CHAMPAIGN – They might disagree on pizza toppings, television shows and who owes what on the phone bill.
But when the topic turns basketball in the dorm room they share, freshman roomies Robert Archibald and Lucas Johnson are on the same page.
It''s OK if you don''t know much about Nate Mast.
He doesn''t have a scholarship, a build or a reputation, rare today in Big Ten basketball.
What he has is a place in Lon Kruger''s rotation, starting Monday''s exhibition against Athletes in Action.
CHICAGO – Indiana coach Bob Knight was 30 minutes late arriving to Sunday's Big Ten basketball media day, so he wasted no time with pleasantries.
When asked to make an opening statement, Knight's response was, "Who has a question?"
CHICAGO – Given her sometimes strenuous relationship with her peers, Theresa Grentz could only laugh when told Illinois was not among the top five Big Ten teams in a preseason survey of league coaches.
In the media poll released Sunday, the Illini were predicted to finish second behind Purdue with nine first-place votes.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Let's hope Rob Majoy, a bright finance major, lands a job on Wall Street.
Or that English major J.P. Machado goes on to teach the subject in high school.
Or that George McDonald-Ashford, who is studying community health, one day takes a stethoscope to work.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Waiting for his postgame radio show to begin, Joe Tiller was given a copy of the final statistics.
They had to be wrong, the Purdue coach sarcastically insisted, handing the sheet back.
"No way we ran more than we passed," he said.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The standings indicate a slim one-game difference between Purdue and Illinois, but we know better. The chasm separating the two is as wide as some of Wisconsin's offensive linemen.
It's obvious the Boilermakers are better off.
It's clear Illinois must do something out of the ordinary to win a real game at home (no, Middle Tennessee State doesn't count).
Status quo isn't the way to go. It's been more than two years since the Illini beat a Division I-A team at Memorial Stadium, the longest dry spell in school history. The skid probably will reach 13 games today against heavily favored Wisconsin.