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...
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...
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...
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...
The Tim Beckman hire is such a disaster that it requires FEMA aid, but so far the entrance of John Groce may be alright. It looks like this guy can really recruit. Monday afternoon Austin Colbert, a four-star center from Gill St. Bernards in New Jersey, announced his commitment to the Illini
. He did it through Twitter; which is of course the new AP.
Get ready “cuz this is the Colbert Report.”
Expect a ton of Stephen Colbert
jokes over the next four years...
Illinois tips off the 2012-13 season on Friday, hosting Colgate at 7 p.m. at the Assembly Hall. In addition to being the season opener, it also marks the debut for new Fighting Illini head coach John Groce. To recognize Coach Groce’s inaugural game, the Orange Krush student section encourages everyone in attendance to join... Read more »
“ILLINOIS. OUR STATE. OUR TEAM.” will be displayed within advertising and marketing campaigns around the state.
will probably no longer be taking shots at Northwestern
and their “Chicago’s Big Ten
Team” slogan. Hopefully, that nonsense is over with the new Illinois re-brand...
Today, Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins had 103 yards receiving, the fifth time that he has hit the C-Note this season. He’s now tied for fourth all time in school history for 100 yard games; in both a season and career. But you wouldn’t guess that from watching how the offense played today. Overall, that... Read more »
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 »
Four weeks ago, The Sports Bank’s founder and senior writer Paul Banks named Illini freshman QB Nathan Scheelhaase the most likely candidate to win 2010 Freshman of the Year. Deservedly so, as Scheelhaase grabbed Big Ten Offensive Player and Freshman of the week after a magnificent win over Purdue where he went for 118 on... Read more »