The 1942-1943 Illinois basketball team, coached by Doug Mills
posted a perfect 12-0 Big Ten Conference record and then,
declined an invitation to play in any 1943 postseason tourneys.
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Swift moving offensively and a tenacious defensive team, Illinois
had four sophomores starters and were nicknamed The Whiz Kids
as they roared past Big 10 competition with a 12-0 record and 17-1
overall. Illinois coach Doug Mills used mostly second team players
during their only loss to Camp Grant in Rockford IL.
They finished first in the 1943 Premo Poll Ratings but Illinois’
athletic director decided it would be best if the players did not play
in any postseason tournament because he thought it would be
not right to his players if they had to be away from their classes for
up to three weeks.
1942-1943 is the only time in Big Ten basketball history
in which a Big 10 team did not play in an NCAA Tournament.
Four of the five 1942 Illinois starters were chosen as All Big Ten
Conference, center Art Mathisen, forward Andy Phillip, and guards
Jack Smiley and Gene Vance. Forward Ken Menke was selected to
the second All Big Ten squad. Andy Phillip was the first Big Ten
player to compile a points per game average of 20 or more, he
notched a 21.3 mark. All starters played pro basketball except
Art Mathisen. And, after the end of the 1943 season all five starters
proudly went into active military duty. Basketball Historian
1951 Big Ten Standings and Scoring Leaders
From old newspaper clipping -
Time: probably in February of 1951... exact date not certain
Big Ten Standings:
Illinois 9-1... Indiana 8-1... Iowa 6-4... Wisconsin 6-4...
Northwestern 6-5... Michigan State 5-5... Minnesota 5-6...
Michigan 2-7... Purdue 2-8... Ohio State 2-10...
News of the Day - actual wording of newspaper clipping:
Indiana slugged Northwestern 94-63, setting a new scoring
record for the Bloomington fieldhouse.
Wisconsin was definitely eliminated from title consideration,
Saturday, losing to Iowa 73-60. The result left the two teams
tied for third place. Michigan State trounced Michigan 43-32
and Minnesota chastised Ohio State 70-56.
Ray Ragelis, Northwestern 11 Games, 72B, 80 FT, 224 TP,
20.3 Average... Don Suderiage, Illinois 10G, 56B, 56 FT,
168 TP, 16.8 Average... Ab Nichols, Wisconsin 10G, 55B,
51 FT, 161 TP, 16.1 Average
Carl McNulty, Purdue 10G, 59B, 37 FT, 155 TP, 15.5
Average... Charles Darling, Iowa 10G, 58B, 38 FT, 154 TP,
15.4 Average... Frank Calsbeek, Iowa 10G, 54B, 45 FT, 153
TP, 15.3 Average
Bill Garrett, Indiana 9G, 41B, 42 FT, 124 TP, 13.7 Average...
Leo Vander Kuy, Michigan 9G, 44B, 34 FT, 122 TP, 13.5
Average... Myer Skoog, Minnesota 11G... 63B, 20 FT, 146
TP, 13.2 Average... Jim Clinton, Wisconsin 10G, 53B, 24 FT,
130 TP, 13.0 Average
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