Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow's Big Ten basketball report

Sports editor Jim Rossow's weekly look around Big Ten men's basketball:

Talking hoops with ... C.J. Jackson

Illinois vs. Hawaii Pacific – who wins?

I know it'd be a grind-it-out game and that I would play until my legs fell off. But they're in the Big Ten for a reason. It's like the difference between a pro team and a college team. Illinois has too much firepower. They win 60-48.

Talking hoops with ... Verdell Jones

The two-time News-Gazette All-Area Player of the Year is flourishing in his second season at Indiana. Averaging 13.1 points and starting every game, the former Champaign Central star has emerged as a leader of Tom Crean's improving Hoosiers. Sports editor JIM ROSSOW caught up with the former N-G contributor to discuss basketball, biceps and banners.

Rossow's Big Ten report

Demetri McCamey might break into the Illini's Top 50 scoring list as a reserve. The junior guard, who came off the bench in Tuesday's win against Iowa, needs 43 points to catch No. 50 Don Ohl, who had 921 points in three seasons. McCamey is on pace to reach 1,000 career points midway through the Big Ten season and could crack the Top 30 by the end of the season. His current pace would land McCamey in the school's Top 10 when he leaves Illinois in 2011.

Final polls: AP, coaches, Asmussen

N-G beat writer Bob Asmussen had Boise State at No. 2 in his final AP ballot. The national polls had Boise State at No. 4. Who's right?

Jeff George praying for a miracle

The Indianapolis Star has a story on former Illini quarterback Jeff George and his mom, who is fighting breast cancer.

Give us your grade for the Iowa win

We gave them an A

Turner, Butkus, Hiestand fired

Former Illinois football coach Ron Turner's stint as Bears offensive coordinator has ended.

The Bears fired Turner on Tuesday, as well as two others with  Illinois ties: offensive assistant/assistant offensive line coach Luke Butkus and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

Illini's Best of the United Center

Had Brandon Paul's three-pointer found the mark, Saturday's game against Gonzaga would have gone down as the greatest for the Illini in their 41 games at the United Center. Here are the Top 10 wins, according to sports editor Jim Rossow:

No. 1

Grade the Illini vs. Gonzaga

Grade the Illini