Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Rossow: Mayhem good test for Illini

   His interview finished, Mike Davis scooted his chair back and began to get up before hesitating.

   

Williams can´t catch a break

   EVANSTON  Bill Self jokes that he''s making Frank Williams ill with long halftime speeches.

   But really, it''s just short halftimes that are plaguing the Illinois point guard.

Rossow: Illini have revenge in mind

   EVANSTON  Winning at Northwestern, where the basketball team is taking business away from the coffee shops in town, isn''t as easy as it used to be. The Wildcats really would be good if they started dressing  and shooting free throws  like normal basketball players.

Rossow: Illini must back up big victory

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Illinois won Tuesday at Michigan State. What''s next? A winter without snow?

   This will do more for our confidence than any game we''ve played since I''ve been coaching here, Bill Self said after his 45th win at Illinois. Other than postseason, this is the biggest win we''ve had since I''ve been here.

UI not amused at sign language

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Illinois'' jog to its locker room after Tuesday''s game was as hard-fought as its win against Michigan State.

    As the Illini left the court, several students showered them with insults and waved signs that were on display during the game, a 63-61 Illinois win. One that read Lucas is Trash was dangled in front of Brian Cook, who ripped it down.

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.