Archive for January 2012

Illini Upset #10 Michigan State; In Close Fashion (Like the Series)

Illini Upset #10 Michigan State; In Close Fashion (Like the Series)
Entering tonight’s contest, the Michigan State-Illinois series was tied at 55. The last 13 games in the series have been decided by 10 points or less, and this was no different. And the #9 Michigan State Spartans fell to the Illinois Fighting Illini 42-41. There was really ugly offense in the first half, by both... Read more »

Where do Illini, Northwestern Fit in Big 10 Power Rankings

Where do Illini, Northwestern Fit in Big 10 Power Rankings
Ohio State or Michigan State? Who’s number one? Welcome to the Big Ten power rankings. Go here for our most recent Big East Power Rankings, which are probably more informative and accurate than the rankings below will turn out. 1) #10 Michigan State Spartans (17-4, 6-2) 13 in a row over Minnesota. Tom Izzo down-played... Read more »

Northwestern Lands Superrecruit Receiver; Local Product

Northwestern Lands Superrecruit Receiver; Local Product
Pat Fitzgerald is having a great non college football Saturday. He got a big w this afternoon as Northwestern University announced the addition of transfer wide receiver Kyle Prater to the Wildcats program. A product of nearby Proviso West High School (not to be confused with Proviso East, which produced Illini legend Dee Brown) Prater... Read more »
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Ozzie Guillen Warns He'll Soon Unleash Twitter Hell on White Sox

Ozzie Guillen Warns He'll Soon Unleash Twitter Hell on White Sox
The rift between former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and current GM Kenny Williams, led to their parting ways on the second to last day of the MLB season, but that doesn’t mean all the issues have been resolved. When MLB Network conceived of a “reality series” focusing on the relationship between Guillen, Williams... Read more »

Upset Packers Fan Crying After Playoff Loss (Video)

Upset Packers Fan Crying After Playoff Loss (Video)
Green Bay Packers fan Casey Lewis is rather emotional in this video, which was shot right after the Pack suffered a stunning home playoff loss t the New York Giants. Green Bay rolled to a 15-1 regular season, but couldn’t get past their first postseason game. Casey seems to believe in a lot of the... Read more »

Notre Dame Lands Top QB Prospect, 3 Other Key Transfers

Notre Dame Lands Top QB Prospect, 3 Other Key Transfers
The biggest news of the day, at least in the college football world, is Notre Dame landing #2 quarterback, #20 overall in the class of 2012 according to ESPNU recruit Gunner Kiel- who de-committed from both LSU and the Hoosiers to get here. Today, recruits are more about getting playing time now, and less about... Read more »
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Illinois' Brandon Paul Wins National Player of the Week Award

Illinois' Brandon Paul Wins National Player of the Week Award
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Illinois guard Brandon Paul as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week. And of course he’s the Big Ten Player of the Week as well. Paul, a 6-4 junior from Gurnee, Ilinois (Warren high school), led the Illini to a 79-74 win over #5 Ohio State, scoring... Read more »

Northwestern's Surprisingly Good RPI, NCAA Tournament Profile

Northwestern's Surprisingly Good RPI, NCAA Tournament Profile
RPI (Ratings Percentage Index) is an algorithm based on opponents’ winning percentage, opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage, and opponents’ opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage. This is the truth, I’m not trying to sound like Dr. Seuss here. So RPI is like the BCS, a very controversial number that certains groups of people ascribe meaning to; other groups... Read more »

Northwestern Gets Signature Win! End #6 Michigan St. Winning Streak

Northwestern Gets Signature Win! End #6 Michigan St. Winning Streak
Was this a huge upset? On one level, yes. Any time the most prominent college basketball program in the Big Ten falls to the program with the least amount of tradition in the conference, it’s huge! Not to mention it ended the biggest win streak that prominent On the other hand, Northwestern came in with... Read more »
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Joseph Bertrand Emerges to Find Place at Illini Table

Joseph Bertrand Emerges to Find Place at Illini Table
What a loaded and deep sophomore class the Illini were to have this year! McDonald’s All-American Jereme Richmond, consensus top 90 recruit Crandall Head, 7-footer/future NBA big Meyers Leonard and overlooked Sterling, Illinois product Joseph Bertrand. Well, look at where we are today: Richmond caused as many headaches and issues as possible before leaving school... Read more »
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