Archive for March 2012

Bruce Weber gets KSU gig; Chicago product Jacob Pullen STRONGLY Disapproves

Bruce Weber gets KSU gig; Chicago product Jacob Pullen STRONGLY Disapproves
Former Kansas State star and current professional basketball player (in Italy) Jacob Pullen had some harsh words for recently fired Illini head Coach Bruce Weber, the man introduced as the new Coach at KSU this morning. Pullen tweeted: “Bruce Webber didn’t think I was good enough to play at Illinois and I don’t think he... Read more »

Illinois intro John Groce: hopeful half-truths and opposites from the presser

Illinois intro John Groce: hopeful half-truths and opposites from the presser
You’ve heard the expression “win the news conference.” Well, for the University of Illinois and the Illini basketball coaching hire of John Groce, that ship sailed weeks ago. Any time you get your sixth (possibly seventh) choice in a men’s basketball coach at a basketball school, your news conference is…well, you just hope there’s no... Read more »

Muhammad Leads West To McDonald's All-American Game Win

Sure, the McDonald’s All-American game is an exhibition; the outcome serving as a backstory to the talent on the court. But when the West team’s 25-point lead was cut to four in the final minutes, it became imperative to earn a win. “We’re talking about the 24 best players in the country, not just 12... Read more »
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McDonald's All-American game dominated by future Kentucky Wildcats

Kentucky Wildcats fans have a lot to be excited about in the present, as they’re taking on their hated rival Louisville in the 2012 Final Four, but last night’s McDonald’s All-American Game also might have made UK fans think about the future for a bit. Usually, you don’t think about next year’s recruiting class until... Read more »

McDonald's All-Americans show skills to Chicago

McDonald's All-Americans show skills to Chicago
This week the greatest high school players in the nation descended upon Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American game, and with it, a half-week’s worth of banner activities and competitions. First-year North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried led the Wolfpack to the Sweet 16 in his first season. The program’s is bound for future success... Read more »

Illini probably going to hire Ohio's John Groce

Illini probably going to hire Ohio's John Groce
It’s not official yet, but it’s looking very likely that Illini Nation will have to settle for their sixth choice in a head coaching candidate, a man with a 34-30 career record in the MAC. Ohio Bobcats coach John Groce could be introduced as Bruce Weber’s successor in the next couple days. And he’s not... Read more »
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Mike Thomas swings and misses again; Brad Stevens not coming to Illinois

So the Illini extended Brad Stevens of Butler an offer, supposedly. The University of Illinois met with Stevens and allegedly gave him an offer similar to what VCU’s Shaka Smart turned down. I guess Illinois A.D. Mike Thomas is not a very good salesman. This is the second big mid-major leader to turn down the... Read more »

Brad Stevens to Illinois? More than rumors at this point?

Brad Stevens to Illinois? More than rumors at this point?
After swinging and missing on Shaka Smart, the University of Illinois has gone full throttle after Butler head coach Brad Stevens. Multiple sources confirm that there has been contact between Stevens and the University. There is confirmed interest on Illinois’ part, but no confirmed interest on Stevens’ part- yet. So everyone settle down! I’m talking... Read more »

Next Illini Coach could be the man leading Ohio or Cincinnati right now

Next Illini Coach could be the man leading Ohio or Cincinnati right now
Last night, the first team from the state of Ohio lost in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The Buckeye state had previously comprised 1/4 of the sweet sixteen. In the battle for the “Birthplace of Aviation,” Ohio State grounded Cincinnati, and it was a game featuring an Illini coaching candidate on the sidelines. Tonight when Ohio... Read more »
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Jim Phillips gives Bill Carmody another chance at Northwestern

Jim Phillips gives Bill Carmody another chance at Northwestern
Making four straight NITs is a weird thing in college basketball. To be that consistently mediocre, without bubbling up to the big dance (especially now that there are 68 teams) or falling down to no postseason is rather odd. An entire class of players knew what it is was like to be competitive, but not... Read more »
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