Jim Rossow

Jim Rossow

Grateful Nkemdi huffed and puffed but couldn''t throw down

CHAMPAIGN – The sellout crowd didn''t budge until well after Thursday''s game ended, presumably to take in Illinois'' celebration of another outright Big Ten title.

Bruce Weber thought it was for another reason.

Big Ten tour

This week''s look around the league, courtesy News-Gazette sports editor Jim Rossow:

Big Ten tour

This week''s look around the league, courtesy News-Gazette sports editor Jim Rossow:

Big Ten tour

This week’s look around the league, courtesy News-Gazette sports editor Jim Rossow:

Big Ten tour

News and notes around the league, courtesy sports editor Jim Rossow:

Big Ten Tour

This week''s look around the league, courtesy sports editor Jim Rossow:

Rossow: From the desk of sports editor Jim Rossow

Dear players, coaches, managers, trainers and anyone else who had anything to do with Illinois basketball:

UI not in ''GameDay'' lineup

CHAMPAIGN – Ratings indicate No. 1 Illinois is a huge TV draw. That doesn''t mean ESPN''s "College GameDay" will come to campus this season.

Sites for the show were selected prior to the season, ESPN official Mike Humes said Wednesday. This weekend, Digger Phelps & Co. will be in Lawrence, Kan., for the Texas-Kansas game. Other games that ESPN will broadcast live from include Notre Dame at Syracuse (Feb. 5), Duke at Maryland (Feb. 12), Michigan State at Kentucky (Feb. 19), Louisville at Memphis (Feb. 26) and Texas at Oklahoma State (March 5).

Big Ten tour

This week''s look around the league, courtesy of Sports Editor Jim Rossow:

Rossow: Want a shot at Illinois? Get in line

CHAMPAIGN – The folks at ESPN announced a change in starting time for Tuesday''s game at Wisconsin. Unfortunately for Illinois, the network did not announce a venue change, too.

Which means the game''s still at the Kohl Center. Which means Illinois, if it plays remotely like it did against Iowa on Thursday, is in a heap of trouble.