Big Ten tips hat to Brown

Illinois junior Dee Brown, who averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 assists and 2.0 steals in two road wins, was named Big Ten Player of the Week today.

Brown posted the second double-double of his career in an 83-63 victory against Penn State, scoring 19 points and adding a game-high 11 assists. He followed with another clutch performance at Iowa, shooting 7 of 11 from field for the second consecutive game to finish with 18 points

Who''s that Illini?

Though we weren’t related, I shared the very same name as a man who both played for and coached the Illini basketball team. I was one of the first men off the bench for coach Harry Combes, subbing at guard for Bill Small and Jerry Colangelo. In my two seasons, I made 29 of 34 free throw attempts. I also earned letters for the Illini football and baseball teams and was acknowledged as the school’s premier all-around athlete my senior year. My wife, Linda, and I, have been generous contributors to the UI over the years, and, in 1998, my family and I gave a gift which endows the salary of the Illini’s head football coach.

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As usual, UI makes a splash

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The day started with cold showers. Before it was over, the Illinois basketball team was in hot water.

But somehow, the Illini always maintain their all-temperature cheer.

A memento for a mentor

IOWA CITY, Iowa – After Illinois'' 75-65 victory Saturday against Iowa, Bruce Weber doesn''t want to look past always-taxing Northwestern.

But he can''t help but think about Gene Keady''s final visit to the Assembly Hall a week from Thursday.

Asmussen: It all starts at the top for UI, Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The local coach is as popular as a tax increase. His future as bleak as that snow in your back yard. His best/former player just got charged with three felonies. His own building had 3,000 opposing fans against him Saturday.

Iowa basketball, in a word: messy. Steve Alford''s tenure, in four words: Done in a month.

Williams, UI have a blast on the road

Ashley Williams won the all-around for the first time this season as Illinois beat No. 25 Michigan State in a Big Ten women''s gymnastics meet Saturday at East Lansing, Mich.

Williams scored a 38.900 for the Illini, who won 194.200-193.275.

Brown''s loud and proud when Illini are in a hostile environment

IOWA CITY, Iowa – That cornrowed coif, those knee-high socks. That ubiquitous headband.

Dee Brown is swimming in trademarks, his shorts baggy and his catchphrase ("I do this") catchy.

Baylor ends Illinois run

CHICAGO – The matchup of the last two NCAA outdoor national team champions on Saturday lived up to its billing.

The top-ranked Baylor Bears (2004) beat No. 3 Illinois 4-3 in their ITA National Team Indoor Championships semifinal.

Asmussen: Don''t expect Iowa''s dominance in Illinois to happen again soon

One by one, the Illinois prep superstars picked the same school. Not Michigan. Not Southern Cal. Not Notre Dame.

Nope. The Illinois Five chose Iowa.