Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow''s UI Report Card

OHIO STATE 24

ILLINOIS 21

Illini 'pick good night to shoot bad' in exhibition

CHAMPAIGN – Lucas Johnson fired up a 3-footer from 4 feet away. Jerrance Howard missed a layup that would have made his junior high coach blush. Brian Cook was lucky to hit rim on several of his three-point attempts. Marcus Griffin shot free throws like a Lakers center.

And Bill Self enjoyed every minute.

Krupalija playing game of catchup

CHAMPAIGN – When he catches his breath, he forgets the play.

When he remembers who to screen, he doesn't have the energy to set it.

Prep stars all in the UI family

Roger Powell had more on his mind Wednesday than signing a letter of intent to play college basketball at Illinois.

"Last day of tryouts," Powell said. "Hopefully I'll make the team."

Bob Koskosky is glad to report he did. The News-Gazette All-Stater was not one of the five players cut by the Joliet High coach.

UI men''s basketball practice report

   Roger Powell announced he''d play for Illinois nearly 11 months ago. Today he makes it official.

   The Joliet star was joined by his parents, coach, media and bunch of friends at an 8:30 a.m. letter-of-intent signing ceremony at Joliet West.

Illini start playing defense like Self demands

CHAMPAIGN – In the spirit of politics, Bill Self let his players vote on who started Monday's exhibition opener against Athletes In Action.

Chicago politics.

"Was it rigged? I hope not," said a smiling Jerrance Howard, who finished sixth in the voting before the Illini's 91-56 romp in front of a select few at the Assembly Hall. "No, really, it wasn't. Those were the guys we all wrote down."

Picking a starting five in basketball not exact science

At New Mexico State, there's so much campaigning going on it's hard to separate the basketball players from the politicians.

The Aggies do everything but purchase radio spots to make sure teammates hear their pitch.

UI''s Moorehead catching on

   CHAMPAIGN  When an Illinois receiver drops a pass, he can be pretty sure he will hear about it from the former receiver wearing the headset.

   After missing Kurt Kittner''s pass in the first quarter, Aaron Moorehead got the lecture from Illinois coach and one-time Pacific receiver Ron Turner.

UI receives November reminder

CHAMPAIGN

There's not a candidate in the county who wouldn't want the type of success the Illini enjoy in November.

UI Men''s Basketball Practice Report

   - STANDING ROOM ONLY: They couldn''t have squeezed another person onto the balcony Saturday at the Ubben Basketball Complex.

   Hundreds of Illinois fans lined up four- and five-deep above the court. They had two reasons to be there: to watch their favorite team scrimmage and to check out the nation''s No. 1 recruit, Thornwood''s Eddy Curry. The November signing period starts Wednesday.