Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Rossow: Hoosiers hankering for a title

   BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  Basketball is a fairly big deal in these parts, so Indiana''s current nine-year stretch without a Big Ten title is a touchy subject.

   It''s like Illinois going nine years without someone throwing a fit about the Chief or raising parking fees. Hard to believe it could happen.

Rossow: Johnson cut above in return

   Lucas Johnson''s comeback almost was called off before Wednesday''s game. There was nothing wrong with his surgically repaired right knee. Just something seriously wrong with his haircut.

   

Rossow: Williams puts on MVP show

   Iowa didn''t get the best of Frank Williams on Tuesday. He saved his really good stuff for a TV type who wanted to know more about that fancy pass of his.

   

Bench unable to rescue Illinois

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  A different night, a different guy.

   It''s long been a characteristic of Bill Self''s teams. Shut down option No. 1, and option No. 2 gets it going. Silence the starters, and the bench will do its duty.

Rossow: Illini still have time to fix flat

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  If he''s out of ideas on how to get his team playing better basketball  and by the looks of Wednesday''s effort at Purdue, he is  Bill Self should get Lee Fowler on the phone today and let his Illini listen in.

   To the folks who follow college basketball closely, Fowler is recognized as the chairman of the NCAA tournament selection committee.

Rossow: Badgers teach Illini old lesson

   MADISON, Wis.

   The way Wisconsin''s rambunctious students rushed the court Saturday, you would have thought there was a 2-for-1 drink special at the center jump circle.

Technical violation pains Cook

   MADISON, Wis.  Brian Cook picked up the first technical foul of his organized basketball career in Saturday''s second half.

   The Illinois junior still thinks his slate is clean.

Illini ready, willing, able

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Turner has had a month to tinker with the game plan but don''t expect Illinois to look much different when it takes the field against LSU at the Sugar Bowl.

"Other than running the option with (Kurt) Kittner, we''re not making wholesale changes," the Illinois coach said. "He''s pretty good at it."

Archibald already in NCAA form

   CHAMPAIGN

   Figuring that 16 points, a bunch of rebounds and a couple hard fouls wasn''t enough work for one night, Robert Archibald kept delivering after the Illini''s season-opening win against Gonzaga.

Kittner has a better half

    CHAMPAIGN : Kurt Kittner''s in a rut he can''t wait to escape.

   For the second week in a row, the Illinois quarterback played like anything but the 2001 Johnny Unitas Award finalist he is during the first half Saturday.