While games played at the United Center count as a "neutral site" in the Illinois basketball media guide, for the Illinois basketball program the UC is a home away from home. Saturday's contest against UIC marks the 47th game the Illini will play there, dating back '94-'95. Illinois basketball owns an all-time record of 34-12 (.739) at the home of the Chicago Bulls.
This is a homecoming game for many Illinois basketball players, as half of the UI roster features players from Chicagoland in Tracy Abrams, Nnanna Egwu, Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate, (all from Chicago), along with walk-on Mike LaTulip (Arlington Heights) and transfers (who are currently sitting out) Darius Paul (Gurnee, little brother of Brandon Paul) and Ahmad Starks (Chicago).
The Illini played three games at the United Center last season, barely squeaking by a very terrible Auburn team in December and Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament opening round on a Brandon Paul buzzer beater, before falling to No. 3 Indiana in the conference tournament quarterfinals.
Here is the complete list of Illinois basketball games at the United Center, in chronological order. For ten of the most memorable games in Illinois basketball history at the UC (in no particular order, and these are most memorable, not "best," it doesn't have to be a Illinois basketball win to make the list...
The Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis did not disappoint. It lived up to the hype and more. While the ACC title game was a boring blowout, the Pac 12 title game wasn't all that exciting, the Big Ten championship delivered. The SEC Title game was exciting. But no one played defense in it.
Yes Michigan State football is headed to it’s first Rose Bowl in 26 years. Just like I predicted on Tuesday, they won by exactly ten. The Spartans upset the #2 Ohio StateBuckeyes who were 5.5 point favorites in what was a “game of runs,” to put it in college basketball terms. After all, Tom Izzo was there and he brought his MSU hoops team with him.
Michigan State scored the first 17 points of the game, OSU the next 24, and Michigan State football finished it off with the next 17, to prevail 34-24...
The BTN Elite Series showcases the 2004-2005 Illini tonight! The latest episode of the Big Ten Network Elite series - focusing on the 2004-05 Illinois basketball team - makes its TV debut on Wednesday night immediately after the Illinois-Valparaiso game (approximately 8:30 p.m.). The 60-minute program will take fans through the season from beginning to end and features new interviews with Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Roger Powell, and James Augustine among others...
In 1995, the Northwestern Wildcats took the college football world by storm, their unexpected rise made them more than a sports story. NU became a pop culture story. After reaching their first Rose Bowl in close to 50 years, and having their first winning season in multiple decades, that team was like the NBC sitcom Friends; a mid ’90s feel-good tale.
They centered around a tailback named Darnell Autry, who finished in the top five of Heisman Trophy voting.
Big Ten Network’s new series, Forever B1G, debuts 6:30 PM CDT Friday. The eight-episode series is basically a “where are they now,” and it features 16 former Big Ten stars, including Michigan quarterback Drew Henson, Michigan State’s Maurice Ager, Northwestern’s Darnell Autry, Indiana’s A.J. Guyton, Minnesota’s Willie Burton, former Penn State running back D.J. Dozier and more...
Let’s makes this clear right off the bat- this Darren Rovell award is being given to Big Ten Network President Mark Silverman, not ESPN 1000 midday co-host Marc Silverman. Don’t get the two confused. Silvy of Waddle and Silvy is a good dude, entertaining and informative co-host, and a great follow on Twitter. All national... Read more »
You listen to Tim McCarver, Skip Bayless, or even worse yet, Jemele Hill and it makes you wonder “how does this person have a job?” Not only do they have a broadcasting gig, but it’s one with a very large footprint. There is no justice in the world.
The Big Ten Network version of that is Tim Doyle. Like Dick Vitale, he ruins every game he calls. He’s so bad that he makes CBS 2′s Ryan Baker look good by comparison. And that’s really hard to do because Baker pulls off the impossible combination of being both bland/boring and annoying/irritating at the same time.
Remember this is a criticism of Tim Doyle the broadcaster, not Tim Doyle the person. I don't know Doyle personally, he could be a great guy for all I know. However, his work I cannot know, and his work I cannot stand. So, let's be civil and remember there's no need for fist-fights.
In Doyle's exact own words “The business that we are in, sometimes we have to be hard on people or give our opinions.”
Update: Doyle discussed the altercation on 670 The Score Friday morning, and his spot is a MUST LISTEN....
Despite what you may think, despite how things might appear, BTN, which stands for Big Ten Network, is not a news organization. We were puzzled by why they didn’t cover the Joe Paterno firing in November, and they were harshly criticized for doing so.
Today numerous networks, including ESPN, MSNBC and CNN, interrupted their regular programming schedule to air this morning’s press conference detailing the findings of Penn State’s internal investigation regarding the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. However, Big Ten Network did not air investigator Louis Freeh’s press conference, instead sticking with a replay of the ’11 Ohio State-Purdue football game. The move is drawing harsh criticism on Twitter. SI.com’s Richard Deitsch wrote it is “another missed opportunity for credibility & educating viewers” for BTN...
Ki-Jana Carter, the #1 overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals (yes, there was a day when players who weren’t actually quarterbacks or pass-rushers went #1 overall) does a lot today. According to his wikipedia page: Carter is now an entrepreneur and sports blogger at OPENSports.com. He founded Byoglobe, a sanitation... Read more »
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