March 26, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - Shane Larkin hit a go-ahead three-pointer with a minute left and Miami gained possession on a ball knocked out of bounds that probably should have gone to Illinois, helping the Hurricanes hold on for a 63-59 victory Sunday night to advance to the NCAA round of 16. After Larkin's first field goal in about 9 1/2 minutes, D.J. Richardson missed a three-pointer. In the fight for the rebound, the ball appeared to ricochet off the hands of Miami's Kenny Kadji out of bounds.
March 15, 1997 |
Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade, Illinois got off to a good start. Alicia Sheeler had 15 points and nine rebounds as the No. 16 Illini, coached by former Rutgers coach and Immaculata star Theresa Grentz, beat Drake, 79-62, last night in the first round of the NCAA Midwest Regional at Champaign, Ill. The victory snapped a 16-game winning streak for the Bulldogs (23-8). Illinois (23-7) led, 51-31, with 17:28 to go on Sheeler's third consecutive basket.
March 27, 1989 |
Kendall Gill outquicked the orange shirts to the long rebound of Syracuse's last gasp, wheeled and spotted Kenny Battle open downcourt. Gill leaped and heaved, hit his receiver perfectly and began running in place and shouting "Yes . . . yes . . . yes" with his index finger thrust toward the Teflon-covered Metrodome roof. By the time Gill finished counting down Illinois's 89-86 blastoff to the Final Four - "Five, four three, two, onnnne," he was saying aloud - Battle was lying on the floor near the top of the opposite key, with his hands over his eyes.
March 19, 1989 |
It seemed as if all the pieces were in place for "Nightmare in the Hoosier Dome," the latest installment in Illinois' series of early-round fades from the NCAA tournament. In the second round of the Midwest Regional yesterday, the Fighting Illini had to deal with a Cinderella opponent in Ball State. They also had to overcome the excruciating memories of three consecutive premature NCAA exits, including a loss to Villanova last year in which they blew a 10-point lead in the final three minutes.
December 1, 2011 |
Temple football coach Steve Addazio will not interview at Illinois for its opening to replace Ron Zook. Owls athletic director Bill Bradshaw has confirmed that Illinois did indeed express interest in talking to Addazio, who just completed his first season. Before granting permission, Bradshaw went to Addazio, who indicated to him that "he was very happy to be at Temple, and not interested in that opportunity. " So much for that rumor.
March 17, 1997 |
Who said what? Did it matter? Tennessee-Chattanooga players said they heard Illinois players celebrating wildly, chanting about the Final Four and singing silly ESPN and CBS theme songs after the Fighting Illini learned that Providence had upset Duke. Illinois players said no way, they were only talking seriously about what each player might contribute to the game against the Mocs. The Mocs were feeling disrespected. The Illini may regret that the Charlotte Coliseum has thin walls between locker rooms.
March 10, 1988 |
Forty years after he walked out of a hospital here, a scared and broken young soldier from Kansas, Bob Dole returned to Illinois yesterday hoping he can put his presidential campaign back together again. "It's not going to be easy. I've never had anything handed to me in this life. I've had to work for it," Dole told reporters as he stood on the steps of Northwestern University Medical School. "I've got to win Illinois. " After his disastrous defeat, in which he won not one of 17 Super Tuesday states, Illinois is the last stand for Dole in his battle for the Republican nomination.
March 22, 1996 |
The way the Illinois players were moping around, you might have thought someone had just died. Illini players were subdued, to say the least, yesterday after Florida's Lon Kruger publicly accepted the head coaching job at Illinois. The players had unabashedly backed longtime assistant Jimmy Collins to replace Lou Henson, who retired this year after 21 seasons in Champaign. Although the players said they have nothing against Kruger - who took the Gators to the Final Four in 1994 - they were visibly depressed at what they saw as a slap in the face to their friend and mentor.
December 2, 1993 |
Never again. That's what La Salle coach Speedy Morris said after each of the four times his undermanned team ran a delay offense last season. This season, the coach said, would be different. La Salle would run with everybody - just like the old days. Well, the Explorers couldn't run with Princeton in their opening win last Saturday. And they wouldn't run in their 99-73 loss to Illinois last night in front of 12,381 chanting fans at Assembly Hall. The layup lines told the story.
February 19, 2003 |
Dee Brown thought he owed his team a good performance The freshman had 24 points, five rebounds and five steals and No. 20 Illinois held visiting Michigan State scoreless for a 9-minute, 38-second span in the second half in a 70-40 victory last night. The Illini (17-5, 7-4 Big Ten) pulled away for good when Brown's layup with 11:42 to play sparked a 21-0 run that put them up, 69-28. The Spartans (14-10, 6-6) were held scoreless until Chris Hill's three-pointer broke the drought with 3:30 to play.