History

Sadly Illinois and Northwestern will only play each other once this season unless they meet in the Big Ten Tournament. Northwestern won a thriller in overtime at the All State Arena in Rosemont in their Big Ten opener. We hope you will enjoy the game program from March 3, 1952 when our two Big Ten teams tangled. Illinois won this game 95-74.

By the way Illinois won the Big Ten Conference in 1952, and finished 2nd in the Final AP Wire Service Poll. The "Fighting Illini" won the "Mideast Regional" defeating Dayton 80-61 and Duquesne 74-68. In the opening round of the "Final Four" Illinois lost to 10th ranked St. John's 61-59, but defeated Santa Clara 67-64 in the third place game. If you remember Johnny "Red" Kerr, he was the Illini center. John played at Chicago Tilden Tech High School.

We love to have that NCAA Final Four Program for our museum.