1916–17 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1916–17 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1916-17 Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1916–17 record 13–3 (10–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Ralph Jones
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Clyde Alwood
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
1916–17 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Minnesota 10 2   .833     17 2   .895
Illinois 10 2   .833     13 3   .813
Purdue 7 2   .778     11 3   .786
Wisconsin 9 3   .750     15 3   .833
Indiana 3 5   .375     13 6   .684
Chicago 4 8   .333     13 15   .464
Ohio State 3 9   .250     15 11   .577
Northwestern 2 10   .167     3 11   .214
Iowa 1 8   .111     7 9   .438
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1916–17 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1916–17 season was the second Big Ten Conference championship for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team. Coached by Ralph Jones, the Illini continued their winning ways by finishing the season with an overall record of 13 wins and 3 losses and a 10 win 2 loss conference mark. The starting lineup included E. G. McKay, J. B. Felmley and Ralf Woods rotating at the forward position, captain and center C. G. Alwood, and guards George Halas and Ray Woods.[2] Woods was named the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year for his work during this season.[3]

Roster[edit]

1916–17 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Clarence O. Applegran
So Chicago, Illinois
G George Halas
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F Clyde Alwood (C)
Sr Clinton, Illinois
G Ray Woods
Sr Oak Park, Illinois
G Ralf Woods
Sr Oak Park, Illinois
F Gordon Otto
Sr Miami, Florida
F John B. Felmley
Jr Bloomington, Illinois
C Elmer T. Rundquist
Jr San Antonio, Texas
F Dan William Elwell
Jr Champaign, Illinois
F Ernest G. McKay
Fr Tampa, Florida
G Vaughn Waldow Dean
Sr Decatur, Illinois
G Raymond Christian Haas
Fr Evansville, Indiana
Head coach
  • Ralph Jones (Indianapolis YMCA Training School) (5th year)
Assistant coach(es)

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

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster

Source[4]

Schedule[edit]

Source[5]

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-Conference regular season
12/9/1916*
no, no
@ Millikin University W 38–18  1-0 (0-0)
Millikin Gymnasium (-)
Decatur, IL
12/15/1916*
no, no
vs Wabash College L 26–28  1-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
12/18/1916*
no, no
vs Millikin University W 38–16  2-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
1/3/1917*
no, no
vs Northwestern College W 52–10  3-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/6/1917
no, no
@ Purdue W 28–24  4-1 (1-0)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
1/8/1917
no, no
@ Ohio State W 38–14  5-1 (2-0)
The Armory (-)
Columbus, OH
1/12/1917
no, no
vs Northwestern W 45–17  6-1 (3-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
1/16/1917
no, no
vs University of Chicago W 20–10  7-1 (4-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
1/20/1917
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 14–25  7-2 (4-1)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (-)
Madison, WI
1/22/1917
no, no
@ Minnesota L 11–20  7-3 (4-2)
University of Minnesota Armory (-)
Minneapolis, MN
2/3/1917
no, no
@ University of Chicago W 19–16  8-3 (5-2)
Bartlett Gymnasium (-)
Chicago, IL
2/5/1917
no, no
vs Ohio State W 34–21  9-3 (6-2)
Kenney Gym (2,315)
Urbana, IL
2/10/1917
no, no
vs Minnesota W 18–17  10-3 (7-2)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
2/17/1917
no, no
vs Purdue W 27–16  11-3 (8-2)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
2/24/1917
no, no
vs Wisconsin W 28–22  12-3 (9-2)
Kenney Gym (4,102)
Urbana, IL
3/2/1917
no, no
vs Northwestern W 21–12  13-3 (10-2)
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

Player stats[edit]

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Points
Ralf Woods[6] 16 54 70 178
Clyde Alwood[7] 15 57 0 114
Ernest McKay[8] 15 39 3 81
Ray Woods[9] 16 19 0 38
John Felmley[10] 6 7 4 18
George Halas[11] 11 5 0 10
R.C. Haas[12] 3 1 0 2
Gordon Otto[13] 4 1 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Ray Woods was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004. Woods was also selected as the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year for the 1916–17 season.

Clyde Alwood was named a Consensus All-American for the 1916-17 season.[14]

George Halas was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (1963), for his role in the development of the National Football League as well as for his coaching and playing for the Chicago Bears.

References[edit]