1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
Fighting Illini logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1933–34 record 13–6 (7-5 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Captain Hudson Hellmich
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
« 1932–33 1934–35 »
1933–34 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 10 2   .833     17 3   .850
Wisconsin 8 4   .667     14 6   .700
Northwestern 8 4   .667     11 8   .579
Illinois 7 5   .583     13 6   .684
Iowa 6 6   .500     13 7   .650
Indiana 6 6   .500     13 7   .650
Minnesota 5 7   .417     9 11   .450
Ohio State 4 8   .333     8 12   .400
Michigan 4 8   .333     6 14   .300
Chicago 2 10   .167     5 15   .250
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Craig Ruby entered the 1933-34 season as the winningest coach in the history at the University of Illinois with 96 wins. Ruby had 10 returning lettermen from a team that had finished tied for fifth place in the Big Ten the year before. For the third season in a row, the team went through a nearly perfect non-conference season, losing only 1 game, however, the Fighting Illini showed no improvement in conference play by finishing with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. The team finished the season with an overall record of 11 wins 7 losses. The starting lineup included captain Hudson Hellmich at center, Jack Benyon and Albert Kamm at guard, with Fred Fencl and Alfred Kamm as forwards.[1]

Team[edit]

No. Player Position Class Hometown
4 Hudson Hellmich (captain) Center Senior Webster Groves, Missouri
5 Harold Benham Forward Sophomore Downers Grove, Illinois
6 Jack Beynon Guard Junior Rockford, Illinois
7 Lester Lindberg Guard Sophomore Lockport, Illinois
8 Frank Froschauer Forward Junior Harvey, Illinois
9 Karl Rohlen Forward Junior Chicago, Illinois
10 Martin Markworth Center Sophomore Cleveland, Ohio
11 Coke Mills Forward Sophomore Galesburg, Illinois
14 Elbert Gragg Guard Junior Denver, Colorado
15 Fred Fencl Forward Senior Cicero, Illinois
18 Alfred J. Kamm Forward Senior Lakewood, Washington
19 Albert C. Kamm Guard Senior Lakewood, Washington
20 Roy Guttschow Forward Junior Simi Valley, California
22 Howard Braun Guard Sophomore Champaign, Illinois
24 Robert Wright Forward Sophomore Hinsdale, Illinois
25 William Gates Forward Junior Rockford, Illinois

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Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 12, 1933 St. Louis 21–22 Loss Champaign, IL 4,000
December 16, 1933 Illinois Wesleyan 37–19 Win Champaign, IL 4,500
December 22, 1933 Washington (St. Louis) 40–36 Win St. Louis, MO 3,000
December 29, 1933 Knox College 21–18 Win Galesburg, IL 3,000
December 30, 1933 Augustana 21–18 Win Rock Island, IL 3,000
January 3, 1934 Missouri 36–24 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
January 7, 1934 Wisconsin 20–17 Win Champaign, IL 4,000
January 8, 1934 Purdue 21–36 Loss West Lafayette, IN 4,500
January 13, 1934 University of Chicago 32–26 Win Chicago, IL 3,600
January 15, 1934 Iowa 14–36 Loss Iowa City, IA 12,000
January 20, 1934 Northwestern 34–20 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 6, 1934 Bradley 38–26 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 10, 1934 Indiana 28–25 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 12, 1934 University of Chicago 42–21 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 17, 1934 Wisconsin 22–28 Loss Madison, WI 8,000
February 19, 1934 Northwestern 25–32 Loss Evanston, IL 4,300
February 24, 1934 Indiana 24–36 Loss Bloomington, IN 8,000
February 26, 1934 Iowa 35–31 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
March 5, 1934 Purdue 27–26 Win Champaign 7,000

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  2. ^ All-Time Illini Rosters