1922–23 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1922–23 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1922-23 Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1922–23 record 9–6 (7–5 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Norton Hellstrom
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
1922–23 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Iowa 11 1   .917     13 2   .867
Wisconsin 11 1   .917     12 3   .800
Michigan 8 4   .667     11 4   .733
Illinois 7 5   .583     9 6   .600
Purdue 7 5   .583     9 6   .600
Chicago 6 6   .500     6 9   .400
Indiana 5 7   .417     8 7   .533
Northwestern 3 9   .250     5 10   .333
Ohio State 1 11   .083     4 11   .267
Minnesota 1 11   .083     2 13   .133
Rankings from AP Poll
"1922-23 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1922–23 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Craig Ruby, a two-time All-American and All-Missouri Valley Conference forward for the University of Missouri Tigers, came to the University of Illinois after being the head coach of his alma-mater from 1920–1922. Compiling a record of 33 wins and only 2 losses at Missouri, Ruby was recruited by University of Illinois athletic director George Huff to take over the Fighting Illini’s men’s basketball coaching duties. The 1922–23 season, the first of 14 for Ruby, was also the first of twelve winning seasons as head coach, during this season, five of the Illini's six losses would be at the hands of Big Ten Conference opponents, placing them in a tie for fourth place.[2] The overall record for this team would be nine wins and six losses, the Big Ten record for the season would be seven wins and five losses. The starting lineup included captain Norton Hellstrom, Wally Roettger, and G.E. Potter at forward, Leland Stillwell at center, and Jack Lipe, and R.H. Popken as guards.[3]

Roster[edit]

1922–23 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 1 Hellstrom, NortonNorton Hellstrom (C)
Sr Evanston, Illinois
G 2 Arthur Van Doorn, JamesJames Arthur Van Doorn
So Quincy, Illinois
F 3 Roettger, WallyWally Roettger
Jr St. Louis, Missouri
C 4 C. Baur, AdelbertAdelbert C. Baur
Sr Chicago, Illinois
F 5 E. Potter, GlennGlenn E. Potter
Jr Orange, California
F 6 H. Popken, RolandRoland H. Popken
Jr Oak Park, Illinois
G 7 Lipe, JackJack Lipe
Fr Decatur, Illinois
G 8 Wilbur "Hank" Hansen, JohnJohn Wilbur "Hank" Hansen
Jr Brookston, Indiana
G 9 F. Hollopeter, CecilCecil F. Hollopeter
So Spencerville, Indiana
G 10 Dawson, GeorgeGeorge Dawson
Jr Wheaton, Illinois
F 11 Milton White, CharlesCharles Milton White
Jr Chicago, Illinois
F 12 S. Durant, PhilipPhilip S. Durant
Sr Wheaton, Illinois
C 13 "Slim" Stillwell, LelandLeland "Slim" Stillwell
Jr Olney, Illinois
G 14 C. Happenny, JohnJohn C. Happenny
So Revere, Massachusetts
G 15 Knox Jones, JamesJames Knox Jones
Sr Wayne, Nebraska
F 16 Karnes, DonDon Karnes
So Fairbury, Illinois
F 17 Wesley McIlwain, WallaceWallace Wesley McIlwain
So Highland Park, Illinois
F 18 R. Parker, CurtisCurtis R. Parker
So Fort Wayne, Indiana
C 19 G. Schultz, EmilEmil G. Schultz
So Geneseo, Illinois
G 20 Leroy "Pat" Stoik, TheronTheron Leroy "Pat" Stoik
So Clinton, Iowa
F 21 Albert Walker, GeorgeGeorge Albert Walker
So Danville, Illinois
F 22 Everett Wessman, HaroldHarold Everett Wessman
Jr Rockford, Illinois
F 23 Fred Winkler, JosephJoseph Fred Winkler
Jr Chicago, Illinois
Head coach
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
12/16/1922*
no, no
vs Washington University W 29–14  1-0 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (4,630)
Urbana, IL
12/21/1922*
no, no
vs Notre Dame W 41–38  2-0 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
12/22/1922*
no, no
vs Butler L 25–29  2-1 (0-0)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/8/1923
no, no
@ Ohio State W 36–31  3-1 (1-0)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum (-)
Columbus, OH
1/13/1923
no, no
vs Indiana
Rivalry
W 31–22  4-1 (2-0)
Kenney Gym (3,794)
Urbana, IL
1/16/1923
no, no
@ Michigan L 13–30  4-2 (2-1)
Waterman Gymnasium (-)
Ann Arbor, MI
1/20/1923
no, no
vs Purdue L 20–24  4-3 (2-2)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
2/2/1923
no, no
@ Minnesota W 24–21  5-3 (3-2)
University of Minnesota Armory (-)
Minneapolis, MN
2/7/1923
no, no
vs University of Chicago W 20–18  6-3 (4-2)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
2/12/1923
no, no
@ Indiana
Rivalry
L 24–31  6-4 (4-3)
Men's Gymnasium (-)
Bloomington, IN
2/17/1923
no, no
@ Purdue W 28–26  7-4 (5-3)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
2/19/1923
no, no
vs Minnesota W 25–18  8-4 (6-3)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
2/24/1924
no, no
@ University of Chicago L 20–24  8-5 (6-4)
Bartlett Gymnasium (-)
Chicago, IL
2/26/1923
no, no
vs Michigan L 20–27  8-6 (6-5)
Kenney Gym (-)
Urbana, IL
3/5/1923
no, no
vs Ohio State W 37–21  9-6 (7-5)
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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Athletic Trainer Association
  2. ^ A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.18 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  3. ^ Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  4. ^ FightingIllini.com
  5. ^ University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1922-23, FightingIllini.com