As proud a program as Illini basketball is, they've certainly had some "hiccups" (wow, what a euphemism there) in recent years. A 52-49 loss to the Indiana Hoosiers on January 30th, 2011 was just one disgusting-to-watch debacle that didn't even make the cut. It marked the first win over a ranked team at IU for Tom Crean. Last night, I experienced something similar to "Spooky … [Read more...] about Eleven worst Illini basketball losses of the past 10 years
The alma mater of Andy Bernard, Cornell, can't get to Champaign fast enough for the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Fighting 'Nard Dogs, actually they're called the Cornell Big Red, with some bear looking thing as their logo/mascot I think?, will get the Illini to re-focus quickly after that UGLY loss to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at their alleged home away from home, the United … [Read more...] about Illini Need Thorough Beatdown of Cornell to Regroup Quickly
Last March two college basketball documentaries premiered to remind us college basketball nuts how the game was changed in the early '90s. Both focused on powerhouse programs that fell from grace since then, but today seem to be trending backward. The ESPN film focusing on the Michigan Wolverines Fab 5 may have gotten all the hype and controversy, but the HBO doc on the UNLV … [Read more...] about UNLV Running Rebs Nationally Relevant Again?
This used to be the Illini playground. It used to be their second home. Overall, Illinois is 32-11 all-time at the United Center, but that statistic seems disconnected from reality on a day like today when the Illini offense was so ugly it was an insult to college basketball. With the 64-48 loss to unranked UNLV, the #19 Illini dropped their third straight game at the UC, … [Read more...] about Illini Really Having Trouble Winning at the United Center
There's only one program to have reached (or received a bye into) the Big Ten Tournament quarter-finals every year in the tourney's inception, and that's the Illinois Fighting Illini. In fact out of the 13 conference tourneys, they've reached the semi-finals in every year except one. Make it two after today's epic choke job. The Illini (who have the most BTT wins all time … [Read more...] about Illinois Fighting Illini Choke Away BTT Game to Wolverines