During the college basketball season, Brett Dawson, our resident expert, will answer a question each week on his specialty. This week''s question:
A look at what some think about Illinois'' chances in the NCAA tournament:
Tickets for the first- and second-round games at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, were sold out in March – 2003. The 14,000 tickets that went on sale to the public were snatched quickly. The arena holds 20,000, and the rest go to participating schools.
News-Gazette staff writer Bob Asmussen analyzes the NCAA men''s tournament field:
You don''t need to know a pick-and-roll from a cinnamon roll to understand the hold the NCAA men''s basketball tournament has on America''s collective conscious.
"It''s a cultural phenomenon," said Gary Sailes, an associate professor of kinesiology at Indiana. "It''s not just a game."
Staff writer Jeff Mezydlo''s tell-all guide to everything NCAA tournament:
We asked our online readers to compare this season''s Illinois basketball team with the school''s recent Big Ten champions. Some responses:
INDIANAPOLIS – Roger Powell''s head still wasn''t quite right Sunday. But the Illinois junior forward wanted to play in the Big Ten title game.
Two days after suffering a mild concussion against Indiana, Powell got his wish. He played 20 minutes in Illinois'' 70-53 loss to Wisconsin. The normally accurate Powell missed all five shots from the field and was 1 of 2 on free throws. He pulled down three rebounds.