Illinois seemed to be on its way to a 20+ point win over Dartmouth tonight, leading by 17 points with just over eleven minutes to play. Then the Big Green started hitting some shots, and the Illini started missing some free throws. The lead would shrink to six before the Illini held on for a 72-65 win. There were some nice plays for the Illini tonight, and here are my three no
I can feel the excitement in the air as the Illini host Dartmouth tonight at State Farm Center in the first-ever matchup between the two schools. Okay, not really. But I am intererested to see if the Illini can avoid a post-road trip hangover. That was an issue against IPFW after the road win at UNLV before Thanksgiving. Here are a few tidbits courtesy of stats guru
This was a nice bounce back game for the Illini after Tuesday's disappointing loss at Georgia Tech. The final score of 81-62 really doesn't show how much the Illini controlled this game, as they led by as many as 32 points before John Groce emptied the bench. Plenty of highlights to choose from in this one, but here are my nominees for the Di
It burns, burns, burns. The Illini fell into a ring of fire in the last 10 minutes of Tuesday night's game at Georgia Tech, letting a 12-point lead slip away down the stretch of a 67-64 loss. The first defeat of the season puts the Illini's record at 7-1 heading into Sunday's return trip to Atlanta to face Auburn. There were some good plays to choose from for the
Ugly. Unattractive. Not good looking. Just a few ways to describe this Illini game vs. IPFW. Fortunately, another way to describe it is simply, "win." Let's get right to my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game, with a heavy dose of the Bulldog, Tracy Abrams.
There was some talk early in this game from CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb that Rayvonte Rice was "too short" to be a quality player in the Big Ten. Who's too short now, Doug? All Rayvonte did was pour in 25 points and 10 rebounds, including the game-winner with 26 seconds left on a nice drive to the basket. So, not surprisingly, that's one of my nominees for the
So, how about that Jon Ekey? Why couldn't he get minutes at Illinois State? Anyway, Ekey's personal 10-0 run in the final minutes was part of a 22-2 Illini spurt to close out a 77-53 win over Chicago State. As you might expect, it's a heavy dose of Ekey in my picks for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "Wo
Well, I really thought this Bradley team would give the Illini a test this evening. Not so much. Great defense from the Illini, and they really abused the Braves on the boards as well. The offense came on strong in the second half.
We had ourselves a few "grown man" plays in this one. It wasn't pretty, but the Illini fought their way to a 64-52 win over a Valparaiso team that should win a lot of games in the Horizon conference this season. Without further ado, my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "Wow!" Play of the Game:
First, my nominees for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game. Some good ones to choose from tonight. Just comment at the bottom with your favorite: