Men's Basketball

Monday Morning Quarterbacks 3-31-14

Monday Morning Quarterbacks 3-31-14: Play now!

Jim Turpin and Loren Tate recaop the weekend in sports including the teams that made it to the Final Four.


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Loren Tate: AD makes sense of seating

Nothing raises hackles quicker for die-hard Illini basketball fans than (1) being forced to move from longtime seats and (2) paying more for the same season tickets.

This isn’t Indiana and Kansas, where the seating arrangement changes every year. This is Illinois, where some season ticket-holders have held the same seats for a half century.

All-Area Boys' Basketball COY: Central's McClain

Why he’s Coach of the Year: Took over a program which won five games the previous year and guided the school to an 18-11 record, a regional championship and into the Sweet 16 in Class 3A, before losing in the sectional finals to eventual state runner-up Lincoln.

All-Area Boys' Basketball POY: UI recruit Finke repeats feat

CHAMPAIGN — Strolling along the halls of Centennial High School, Michael Finke greets a few classmates.

It’s hard to miss him. The Illinois signee is decked out in his columbia blue No. 42 Centennial jersey.

Finke responds casually with “What’s up?” or “How’s it going?” to the few passers-by after the bell rings to signal the end of another school day.

Will Jalen Brunson choose Illini?

Will Tim Beckman land any 4-stars? Will Michael Finke repeat as N-G All-Area Player of the Year? Is Matt Bollant on line to turn around UI women's basketball? Ask anything of our recruiting blogger, who is chatting at 1 p.m. today. Submit questions here

Sports Talk 3-27-14

Sports Talk 3-27-14: Play now!

News-Gazette sports writer Matt Daniels joins Brian Moline to discuss the latest in sports news. They talk Illinois baseball with associate head coach Eric Snider, then chat about the Cubs & Cards with Harry Pavlidis of Baseball Prospectus


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Brunson at five-star status

Signing day is still more than seven months away for these recruits.

Heck, the current batch of blue-chip high school seniors still haven't had the chance to play in the McDonald's All-American game or other all-star games.

Happy anniversary ....

... to Deron Williams, Dee Brown and the '05 Illini, who on this day nine years ago stormed back against  Arizona to win an NCAA tournament thriller and reach the Final Four.

Will Illinois ever return to glory? Ask Tom Kacich here and he'll get back to you Friday

Will it be better in '15?

On Wednesdays during the offseason, basketball beat writer Marcus Jackson will appeal to the masses — by video (watch here) and by chat (participate here).

MJ's minute: March 26

College basketball writer Marcus Jackson kicks off the offseason with his weekly chat today, which will occur regularly throughout the spring and summer.

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