Bill Self

The Kentucky bench celebrates during a blowout win against Kansas in the Champions Classic. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Emma: Kentucky Has Embarrassment Of Riches

If the Wildcats continue placing team before self-interest, watch out.

CBS Chicago–11/19/2014

university-of-illinois-sports-logo

Report: Former Illinois Assistant Wayne McClain Passes Away

McClain was a former Illinois assistant and state champion high school coach.

CBS Chicago–10/15/2014

Jabari Parker. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Parker Meeting With Coach K Today, Will Decide Tomorrow Whether To Declare For NBA Draft

Parker is projected to be a top-three pick by most draft pundits.

CBS Chicago–04/15/2014

Naadir Tharpe #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks (credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Rising Star: Kansas Guard Naadir Tharpe

The 5’11” Tharpe is averaging 30 minutes, 8.9 points, and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from deep, and 82 percent from the line.

03/04/2014

Ryan Kelly (credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Rothstein Files: Previewing The 9 Major Conference Tourneys With Predictions

Jim Larranaga’s team has had a banner season, but they’ll likely have to beat Duke for a second time this season — this time with Ryan Kelly — to reinforce their potential to go deep in the NCAA Tournament.

03/13/2013

Bruce Weber. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Was Weber’s 9-Year Run Really The ‘Best’ At Illinois?

Bruce Weber isn’t on the sidelines in Champaign any longer. But that hardly means the guy can’t still stir up the Illini faithful.

CBS Chicago–03/13/2013

Bruce Weber looks on during the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wisch: So, What’s Bruce Weber Been Up To Lately?

He’s off in Kansas now. But, not unlike the coach who preceded him in Champaign, it’ll be a long time before Bruce Weber is forgotten at the University of Illinois.

07/14/2012

Shaka Smart

Wisch: In Illini Coaching Search, Nothing Is Simple

Twelve years ago, after Lon Kruger bolted Champaign for NBA riches in Atlanta, it appeared that Illinois athletic director Ron Guenther had his successor in hand.

CBS Chicago–03/23/2012

Shaka Smart during VCU's second-round win over Wichita State. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Wisch: Fit To Be Tied, Illini Fans May Need Shaka Therapy

When Shaka Smart, Virginia Commonwealth’s coach and the apple of many an Illini fan’s eye, opted on Thursday to don an orange tie – and a blue shirt, to boot! – for VCU’s NCAA Tourney opener, both Twitter and Facebook burst alive with posts of breathless speculation.

CBS Chicago–03/16/2012

Bruce Weber

Wisch: There’s No ‘Magic Bullet’ Hire For Illini Basketball

What a big chunk of the Illinois fan base often fails to acknowledge is that Illinois basketball isn’t quite the elite program that many like to imagine it to be.

CBS Chicago–02/09/2012

Demetri McCamey

Wisch: Can Illinois Finally End Its ‘Self’ Obsession?

The tantalizing question is whether the Fighting Illini basketball program – and, in particular, its embattled head coach Bruce Weber – can stare down the 800-pound gorilla in the gym.

03/19/2011

Bruce Weber

Illinois Facing Former Coaches

Friday night, Illinois tips off against UNLV and face Lon Kruger who coached the Illini between 1996 and 2000. If Bruce Weber’s team advances, they could face Kansas with Bill Self, who Weber replaced.

03/17/2011

Mike Davis

Wisch: Illini Redemption, Thy Name is Kruger (And Self)

It’s filled with potential potholes and a bunch of hazard cones (orange ones, of course), and the only exit ramp off it leads straight back to Champaign.

03/14/2011

Brandon Davies

Muller: BYU Title Run May Have Taken A Hit, But Pride Did Not

University of Kansas basketball player Tyshawn Taylor was suspended indefinitely from the school’s basketball team on February 21st for violating team rules.

03/02/2011

Bruce Weber

Wisch: The Truth About Illinois Basketball

Frustrated Illini basketball fans don’t want to hear it. Frantic Bruce Weber critics don’t want to hear it. And, heck, to be honest, I don’t really want to hear it, either.

03/02/2011