1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
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Conference Big Ten Conference
1908–09 record 7–6 (5–6 Big Ten)
Head coach Herb V. Juul
Captain Henry Popperfuss
Home arena Kenney Gym
Seasons
« 1907–08 1909–10 »
1908–09 Western Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Chicago 12 0   1.000     12 0   1.000
Purdue 6 4   .600     8 4   .667
Wisconsin 5 4   .556     8 4   .667
Illinois 5 6   .455     7 6   .538
Minnesota 3 6   .333     8 6   .571
Indiana 2 6   .250     5 9   .357
Northwestern 1 4   .200     1 7   .125
Iowa 1 5   .167     8 7   .533
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1908–09 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season

The 1908–09 season witnessed the fourth coach in just four years to head up the University of Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team. The only difference for this season, however; was that Herb V. Juul became the first coach to stay for more than one year.[1] He also became the first former Fighting Illini player to head the Illinois basketball program, serving as captain of the 1906–07 team. The starting lineup for the team included captain H. J. Popperfuss and Carl P. Watson at the forward positions, Emmett V. Poston as the center, and a combination of Roy G. Rennacker, Louis S. Bernstein and Thomas E. Thompson at guard. The Illini finished their season with an overall record of seven wins and six losses with a conference record of five wins, six losses and a fourth place finish in the Western Conference.[2]

Roster

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"1908-09 Fighting Illini team"
Player Position Class Hometown
Emmett V. Poston Center Senior Springfield, Illinois
Carl Watson Left Forward, Right Forward Senior DeKalb, Illinois
Henry Popperfuss Left Forward Junior Tomah, Wisconsin
Roy Rennacker Left Guard Junior Winnetka, Illinois
Thomas Thompson Right Guard Junior Williams Bay, Wisconsin
Avery Brundage Right Forward Senior Chicago, Illinois
Louis S. Bernstein Left Guard, Right Guard Sophomore Niagara Falls, New York
Charles M. Bunn Left Forward Junior Chicago, Illinois
C. E. Lord Left Forward
D. R. Palmquist Right Guard

[3]

  • Head Coach: Herb Juul (1st year at Illinois)

Schedule

Source[4]

Date
Time, TV
Opponent Result Record Site
City, State
12/22/1908*
no, no
vs. Shelbyville Business College W 93–19  1-0
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
12/23/1908*
no, no
@ Mt. Vernon W 47–25  2-0
Mt. Vernon High School 
Mt. Vernon, IL
1/9/1909
no, no
vs. Indiana W 30–2  3-0 (1-0)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
1/16/1909
no, no
Wisconsin W 28–19  4-0 (2-0)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
1/22/1909
no, no
@ Minnesota L 17–18  4-1 (2-1)
University of Minnesota Armory 
Minneapolis, MN
1/23/1909
no, no
@ Wisconsin L 10–20  4-2 (2-2)
University of Wisconsin Armory and Gymnasium 
Madison, WI
2/10/1909
no, no
vs. Minnesota W 21–20  5-2 (3-2)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
2/13/1909 February 13, 1909
no, no
vs. University of Chicago L 15–17  5-3 (3-3)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
2/17/1909
no, no
vs. Purdue W 24–18  6-3 (4-3)
Kenney Gym 
Urbana, IL
2/26/1909
no, no
vs. University of Chicago L 10–23  6-4 (4-4)
Bartlett Gymnasium 
Chicago, IL
2/27/1909
no, no
@ Northwestern W 35–4  7-4 (5-4)
Patten Gymnasium 
Evanston, IL
3/5/1909
no, no
@ Purdue L 20–28  7-5 (5-5)
Lafayette Colliseum 
West Lafayette, IN
3/6/1909
no, no
@ Indiana L 13–23  7-6 (5-6)
Old Assembly Hall 
Bloomington, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

Bold Italic connotes conference game

References

  1. A Century of Orange and Blue: Celebrating 100 Years of Fighting Illini Basketball By Loren Tate, Jared Gelfond pg.20 ISBN 1-58261-793-7
  2. Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  3. All-Time Illini Rosters
  4. University of Illinois Fighting Illini Statistics Summary for 1908-09, FightingIllini.com