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Illinois Fighting Illini Seniors: the Good, the Bad, the Painful

Today is a special treat. Today, you the Chicago Now reader, get two columns for the click of one. What follows is a one-two column combination by two authors, both UI alums and staples at Assembly Hall press row. It’s not a point-counterpoint, more like a statement essay and a necessary companion piece. With the... Read more »

Illini Continue Dominance Over Hawkeyes, Get Badly Needed Home Win

The 81-68 Illini win certainly was a game of runs in the first half as the Illini 10-0, then Iowa went  11-1, followed by ILL 16-2, then Iowa 11-5 over the final five minutes to close half. And up until the 6:02 mark in the second half, when Demetri McCamey hit a dagger to put... Read more »

Illini Need to Resolve Conference Season Road Issues- Tonight!

It would help if the Illinois basketball senior class started living up to their potential, but it was a sophomore, Brandon Paul, who gave the media a soundbite Illini Nation would like to hear. “It’s tough, we keep talking about the same thing, and people get mad, people talk about it, but actions speak louder... Read more »
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Will the 2010-11 Illini, Especially the Seniors, ever Learn?

“We have had people talk to them, and we did everything except electric shock [therapy] to get them going,  Illini coach Bruce Weber said about his college basketball team. “They have to jolt themselves from the inside. We have to be determined and not let a team, especially on the road, jump on us.” Weber... Read more »

Northwestern Closes Out Illinois; Illini Road Woes Continue

In the second battle between Chicago’s two Big Ten college basketball teams, the outcome was drastically different from the first. Just how much of a disparity? It would be like comparing the body composition of Illini Center Mike Tisdale (7-1, very svelte) to that of Jersey Shore star Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (4-8, very squished). In... Read more »

Illini Second Half Choke vs. Ohio State Not Shocking

There wasn’t much you could say about the Illini and their fall to top-ranked Ohio State on Saturday afternoon. It was certainly disappointing. It was certainly a let down after building a lead. The one thing you really can’t call it, and we all know it deep down inside, was all that surprising. There was... Read more »
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Illini Utterly Destroy Wildcats; Northwestern 0-3 in Big 10, Illinois 3-0

Last year’s game was A BIT closer than this. When the Illinois Fighting Illini took on their rival Northwestern Wildcats for the first time in 2010, the annual meeting in Champaign resulted in an exciting and very high-scoring overtime thriller in which the Cats took care of the ball astonishingly well, committed very few mistakes,... Read more »

Illinois Takes Down Oakland in a Weird, Wild Way; also with Using a Women's Basketball

It took finding out there was a women’s basketball in play for the first eight minutes of the game to get the Illini shooting a little. “Our kids said something right away, but I was like, ‘You guys are just missing shots, shut up and play,’” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said after the game. “I... Read more »

Can the Illini Win the 2K Challenge in NYC?

The pre-season tournament season is upon us and The Sports Bank is your home for in-depth previews to get your Feast Week watching ready.  The 2K Sports Classic college basketball tournament that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer has already tipped off with pod play but hits the main stage of Madison Square Garden Thursday and Friday... Read more »
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Illini Should Rock Upon the Mike (Tisdale, Davis) Right in '11

During the last Illinois Fighting Illini season, they were too many college basketball games in which Bruce Weber could have described Demetri McCamey by a familiar rock anthem.  The Cars’: “you’re all I’ve got tonight. I need you. Tonight!” If there’s one thing I do know, it’s that Big Ten and NCAA expectations at Illinois... Read more »
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