1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1934-35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1934–35 record 15–5 (9-3 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Frank Froschauer
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
1934–35 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 9 3   .750     17 3   .850
Illinois 9 3   .750     15 5   .750
Wisconsin 9 3   .750     15 5   .750
Indiana 8 4   .667     14 6   .700
Ohio State 8 4   .667     13 6   .684
Iowa 6 6   .500     10 9   .526
Minnesota 5 7   .417     11 9   .550
Northwestern 3 9   .250     10 10   .500
Michigan 2 10   .167     8 12   .400
Chicago 1 11   .083     2 18   .100
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1934-35 season brought the fourth conference title at the University of Illinois as well as the second title in Craig Ruby's tenure. Ruby had previously won a title in his second season, 1923-24. A new star on the playing floor emerged during the 1934-35 season with the addition of Harry Combes to the roster. Combes, a three-year letterwinner, starred for the Illini from 1935–37 and later returned to his alma mater as head coach of the Illini in 1948. Combes helped lead Illinois to both its Big Ten titles in the 1930s. Along with future head coach Combes the Illini only returned 6 lettermen from a team that had finished in fourth place in the Big Ten the year before. Even though the Fighting Illini lost twice to Indiana, they improved in conference play by finishing with a record of 9 wins and 3 losses. The team finished the season with an overall record of 15 wins 5 losses with one of the losses coming as the result of playing two games on December 10, 1934. The starting lineup included captain Frank Froschauer and Roy Guttschow at forward, Harry Combes, Jack Benyon and Wilbur Henry at guard, with Lewis Dehner at the center position.[2]

Roster[edit]

"1934-35 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"
1934–35 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
G 3 Beynon, JackJack Beynon
Sr Rockford, Illinois
F 4 Guttschow, RoyRoy Guttschow
Sr Simi Valley, California
G 5 Mickelson, GrantGrant Mickelson
So
G 6 Henry, WilburWilbur Henry
So North Hollywood, California
C 7 Dehner, LewisLewis Dehner
So Lincoln, Illinois
F 8 Froschauer, FrankFrank Froschauer (C)
Sr Harvey, Illinois
C 10 Swanson, HaroldHarold Swanson
So Chicago Heights, Illinois
F 11 Mills, CokeCoke Mills
Jr Galesburg, Illinois
G 12 Combes, HarryHarry Combes
So Champaign, Illinois
G 13 Lindberg, LesterLester Lindberg
Jr Lockport, Illinois
C 14 Riegel, RobertRobert Riegel
So Tolono, Illinois
F 15 Blout, ByronByron Blout
So Salinas, California
G 16 Braun, HowardHoward Braun
Jr Champaign, Illinois
F 18 Benham, HaroldHarold Benham
Jr Downers Grove, Illinois
G 19 W. Gibbs, PaulPaul W. Gibbs
Jr Los Angeles, California
G 24 Vopicka, JamesJames Vopicka
So Berwyn, Illinois
F 29 Markworth, MartinMartin Markworth
Jr Cleveland, Ohio
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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
Non-Conference regular season
12/10/1934*
no, no
DePaul L 26–29  0-1 (0-0)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
12/10/1934*
no, no
Bradley W 55–25  1-1 (0-0)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
12/14/1934*
no, no
Wabash College W 30–27  2-1 (0-0)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
12/21/1934*
no, no
Washington (St. Louis) W 35–18  3-1 (0-0)
Francis Gymnasium (3,000)
St. Louis, MO
12/22/1934*
no, no
St. Louis W 33–22  4-1 (0-0)
Kiel Auditorium (4,000)
St. Louis, MO
12/29/1934*
no, no
Butler L 24–39  4-2 (0-0)
Hinkle Fieldhouse (5,000)
Indianapolis, IN
1/1/1935*
no, no
Wabash College W 35–28  5-2 (0-0)
Chadwick Court (-)
Crawfordsville, IN
Big Ten regular season
1/5/1935
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
L 21–36  5-3 (0-1)
Huff Hall (5,000)
Champaign, IL
1/7/1935
no, no
Purdue W 37–36  6-3 (1-1)
Huff Hall (8,000)
Champaign, IL
1/12/1935
no, no
Ohio State W 44–23  7-3 (2-1)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum (5,500)
Columbus, OH
1/14/1935
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
L 29–42  7-4 (2-2)
IU Fieldhouse (5,000)
Bloomington, IN
1/19/1935
no, no
Michigan W 34–22  8-4 (3-2)
Huff Hall (7,000)
Champaign, IL
2/5/1935*
no, no
Notre Dame W 27–26  9-4 (3-2)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
2/9/1935
no, no
University of Chicago W 43–36  10-4 (4-2)
Henry Crown Field House (2,500)
Chicago, IL
2/16/1935
no, no
Purdue L 27–35  10-5 (4-3)
Jefferson High School (5,000)
West Lafayette, IN
2/18/1935
no, no
Ohio State W 43–36  11-5 (5-3)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
2/23/1935
no, no
Minnesota W 38–34  12-5 (6-3)
Williams Arena (7,500)
Minneapolis, MN
2/25/1935
no, no
University of Chicago W 39–29  13-5 (7-3)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
3/2/1935
no, no
Minnesota W 38–34  14-5 (8-3)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
1/19/1935
no, no
Michigan W 36–22  15-5 (9-3)
Yost Field House (-)
Ann Arbor, MI
*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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