Meyers Leonard Has the Right Ideas on Mental Health, Psychotherapy

Monday saw Meyers Leonard make it back to a University of Illinois basketball game for the first time since 2012, when he was playing for the Illini. Leonard and his wife Elle donated $500,000 to the program, with the donation going towards the new basketball practice facility.

Meyers was honored on the State Farm Center court, during the first media timeout, and while this was indeed a special moment, what happened with Leonard in the press room, about an hour earlier, was much bigger than basketball.

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Johnny Davis Top Concern as Northwestern Hosts #8 Wisconsin

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis is considered a front-runner for Big Ten Player of the Year, National Player of the Year awards and a NBA Draft Lottery prospect. He leads the top ten ranked Wisconsin Badgers into Evanston tonight to take on the up-and-down Northwestern Wildcats.

NU is coming off their massive upset victory at #10 Michigan State on Saturday. The Wildcats took down the Spartans despite missing Pete Nance, who is their leading scorer (17.7 points) and rebounder (7.7). Nance, a fringe NBA Draft prospect had a career-high 28 in the 2 OT loss against Maryland on Wednesday night.

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Andre Curbelo Finally Returns, Provides Illini with Big Lift

“He’s gaining ground on it,” Illini coach Brad Underwood responded when asked about the potential return of Andre Curbelo, the day before the blockbuster double overtime loss at home to #4 Purdue. Curbelo scored 20, on 8-14 shooting, and grabbed six rebounds, while handing out three assists.

He caught Purdue coach Matt Painter by surprise, as Curbelo had been out since the November win over Kansas State with a very mysterious injury. (It’s been described as a head and neck injury/head injury/concussion, but there really hasn’t been any official word)

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#4 Purdue 98, #17 Illini Basketball 88 (2 OTs): Notes, Quotes, Stats

In the words of Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan: “69 dude.” At the end of regulation, that was the tied score between #4 Purdue and #17 Illini basketball. In order to get there, the Boilermakers blew a 65-58 lead, when 12th year senior (not literally, but that is what it feels like at this point) Sasha Stefanovic hit a big three with 2:47 left in the regulation.

The Boilers biggest lead was 13, as they took a 37-26 lead into the second half. They did not trail after the 4:05 mark in the first time OT. The final score read 96-88 Purdue, with the visitors getting the signature road W after not one, but two overtimes.

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Illini Basketball vs #7 Purdue on MLK Day: Stats, FYIs, Metrics

Monday morning sees the #7 Purdue Boilermakers visit #25 Illini basketball in a match-up of, arguably, the two best programs never to have won a National Title. How does one get to that point, you ask? By being dominant in conference play, but totally flopping in March. Of all that Purdue (13-2, 2-2 in the Big Ten) and Illinois (12-3, 5-0 in conference) have in common, these two patterns stand out the most.

Until 2019, Purdue hadn’t been to an Elite 8 since 2000. They still haven’t reached a Final Four since 1980. As for Illinois, they haven’t reached the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2005. Meanwhile Illini basketball is totally snake-bitten by the second round, having been eliminated in round of 32 in 9/18 appearances; exactly half.

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Villanova’s Jay Wright Now a Leading Face of College Basketball

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In the first half of #15 Villanova’s 79-64 win at DePaul, a Blue Demons fan heckled Jay Wright by yelling “Put a suit on Jay, you look like an AAU coach.” Wright was indeed going track suit casual today, at WinTrust Arena, but his coaching resume is black tie/dressed to the nines.

At a time when college basketball coaching is experiencing a big time star drain, Jay Wright looks to ascend to a position where he’ll be one of the primary faces of the sport. See the statistic below:

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#15 Villanova Basketball Preview: What to Expect at DePaul

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Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright might become the chairman of the board for the next generation of college hoops individual brands. This is the final season for Coach K. Roy Williams has already retired. You have a couple voids there that need to be filled, and someone needs to step up and join the big boy table with John Calipari and Tom Izzo.

Wright, who recently entered the Basketball Hall of Fame, has something neither Izzo or Coach Cal have- two national titles. In fact, come next season, Wright will be the only active high major coach with two national titles.

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Max Christie: MSU Star, NBA Prospect Has Dream Homecoming at NU

For Michigan State shooting guard Max Christie, Northwestern is basically his second program. The Arlington Heights native and five-star recruit grew up very close by, and his mother, Katrina Hannaford Christie, is one of the top players in Northwestern women’s basketball history.

“This is practically my second college if I had to pick one,” Christie said after his Spartans won 73-67 in Evanston today. “I grew up here, I was the ball boy here. I’ve been around this program for a very long time, almost longer than Michigan State if I’m being honest.”

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#10 Michigan State Basketball at Northwestern FYIs, Stats, Info

Michigan State basketball began the season flying under the radar, unranked for most of the preconference portion, but they’re back on the map now. Ranked in the top ten once again, in both polls, the Spartans look like they’ll be a major factor in the Big Ten race this year.

The New Year’s slate, where conference season really gets started in earnest, sees MSU visit Northwestern, a place where they didn’t just lose last season, but lost rather convincingly. Will they make amends for that in this Sunday matinee?

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What Illini Basketball Can Expect From Mizzou in Braggin’ Rights

If you’re an Illini basketball fan, and you’ve always wanted to go to Braggin Rights, then this is the year to do it.  To paraphrase one of the most famous St. Louisians of all-time, the urban poet Cornell Haynes, you won’t need “more bread than aisle G,” or “more carrots than aisle 3” to get in, and you’ll almost certainly see an Illinois win.

Tickets are very easy to come by for this one, plus Mizzou is likely the worst power five conference team that Illini basketball will face this season. The Missouri Tigers currently rank No. 177 out of 358 NCAA DI teams in the College Basketball Power Index (BPI) while the Illini are No. 10.

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DePaul Basketball Visits Northwestern: What to Watch and Know

DePaul basketball completes their non-conference season with a very short trip north to Evanston, where they’ll take on the Northwestern Wildcats. The Blue Demons have won the first two games on their current three game road trip. DePaul rallied late, and put together a 9-0 run in the final 3:44 win at UIC, 72-66, on Tuesday night.

Northwester, thus far, have a pretty decent season resume, but we’ll see who they really are/are not once the Big Ten season gets there. In the meantime, we have a pretty decently intriguing all-Chicagoland match on the weekend, so let’s preview.

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Top Sports Recommendations For Adolescent Girls

Do you have a daughter who is preparing for adolescents? If so, you already know the difficulties and wonderments of being a parent of a female child. Now, it is your turn to become a parent of an adolescent female. While only a few days separate childhood from adolescence, your daughter’s demeanor will change gradually over time.

Adolescence is a trying time, with every girl going through various life transformations. This is when your daughter will begin to take an interest in boys, show signs of sexual maturation, and experience a significant growth spurt. Parents do not always notice these changes, but they are very apparent to their daughters.

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