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Another terrible season for Chicago and Illinois college basketball

Another terrible season for Chicago and Illinois college basketball
What a shame. What a crying shame that Chicago, which every year has some of the best preps talent in the country, has zero going for it on the college level. Unless the Illinois Fighting Illini can somehow go 6-3 down stretch (and they face some brutal opponents so this is highly unlikely) what Land... Read more »

Illini End 5 Game Chicagoland Losing Streak; Win at Northwestern

Illini End 5 Game Chicagoland Losing Streak; Win at Northwestern
Lots of cliches applied in this college basketball game “tale of two halves,” “halftime adjustments” “wining ugly” “blue-collar”  I could go on and on, but I’ve tortured you enough already. In the battle to be “Chicago’s Big Ten team” Illinois defeated Northwestern 57-56 in the same manner they won this year’s college football meeting- starting... Read more »

Northwestern in Season Defining Game vs Michigan Tonight

Northwestern in Season Defining Game vs Michigan Tonight
Four games into the season, it’s difficult to describe a game as must-win, particularly when you’re talking about Northwestern, and especially when the opponent is #12 Michigan. The Wolverines are 5-0 on the season, and have impressed thus far. The ‘Cats on the other hand, are in a two-losses-in-a-row slippery slope. Lose to Michigan, and... Read more »

Illinois signs New Player, DePaul Heading to Paris this Summer

It may be college basketball‘s  offseason, but a lot of news surrounding teams in the Big East and Big Ten broke in the past couple of days. Whether you’re a fan of the Illini, DePaul or the Gophers, pay attention! I Bless the Rains down in Africa…sure as Kilimanjaro rises like an Empress above the... Read more »

Illini Add 2 New Players in Spring Signing Period

University of Illinois Fighting Illini officially announced Wednesday the addition of two new players to their college basketball program. Devin Langford of Huntsville, Ala. signed a national letter of intent on the first day of the spring period while Bradley University transfer Sam Maniscalco, a badly needed true point guard, signed a tender of financial... Read more »

Illini Look NCAA Tournament Bound; Who Could Steal Their Bid?

Truthfully, if I again hear the words “enhance NCAA profile” or “NCAA profile needs enhancing” like there’s some sort of a erectile dysfunction drug to fix it, I’ll probably punch all the Viagra in the world. It’s getting out of hand people. Seriously. But we’ve had to examine the profile of the Illinois Fighting Illini... Read more »

Illini Slap Michigan State Around in Must Win Game

It was all about BP3. Maybe not all. There was a lot of Jereme Richmond thrown in. But for one night…it was Brandon Paul’s world, and we were just living in it. We have a photo here at The Sports Bank entitled “sad illini.” You see this photo quite a lot after disappointing Illinois losses, and... Read more »

Illini Demetri McCamey Takes Home National Weekly Award

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Illinois guard Demetri McCamey as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Jan. 2. The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 22 this season. As the... Read more »

Illini Win Typical Big 10 Game Over Badgers

“I thought it was a typical Big Ten Game against Wisconsin,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said after the game. “You have to have the right mindset and understand your opponent and understand they are going to keep playing and they don’t get rattled. We’d go on a run and they would calmly walk to... Read more »

10 Worst Illinois Losses of Bruce Weber Regime: Where does UIC Fit in?

As proud a college basketball program as the Illinois Fighting Illini have become, they’ve certainly had some hiccups in recent years. And I’m not singling out Bruce Weber here. Bill Self, Lon Kruger et al. have all suffered dreadful losses. And due to the uninspiring play of their seniors, Weber and Illinois embarrassed themselves Saturday... Read more »
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