1919–20 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1919–20 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1919-20 Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1919–20 record 9–4 (8–4 Big Ten)
Head coach Ralph Jones
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Kenneth Wilson
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
1919–20 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 10 2   .833     14 4   .778
Purdue 8 2   .800     16 4   .800
Illinois 8 4   .667     9 4   .692
Indiana 6 4   .600     13 8   .619
Wisconsin 7 5   .583     15 5   .750
Iowa 6 6   .500     9 10   .474
Ohio State 3 9   .250     17 10   .630
Minnesota 3 9   .250     7 9   .438
Michigan 3 9   .250     10 13   .435
Northwestern 2 6   .250     3 7   .300
Rankings from AP Poll
"1919-20 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1919–20 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1919–20 Fighting Illini men's basketball season was the final of eight seasons for head coach Ralph Jones. This group was slightly better than the previous as they bounced back from the first losing season of Jones' career and finished third in the Big Ten. The campaign began with a six-game home winning streak; however, over the next seven games, the team posted only three wins, while losing four. After Jones left Illinois, he went to Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. He coached both basketball and football at the academy for 10 years. His football team won 76 games and lost six in his ten years. His basketball teams had a ten-year record of 94 wins and 9 losses.[2] The record the Illini had at the conclusion of the 1919–20 season was nine wins and four losses overall with an eight-win, four-loss conference mark. The starting lineup included captain K. L. Wilson, J. B. Felmley, Julian Mee and P. C. Taylor rotating at the forward positions, All-American Chuck Carney at center, and Charles Vail, Burt Ingwersen, and Laurie Walquist as guards.[3]

Roster[edit]

1919–20 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
C Chuck Carney
So Evanston, Illinois
G Burt Ingwersen
Sr Urbana, Illinois
G Paul C. Taylor
Sr New Orleans, Louisiana
F Kenneth L. Wilson (C)
Sr Wilmette, Illinois
F Julian Mee
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F John B. Felmley
Sr Bloomington, Illinois
G Chuck W. Vail
So Chicago, Illinois
G Walter Collins
So Rockford, Illinois
G Lawrence Walquist
So Chicago, Illinois
F John B. Felmley
Sr Bloomington, Illinois
G Hubert Tabor
So Sullivan, Illinois
Head coach
  • Ralph Jones (Indianapolis YMCA Training School) (8th 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
1/5/1920*
no, no
vs Northwestern College W 24–12  1-0 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (2,468)
Urbana, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/10/1920
no, no
vs Purdue W 33–31  2-0 (1-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
1/12/1920
no, no
vs Ohio State W 40–22  3-0 (2-0)
Kenney Gym (4,405)
Urbana, IL
1/17/1920
no, no
vs Minnesota W 31–19  4-0 (3-0)
Kenney Gym (4,357)
Urbana, IL
1/24/1920
no, no
vs Wisconsin W 43–20  5-0 (4-0)
Kenney Gym (4,300)
Urbana, IL
1/26/1920
no, no
vs Michigan W 41–14  6-0 (5-0)
Kenney Gym (4,300)
Urbana, IL
2/7/1920
no, no
@ Purdue L 20–36  6-1 (5-1)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
2/9/1920
no, no
@ Ohio State W 35–27  7-1 (6-1)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum (-)
Columbus, OH
2/14/1920
no, no
vs University of Chicago L 21–23  7-2 (6-2)
Kenney Gym (4,420)
Urbana, IL
2/21/1920
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 29–33  7-3 (6-3)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium (-)
Madison, WI
2/23/1920
no, no
@ Minnesota W 26–20  8-3 (7-3)
University of Minnesota Armory (-)
Minneapolis, MN
2/28/1920
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 20–27  8-4 (7-4)
Bartlett Gymnasium (-)
Chicago, IL
3/1/1920
no, no
@ Michigan W 28–21  9-4 (8-4)
Waterman Gymnasium (-)
Ann Arbor, MI
*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
Charles Carney[6] 13 65 76 206
John Felmley[7] 10 34 3 71
Paul Taylor[8] 13 31 0 62
Lawrence Walquist[9] 12 14 0 28
Julian Mee[10] 4 5 0 10
Bert Ingwersen[11] 7 4 0 14
Charles Vail[12] 12 2 0 4
Kenneth Wilson[13] 4 1 0 2

Awards and honors[edit]

Chuck Carney was elected to the "Illini Men's Basketball All-Century Team" in 2004. Carney was also selected as an All-American for the 1919–20 season and became the Helms Foundation College Basketball Player of the Year for his play during the 1921–22 season.

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