1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1908-09 Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1908–09 record7–6 (5–6 Big Ten)
Head coachHerb V. Juul
CaptainHenry Popperfuss
Home arenaKenney Gym
1908–09 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 12 0   1.000     12 0   1.000
Purdue 6 4   .600     8 4   .667
Wisconsin 5 4   .556     8 4   .667
Illinois 5 6   .455     7 6   .538
Minnesota 3 6   .333     8 6   .571
Indiana 2 6   .250     5 9   .357
Northwestern 1 4   .200     1 7   .125
Iowa 1 5   .167     8 7   .533
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1908–09 season witnessed the fourth coach in just four years to head up the University of Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team. The only difference for this season, however; was that Herb V. Juul became the first coach to stay for more than one year.[1] He also became the first former Fighting Illini player to head the Illinois basketball program, serving as captain of the 1906–07 team. The starting lineup for the team included captain H. J. Popperfuss and Carl P. Watson at the forward positions, Emmett V. Poston as the center, and a combination of Roy G. Rennacker, Louis S. Bernstein and Thomas E. Thompson at guard. The Illini finished their season with an overall record of seven wins and six losses with a conference record of five wins, six losses and a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference.[2]


"1908-09 Fighting Illini team"
1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Carl Watson
So DeKalb, Illinois
C Emmett V. Poston
So Springfield, Illinois
F Henry Popperfuss (C)
Jr Tomah, Wisconsin
G Roy Rennacker
Jr Winnetka, Illinois
G Thomas E. Thompson
Jr Williams Bay, Wisconsin
F Avery Brundage
Sr Chicago, Illinois
G Louis S. Bernstein
So Niagara Falls, New York
F Charles M. Bunn
Jr DeKalb, Illinois
F Chester Arthur Lord
Jr Sioux Falls, South Dakota
G David Roy Palmquist
So Moline, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster




time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
city, state
Non-Conference regular season
no, no
vs. Shelbyville Business College W 93–19  1-0
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ Mt. Vernon W 47–25  2-0
Mt. Vernon High School 
Mt. Vernon, IL
Big Ten regular season
no, no
vs. Indiana
W 30–2  3-0 (1-0)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
Wisconsin W 28–19  4-0 (2-0)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ Minnesota L 17–18  4-1 (2-1)
University of Minnesota Armory 
Minneapolis, MN
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 10–20  4-2 (2-2)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium 
Madison, WI
no, no
vs. Minnesota W 21–20  5-2 (3-2)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. University of Chicago L 15–17  5-3 (3-3)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. Purdue W 24–18  6-3 (4-3)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 10–23  6-4 (4-4)
Bartlett Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
@ Northwestern W 35–4  7-4 (5-4)
Patten Gymnasium 
Evanston, IL
no, no
@ Purdue L 20–30  7-5 (5-5)
Lafayette Colliseum 
West Lafayette, IN
no, no
@ Indiana
L 12–20  7-6 (5-6)
Old Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Bold Italic connotes conference game


  1. ^ A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.20 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  2. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  3. ^ FightingIllini.com
  4. ^ University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1908-09 Archived 2015-02-10 at the Wayback Machine., FightingIllini.com