After starting 12-0 the Illinois Fighting Illini
are 2-3 in their last 5. And one of those wins was rather ugly. A big reason for their recent struggles is the ramped up level of competition as Big Ten
play has begun. But it’s also they fact the team lives and dies by the three, and no one was more so than senior guard D.J. Richardson
. Of all his field goal attempts on the season, only 46 have been of the 2-point variety. The three is D.J.’s game so when it’s off, so is he, as are the Illini
Richardson has always been streaky, he’s had major struggles with his shot at various times during his college basketball
career, but this slump could be his worst. Or it seems that way since the Illini
are ranked so high and playing in so many high profile games?
Maybe it’s time for Coach John Groce to sub Joseph Bertrand in the lineup for Richardson...
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 »
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 »
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 »
Well, I didn’t see that one coming. Shaka Smart had an offer of $2.5 million plus, doubling his salary, and a chance at a top 20 national job in what was the nation’s best conference this year. And he had a chance to step up from mid-major to high-major in the Big Ten. I’ve been... Read more »
It’s certainly nice that Illini basketball has started 2-0 in Big Ten play. It’s a lot better than 0-2. Their win yesterday over Wisconsin was just the second time they’ve beaten a ranked opponent in ’10-’11. (Gonzaga, exactly like the Badgers, were ranked #24 in the coaches poll, receiving votes in the AP). It was... Read more »
Everyone here knows Kendall Cedric Gill, retired NBA player, now professional boxer and analyst for Comcast Sports Net and the Big Ten Network. The ex-Chicago Bulls player and current Bulls expert for CSN starred at suburban Rich Central before taking his talents to Champaign-Urbana for the “Flyin’ Illini” of the late 80s, earning a Final... Read more »
Everyone here knows Kendall Cedric Gill, retired NBA player, now professional boxer and analyst for Comcast Sports Net and the Big Ten Network. The ex-Chicago Bulls player and current Bulls expert for CSN starred at suburban Rich South before taking his talents to Champaign-Urbana for the “Flyin’ Illini” of the late 80s, earning a Final... Read more »