NIT Quarterfinals, Illinois vs. Dayton LIVE!

By Paul Schmidt and Paul M. Banks

We’re live from the headquarters of The Sports Bank, at our top secret Chicago headquarters.

We’re live blogging the game.

We’re wearing orange and blue.

I think we might be pulling out the rooting clothes tonight, boys and girls!!  Tip off is in just a few minutes, so let’s get this stupid Rhode Island/Virginia Tech NIT Quarterfinal game over… [Read more…]

Illinois Advances in the N. I. T., Happy to Be Here. Really.

By Paul Schmidt

Even if you take at face value how much the Illini are trying to win the NIT, their second half performance against Kent State was inspiring.

Such is life for the Illini, who had to answer a barrage of questions about whether or not they really wanted to be in the NIT after their 75-58 win against the Kent State Golden Flashes.

The win was the 21st on the season for the Illini and guaranteed them one more home game — a last dance if you will, Wednesday night against Dayton.

The win ALSO puts the Illini one win from playing in one of basketball’s most venerable venues — Madison Square Garden. [Read more…]

You Can’t Spell Fighting Illini Without N. I. T.

By Paul Schmidt

All I could think about, as the Illini lost to Wisconsin 72-57, was Nirvana.

Which probably sounds odd.

Considering the song that kept replaying in my mind was, “I Hate Myself And Want To Die,” well, perhaps it’s not so crazy. [Read more…]