1959–60 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball team

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1959–60 Illinois Fighting Illini men's basketball
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Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #Not Ranked
AP #Not Ranked
1959–60 record 16–7 (8-6 Big Ten)
Head coach Harry Combes
Assistant coach Howie Braun
Assistant coach Jim Wright
MVP Govoner Vaughn
Captain Mannie Jackson
Home arena Huff Hall
Seasons
« 1958–59 1960–61 »
1959–60 Big Ten Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#3 Ohio State 13 1   .929     25 3   .893
#7 Indiana 11 3   .786     20 4   .833
Illinois 8 6   .571     16 7   .696
Minnesota 8 6   .571     12 12   .500
Northwestern 8 6   .571     11 12   .478
Iowa 6 8   .429     14 10   .583
Purdue 6 8   .429     11 12   .478
Michigan State 5 9   .357     10 11   .476
Wisconsin 4 10   .286     8 16   .333
Michigan 1 13   .071     4 20   .167
Rankings from http://www.sports-reference.com/cbb/conferences/big-ten/1960.html

The 1959–60 Illinois Fighting Illini men’s basketball team represented the University of Illinois.

Regular season

Entering his 12th year as University of Illinois' head coach, Harry Combes and his Fighting Illini basketball team. Started gaining on the national scene once again by beginning the season as a top 10 ranked team. The Associated Press would eventually rank the Illini as high as number eight during the course of the season; however, the team would falter late in the season, dropping three straight games and fall out of the rankings. The final AP and UPI rankings would include only two Big Ten teams, Ohio State (ranked 3) and Indiana (ranked 7/10). Ohio State would go on and win the NCAA Tournament. For the second time in the history of the Illini, they would play in a mid-season tournament. The tournament they would compete in would be the inaugural Los Angeles Basketball Classic held at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena December 28–30.

The 1959-60 team utilized several returning lettermen including the leading scorer and team "MVP" Govoner Vaughn. It also saw the return of team "captain" Mannie Jackson as well as Ed Perry, Lou Landt, John Wessels, Lee Frandsen, Vern Altemeyer, Al Gosnell and Bruce Bunkenberg. Jerry Colangelo, a future sports mogul, also played a significant role as a sophomore. The Illini finished the season with a conference record of 8 wins and 6 losses, finishing tied for 3rd place in the Big Ten. They would finish with an overall record of 16 wins and 7 losses. The starting lineup included John Wessels at the center position, Vern Altemeyer, Lou Landt and Mannie Jackson at guard and Govoner Vaughn and Ed Perry at the forward slots.[1]

Roster

No. Player Position Height Weight Class Hometown High School
10 John Wessels Center 6-7 210 Senior Rockford, Illinois Rockford West High School
12 Lee Frandsen Guard 6–3 155 Junior Davenport, Iowa Davenport Central High School
13 Ed Perry Forward 6-5 195 Senior Salem, Illinois Salem High School
14 Bruce Bunkenburg Forward 6–4 190 Senior Chicago, Illinois Roosevelt High School
15 Bob Schmidt Forward 6–5 180 Senior Kankakee, Illinois Kankakee High School
20 Jerry Renner Forward 6-1 180 Sophomore Aurora, Illinois East High School
21 Sam Leeper Guard 6-0 165 Junior Tolono, Illinois Unity High School
22 Jay Lovelace Guard 6–2 165 Sophomore Carbondale, Illinois Carbondale Community High School
23 Jerry Colangelo Guard 6–2 175 Sophomore Chicago Heights, Illinois Bloom High School
24 Jeff Ferguson Guard 6–3 180 Sophomore Benton, Illinois Benton Consolidated High School
25 Bill Burwell Center 6-8 243 Sophomore Brooklyn, New York Boys High School
30 Mannie Jackson (captain) Guard 6-3 175 Senior Edwardsville, Illinois Edwardsville High School
31 Doug Mills Guard 6–0 165 Sophomore Galesburg, Illinois Galesburg High School
32 Lou Landt Guard 6–3 180 Senior Berwyn, Illinois Roosevelt High School
33 Al Gosnell Forward 6–3 190 Senior Lawrenceville, Illinois Lawrenceville High School
34 Gary McClung Forward 6–4 185 Sophomore Maroa, Illinois Maroa-Forsyth High School
35 Govoner Vaughn Forward 6–3 185 Senior Edwardsville, Illinois Edwardsville High School
40 Dave Downey Forward 6-4 200 Sophomore Canton, Illinois Canton High School
41 Jerry Curless Guard 6-0 160 Sophomore Table Grove, Illinois VIT High School
42 Ed Searcy Forward 6-5 185 Sophomore Indianapolis, Indiana Attucks High School
44 Bob Starnes Forward 6–4 180 Sophomore Chicago, Illinois Gage Park High School
51 Bill Mohlenbrock Guard 6-3 178 Junior Murphysboro, Illinois Murphysboro High School
52 Vern Altemeyer Center 6-8 210 Sophomore Scottsburg, Indiana Scottsburg Senior High School
53 Bill Small Guard 6-2 185 Sophomore Aurora, Illinois West Aurora High School
55 Jones Knoefel Forward 6–4 180 Sophomore Valparaiso, Indiana Valparaiso High School

