The Sports Bank's Ngozi Ekeledo stopped by the 2012 NBA Draft Combine's Media Day and talked to the former University of Illinois big man about why he made the decision to leave school early for the NBA. … [Read more...] about Illini Meyers Leonard at NBA Draft Combine (Video)
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Fighting Illini’s tournament hopes on life support, need win against Michigan
After a 1-9 stretch that included losses at Penn State, Minnesota, Nebraska, a torrent of criticism directed at Bruce Weber and a crying Meyers Leonard, Illinois managed to revive their at-large hopes with an 11-point win over Iowa on Sunday. It was their first double digit win since early in the preconference. Beating the Hawkeyes likely won’t matter to the selection … [Read more...] about Fighting Illini’s tournament hopes on life support, need win against Michigan
Illini basketball season summarized in one photo
What can be said of the 2011-12 Illinois Fighting Illini? I've already talked about how the coach, Bruce Weber, is 99% gone at the end of the season, I've highlighted how the current college basketball collapse closely mirrors the college football cave-in during the exact same academic year. I've even mentioned how the current team has numerous stylistic and composition … [Read more...] about Illini basketball season summarized in one photo
Illini Upset #18 Gonzaga; Illinois is Better than You Think
Even when Illinois is having a down year, or a "rebuilding year," they still get at least one win in over a ranked team. In 1998-99 and 2007-08 (two college basketball seasons that saw Illinois break the school record for losses) they still beat a couple ranked teams- even if it didn't happen until the Big Ten Tournament. It's a hallmark of where Illinois is as a program, … [Read more...] about Illini Upset #18 Gonzaga; Illinois is Better than You Think
2012 Illini Hoops Most Important Player? Meyers Leonard!
Last night's 79-51 exhibition rout of Wayne State was expected for most Illini basketball fans. The most important number of the box score is found in the game's leading scorer, Meyers Leonard. He had 18 points, in just 16 minutes, that's a great sign for your Illinois Fighting Illini, because they'll really need Leonard to be good, if they're going to be good. … [Read more...] about 2012 Illini Hoops Most Important Player? Meyers Leonard!