Well, yesterday was a rough one for the Illini. And the Cubs got rained out (not coincidentally, so did the Cards), so we all got to stew about Jeremiah Tilmon asking out of his NLI all day. But Illinois also signed one of the best recruiters in the country as an assistant coach. Let's have … Continue reading Speaking of Breaks, Tilmon Breaks His Commitment to Illini Program
Well, the Illini didn't end up hiring my guy Kevin Keatts, but I think they got a good one in Brad Underwood. I've never been a fan of Bob Huggins since his Cincinnati teams seemed to straddle that line between playing hard and playing dirty, but I was impressed with Frank Martin's run with South … Continue reading Taking a Break
It's been five days since John Groce was let go, and the rumor mill is churning away on the Illini coaching search. It's unlikely we'll hear anything official until late Monday/Tuesday at the earliest, as that is when the job posting expires. Further complicating the timeline is the likelihood that Illinois' next coach is currently … Continue reading Martin to Mizzou: What Does it Mean for Illinois?
Well, it's official. We interrupt this first half Wisconsin thrashing of Northwestern (don't fall asleep on the Wildcats just yet, they're streaky) to inform you that John Groce has been relieved of his duties as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Illinois. Josh Whitman announced the decision today in a classy release … Continue reading Groce is Out at Illinois. Who’s Next?
“Study the past if you would define the future” ~Confucius. I thought I'd let yesterday's loss rest for a night before commenting on its implications for the future of Illini basketball. I was working yesterday during the game, so I only caught part of it on the radio. It sounded like Illinois played tight in … Continue reading After looking back, it’s time for Illinois to look ahead
11:00 March 9, 2017 TV: BTN Radio: 97.5 FM WHMS 1400 AM WDWS Hey, who picked Rutgers over Ohio State? Penn State over Nebraska? Actually, I would have picked the 13th-seeded Nittany Lions to beat the 12th-seed Huskers, but I certainly didn't see cellar-dwellers Rutgers pulling off a tournament win over Thad Matta's Buckeyes. That's … Continue reading Pre-gamin’: Illinois vs Michigan
Well, as most everyone knows by now, Illinois laid an egg against Rutgers, losing 59-62 in a game they desperately needed to boost precarious tournament hopes and cool the temperature on their coach's seat. I had to work, so I didn't see or hear the game, but from what I gather, the Illini got out … Continue reading Illinois Lost to Rutgers. Now What?
Well, what do ya know? Illinois might have actually turned this season around at the last possible moment. Behind scrappy defense and hot three-point shooting, the Illini led most of the way and beat the Spartans last night at a sold out State Farm Center 73-70. This was Senior Night for six young men who … Continue reading Illini Send Seniors out Winners, Beat Spartans 73-70
8:00 March 1, 2017 TV: BTN Radio: 97.5 FM WHMS 1400 AM WDWS Questions Worth Asking Just going for one big question today: Is Illinois' recent winning streak a result of significantly improved play or lesser competition? The Illini have looked better of late, and their defense certainly looks more active. Illinois' recent victories have … Continue reading Pre-gamin’: Illinois vs Michigan State
Illinois outplayed Northwestern in a 66-50 win last night in front of a sparse, but energetic, State Farm Center crowd. Defense was the story of the night, as the Illini swarmed and scrapped and held the Wildcats to 32.1% shooting overall and 22.2% from three. They corralled 12 more rebounds, swiped 6 steals, and … Continue reading Illini Defense Throttles Northwestern, 66-50