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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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Illinois basketball upsets #1 Hoosiers; need more similar wins to reach NCAAs

Illinois basketball upsets #1 Hoosiers; need more similar wins to reach NCAAs
Tonight, Illinois basketball leads SportsCenter. Illinois Basketball is a trending term; so are the Illini and Tyler Griffey, who had his Jimmy Chitwood moment. (We’re talking about Hoosiers after all). The Illini stunned No. 1 Indiana with a 13-2 run to close the game, capped by the Griffey layup at the buzzer you can watch... Read more »

9 things really wrong with Illini basketball right now

9 things really wrong with Illini basketball right now
Last night the #23 Illini lost at home to a Northwestern team that has their coach squarely on the hot seat, is reeling from injuries and without their best player in Drew Crawford. The loss was the third in a row by double digits for the Illini, and the three defeats have been even more lopsided than the scores indicate. This shouldn’t be happening to a team that was ranked in the top ten just a few short weeks ago...

Illini, D.J. Richardson sort of struggling right now

Illini, D.J. Richardson sort of struggling right now
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...
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#11 Illini crush #8 Ohio State, rebound literally and figuratively

#11 Illini crush #8 Ohio State, rebound literally and figuratively
This is what it’s like to rebound: both winning the battle on the glass and coming back from a loss. In their last three games (Mizzou, Auburn and Purdue) the Illini got owned on the backboards and went 1-2. In their Big Ten opener Illinois got upset by a .500 Purdue team. The loss was shocking, but the #11 Illini recovered nicely, CRUSHING the #8 Ohio State Buckeyes 74-55 in their conference home opener. They won the battle of the boards 40-30. It was their second win over a top ten team this season, and their most lopsided defeat of a top ten ranked Big Ten team since 1954. Although it appears both teams in this one are over-ranked and overrated. Or it’s just that no one will be able to win on the road in the Big Ten this year. Either way, it was Illinois’ best defensive effort of the year by far, and a career game for center Nnanna Egwu...

Illini will go as far as Paul and Richardson take them

Illini will go as far as Paul and Richardson take them
The Illinois Fighting Illini suffered their first loss last night to Mizzou, but they’re still 12-1. And nationally ranked. I think any Illinois fan would have taken 12-1 at this point when the season started. This Illini team will go as far as their seniors will take them. And I’m not talking about Tyler Griffey. Four year starter guards D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul are the keys to the Illini maintaining that top ranking and getting a high seed in March. And then doing something with it...

Illinois finally loses; 82-73 to Missouri in St. Louis

Illinois finally loses; 82-73 to Missouri in St. Louis
Before we get to the breakdown of what happened in the Illinois Fighting Illini first loss, (Illinois was one of the last 6 unbeaten teams remaining in the nation) suffered at the hands of the Missouri Tigers 82-73, a few observations and notes on this series and rivalry overall, with updated stats. -Why is this even called the Braggin’ Rights game? I mean seriously, how many of you Illini people actually have Mizzou people to tell how much they suck? (after Illinois wins of course) -Why does this arena have a NBA three-point line on the floor? There hasn’t been a NBA team in St. Louis since 1965? (And why were Brandon Paul and company bombing away from that spot so much...
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Big 10 Power Rankings: extremely glib edition

Big 10 Power Rankings: extremely glib edition
Doing a power rankings is fun and interesting in the beginning and/or middle of the season. Towards the end, it’s kind of useless. You just look at the standings. Also, preconference basketball doesn’t really mean as much as conference action. That’s when we’ll learn a lot more. Now that Butler has knocked off the #1 Hoosiers, you know they’ll lose their spot at #1 here as well. Guess who the new #1 is...