1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1933–34 record 13–6 (7–5 Big Ten)
Head coach J. Craig Ruby
Assistant coach Leland Stillwell
David M. Bullock (Trainer)[1]
Captain Hudson Hellmich
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
1933–34 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Purdue 10 2   .833     17 3   .850
Wisconsin 8 4   .667     14 6   .700
Northwestern 8 4   .667     11 8   .579
Illinois 7 5   .583     13 6   .684
Iowa 6 6   .500     13 7   .650
Indiana 6 6   .500     13 7   .650
Minnesota 5 7   .417     9 11   .450
Ohio State 4 8   .333     8 12   .400
Michigan 4 8   .333     6 14   .300
Chicago 2 10   .167     5 15   .250
Rankings from AP Poll
"1933–34 Fighting Illini men's basketball team"

The 1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season[edit]

Craig Ruby entered the 1933–34 season as the winningest coach in the history at the University of Illinois with 96 wins. Ruby had 10 returning lettermen from a team that had finished tied for fifth place in the Big Ten the year before. For the third season in a row, the team went through a nearly perfect non-conference season, losing only 1 game, however, the Fighting Illini showed no improvement in conference play by finishing with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. The team finished the season with an overall record of 11 wins 7 losses. The starting lineup included captain Hudson Hellmich at center, Jack Benyon and Albert Kamm at guard, with Fred Fencl and Alfred Kamm as forwards.[2]

Roster[edit]

1933–34 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Hometown
F 4 Hudson Hellmich (C)
Sr Webster Groves, Missouri
F 5 Harold Benham
So Downers Grove, Illinois
G 6 Jack Beynon
Jr Rockford, Illinois
G 7 Lester Lindberg
So Lockport, Illinois
F 8 Frank Froschauer
Jr Harvey, Illinois
F 9 Karl Rohlen
Jr Chicago, Illinois
C 10 Martin Markworth
So Cleveland, Ohio
F 11 Coke Mills
So Galesburg, Illinois
G 14 Elbert Gragg
Jr Denver, Colorado
F 15 Fred Fencl
Sr Cicero, Illinois
C 18 Alfred J. Kamm
Sr Lakewood, Washington
G 19 Albert C. Kamm
Sr Lakewood, Washington
F 20 Roy Guttschow
Jr Simi Valley, California
G 22 Howard Braun
So Champaign, Illinois
F 24 Robert Wright
So Hinsdale, Illinois
F 25 William Gates
So Rockford, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Leland Stillwell (University of Illinois) (1st year)

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
12/12/1933*
no, no
St. Louis L 21–22  0–1 (0–0)
Huff Hall (4,000)
Champaign, IL
12/16/1933*
no, no
Illinois Wesleyan W 37–19  1–1 (0–0)
Huff Hall (4,500)
Champaign, IL
12/22/1933*
no, no
Washington (St. Louis) W 40–36  2–1 (0–0)
Francis Gymnasium (3,000)
St. Louis, MO
12/29/1933*
no, no
Knox College W 21–18  3–1 (0–0)
Auxiliary Gymnasium (3,000)
Galesburg, IL
12/30/1933*
no, no
Augustana W 21–18  4–1 (0–0)
Old Main Gymnasium (3,000)
Rock Island, IL
1/3/1934*
no, no
Missouri
Braggin' Rights
W 36–24  5–1 (0–0)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
Big Ten regular season
1/7/1934
no, no
Wisconsin W 20–17  6–1 (1–0)
Huff Hall (4,000)
Champaign, IL
1/8/1934
no, no
Purdue L 21–36  6–2 (1–1)
Jefferson High School (4,500)
West Lafayette, IN
1/13/1934
no, no
University of Chicago W 32–26  7–2 (2–1)
Henry Crown Field House (3,600)
Chicago, IL
1/15/1934
no, no
Iowa L 14–36  7–3 (2–2)
Iowa Field House (12,000)
Iowa City, IA
1/20/1934
no, no
Northwestern W 34–20  8–3 (3–2)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
2/6/1934*
no, no
Bradley W 38–26  9–3 (3–2)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
2/10/1934
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
W 28–25  10–3 (4–2)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
2/12/1934
no, no
University of Chicago W 42–21  11–3 (5–2)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
2/17/1934
no, no
Wisconsin L 22–28  11–4 (5–3)
Wisconsin Field House (8,000)
Madison, WI
2/19/1934
no, no
Northwestern L 25–32  11–5 (5–4)
Patten Gymnasium (4,300)
Evanston, IL
2/24/1934
no, no
Indiana
Rivalry
L 24–36  11–6 (5–5)
IU Fieldhouse (8,000)
Bloomington, IN
2/26/1934
no, no
Iowa W 35–31  12–6 (6–5)
Huff Hall (6,000)
Champaign, IL
3/5/1934
no, no
Purdue W 27–26  13–6 (7–5)
Huff Hall (7,000)
Champaign, 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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