Rothstein Files: Previewing The 9 Major Conference Tourneys With PredictionsJim 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.
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.
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.
Wisch: In Illini Coaching Search, Nothing Is SimpleTwelve 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.
Wisch: Fit To Be Tied, Illini Fans May Need Shaka TherapyWhen 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.
Wisch: There’s No ‘Magic Bullet’ Hire For Illini BasketballWhat 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.
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.
Illinois Facing Former CoachesFriday 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.
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.
Muller: BYU Title Run May Have Taken A Hit, But Pride Did NotUniversity of Kansas basketball player Tyshawn Taylor was suspended indefinitely from the school’s basketball team on February 21st for violating team rules.
Wisch: The Truth About Illinois BasketballFrustrated 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.