The state of Illinois has produced only one college basketball national championship, and it wasn’t accomplished by the Illinois Fighting Illini; although they were just a couple 3-pt FGs away in ’05. Depaul made the Final 4 in ’80s glory years under Ray Meyer, but no further. SIU has won a lot of games in... Read more »
The 79-51 exhibition rout of Wayne State was expected for most Illini basketball fans. The most important number of the box score is found in the game’s leading scorer, Meyers Leonard. He had 18 points, in just 16 minutes, that’s a great sign for your Illinois Fighting Illini, because they’ll really need Leonard to be... Read more »
Currently, the Illinois Fighting Illini football team is ranked #15 in the country. Yes, the 6-0 Illini are the 15th best team in college football according to the coaches’ poll. Still, they’re not selling out Memorial Stadium. Most Saturdays, they fall very short of packing the place. This atmosphere inspired Dan O’Brien, owner/proprietor of... Read more »
It is impressive that the Michigan State Spartans and North Carolina Tar Heels will take on each other in college basketball aboard the deck of an aircraft carrier. But don't sell the Illinois Fighting Illini and West Virginia Mountaineers short. The two basketball teams visited Aviano Air Base yesterday during their summer Italian tours.
And it resulted in Illinois destroying West Virginia 47-26 in an exhibition scrimmage held in front of approximately 500 military personnel and their families. The 20-minute contest was part of a special opportunity that also saw the Illini and Mountaineers hold a youth clinic for children of the Airmen and had each team participate in a 10-minute scrimmage against the Aviano varsity unit. In those games, Illinois defeated Aviano 26-12, while West Virginia topped Aviano 25-7. The three squads also held a dunk contest for the crowd with Illini junior Joseph Bertrand claiming the victory...
He's one of the most iconic players in recent college basketball history, and the face of Illini basketball for half a decade. Dee Brown, an All-American, and winner of the 2006 Cousy Award (given to the nation's best point guard) was the cover boy for SI's 2005 March Madness issue. During that Final Four run, his "poppin your collar" move became a national trend. He didn't invent; he just brought it back and made it huge.
As accomplished a college basketball player as Brown was, his NBA career is a microscopic footnote as best. He did score 10 points once in a Utah Jazz 2007 playoff game alongside his Illinois running mate Deron Williams, but that was pretty much it. He's a fine overseas player, and he'll continue contributing in those leagues for awhile, but what coaching after it's all said and done...
Last night the New Jersey Nets Deron Williams played basketball in front of a crowd for the first time since a wrist injury shut him down ot end the season. After the jump check out this bounce pass dunk to himself (this is soon to be a YouTube sensation) that got the air conditioningless arena rocking...
The Illinois Fighting Illini will depart in a few days for an Italian tour that is reminiscent (to me at least) of the film “The Talented Mr. Ripley.” Well, probably no identity theft, fraud and homicide, but the scenery and travel destinations are similar. Before the tour, which includes a scrimmage against West Virginia at... Read more »
Jereme Richmond, the first McDonald’s All-American to sign with the Fighting Illini since Dee Brown in 2002, did not have a storybook college basketball career. He’s now one-and-done, but it’s not the kind of typical one-and-done you may be used to. Given all that’s happened to Richmond in Champaign it may surprise you to learn... Read more »
Illinois college football fans can help select the 2001-10 Fighting Illini All-Decade team by voting online at FightingIllini.com. Voters can choose up to 32 players from nearly 150 former and current players on the ballot. The ballot was constructed of Illini players who started multiple games during the 10-season period of 2001-10. You might remember... Read more »
Well, I can’t say I saw this coming. Well, maybe I kind of did. I knew he was out of Champaign-Urbana, one way or another. University of Illinois Fighting Illini freshman guard/forward Jereme Richmond (Waukegan, Ill./Waukegan H.S.) announced today he’s declaring for the 2011 NBA Draft and will not return to school next year. Richmond... Read more »