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#13 Illini are for real; win at #10 Gonzaga verifies

#13 Illini are for real; win at #10 Gonzaga verifies
Last year’s Illinois Fighting Illini started 10-0, just like this year’s team. They finished an awful 17-15. But those were the Illini of Bruce Weber, not John Groce. With the 85-74 win at #10 Gonzaga last night, the first year coach has now produced the fastest start for a rookie coach in school history. 11... Read more »

Perfect Illinois Hoops generates excitement

Perfect Illinois Hoops generates excitement
Football season is thankfully over. Good riddance, and time to move on to hoops. First-year head coach John Groce has the Illinois Fighting Illini off to a 6-0 start this season. He is just the third Illini coach to begin his UI tenure with at least six consecutive wins. Illini Win EA Maui Invitational; Paul... Read more »

Luther Head Left Illinois a Star; Crandall Head a Disappointment

Luther Head Left Illinois a Star; Crandall Head a Disappointment
The Head brothers are Chicago products, Luther Head (Manley high school) went into college with less hype that his little brother Crandall Head. Yet he was the leading scorer and All-American on an Illinois team that tied the NCAA record for single season victories and came a few points from winning it all. He got... Read more »
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Illini Survive Ugly, Never-Ending 2OT Conference Opener vs. Gophers

Illini Survive Ugly, Never-Ending 2OT Conference Opener vs. Gophers
One of my all time favorite The Simpsons quotes: “Mr. Simpson, this is the biggest case of false advertising since my suit against the film the never ending story” –Lionel Hutz The legendary lawyer character played by the late, great Phil Hartman refers to a 1984 film with a running time of 94 minutes in... Read more »

2011-12 Illini Basketball Alpha Dog: Sam Maniscalco

2011-12 Illini Basketball Alpha Dog: Sam Maniscalco
Where would the Illlini be without Sam Maniscalco? What would become of their point guard situation if the three time team captain at Bradley, All-Missouri Valley second team pick wasn’t eligible after his transfer this season? Illinois didn’t play very well, but they did make it three straight wins in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, and... Read more »

Illini Rebuilding at Point Guard Position

Illini Rebuilding at Point Guard Position
Heading into this season, the Illinois Fighting Illini had some questions to answer at “the one.” Two games in, they still do.  Demetri McCamey, as inconsistent and polarizing as he was, provided minutes and some sense of stability. The situation was helped this offseason when Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco became eligible. He provides a steady... Read more »
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Illini Sign Point Guard Michael Orris

Illini Sign Point Guard Michael Orris
  This college basketball season in Champaign, the Illini look to replace Demetri McCamey, a four year starter at point guard. The job will immediately fall to Bradley transfer Sam Maniscalco, a convalescing undersized graduate student. He brings experience while Tracy Abrams, the presumed point guard of the future learns on the job. Illinois also... Read more »