Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

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: 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.

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.

Technical violation pains Cook

   MADISON, Wis.  Brian Cook picked up the first technical foul of his organized basketball career in Saturday''s second half.

   The Illinois junior still thinks his slate is clean.

Illini ready, willing, able

CHAMPAIGN – Ron Turner has had a month to tinker with the game plan but don''t expect Illinois to look much different when it takes the field against LSU at the Sugar Bowl.

"Other than running the option with (Kurt) Kittner, we''re not making wholesale changes," the Illinois coach said. "He''s pretty good at it."

Archibald already in NCAA form


   Figuring that 16 points, a bunch of rebounds and a couple hard fouls wasn''t enough work for one night, Robert Archibald kept delivering after the Illini''s season-opening win against Gonzaga.

Rossow: Illini getting job done by all means


   The way November''s going, Illinois probably will spot Ohio State a 28-0 lead, Kurt Kittner will aim for Brandon Lloyd and hit the Olentangy River instead and the Buckeyes will make Big Ten history and score on a pass from the punter to the long snapper.

Kittner has a better half

    CHAMPAIGN : Kurt Kittner''s in a rut he can''t wait to escape.

   For the second week in a row, the Illinois quarterback played like anything but the 2001 Johnny Unitas Award finalist he is during the first half Saturday.

Rossow: Atmosphere could use dose of ´83

   Paul Bunting was as popular as Mike White in 1983. As ticket manager, he''s who folks often sought out in an attempt to get into sold-out Illinois football games. They charmed him, begged him, even tried to bribe him.

    One guy offered me a side of beef. People came up with all different ways to try to get tickets, said Bunting, now retired. Those were crazy times.

UI defense picks a fine time

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  His 83-yard interception return for a touchdown left Bobby Jackson huffing and puffing on the Illinois sideline.

   But what really took the senior''s breath away was his effort on a crucial fourth-down defensive stop early in the second quarter.