Schedule

Date Opponent Score Result Location Attendance
December 3, 1959 Butler 83–75 Win Champaign, IL 6,417
December 12, 1959 Western Kentucky 93–80 Win Champaign, IL 6,553
December 14, 1959 Marquette 89–77 Win Champaign, IL 6,512
December 19, 1959 Ohio 85–79 Win Champaign, IL 4,356
December 21, 1959 Oklahoma 60–57 Win Champaign, IL 5,034
December 28, 1959 California (#3) 48–62 Loss Los Angeles, CA 10,838
December 29, 1959 Northwestern 92–79 Win Los Angeles, CA 10,295
December 30, 1959 Stanford 74–62 Win Los Angeles, CA 923
January 4, 1960 Ohio State (#5) 73–97 Loss Columbus, OH 13,263
January 9, 1960 Minnesota 90–82 Win Champaign, IL 6,649
January 11, 1960 Purdue 81–75 Win West Lafayette, IN 10,000
January 16, 1960 Michigan State 96–88 Win Champaign, IL 6,815
January 18, 1960 Minnesota 70–77 Loss Minneapolis, MN 12,729
January 30, 1960 Notre Dame 71–67 Win Chicago, IL -
February 6, 1960 Michigan 75-61 Win Ann Arbor, MI 2,000
February 8, 1960 Michigan State 77–78 Loss East Lansing, MI 6,325
February 13, 1960 Purdue 93–89 Win (2ot) Champaign, IL 6,631
February 15, 1960 Ohio State (#4) 81–109 Loss Champaign, IL 6,912
February 20, 1960 Wisconsin 63–75 Loss Madison, WI 7,885
February 22, 1960 Indiana 78–92 Loss Champaign, IL 6,864
February 27, 1960 Iowa 85–70 Win Champaign, IL 6,691
February 29, 1960 Michigan 90–61 Win Champaign, IL 5,277
March 5, 1960 Northwestern 84–77 Win Evanston, IL 5,800

Bold Italic connotes conference game

Player stats

Player Games Played Field Goals Free Throws Rebounds Points
Govoner Vaughn 23 164 83 189 411
Mannie Jackson 23 162 54 94 378
Ed Perry 23 74 64 141 212
Lou Landt 23 70 36 64 176
John Wessels 14 56 43 98 155
Lee Frandsen 20 41 32 37 114
Vern Altemeyer 23 44 25 94 113
Al Gosnell 23 36 24 95 96
Bruce Bunkenburg 18 22 20 42 64
Jerry Colangelo 19 25 10 16 60
Ed Searcy 17 20 6 57 46
Bob Starnes 2 0 2 1 2
Bob Schmidt 1 1 0 1 2
Doug Mills 4 1 0 1 2

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Awards and honors

Team players drafted into the NBA

Player NBA Club Round Pick
No Players Selected

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Rankings

References

  1. Fighting Illini Basketball: A Hardwood History By News-Gazette, Sports Publishing LLC ISBN 1-58261-356-7
  2. All-Time Illini Rosters
  3. Season Stats
  4. List of MVPs
  5. 1960 NBA Draft