As Butler University attempts to once again break into the finals of the NCAA tournament in 2011, it is worth noting that the 1909 team did quite well. Although many of their best players had to sit out due to injuries, the 1909 squad far surpassed what anyone had expected of them. They began the season by defeating Hanover 37 to 21. In their second game they had a setback against Notre Dame when they only scored eleven points against the 47 buckets by the "Catholics." They went on to rebound and defeat several other schools after their humiliating loss in South Bend. In the final match of the season, the team handily put down Depauw in Greencastle.
In this photo taken in 1909 the following team members are pictured:
Top Row (left to right): George Moffett, James Murray, Coach John McKay, Harold Tharp, Coach Joseph McCrea
Bottom Row (left to right): Nathaniel B. Rose, Raymond T. Harrison, Layman Kingsbury, Marsh, Cullen Thomas