Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

10 questions for ... Deon Thomas

The Illini's all-time leading scorer was back in town last weekend to have his jersey raised to the rafters of the Assembly Hall. He'd like to return in a different role – as a college basketball coach. The 38-year-old family man, who retired from pro basketball last June after 14 years overseas, talked to sports editor Jim Rossow about Bruce Pearl, Bob Knight and Lou Henson.

Jim Rossow's Big Ten basketball report

Sports editor Jim Rossow takes you around the Big Ten Conference:

Chat with Bleill in Indy

HQ women's basketball beat writer Tony Bleill is courtside at Conseco. He'll take your questions at 4 p.m. Friday ahead of the UI's game against Ohio State at 5. Submit them now.

March Memories

"Our goal is not to get to the Sweet 16," UI coach Bill Self said. "But it's a relief that we are there. It's a measuring stick."

One that's been out of reach for too long, the UI suffering four second-round setbacks since its trip to the Final Four. If this season's team with its Big Ten championship, its Big Ten Player of the Year, its high RPI, its No. 1 seed and its tournament-proven coach didn't make it, shock might have set in for a fan base on the edge.

5 O'Clock Shadow

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Daughters of former Illini playing like their dads on the basketball court.

Q&A: Seth Davis

The Sports Illustrated writer and CBS analyst has a book due out Tuesday: "When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball." It tells the story of Michigan State's landmark victory against Indiana State in the 1979 NCAA tournament title game. Sports editor JIM ROSSOW tracked down the Duke grad for his thoughts on Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, his reaction to criticism from Illinois fans about his AP Top 25 ballot and his take on the Big Ten's rugged brand of basketball.

Jim Rossow's Big Ten report

Jim Rossow's weekly look around the world of Big Ten basketball.

5 O'Clock Shadow

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Seth Davis explains why he put Illinois in his Top 25.

Jim Rossow's Big Ten Report

Jim Rossow's weekly look around the world of Big Ten basketball.

Q&A: Brad Evans

A self-proclaimed townie — he went to school at Centennial, Parkland and Illinois — Brad Evans is the go-to writer for fantasy sports at Yahoo! Among his many offerings is a weekly Bracket Big Board, in which he projects the field of 65 for the NCAA tournament.

A 30-year-old father of two who lives in Champaign, Evans opened up to sports editor Jim Rossow about Bruce Weber's Illini, the Big Ten's tournament status and Alex Rodriguez.