Illini Wonk
Thursday, January 13, 2005
  Random article Roundup
With the Illini #1 in the nation, it is becoming more difficult to keep up with the press coverage. Since Illini Wonk doesn't want to offer excuses, this is a way to hit the highlights.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Greg Couch today wrote about the Weber approach to playing with the #1 ranking. To Couch, Weber has the Illini playing loose while handling his first 15 minutes of fame perfectly. Yesterday's column from Couch on Orange fever chronicles the fans that the Illini attract on the road and the difficulty faced by fans who don't have tickets yet.

Stewart Mandell of says Kansas-Kentucky was nice, but UNC-Illinois is what I'd rather see. He wonders if the Illini will be able to go come tourney time so he must not have seen their games against Wake Forest and Gonzaga. (Thanks to College Basketball for drawing this one to our attention).

Frank Burlison's list of candidates for the Wooden Award (submissions are due on Jan. 31) on includes all three starting Illini guards.

Deron Williams makes the finalist list for the Cousy Award, which is given to the most outstanding point guard in college basketball. (Also on the list is University of South Dakota point guard Josh Mueller, which is why you can read about it on my local CBS affiliate here).

The Chicago Daily Herald's Lindsey Willhite has uncovered the press report of Illinois' first basketball game played in 1906, which was a 71-4 victory.
Just want to let you know to keep up the good work. I look forward to reading your blog every day. In my business, blogging and RSS are major components, and you seem to hit the correct way to run a blog right on the head.

I wish more people would speak up and give more comments on your posts (I know you get a lot of visitors), just to let you know how great a job your doing.

Keep up the good work and I look forward to more entertaining and insightful posts from you as the Illini make their run to the Final Four.

Thanks for the props on the blog. It's nice to know that people are reading and enjoying it.

As for comments from readers, Illini Wonk wants everyone to known that this blog is open to their input. If you don't want to it's no big deal, but the more contributions we have the better it is for everyone.

There are people out there who know more about the Illini than Wonk and, besides, this team is getting hard to keep up with. So...feel free to sound off!
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