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
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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
By Paul M. Banks The young season has certainly been very rough for Tyrus Thomas so far. Although we're just 5 games in, he's already had a spat with Coach Vinny Del Negro over playing time, and seen his contract extension with the Bulls declined. On the exact same day he was told there was no long term place for him in Chicago, he also missed a game versus Milwaukee with … [Read more...] about TYRUS THOMAS EXPECTED TO MISS 4-6 WEEKS
By Paul Schmidt The University of Illinois has had a challenging season. Everyone knows about the copious amount of talent on offense, but what might actually surprise some is that the top rated player, by position, by ESPN’s NFL draft guru Mel Kiper isn’t Arrelious Benn – it is offensive guard Jon Asamoah. Asamoah has been a three year starter for the team, and in fact … [Read more...] about Illinois’ Jon Asamoah Talks Tough About the Season, His NFL Future
By Paul M. Banks Among Saints RBs, the un-drafted free agent is playing vastly superior to 2006’s #2 overall pick. The New Orleans Saints offense has been RIDONKOLOUS this season, averaging a NFL best 40 points per game. The next closest team is the Indianapolis Colts and they’re a whopping ten points per game behind. The Saints offense is also naturally number one in … [Read more...] about Pierre Thomas is Just Plain Better than Reggie Bush
By Paul Schmidt There's no one anywhere who predicted an Illinois win Saturday against Michigan. I'm about the biggest Illinois apologist that there is, and even I was urging you to bet against the Illini, and to lay 7 points while doing it! After a short amount of time, however, the glow of a great victory has waned and left two very poignant questions to be … [Read more...] about Illini Win??!!?? Yes, You Read That Right!