1910–11 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1910–11 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1910–11 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1910–11 record 6–6 (6–5 Big Ten)
Head coach Thomas E. Thompson
Captain Louis Bernstein
Home arena Kenney Gym
1910–11 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 8 4   .667     12 4   .750
Minnesota 8 4   .667     10 4   .714
Chicago 7 5   .583     10 4   .714
Illinois 6 5   .545     6 6   .500
Wisconsin 6 6   .500     6 6   .500
Indiana 5 5   .500     11 5   .688
Iowa 2 2   .500     9 4   .692
Northwestern 1 12   .077     4 15   .211
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1910–11 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1910–11 season witnessed only the second coach to remain for more than one season since the beginning of the program. Thomas E. Thompson led the Fighting Illini's basketball program for both the 1910–11 season and 1911–12 season compiling an overall record of 14 wins and 14 losses. Thompson claimed, at the time, to be the only player in Western Conference history to have played five years of collegiate basketball. He was at Northwestern for one year before playing at Illinois for four additional seasons. After leaving the coaching ranks, he founded The Thomas C. Thompson Company in Highland Park, IL, a manufacturer of enamel products.[1]

The Illini finished the 1910–11 season with an overall record of six wins and six losses with a conference record of six wins, five losses and a fourth-place finish in the conference.[2]


"1910-11 Fighting Illini team"
1910–11 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C Emmett V. Poston
Sr Springfield, Illinois
F Carl Watson
Sr DeKalb, Illinois
G Louis S. Bernstein (C)
Sr Niagara Falls, New York
G James G. White
So Chicago, Illinois
F Albert L. Hall
Jr Libertyville, Illinois
C Chouncey B. Oliver
Jr Blue Diamond, Nevada
C Herbert T. Leo
Jr Anaheim, California
G William H. Woolston
So Albuquerque, New Mexico
C Homer W. Dahringer
Fr Ludington, Michigan
F Herbert J. Matter
Sr Naperville, Illinois
F Clarence John "Jack" Levey
So Toronto, Ontario
F Ralph Pillsbury Gates
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F Carl Morris Plochman
Fr Evanston, 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
@ Evanston YMCA L 19–28  0-1 (0-0)
Evanston YMCA 
Evanston, IL
Big Ten regular season
no, no
vs. Indiana
W 32–22  1-1 (1-0)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs. University of Chicago L 17–23  1-2 (1-1)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ Minnesota W 18–17  2-2 (2-1)
University of Minnesota Armory 
Minneapolis, MN
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 17–20  2-3 (2-2)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium 
Madison, WI
no, no
vs Purdue L 29–33  2-4 (2-3)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
@ Indiana
L 14–19  2-5 (2-4)
Old Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
no, no
@ Purdue W 25–15  3-5 (3-4)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, IN
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 18–19  3-6 (3-5)
Bartlett Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
no, no
@ Northwestern W 26–15  4-6 (4-5)
Patten Gymnasium 
Evanston, IL
no, no
vs Minnesota W 22–12  5-6 (5-5)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
no, no
vs Wisconsin W 21–18  6-6 (6-5)
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

Awards and honors[edit]


  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 1910-11, FightingIllini.com