1931–32 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team

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1931–32 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball
Big Ten Conference Champions
Helms Foundation National Champions
Premo-Porretta National Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
1931–32 record 17–1 (11–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Ward Lambert (15th season)
MVP John Wooden
Captain John Wooden
Captain Harry Kellar
Home arena Memorial Gymnasium
Seasons
1931–32 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 11 1   .917     17 1   .944
Minnesota 9 3   .750     15 3   .833
Northwestern 9 3   .750     13 5   .722
Michigan 8 4   .667     11 6   .647
Illinois 7 5   .583     11 6   .647
Ohio State 5 7   .417     9 9   .500
Indiana 4 8   .333     8 10   .444
Wisconsin 3 9   .250     8 10   .444
Iowa 3 9   .250     5 12   .294
Chicago 1 11   .083     2 15   .118
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1931–32 Purdue Boilermakers men's basketball team represented Purdue University during the 1931–32 NCAA men's basketball season in the United States. The head coach was Ward Lambert, coaching in his 15th season with the Boilermakers. The team finished the season with a 17–1 record[1] and was retroactively named the national champion by the Helms Athletic Foundation and the Premo-Porretta Power Poll.[2][3]

Future Basketball Hall of Famer as both a player and a coach, John Wooden, was a senior on this team. He was named the national player of the year after leading the successful Boilermakers with an impressive 12.1 points per game average (back when scoring was much lower than it is today, 12 points was a significant average).[4][5]

Lineup[edit]

Source[6]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Regular season
12/12/1931*
at Washington University W 52–23  1–0
Francis Gymnasium 
St. Louis, Missouri
12/15/1931*
at Notre Dame W 32–24  2–0
Notre Dame Fieldhouse 
South Bend, Indiana
12/18/1931*
Pittsburgh W 41–23  3–0
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
12/29/1931*
Montana State W 51–21  4–0
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
12/31/1931*
Monmouth (IL) W 51–26  5–0
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
1/4/1932
Indiana W 49–30  6–0 (1–0)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
1/9/1932
at Illinois L 21–28  6–1 (1–1)
Huff Hall 
Champaign, Illinois
1/11/1932
Wisconsin W 38–22  7–1 (2–1)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/3/1932*
Marquette W 26–23  8–1
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/8/1932
at Ohio State W 38–33  9–1 (3–1)
Ohio Expo Center Coliseum 
Columbus, Ohio
2/13/1932
at Chicago W 40–27  10–1 (4–1)
 
Chicago
2/15/1932
Ohio State W 43–26  11–1 (5–1)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/20/1932
Northwestern W 48–33  12–1 (6–1)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
2/22/1932
at Indiana W 42–29  13–1 (7–1)
The Fieldhouse 
Bloomington, Indiana
2/27/1932
at Wisconsin W 28–21  14–1 (8–1)
UW Fieldhouse 
Madison, Wisconsin
2/29/1932
Illinois W 34–19  15–1 (9–1)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
3/5/1932
at Northwestern W 31–17  16–1 (10–1)
Old Patten Gymnasium 
Evanston, Illinois
3/7/1932
Chicago W 53–18  17–1 (11–1)
Memorial Gymnasium 
West Lafayette, Indiana
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Source[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Purdue Boilermakers season-by-season results". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 2014. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Division I Men's Basketball – NCAA Division I Champions". Rauzulu's Street. 2004. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ ESPN, ed. (2009). ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men's Game. New York: ESPN Books. p. 542. ISBN 978-0-345-51392-2. 
  4. ^ "The Journey – A Brief Professional and Personal History Timeline – 1910". CoachWooden.com – The Official Site of Coach John Wooden. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ "2008–09 Purdue Boilermakers Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). History. Purdue University. 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "2008–09 Purdue Boilermakers Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). Records. Purdue University. 2008. Retrieved June 17, 2014.