CHAMPAIGN – All together now, "You da man, Mike Davis!"
This addresses all who called him out after his one-rebound, one-basket meltdown against Illinois-Chicago, all who wanted him benched in favor of Tyler Griffey, all who criticize his demeanor, all you perfectionists who never had a bad day.
Cameron Reicheneker will embark on the battle of his life Wednesday. The 16-year-old Elmwood High junior will undergo surgery to treat the Hodgkins lymphoma he recently was diagnosed with and will begin a round of chemotherapy.
That's a lot for anyone to handle, let alone a 16-year-old. But for one day Cameron got to forget it all.
CHAMPAIGN – This motivational stuff was easier when Bruce Weber was coaching south of I-64.
More destructive, but easier.
Illinois B+; Wisconsin C
Never easy to beat Bo Ryan teams regardless the site, so it's a great win for the Illini, who have taken care of business in their first two Big Ten games. Being able to score inside the three-point line will be something that this team will need to do to maintain its winning ways.
A look at how former Illini fared in the final week of the regular season
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Illinois women's basketball team gave 12th-ranked Michigan State all it could handle on Sunday.
But the Spartans got 27 points from Kalisha Keane and a double-double from Lykendra Johnson (16 points, 10 boards) to hang on.
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois had a senior moment Sunday.
And a capacity-looking crowd at the Assembly Hall loved it.
Maligned after losses to UIC and Missouri, the Illinois seniors were the biggest reason No. 23 Illinois beat Wisconsin 69-61 in the Big Ten home opener. The old guys were the reason for the season.
MICHIGAN STATE 61, ILLINOIS 50
The Illini haven't had much – OK, any – success in East Lansing lately, and this is one tough assignment for the Illini to open their Big Ten road schedule. (News-Gazette prediction record: 10-3).
Wisconsin 68, Illinois 67
Predicting these Illini is even more of a guessing game than usual. Their success largely depends on one thing: how well they shoot. Illinois is 11-0 this season – and 158-18 under Weber – when it shoots a higher percentage than the opponent. Illinois shot below 40 percent in three games this season – and lost all three. So this prediction is based on the idea Illinois won't carry over its season-high 67 percent shooting from the Iowa game, and Wisconsin continues to make everyone say, "Who just beat us?" (News-Gazette prediction record: 12-2).
CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber is scribbling notes onto a yellow pad of paper.
He is designing the practice plan for the Illinois basketball team's 37th practice session of this season. The detail of the plan, down to the minute and jargon, is military-like.