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Illini Eliminated from NCAAs: Critical, Questionable call CLEARLY goes against them

Illini Eliminated from NCAAs: Critical, Questionable call CLEARLY goes against them
Illini fans complained A LOT about the officiating of the center match-up between UNC big man Sean May and Illinois post James Augustine in the 2005 national title game, but a critical call going against their favor with 40 seconds left tonight was probably much worse. In a one possession game with under a minute left, Miami was awarded an out of bounds call. However, the replay clearly showed it should have been Illini basketball. But the NCAA doesn’t review out of bounds calls. Sorry. Even a Miami player admitted it, after his team advanced, beating Illinois 63-59. Illini fans were LIVID about this on Twitter, and even Miami fans were tweeting that Illinois got jobbed on the call. It turned the tide in crunch time. It was a simple black-or-white missed call at a crucial moment, while the ’05 title game had a series of questionable calls that favored Carolina and went against Illinois. These calls started in the early minutes. Augustine fouled out of that game after just nine minutes played while May looked like Shaquille O’Neal for a night (slightly aided by the referees, some in Illini Nation might say) May and Augustine were both college star; both were drafted but neither amounted to anything in the NBA...

Illinois Basketball Plays Bi-polar Ball, but bounce Buffaloes

Illinois Basketball Plays Bi-polar Ball, but bounce Buffaloes
So how does Illinois basketball shoot 13% in a half, and win a NCAA Tourney game? Not just win, but win 57-49, almost double digits over #10 seed Colorado. The old cliche was "tale of two halves" was never more apt and it was a "strange game" as Illinois basketball coach John Groce said. "As I said at the beginning, this team, it's been a fun team to coach, an interesting team.  They found ways in a lot of different situations where their backs have been against the wall and today was another prime example of that," Groce said. The Illini couldn't find their shot for almost twelve minutes of the second half, playing one of the worst halves you'll ever see in an NCAA Tournament game. This following a half in which Illinois basketball played as great a half as you'll see in the big dance. So how did you get such an even bi-polar game? Schizophrenic or "split brain," as it's called. That's why it's "March madness" not March sanity. Illinois won in spite of a 23-0 run against them...

Illini hoops begin quest for 6th Final Four, 1st National Title

Illini hoops begin quest for 6th Final Four, 1st National Title
The #7 seed Illini hoops team begins their quest to win 6 in a row in the NCAA Tournament Friday afternoon versus #10 seed Colorado.  Illini hoops may just be the greatest program in the history of college basketball NOT to have ever won the national championship. I'm not the first one to make this argument. Illinois heads to Austin, the capitol of Texas, where they'll play under the Friday night lights (well sort of, it'll be indoors but still night time in Texas when their game is done) needing the mantra of "clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose" to manifest the march madness cliche of "survive and advance." Illini hoops begins The Big Dance with a Texas two step of the Colorado Buffaloes, and hopefully the winner of #2 seed Miami and #15 Pacific. Although highly unlikely, Pacific, the alma mater of former Illini football coach Ron Turner, would be a better draw. Illini hoops is making its 30th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, which is the second-highest number of Tournament appearances among Big Ten schools, trailing only the Indiana Hoosiers (37). Illinois ranks 13th among NCAA schools for most all-time Tournament appearances. This is Illini hoops 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 14 years, and 25th in the last 33 years. The Illini have compiled a 39-30 (.565) record all-time in NCAA Tournament games...
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Carmody gone at Northwestern; Duke Blue Devils Asst. could be Replacement

Carmody gone at Northwestern; Duke Blue Devils Asst. could be Replacement
Bill Carmody is officially gone.
Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips met with the NU players this morning and will address the media at 5:30 tonight.  (The announcement of the press conference was made about 35 minutes. Multiple sources are reporting Bill Carmody is out as men's basketball coach.Word is Duke Blue Devils assistant Chris Collins is the top choice of the A.D. in finding Carmody’s replacement.
Reasons why Bill Carmody was let go:...

Illini solidify NCAA resume with win over Gophers

Illini solidify NCAA resume with win over Gophers
At 22-11, 8-10 in conference Illinois basketball has a real #10 or #11 seed in NCAA Tournament resume right now. Beating Minnesota 51-49 today on a Brandon Paul buzzer beater  in the Big Ten Tournament truly helps as the Gophers have an RPI of 24 and the nation's second highest strength of schedule. The Illini were likely in, even if they had lost. But the W means they don't have to sweat now at all on Selection Sunday. Oh and you can watch video of said buzzer beater at the end of this post. All bracketologies (projection of the NCAA Tournament field) will have the Illini in, if they didn't already. WHAT WORKS: RPI 43, SOS 9 They have four big signature wins over #1 Indiana Hoosiers at #Gonzaga Bulldogs #10 Ohio State Buckeyes #14 Butler Bulldogs (neutral court). UI is the only team to win at the Kennel, and Butler is the only team other than the Illini to have wins over both the  #1 and #3 teams in the country. Also two wins over Minnesota greatly enhances the resume...

