CHAMPAIGN – His shoulder got banged up. So did his mouth. Dee Brown figured to sleep well Wednesday night. Especially after a restless Tuesday.
Playing the nation''s No. 1 team made the smooth Illinois guard nervous. Just a little bit.
CHAMPAIGN – It''s not a fluke if you keep repeating it.
Fresh from another offensive explosion – new President Joseph White said he hasn''t seen anything like this at Michigan – Bruce Weber''s whirlwind Illini compiled another set of incredible numbers.
Illini volleyball beat writer Jeff Huth previews the team''s NCAA tournament opener:
Sometime early Monday afternoon, Ron Guenther will stride to the podium at the Bielfeldt building. Looking a whole lot happier than he did two weeks before.
Eight years and four days after naming Ron Turner as Illinois football coach, Guenther will call out No. 2. And don''t be a bit surprised if it''s another Ron (They like to stick together, you know).
CHAMPAIGN – For one night, this town was the center of the basketball universe.
And Illinois'' 91-73 rout of Wake Forest on Wednesday provided one heck of a college hoops big bang.
The fans cheered – and "booed" and "Luuuued" and "Bruuuuced" – the band blared, and when the orange dust settled, Illinois had utterly dominated the nation''s top-ranked team.
CHAMPAIGN – Ask anyone on the only other Illinois team to knock off No. 1, and they''re quick to admit that what happened in the days after the upset was just as memorable as the day of it.
"We lost," said Rob Judson, a guard on Lou Henson''s 1979 Illini.
CHAMPAIGN – The real deal was as loud as ever. But Roger Powell Jr. can''t wait for the photo.
The soldout Assembly Hall crowd, led by Orange Krush members who had camped outside Tuesday night, drew rave reviews from both the Illinois and Wake Forest players.