Utah waives former Illini

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz on Thursday waived former Illini Roger Powell Jr.

Powell was active for five of the Jazz's 32 games. He played in three, collecting 13 minutes.

Illini use lengthy postgame meeting to 'figure things out'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The 10-minute cooling-off period had expired. Michigan coach Tommy Amaker had finished his session with reporters. And everyone was waiting on Illinois coach Bruce Weber.

Nearly 40 minutes after the end of Wednesday's 71-61 loss to Michigan, Weber finally emerged from a hushed Illinois locker room.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's UI women's basketball game at Michigan:

Illini report card

Grading the Illini's loss at Michigan:

Tate: Big Ten begins on sour note

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Look around. Crisler Arena was barely more than half full. Fifteen upper sections were almost unused.

Check the culture. The Michiganders still are fussing and fuming about football and didn't know what to think about basketball.

Rossow: Is Illinois tourney worthy?

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Now seems like a good time to pop the question.

Not "Who monkeyed with Greg Oden's birth certificate?" We'll dig into that at Saturday's game.

Illini play has Weber 'scared'

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – It's been a while since Illinois has drifted into a low point this low. After a 71-61 loss to Michigan, coach Bruce Weber had to think back a few seasons.

"What were we my first year, when everybody wanted my butt?" Weber asked.

Looking ahead

Each Wednesday, The News-Gazette's Troy Gentle will provide updates of Bruce Weber's incoming recruits:

Wanted: Someone to take charge

CHAMPAIGN – Brian Randle heard what Bruce Weber said. So did Warren Carter, Chester Frazier, Jamar Smith and the rest of the Illini.

"I need somebody, when I say something, and guys mumble and question it, I need somebody to say, 'Shut up, listen to Coach,' " Weber said after a 65-59 loss to Xavier on Friday. "Right now I don't have that."

My, how times have changed

Ten years ago today, Michigan basketball still was relevant. CBS, recruits and the NCAA selection committee paid attention to the Wolverines. Not anymore.