Illini Wonk
Tuesday, January 18, 2005
  Illini World
It's an Illini world...we're just living in it. Their play continues to lead to the question: will Illini lose?

Mike Nadel has some more details about their rock-star status in his Sunday column:

The night before the game, the team watched the movie "Coach Carter" at a suburban theater. When a few players were recognized as they went to the lobby for popcorn, they were surrounded by kids and other fans. Eventually, the team got a nice ovation.

At the hotel late that night, people started calling players in their rooms. Autograph seekers - not just kids and fans but those pathetic, middle-aged men who hawk signatures on eBay - started knocking on players' doors

Luther Head's good play (26 points against Northwestern) continues to gain attention for him. Dick Vitale was singing his praises during the Texas/Okl. St. game tonight. Herb Gould has a nice write-up in the Chicago Sun-Times about Head quietly leading the team in scoring while remaining in the shadow of Dee Brown and Deron Williams. Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford Register-Star continues with that theme here.

Head is one of three more Illini starters who will soon join Brown in the 1,000 point club. According to Marlen Garcia here of the Chicago Tribune, Head needs 33 points to reach 1,000, Williams is 37 points shy and [Roger] Powell 56.
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