The Illini mens basketball team arrived in Atlanta Georgia on Monday night looking to continue a successful trend in the made-for-TV Big 10-ACC Challenge.
As I type this on November 22nd, 2013, I think there are a lot of us doing the same thing: Remembering the death of President John F. Kennedy exactly 50 years ago today.
I cant say I remember it. I was almost a year away from being born.
Very few teams have had success against Ohio State over the past 25 years The two teams that have had some success happen to be Michigan (12 wins) and Illinois (9 wins) .
The Illini football and mens basketball teams are both busy this weekend, which means the old broadcast headset will get a lot of use over the next few days.
We all know about the Illini-Michigan State basketball series. The matchups over the last decade between old friends Tom Izzo and former Illini coach Bruce Weber. The close finishes. The sometimes surprising endings. The Illini win over the Spartans when ESPN Gameday was in Champaign. The Spartan win over the Illini when ESPN Gameday was in East Lansing.
The Wisconsin Badgers come calling at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night at 7 pm and while the overall series is deadlocked at 36-36-7 between the Illini and Bucky, the Badgers have won 7 of the last 8 between the 2 programs.
A month ago when a lot of Illini fans looked at this particular upcoming game at Nebraska on the 2013 schedule, most assumed an easy Nebraska win.
The Illini football team is taking the week off from the weekly Saturday battles on the football field to nurse bumps and bruises and take some time to reassess what has happened through the first 3 weeks of the 2013 football season.
The Fighting Illini football program ventures back to Soldier Field on Saturday for the first time since Bill Clinton was President of the United States (1994- a loss to Washington State). They are playing the University of Washington for the first time since Richard Nixon was President (1972).
There are some interesting connections to take note of when it comes to the Saturday matchup at Memorial Stadium between Illinois and Cincinnati.