1949–50 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1949–50 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1949–50 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1949–50 record 14–8 (7-5 Big Ten)
Head coach Harry Combes
Assistant coach Howie Braun
MVP Wally Osterkorn
Captain Bill Erickson
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
1949–50 Big Nine Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 Ohio State 11 1   .917     22 4   .846
#16 Wisconsin 9 3   .750     17 5   .773
#20 Indiana 7 5   .583     17 5   .773
Illinois 7 5   .583     14 8   .636
Iowa 6 6   .500     15 7   .682
Minnesota 4 8   .333     13 9   .591
Michigan 4 8   .333     11 11   .500
Northwestern 3 9   .250     10 12   .455
Purdue 3 9   .250     9 13   .409
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1949–50 Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1949-50 season looked to have solid promise based on the fact that the team had 3 returning starters from a "Final Four" team a year earlier. Unfortunately for the Fighting Illini men's basketball team, the conference season proved to be more difficult than expected. With 5 of the team's 8 losses coming at the hands of conference competition, the Illini, not only placed in a third place tie in the Big Ten, they also missed out on the opportunity to play in a post-season tournament. Head coach Harry Combes had guided the team a year earlier to a Big Ten championship, a third place finish in the 1949 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament and a final AP ranking of No. 4 in the nation. The 1949-50 team compiled an overall record of 14 wins and 8 losses with a conference record of 7 wins and 5 losses. The starting lineup included captain William Erickson, Roy Gatewood and Donald Sunderlage as forwards, Rodney Fletcher, and Burdette Thurlby at guard and Walter Osterkorn and Mack Follmer rotating at the center position.[1]

Roster[edit]

No. Player Position Height Weight Class Hometown High School
6 Jim Cottrell G 5–10 167 Jr. Champaign, Illinois Champaign Central High School
8 Roy Gatewood F 6–2 174 Sr. Salem, Illinois Salem High School
11 Donald Sunderlage Forward 6-1 180 Jr. Elgin, Illinois Elgin High School
13 Wally Osterkorn F-C 6–4 1/2 207 Sr. Chicago, Illinois Amundsen High School
14 Burdette Thurlby Guard 6–2 180 Sr. Kirkland, Illinois Kirkland High School
21 Walt Kersulis C 6–4 197 Sr. East St. Louis, Illinois East St. Louis Senior High School
22 Van Anderson F 6–2 185 Sr. Sullivan, Illinois Sullivan Community High School
23 Ted Beach F 6–1 165 Jr. Marion, Illinois Marion High School
27 Mack Follmer Center 6–4 200 So. Forrest, Illinois Forrest High School
30 Glen Trugillo F 5–11 160 Jr. Rockford, Illinois East High School
33 Bill Erickson (captain) G 6–1 184 Sr. Rockford, Illinois East High School
34 Seymour Gantman Guard 5–7 165 So. Chicago, Illinois Marshall High School
35 Ren Alde Guard 6–2 180 So. Pana, Illinois Pana Senior High School
37 Rod Fletcher Guard 6–4 194 So. Champaign, Illinois Champaign Central High School
38 Herb Gerecke Guard 6–1 180 So. Pekin, Illinois Pekin High School
John Marks Reserve Jr. Edwardsville, Illinois Edwardsville High School
Cliff Fulton Reserve Sr Mooseheart, Illinois Mooseheart High School

Schedule[edit]

Source[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
12/3/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. Butler W 60–56  1-0
Hinkle Fieldhouse (7,704)
Indianapolis, IN
12/8/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. Toledo W 67–51  2-0
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
12/10/1949*
no, no
No. NR @ Oklahoma L 47–55  2-1
McCasland Field House (4,500)
Norman, OK
12/14/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. Arkansas W 65–53  3-1
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
12/17/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. Oklahoma W 57–47  4-1
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. St. Louis W 59–47  5-1
Huff Hall (5,333)
Champaign, IL
12/23/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. UCLA L 63–65  5-2
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
12/27/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. Columbia W 58–46  6-2
Huff Hall (4,760)
Champaign, IL
12/30/1949*
no, no
No. NR vs. Princeton W 68–61  7-2
Huff Hall (4,593)
Champaign, IL
1/2/1950
no, no
No. NR @ Wisconsin L 50–59  7-3 (0-1)
Wisconsin Field House (13,000)
Madison, WI
1/7/1950
no, no
No. 16 @ Ohio State L 62–83  7-4 (0-2)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum (-)
Columbus, OH
1/9/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Purdue W 59–54  8-4 (1-2)
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
1/16/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Northwestern W 76–50  9-4 (2-2)
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
1/21/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Ohio State (No. 11) W 66–50  10-4 (3-2)
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
2/1/1950*
no, no
No. 20 @ St. Louis L 42–62  10-5
Bauman–Eberhardt Center (-)
St. Louis, MO
2/4/1950
no, no
No. NR @ Minnesota W 67–57  11-5 (4-2)
Williams Arena (13,527)
Minneapolis, MN
2/11/1950
no, no
No. NR @ Iowa L 65–70  11-6 (4-3)
Iowa Field House (13,394)
Iowa City, IA
2/13/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Indiana(No. 16) L 72–83  11-7 (4-4)
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
2/18/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Michigan W 70–60  12-7 (5-4)
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
2/25/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Wisconsin W 76–58  13-7 (6-4)
Huff Hall (6,905)
Champaign, IL
2/27/1950
no, no
No. NR @ Indiana (No. 17) L 66–80  13-8 (6-5)
Wildermuth Intramural Center (10,036)
Bloomington, IN
3/4/1950
no, no
No. NR vs. Northwestern W 69–52  14-8 (7-5)
Chicago Stadium (14,200)
Chicago, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Points
Wally Osterkorn 22 125 83 333
Bill Erickson 22 78 73 229
Burdette Thurlby 21 57 52 166
Don Sunderlage 22 54 45 153
Rod Fletcher 22 39 24 102
Roy Gatewood 21 38 18 94
Mack Follmer 21 34 13 81
Van Anderson 21 25 14 64
Walt Kersulis 20 23 14 60
Ted Beach 21 20 13 53
Cliff Fulton 20 7 7 21
Herb Gerecke 8 3 5 11
Seymour Gantman 6 3 3 9
Jim Cottrell 4 1 2 4
Glen Trugillo 2 1 0 2
John Marks 1 1 0 2

[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Team players drafted into the NBA[edit]

Round Pick Player NBA Club
2 15 Wally Osterkorn Chicago Stags
7 83 Bill Erickson Tri-Cities Blackhawks

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Rankings[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  2. ^ 1950 All-Time Illini Rosters Archived April 22, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1949-50, FightingIllini.com
  4. ^ Season Stats
  5. ^ List of MVPs
  6. ^ 1950 NBA Draft Archived 2010-01-17 at the Wayback Machine.