By Paul M. Banks With six Final Fours and two national title game appearances in the last 12 years, the 2000s have been without a doubt the most fruitful period in Michigan State basketball history. The decade kicked off with the 2000 National title, and every player to stay all four years at State has been to at least one Final Four since Tom Izzo took over the program in … [Read more...] about Michigan State Spartans All Decade Team
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By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt Photo Credit: Illinois Loyalty.com … [Read more...] about Illinois-Northwestern: Battle to get off the Bubble
By Paul Schmidt It should be one of the nation's top jobs, but since RayMeyer has left the Blue Demons, DePaul has withered away to nearly nothing. And lest you doubt that definition, the Blue Demons just lost their 23rd Big East game in a row. … [Read more...] about DePaul Targeting SIU’s Chris Lowery For Head Coaching Position?
By Paul Schmidt What exactly is wrong with the Illini? Perhaps more specifically, why can't the Illinois men's basketball team play well on the road? Or in the first halves of games? Or with any degree of consistency? … [Read more...] about Diagnosis: Illinois
By Paul M. Banks So #25 Northwestern has their first ranking in 41 years, and loses to Illinois in overtime, but this is a chance for a statement game here. A win over #11 MSU and the Wildcats would likely keep their ranking. This is a game of magnitude, why isn't Erin Andrews here? … [Read more...] about Michigan St. vs Northwestern Live Blog
By Paul Schmidt While the Illini were falling to the Northwestern Wildcats, essentially ending their long shot run at a bowl bid, Illini fans did get an extended look at next year's early leader in the starting quarterback race, Jacob Charest, the redshirt freshman out of Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. Charest posted some modest numbers but, after being … [Read more...] about A Glimpse Into The Illini Future: Quarterback Jacob Charest
Interview by Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt, write-up by PMB When it comes to the NBA Draft, any 7 footer with average-or- better athleticism is a bonafide prospect. Illinois junior Center Mike Tisdale (7’1”, 235) is certainly on the radar screen of NBA GMs for 2011, if not 2010. An honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by coaches and media, he was one of the league’s most … [Read more...] about Video Exclusive Illini Mike Tisdale Interview