob
Jr Cherry Tree, Pennsylvania
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Jack Lipe (University of Illinois) (4th year)

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

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster

Source[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
12/10/1927*
no, no
Knox W 22–18  1-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium (6,007)
Champaign, IL
12/17/1927*
no, no
Bradley W 41–35  2-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium (6,149)
Champaign, IL
12/27/1927*
no, no
Washington L 23–34  2-1 (0-0)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion (-)
Seattle, WA
12/29/1927*
no, no
Washington W 34–24  3-1 (0-0)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion (-)
Seattle, WA
12/30/1927*
no, no
Washington L 26–32  3-2 (0-0)
Hec Edmundson Pavilion (-)
Seattle, WA
1/7/1928
no, no
Purdue L 24–30  3-3 (0-1)
New Gymnasium (7,176)
Champaign, IL
1/13/1928
no, no
Iowa L 30–36  3-4 (0-2)
Iowa Field House (-)
Iowa City, IA
1/16/1928
no, no
Wisconsin W 34–33  4-4 (1-2)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (-)
Madison, WI
1/21/1928
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
L 29–44  4-5 (1-3)
Men's Gymnasium (-)
Bloomington, IN
2/8/1928
no, no
Northwestern W 32–20  5-5 (2-3)
New Gymnasium (6,675)
Champaign, IL
2/14/1928
no, no
Purdue L 14–40  5-6 (2-4)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
2/17/1928
no, no
University of Chicago L 26–52  5-7 (2-5)
Bartlett Gymnasium (-)
Chicago, IL
2/24/1928
no, no
Iowa L 27–41  5-8 (2-6)
New Gymnasium (5,359)
Champaign, IL
3/1/1928
no, no
Northwestern L 31–39  5-9 (2-7)
Patten Gymnasium 
Evanston, IL
3/3/1928
no, no
University of Chicago L 18–19  5-10 (2-8)
New Gymnasium (5,457)
Champaign, IL
3/6/1928
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
L 23–27  5-11 (2-9)
New Gymnasium (5,737)
Champaign, IL
3/9/1928
no, no
Wisconsin L 22–32  5-12 (2-10)
New Gymnasium (5,642)
Champaign, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Bold Italic connotes conference game Source[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

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