Illini Basketball: Lou Henson Hospitalized, Won’t Attend Testimonial Game

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Update, 12-15-17, via Illini basketball Sports Information Department:

“Former Illinois basketball coach Lou Henson was hospitalized early Thursday. Henson, who was planning to attend the Illinois-New Mexico State basketball game in Chicago Saturday along with nearly 40 family members, will remain in Champaign and not be present for the game. Henson, who has been battling cancer-related health issues for 14 years, is the all-time wins leader at both Illinois and New Mexico State and was set to be honored before and during the game Saturday at the United Center.”

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Michigan St. Point Guard Cassius Winston is Brilliant Off the Court Too

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Any time you turn a Michigan State basketball game on this year, keep an eye on #5, the Spartans head-band wearing point guard named Cassius Winston. By the time his career in East Lansing is over, he might reside in the rarified air with Magic Johnson and Mateen Cleaves. MSU has an extremely storied tradition at the one- Scott Skiles, Kalin Lucas, Eric Snow, Drew Neitzel, Denzel Valentine (on occasion) to name a few.

Of course, Cleaves and Magic are on another level as they won a national title. Maybe Cassius Winston joins this elite of the elite club this April?

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2018 NBA Mock Draft 12-7-17


Welcome to our 2018 NBA Mock Draft. It’s never too early.

For more on a given prospect, click his name where hyper-linked, and that will take you to an in-depth feature piece on said player. Team needs were not taken into account, and the order was taken from Tankathon, who we linked here. You may not agree with the picks in this 2018 NBA mock draft, and yes, somebody will get left out, but you can air your grievances in the comments section.

Just keep it all above board.

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Tom Izzo Happily Helps Judge Mathis Troll Ohio State (Video)


We’re used to seeing Tom Izzo angry on television. The cameras love to catch the Michigan State basketball coach fuming in the heat of battle moments. We don’t often see him smiling on TV, but he certainly is here, during Thursday’s episode of Judge Mathis. 

On the December 7th edition of the program, Tom Izzo makes a special appearance in the courtroom. Have a watch of the clip below as Mathis reveals that his daughter was a student assistant to Izzo at Michigan State, before going on to law school and becoming a lawyer.

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Purdue, Illini, Northwestern Give Mixed Opinions on Early, Congested B1G Schedule

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The B1G schedule is disjointed and disoriented this season, beginning and ending earlier than ever before in modern history. We asked the head coaches and a couple players from the three B1G teams closest to home here (Chicago): #21 Purdue Boilermakers, Illinois Fighting Illini and Northwestern Wildcats.

The schedule is so tightly congested on the calendar that it leaves many of us physically congested, because those involved are so worn down from the workload, with quick turnarounds, all taking place inside the perfect breeding ground for germs during flu season.

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Chris Collins Said His Player Got Stitches at Purdue, When He Actually Didn’t

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Northwestern Coach Chris Collins put forth some fake news during his postgame news conference at Purdue. Following his team’s 74-69 loss in West Lafayette, Collins opened his media session by saying: “I gotta make it quick.”

“Dererk Pardon is getting stitches from (Isaac) Haas putting his elbow in his face. So I got to get back there, and he only shot three free throws.”

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Matt Painter Reflects on Historical Coaching Carousel that Established Him

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Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter reflected this week on being a part of the biggest coaching carousel in the history of college basketball.

“Sometimes the world flips around differently, and you get opportunities,” Painter said about the 2003 coaching changes that had numerous ripple effects beyond several high major and mid major programs.

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Illini Basketball Should Start Aaron Jordan, Effective Immediately

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The 6-0 start that Illini basketball got off to this season masked a lot of the issues that the team has. Junior guard Aaron Jordan is certainly not one of them. He entered the heart-breaking 72-68 OT loss to Northwestern at AllState Arena leading the NCAA in 3-point shooting at 65.5 percent (19-29).

Jordan also came into the game ranked eighth nationally in kenpom offensive rating at 149.6. He also came in to this one fifth in the Big Ten in field goal shooting at 63.6 percent, and fourth on the team in rebounding (4.4 rpg).

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Northwestern Hosts Illini Basketball: Four Things to Watch

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Northwestern and Illini basketball will square off just once this season, therefore making the lone meeting all the more meaningful. To add to the significance, the game will take place at the exact same venue that brought the most glorious moment in modern Illini basketball history.

Yes, NU’s temporary home is AllState Arena, where the famed “Miracle on Mannheim” occurred on March 26, 2005. The Illini, ostensibly left for dead in an Elite 8 game against Arizona, battled their way back from what seemed like an insurmountable deficit to force overtime and eventually win, punching their ticket to the Final Four.

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Purdue Boilermakers Fans Heckle #17 Louisville with FBI, Prostitution Themes

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While you could definitely ask for a more entertaining contest on the court, the in arena atmosphere that surrounded the Purdue Boilermakers 66-57 win over #17 Louisville was top notch. It was electric, spirited and hostile all at the same time.

The fans were both very loud and extremely clever, as they taunted the visiting Cardinals with chants of FBI, and numerous references to the scandals that have plagued the program in recent years and led to the dismissal of Rick Pitino.   

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Four Things for #18 Purdue Basketball Fans to Watch vs #19 Louisville Cardinals

It’s the most marquee home non-conference game on the schedule for Purdue basketball, and one of the gems of this year’s B1G/ACC Challenge. The Boilermakers welcome the #18 Louisville Cardinals, the program that was THE story of the offseason/preseason, and for all the wrong reasons.

Louisville is a program that has been rocked by scandal in recent years, and the list of alleged crimes keeps getting longer- prostitution, corruption, bribery. Trending topic one this fall in the college hoops world was the FBI investigation into unethical recruiting practices, and no one saw their section of the Earth move more than the Cardinals.

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Northwestern Basketball Bounces Back Nicely After Texas Tech Disaster


By Peter Elliott

Rosemont, Ill. — Chris Collins certainly had something to be thankful for on Friday night: a game in which he didn’t have to play his five starters until the final whistle.

Unlike some of their other early contests against low-level competition, the Northwestern Wildcats put away the Sacred Heart Pioneers with time to spare in a satisfactory 81-50 blowout win.

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