IBCA Hall of Fame

Illinois 1943

Name: 1942-43 University of Illinois Men's Team

Year Inducted: 1973

Category: Teams

Schools / Organizations:
The University of Illinois


The 1943 Big Ten Champion Illini was recognized as one of the finest teams ever to compete in the league.  Their record of 17-1 overall and 12-0 in conference play was evidence of their great all around skill and their team work.  These attributes earned them the nickname of the “Whiz Kids”.   

The University of Illinois starters from their photo are:

(L-R):     Andy Phillip, Ken Menke, Art Mathisen, Jack Smiley, Gene Vance