NU loses at home to Penn State: Final straw for Bill Carmody?

NU loses at home to Penn State: Final straw for Bill Carmody?
Last year Bruce Weber was dismissed from the Fighting Illini basketball program during the Big Ten Tournament, right after Illinois’ season ended. The same situation occurred two years prior with the Iowa Hawkeyes and Todd Lickliter at the Big Ten Tourney. Will we see the same thing with Bill Carmody and Northwestern this Big Ten Tournament? NU losing 66-59 at home to Penn State might have been the final straw to break the camel’s back. This was the Wildcats’ 6th loss in a row, and dropped them to 13-17, 4-13 in the Big Ten. Losing to PSU is a really big deal; especially at home. Penn State was 0-17 on the road under Patrick Chambers entering this game. Yes, this was indeed his first road win at Penn State. And Chambers got the job because the guy before him, Ed DeChellis, left Penn State for Navy. Yes, he left PSU FOR NAVY, not vice versa.With the victory, Penn State improved to 11-9 all-time at Northwestern. Do you know how many media members travel to cover the Nittany Lions on the road? Zero. Yes, that’s what PSU basketball truly is. And that’s why this loss makes Carmody’s seat that much hotter. (Go here for the pros and cons of why Bill Carmody should or should not return for a 15th season at NU.) Carmody was asked tonight if he was able to block out speculation about his job security...
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Illini hoops: seniors leave mark on Illinois program with gutsy W

Illini hoops: seniors leave mark on Illinois program with gutsy W
Illini hoops gave their home a proper 50th birthday party, and sent out their seniors with style. This Illinois senior class will leave a mark in the Illini hoops record books, so it’s fitting the final home game was a victory. Illinois beat Nebraska 72-65 to improve to 21-9, 8-8 in Big Ten play. More importantly, this win firmed up their resume for March Madness. Barring an utter collapse, Illinois is in the big dance. Senior guard Brandon Paul, who finished with 14 point points, five assists and one turnover, teared up as the game ended and buried his head in his jersey as he crouched at Assembly Hall midcourt...

Illini basketball routs Northwestern: avenges loss with authority 62-41

Illini basketball routs Northwestern: avenges loss with authority 62-41
It may have been a home game for Northwestern on paper, but the crowd was about 75-80% cheering for Illini basketball. Sometimes in sports media you can start writing your story by halftime. And you can file it before the final horn. All you need then is the quotes to add in; tonight was one of those nights. Is Illinois vs Northwestern a real, true acrimonious rivalry? John Groce's team truly stomped on his opponent's throat as if they were. Although I was always thought the Indiana Hoosiers were the true rival of Illinois, as their all time series is dead even. The Illinois vs Northwestern series is now 130-38 in favor of the Illini who also lead in Evanston 60-24 all time. This was a big win for Illini basketball as they avenge their second of two bad RPI losses. Purdue was the other...

Hometown star Jabari Parker headlines 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center

Hometown star Jabari Parker headlines 2013 McDonald's All American game at United Center
Chicago doesn't have a dome, so it'll never host a Super Bowl or a Final Four; but it is quickly becoming the home for the nation's premier prep basketball All-Star game. The 2013 McDonald’s All American game will feature the top ranked player Canadian-born Andrew Wiggins (Huntington Prep, W.Va. deciding between Florida State and Kentucky) and the former #1 ranked player Jabari Parker from right here in the Chi. Parker from Simeon Career Academy, will be the crowd favorite. Kentucky may not make the NCAA Tournament this year, but they set an all time MAA record with 5 in this year's class. The previous record of four was held by the Michigan Wolverines (1991), Duke Blue Devils (1999) and Kentucky Wildcats (2011). The Boys Game begins at 8:30 p.m. CT April 3, and will broadcast live on ESPN. With the exception of UK, only the Tar Heels and Blue Devils have more than one. The Hoosiers are the lone Big Ten school to recruit one. However, a few undecideds remain...
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Northwestern loses Jared Swopshire for the season

Northwestern loses Jared Swopshire for the season
Can't Northwestern get a break? And not that kind of break, where something in the body breaks. Poor Bill Carmody, he's clearly on the hot seat, and the injuries keep piling up to hurt him. First it was the best player on the team, Drew Crawford. Both Alexs Olah and Marcotullio haven't been themselves. Reggie Hearn, a key scorer, has missed some time. And now this: Northwestern graduate student Jared Swopshire a transfer from Louisville, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season...
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