Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Eschmeyer''s cast supportive

   CHAMPAIGN  Northwestern freshman point guard David Newman pulled on his sweats, grabbed his gym bag and headed to team bus, no hint of a smile on his face or a jump in his step.

   Win at Illinois? What''s the big deal?

Backpedaling Illinois talks over its problems

There will be no residue from Thursday's disparaging loss clinging to Illinois today for its return to the Assembly Hall. Lon Kruger made sure of it, not letting the Illini leave Carver-Hawkeye Arena without a thorough once-over.

The Illinois coach and players set aside some time after the 22-point loss – Kruger's worst in 79 games at Illinois – to talk things over, then boarded a bus to catch their early Friday morning flight home.

Freshman catching on quickly

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – If he keeps chasing down rebounds like he has the last week, Damir Krupalija no longer will have anonymity on his side.

Opponents will realize his role for Illinois and pay attention when he checks in. They may even be able to pronounce his last name.

Knight says Indiana must weather storm

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Without Ted Valentine around, Indiana coach Bob Knight wasn't in the mood to gripe much. Even about the smallest crowd in Assembly Hall history (7,249).

If just the ushers showed up, the Hoosiers better be ready to play, Knight said in angry tones.

Illinois survives road trip

As if playing at No. 8 Indiana wasn't tough enough, Illinois had to deal with another tall order Saturday.

Getting there.

Departure of stars makes life interesting for Bullock

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – When he comes back to campus, Robert Traylor likes to tell good friend Louis Bullock how much he misses Michigan.

Probably not as much as Michigan and Bullock miss Traylor.

UI's McClain misses shot to get even

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Sergio McClain had it all mapped out.

He was going to get the basketball, drive or pull up for a three-pointer and show Missouri what it was missing when it failed to sign the captain of the Peoria Manual dynasty.

The plan went bad.

UI, Hawkins expect big things

   ST. LOUIS  He may run into a few better centers in the Big Ten, but Fess Hawkins won''t see any bigger ones than he did Tuesday.

   In the other corner: Missouri''s 6-foot-11, 335-pound Monte Hardge. Or "the Full Monte," as he''s known around here.

Illini offense falling victim to bad timing

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Timing is everything.

That's Lon Kruger's explanation for his off-target basketball team, which is shooting worse than any Illinois outfit in 40 years.

Rossow: Trip home tasty treat for Kruger

Lon Kruger is sweating right now.

Not about playing 13th-ranked Kansas in its back yard without a proven point guard. He'll deal with that potential turnover disaster late Saturday afternoon.