Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Siebert conquers pain, foe

CLEVELAND – His tender ribs had held up against every wrestler he ran into over three days, so Eric Siebert figured he'd push his luck and wade into the stands at Cleveland State's Convocation Center.

Rossow: Spotlight falls on UI in Nashville

The bracket on the refrigerator says Illinois is in the third round of the women's NCAA tournament, but we know better.

Things don't kick off until the jukebox spits out some country music. That'd be Saturday night in Nashville, where both accents and competition will provide challenges the Illini didn't meet the past few days at the Assembly Hall.

Rossow: UIC rivalry called off just in time

So you can't think of one good reason why Illinois wouldn't want to play Illinois-Chicago in men's basketball? You're just not digging deep enough.

Rossow: Big Ten tournament of no help to Illinois

You'd think the Big Ten tournament would be more gracious to Tom Davis and Lon Kruger, two coaches who helped bring it about.

No handshake. No pat on the back. No hug.

Tournament leaves sour taste for UI

CHICAGO – The weekend in Chicago wasn't a total waste for Illinois. The room service at the downtown Hilton was good, the traffic wasn't bad and seeing so much family and so many friends was super.

If only the basketball was better.

Rossow: Michigan may have found right man

CHICAGO – Tom Goss, Michigan's first-year athletic director, probably is squirming today.

He said he'll name a full-time basketball coach by early April, and reports last month indicated Brian Ellerbe wouldn't get the nod.

Turner shakes Illinois loose

CHICAGO – It has no name and is not particularly stylish. But the more the Illini see of Kevin Turner's shimmy, the more they appreciate it.

Rossow: Spartans'' banner year unraveling

   CHICAGO  Bad shooting. Sloppy ball handling. Mental lapses.

   Those are the reasons Michigan State has gone in the tank, Tom Izzo reminded us Friday. Raising a "Big Ten Champions" banner to the Breslin Center rafters before all precincts had reported had nothing to do with it.

Rossow: Knight showing chivalrous side

CHICAGO – The transformation has been astonishing. In nine days, Bob Knight has gone from foul-mouthed bully to ... Lou Tepper?

Men take center stage

   CHICAGO  Cheaper than a program, more objective than a press release, here''s our preview of the first men''s Big Ten basketball tournament at the United Center: