Behind the Mic

Behind the Mic

Illini Visit "Beantown"

The Illini Basketball team will visit historic Boston on Wednesday night to play in a first-round NIT matchup with Boston University. 

One Final Regular Season Hurdle

The Illini basketball team will be inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight to close out what has been a rollercoaster ride through the Big Ten season.  

The conference season began with a quick 2-0 uptick with the overtime win over Indiana on New Year's Eve  and the "Flyin Illini" reunion game win over Penn State on January 4th. 

Different Looking Matchup This Time Around

The last time Illinois and Michigan State got together in Champaign in mid-January the two teams were not quite the same then as they will be when they meet Saturday afternoon in East Lansing. 

A Few Notes on Williams Arena

The Illini basketball team plays in Minneapolis tonight at historic Williams Arena,  a building that has been very good to the Illini in recent years.  In fact the Illini have won 10 of their last 12 games in "The Barn".  There have been some memorable wins on that list.

Illini Need Effort With Execution

There is no doubt the Illini played with terrific  effort against the Iowa Hawkeyes this past Saturday night.   Even if you dont know everything about basketball you could easily see the Illini left everything out on the floor in an 81-74 loss at State Farm Center. 

Illini Miss Their Chance(s)

John Groce's Fighting Illini team will face another Top 5 team on Saturday in Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans and now have to try and dig themselves out of a 2-3 start to the Big Ten season. 

Illini Protect Home Court

The Illini mens basketball team took care of business the first week of the Big Ten basketball season with an overtime win over Indiana and a 20-point win over Penn State.  

Illini Are Passing The "Tough Enough" Test

The Fighting Ilini basketball team has shown signs of developing toughness all season long.  In close wins against UNLV and Missouri they especially displayed a courage under fire that is becoming a trademark of the team.  

Illini Go Into Christmas Smiling....And Bragging

The Illini basketball team took a bus back home late Saturday night to Champaign.  As excited as the team members were, they could have just floated home.  

Illini Give It a Shot, But Come Up Short In Pacific Northwest

The Fighting Illini basketball team gave #11 Oregon all it wanted on Saturday night at the Moda Center (I still like "Rose Garden" better) but a pair of late (17-4) and ( 13-5)  runs by the Ducks gave Oregon a win, a 9-0 record , and a good non-conference win.