Stealing the Big Ten's automatic bid is one of the toughest jobs in college basketball.
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Another year in Illinois Athletics come and gone. 2011. Demetri McCamey. Mike Tisdale. UNLV, Kansas, Bruce Weber Oklahoma, still Bruce Weber, Mikel Leshoure, Ron Zook, 6-0, 0-6. Tim Beckman, UNLV...
The Fighting Illini start the 2011-2012 basketball season against in-state, out-of-conference rival, the Loyola Ramblers.
The Illini didn't necessarily need to beat the Wolverines to make it into the field of 68, but it certainly would have helped. The tournament is not out of their hands.
The Illini face the Michigan Wolverines in a Friday match up at the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis.
The Illini put it all together today, routing the Hoosiers in a game that was never in doubt.
This is as simple a game preview as I know how to write. The Fighting Illini likely need only to win on Saturday to make it to the NCAA tournament, and the team they need to beat is the last place I...
Some thoughts on how the Illini seniors have been playing and how I hope they play for the remainder of the season.