1909–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1909–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1909-10 University of Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1909–10 record 5–4 (5–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Herb V. Juul
Captain Carl Watson
Home arena Kenney Gym
1909–10 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 9 3   .750     10 3   .769
Minnesota 7 3   .700     10 3   .769
Wisconsin 7 5   .583     9 5   .643
Illinois 5 4   .556     5 4   .556
Purdue 5 5   .500     8 5   .615
Iowa 2 2   .500     11 3   .786
Indiana 3 7   .300     5 8   .385
Northwestern 0 9   .000     0 9   .000
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1909–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

For the first time since organized basketball became a sanctioned sport within the university, the Fighting Illini basketball team was led by a returning head coach.[1] Herb V. Juul remained as the head coach of a team that played only nine games, each being a conference game. The Illini finished their season with a record of five wins, four losses and a fourth-place finish in the Western Conference. The starting lineup for the team included Albert L. Hall and Henry J. Popperfuss as forwards, captain Carl P. Watson at center, and Louis S. Bernstein and Thomas Thompson as guards.[2]


1909–10 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Carl Watson (C)
Jr DeKalb, Illinois
F Henry Popperfuss
Sr Tomah, Wisconsin
C Emmett V. Poston
Jr Springfield, Illinois
G Thomas E. Thompson
Sr Williams Bay, Wisconsin
G Louis S. Bernstein
Jr Niagara Falls, New York
F Albert L. Hall
So Libertyville, Illinois
C Chouncey B. Oliver
So Blue Diamond, Nevada
G James G. White
Fr Chicago, Illinois
F Chester Arthur Lord
Sr Sioux Falls, South Dakota
F Clarence John Levey
So Chicago, Illinois
F Ralph Pillsbury Gates
So Chicago, Illinois
G Van Rockwell
Jr St. Charles, 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
Big Ten regular season
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 16–28  0-1 (0-1)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium 
Madison, WI
no, no
vs. Wisconsin W 34–14  1-1 (1-1)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. Purdue W 33–17  2-1 (2-1)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. Indiana
W 30–20  3-1 (3-1)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs University of Chicago L 11–21  3-2 (3-2)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ University of Chicago W 24–15  4-2 (4-2)
Bartlett Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
@ Purdue L 10–27  4-3 (4-3)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, IN
no, no
@ Indiana
W 27–12  5-3 (5-3)
Old Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
no, no
vs. Minnesota L 9–22  5-4 (5-4)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
*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 1909-10, FightingIllini.com