Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Rossow: Time short but still on Illini´s side

   This much we know after Saturday: If tantrum-throwing were an Olympic sport, Gene Keady would win the gold, silver and bronze.

   If the Orange Krush really wants to help, why stop at shaking the basket? When Indiana visits later this month, go ahead and untie Jared Jeffries'' shoelaces when he isn''t looking.

UI place for Brasic after all

   RIVERSIDE  Before signing with Minnesota or Northern Illinois earlier this week, Tim Brasic decided to phone Illinois coach Ron Turner one last time.

   It''s the best call the record-setting Riverside-Brookfield quarterback ever made.

Rossow: Wrong kind of madness for Illinois

   When asked late Sunday afternoon if his team was still a contender for the Big Ten championship, Bill Self said, No, no, no.

   Right answer. Wrong question.

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.

When it rains (threes), it pours

   BLOOMINGTON, Ind.  Indiana missed 10 three-pointers Saturday, but it didn''t seem that way to Illinois.

   It felt like they made every one they shot, forward Brian Cook said after the Hoosiers sank a school-record 17 threes in an 88-57 win against the Illini.

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.

   

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.

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: 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.