Illini Wonk
Saturday, March 05, 2005
  Daily Illini Wonk News
As always, there's no shortage of news on the undefeated Illini. Here's the latest:


The last team standing between Illinois and an undefeated regular season is the Ohio State Buckeyes who will host the Illini tomorrow. In the Daily Herald, Lindsey Willhite reminds Illinois fans how tough that win was last year. The Buckeyes are serving a self-imposed one year absence from post-season play and the Chicago Sun-Times says Illini serve as tourney game for Ohio State. In the Chicago Tribune, Neil Milbert reminds us that it was Thad Matta's Xavier team that ended St. Joseph's undefeated run at 27 games last year and concludes that Ohio St.'s Matta an expert spoiler. Jeremy Rutherford has the same theme in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. John Supinie wonders how the Illini will do against Terrence Dials while the Buckeyes insist that they're not intimdated.

Future Fighting Illini

Peoria-Richwoods Senior Jamar Smith, who will play for the Fighting Illini next year, had a career high 37 points on 10-11 three-point shooting in their 76-41 win in the regional final. It looks like the Peoria-Illini connection has returned.

Illini News Bites

Rick Morissey wonders if Bill Self believes he made a mistake by jumping from Illinois to Kansas two years ago...The Illini will lose in the conference tournament, or so says "Bracket Boy"of the New Jersey Star-Ledger...Coach Bruce Weber is reading newspaper stories about previous undefeated teams in order to keep his team focused...As always, Mark Tupper's column is a must-read...
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