1936–37 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1936–37 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
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Conference Big Ten Conference
1936–37 record 14–4 (10-2 Big Ten)
Head coach Douglas Mills
Assistant coach Howie Braun
Assistant coach Wally Roettger
Captain Robert Riegel
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
« 1935–36 1937–38 »
1936–37 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Illinois 10 2   .833     14 4   .778
Minnesota 10 2   .833     14 6   .700
Michigan 9 3   .750     16 4   .800
Purdue 8 4   .667     15 5   .750
Ohio State 7 5   .583     13 7   .650
Indiana 6 6   .500     13 7   .650
Northwestern 4 8   .333     11 9   .550
Iowa 3 9   .250     11 9   .550
Wisconsin 3 9   .250     8 12   .400
Chicago 0 12   .000     4 16   .200
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1936–37 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season

New head coach Doug Mills took over the Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team for the 1936-37 season replacing Craig Ruby. Mills was a player for the Illini from 1927 to 1930 and served as the assistant coach for the 1935-36 season. Mills' service toward the University of Illinois would continue until 1947 as head coach and until 1966 as athletic director. Along with future head coach Harry Combes, the Illini returned 7 lettermen from a team that had finished in a third place tie in the Big Ten the year before. Even though they lost 2 home games during conference play, the Illini finished the season in a tie for the conference championship with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses. The team finished the season with an overall record of 14 wins 4 losses. Along with Combes, the Illini also featured future major league baseball hall of fame shortstop and manager, Lou Boudreau. The starting lineup included captain Robert Riegel at the center position, Boudreau and Combes at forward and Wilbur Henry, James Vopicka and Tom Nisbet at guard.[1] Following that season, the men’s gymnasium got a new name, George Huff Gymnasium, after former Illinois athletic director George Huff, who died on October 1, 1936. During the championship season, Boudreau led the team in scoring with 8.7 points per game.

Team

No. Player Position Class Hometown
3 Loren Grabb Forward Sophomore
4 Robert Riegel (captain) Center Senior Tolono, Illinois
5 Carter Cooley Forward Sophomore
6 Wilbur Henry Guard Senior North Hollywood, California
7 James Vopicka Guard Senior Berwyn, Illinois
8 Harry Lasater Jr. Forward Freshman Fairfield, Illinois
10 Harold Swanson Forward Senior Chicago Heights, Illinois
11 Byron Blout Forward Senior Salinas, California
15 George Wardley Guard Sophomore Gary, Indiana
16 Charles Farrington Forward Junior Urbana, Illinois
17 Harry Combes Guard Senior Champaign, Illinois
18 Tom Nisbet Guard Sophomore Chicago, Illinois
20 Frank Schack Forward Sophomore
21 Lou Boudreau Forward Sophomore Harvey, Illinois
28 Edward Yeaton Guard Junior Elkhorn, Wisconsin
29 Albert Billings Forward Sophomore Elgin, Illinois
30 Robert Castelo Guard Sophomore Champaign, Illinois

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Schedule

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 8, 1936 Carroll 51–34 Win Champaign, IL 6,500
December 12, 1936 Depauw 44–24 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
December 19, 1936 Notre Dame 44–29 Win Champaign, IL 7,000
December 23, 1936 DePaul 25–31 Loss Chicago, IL 3,500
December 30, 1936 Bradley 43–33 Win Peoria, IL 3,800
January 4, 1937 Northwestern 38–47 Loss Champaign, IL 7,328
January 9, 1937 Wisconsin 31–28 Win Madison, WI 6,700
January 11, 1937 Indiana 40–31 Win Champaign, IL 7,000
January 16, 1937 Iowa 42–28 Win Champaign, IL 6,810
January 18, 1937 Purdue 38–37 Win West Lafayette, IN 5,600
January 23, 1937 University of Chicago 28–23 Win Champaign, IL 6,000
February 6, 1937 Notre Dame 33–41 Loss Notre Dame, IN -
February 13, 1937 University of Chicago 34–26 Win Chicago, IL 3,000
February 15, 1937 Purdue 34–61 Loss Champaign 7,600
February 20, 1937 Indiana 42–25 Win Bloomington, IN 5,000
February 22, 1937 Wisconsin 48–31 Win Champaign, IL 9,000
February 27, 1937 Iowa 40–29 Win Iowa City, IA 9,000
March 6, 1937 Northwestern 32–26 Win Evanston, IL 6,000

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Awards and honors

References

  1. Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  2. All-Time Illini Rosters