Inductees The 1953-54 Bradley basketball team, coached by Forddy Anderson, was perhaps the biggest surprise team in BU history. Finishing the regular season 15-12, Bradley caught fire after receiving an atlarge berth to the NCAA tournament.
In order, the Braves whipped Oklahoma City, Colorado, No.4 ranked nationally Oklahoma and Southern Cal before falling to LaSalle and all-American Tom Gola 92-76 in the championship
Erratic through most of the regular season, the Braves did win eight in a row during one stretch, including wins over Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Arizona, Brigham Young, Iowa State and St. Louis. The team was ranked seventh in the final UPl poll.
Bob Carney, a two-time Helms Foundation all-American, led the Braves with 517 points and a 16.1 average and set an NCAA record that still stands by sinking 23 free throws out of 26 against Colorado. He was named to the all-NCAA Midwest regional team and the five man NCAA tournament team.
Dick Estergard, John Kent, Eddie King, John Riley, Harvey Babetch, Jerry Hansen, Lee O'Connell, Jack Gower, Lee Utt, Dick Petersen and Barney Kilcullen also played key roles for BU with Estergard averaging 12.3 rebounds.
The 1953-54 Bradley basketball team, coached by Forddy Anderson, was perhaps the biggest surprise team in BU history. Finishing the regular season 15-12, Bradley caught fire after receiving an atlarge berth to the NCAA tournament.
1974-75 Richwoods Boys Basketball Team
Left to right: Coach Hammerton, K. Sims, J. Hohstadt, J. Grigsby, K. Westervelt, A. Cornelius, M. Smith, D. Marr, D. Holcomb, C. Williams, S. Miller, G. St. Julian, D. Stein, J. Dixon, K. Kowalis, Assistant Coaches Eisele and Snarr.
The Knights looked promising with four-returning lettermen. They remained undefeated through every MS-9 bout including a sellout game with Peoria High. The Knights only fell once to upstate Thornton, to take second in the Pekin Holiday Tournament. The perfect conference record got Richwoods its second consecutive crown. It was only the second time in conference history that a perfect record had been accomplished. The Knights were led by Chris Williams with 801 points that season which was a school record. Other players that performed outstanding that year were Kevin Westervelt, all-conference guard; Derek Holcomb, a defensive specialist and all-conference center; and Jim Hohstadt, conference leader in free-throw shooting. The Ricwoods Regional proved to be two of the best games they played all year. They set a school scoring record with 121 points in defeating Canton. In the title game they defeated Galesburg and won a chance to meet arch rival Peoria High in the Sectional. The Knights were able to avenge their loss from last year and beat Peoria High and advance to the Super Sectional, where they defeated North Central Sterling Warriors. The Knights found themselves in the Elite Eight for the first time. They won their first game at state then dropped the last two to finish fourth in the state. The Knights finished with a 30-3 record and 16-0 in conference play.