1917–18 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1917–18 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1917-18 Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1917–18 record 9–6 (6–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Ralph Jones
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain George Halas
Earl Anderson
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
1917–18 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Wisconsin 9 3   .750     14 3   .824
Minnesota 7 3   .700     13 3   .813
Northwestern 5 3   .625     7 4   .636
Illinois 6 6   .500     9 6   .600
Chicago 6 6   .500     14 10   .583
Purdue 5 5   .500     11 5   .688
Ohio State 5 5   .500     12 7   .632
Indiana 3 3   .500     10 4   .714
Iowa 4 6   .400     6 8   .429
Michigan 0 10   .000     6 12   .333
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1917–18 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Under the direction of coach Ralph Jones, the 1917–18 season for the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team, was unusual because World War I was happening in Europe. Co-captain George Halas, for example, left the team in January 1918 to help out with the war effort.[2] In only the second season of having 10 members, the Big Ten Conference continued their 12-game schedule of home and road competitions. The Illini finished their season with an overall record of 9 wins and 6 losses and a 6 win 6 loss conference mark. The starting lineup included co-captain Earl Anderson and B.E. Mittleman at the forward positions, J.S. Probst and P.C. Taylor at center, and co-captain George Halas and Burt Ingwersen as guards.[3]

Roster[edit]

1917–18 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F Earl Anderson (C)
Sr Columbus, Ohio
G George Halas (C)
Sr Chicago, Illinois
C John S. Probst
So East Aurora, Illinois
C Paul C. Taylor
So New Orleans, Louisiana
G Charles W. Vail
Fr Chicago, Illinois
F Burt Ingwersen
So Urbana, Illinois
G/F William K. Kopp
Fr Beverly Farms, Massachusetts
F Benjamin F. Mittleman
Jr East Farmingdale, New York
F James Garfield Stevens
Jr Alfred, New York
G Raymond Christian Haas
So Evansville, Indiana
Head coach
  • Ralph Jones (Indianapolis YMCA Training School) (6th 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
12/15/1917*
no, no
vs Millikin University W 40–13  1-0 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (199)
Urbana, IL
12/19/1917*
no, no
@ Millikin University W 31–13  2-0 (0-0)
Millikin Gymnasium (-)
Decatur, IL
1/5/1918*
no, no
vs Wabash College W 24–9  3-0 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/9/1918
no, no
vs Purdue W 27–17  4-0 (1-0)
Kenney Gym (635)
Urbana, IL
1/14/1918
no, no
vs Minnesota W 28–17  5-0 (2-0)
Kenney Gym (1,008)
Urbana, IL
1/19/1918
no, no
vs Wisconsin L 21–22  5-1 (2-1)
Kenney Gym (1,108)
Urbana, IL
2/2/1918
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 19–23  5-2 (2-2)
Bartlett Gymnasium (-)
Chicago, IL
2/9/1918
no, no
vs Northwestern W 38–22  6-2 (3-2)
Kenney Gym (925)
Urbana, IL
2/11/1918
no, no
vs Ohio State W 35–21  7-2 (4-2)
Kenney Gym (673)
Urbana, IL
2/16/1918
no, no
@ Purdue L 26–29  7-3 (4-3)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
2/18/1918
no, no
@ Ohio State W 26–23  8-3 (5-3)
The Armory (-)
Columbus, OH
2/23/1918
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 15–23  8-4 (5-4)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (-)
Madison, WI
2/25/1918
no, no
@ Minnesota L 22–35  8-5 (5-5)
University of Minnesota Armory (-)
Minneapolis, MN
3/2/1918
no, no
@ Northwestern L 14–29  8-6 (5-6)
Patten Gymnasium (-)
Evanston, IL
3/6/1918
no, no
vs University of Chicago W 20–17  9-6 (6-6)
Kenney Gym (518)
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
Earl Anderson[6] 15 67 67 201
Bert Ingwersen[7] 15 24 1 49
Paul Taylor[8] 14 24 0 48
J.S. Probst[9] 10 15 0 30
Benjamin Mittleman[10] 7 13 0 26
Charles Vail[11] 11 8 0 16
J.G. Stevens[12] 7 5 0 10
George Halas[13] 5 1 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

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.

Earl Anderson was named a Consensus All-American for the 1917-18 season.

References[edit]