1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1930–31 record 12–5 (7-5 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Assistant coach John P. Sabo
Assistant coach Carl Voyles
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Charles Harper
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
1930–31 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northwestern 11 1   .917     16 1   .941
Michigan 8 4   .667     13 4   .765
Minnesota 8 4   .667     13 4   .765
Purdue 8 4   .667     12 5   .706
Illinois 7 5   .583     12 5   .706
Indiana 5 7   .417     9 8   .529
Chicago 4 8   .333     8 9   .471
Wisconsin 4 8   .333     8 9   .471
Ohio State 3 9   .250     4 13   .235
Iowa 2 10   .167     5 12   .294
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

The 1930–31 season was head coach Craig Ruby's 9th at the University of Illinois, establishing the first time in the history of Illinois basketball that a head coach remained longer than 8 years. Ruby had 10 returning lettermen from a team that had finished in a fifth place tie in the Big Ten the year before. Even though they did not lose any non-conference games, the Fighting Illini showed no improvement in conference play by finishing with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses, however; the team improved to an overall record of 12 wins 5 losses. The starting lineup included captain Charles Harper, George Fencl and Elbert Kamp at forward, Elbridge May at center with Boyd Owen and Robert Kamp at the guard spots.[2]

Roster[edit]

1930–31 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 3 Charles Harper (C) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Sr Chandlerville, Illinois
G 4 Robert Kamp 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Jr Mt. Carmel, Illinois
F 5 Elbert Kamp 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Jr Mt. Carmel, Illinois
C 6 Elbridge Horace May 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Chicago, Illinois
G 8 Boyd Owen 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 179 lb (81 kg) So South Bend, Indiana
G 9 Herbert R. Hill 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 145 lb (66 kg) Sr Elgin, Illinois
C 10 Caslon Bennett 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) So Marshall, Illinois
C 11 Vernon Moore 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 156 lb (71 kg) So Martinsville, Illinois
F 12 Robert Y. Bartholomew 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 155 lb (70 kg) Jr Peoria, Illinois
C 14 William Hagerman 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 154 lb (70 kg) So Champaign, Illinois
G 15 William Theobald 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 155 lb (70 kg) So Du Quoin, Illinois
F 17 Paul Chervinko 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m) 155 lb (70 kg) So Witt, Illinois
F 18 Norval Hodges 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 176 lb (80 kg) So Flora, Illinois
C 19 Harold Thornburg 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Sr Watseka, Illinois
G 20 Charles R. Canfield 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Maywood, Illinois
G 21 George S. Fencl 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 159 lb (72 kg) Jr Cicero, Illinois
G 22 David Tarwain 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 157 lb (71 kg) So Chicago, Illinois
F 23 William Fuzak 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Sr Urbana, Illinois
F 24 Charles Goldstein 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Chicago, Illinois
F 25 Marvin L. Hadam 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Sr Chicago, Illinois
F 26 Homer Adams 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Jr Pontiac, Illinois
G 27 John Hadley 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Frankfort, Indiana
G 28 Ralph W. Downing 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 150 lb (68 kg) Jr Mount Pulaski, Illinois
G 29 Henry Howard 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Sheffield, Illinois
F 30 Maurice Weintraub 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) 148 lb (67 kg) So Chicago, Illinois
F 31 Herbert B. Scharback 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Jr Hobart, Indiana
F 32 Thomas Plunk 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) 160 lb (73 kg) So Mansfield, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

All-Time Illini Rosters Roster

Source[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Non-Conference regular season
12/8/1930*
no, no
DePauw W 27–15  1-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium (3,625)
Champaign, IL
12/13/1930*
no, no
Carleton College W 23–11  2-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium (4,879)
Champaign, IL
12/19/1930*
no, no
Miami W 40–17  3-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium (1,500)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1930*
no, no
Wabash W 28–13  4-0 (0-0)
New Gymnasium (2,473)
Champaign, IL
1/1/1931*
no, no
Bradley W 28–17  5-0 (0-0)
Hewitt Gymnasium (-)
Peoria, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/5/1931
no, no
Wisconsin L 9–12  5-1 (0-1)
New Gymnasium (6,696)
Champaign, IL
1/10/1931
no, no
Purdue L 15–30  5-2 (0-2)
Memorial Gymnasium (-)
West Lafayette, IN
1/12/1931
no, no
Northwestern L 27–29  5-3 (0-3)
New Gymnasium (7,092)
Champaign, IL
1/17/1931
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
L 34–35  5-4 (0-4)
New Gymnasium (6,807)
Champaign, IL
1/24/1931
no, no
Wisconsin L 20–30  5-5 (0-5)
Wisconsin Field House (-)
Madison, WI
2/10/1931
no, no
Purdue W 26–22  6-5 (1-5)
New Gymnasium (6,873)
Champaign, IL
2/14/1931
no, no
Iowa W 26–23  7-5 (2-5)
Iowa Field House (-)
Iowa City, IA
2/16/1931
no, no
Northwestern W 35–28  8-5 (3-5)
Patten Gymnasium (5,000)
Evanston, IL
2/21/1931
no, no
University of Chicago W 45–22  9-5 (4-5)
New Gymnasium (6,228)
Champaign, IL
2/23/1931
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
W 39-25  10-5 (5-5)
The IU Field House (4,200)
Bloomington, IN
2/28/1931
no, no
Iowa W 31–13  11-5 (6-5)
New Gymnasium (6,267)
Champaign, IL
3/2/1931
no, no
University of Chicago W 36–30  12-5 (7-5)
Bartlett Gymnasium (1,900)
Chicago, IL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Bold Italic connotes conference game Source[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

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