Found November 08, 2011 on
The Sports Bank:
One of the biggest reasons the Illini fell well short of preseason expectations last year was their lack of defensive heart and intensity. It isn’t like a Bruce Weber coached team to not defend, and last year Illinois lost way too many games because their inability to get stops down the stetch and in crunch time.
Especially on the road, Illinois would dig deep holes for themselves right off the bat. Later, they would score enough to catch up, but their failures on the other end kept them from closing the gap.
This season Weber wont have to deal with the constant motivational issues with Demetri McCamey and Mike Davis, psychological issues with Mike Tisdale and off-the-court isseus with Jereme Richmond. In a sense there’s addition by subtraction. Illini best defender, D.J. Richardson is back, and he along with Brandon Paul, the other only juniors on a team with no seniors, will be expected be the leaders.
“Not to take anything away from last year’s team, but a lot of the guys on t...
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Junior D.J. Richardson drained four three-pointers and scored a game-high 17 points to lead Illinois past Quincy, 73-45, on Monday night. |
The Fighting Illini basketball team entertains Quincy in its second and final exhibition game Monday evening at the Assembly Hall. The Illini learned some things in their first exhibition, but they must continue to improve prior to their opener Friday against Loyola.
The women's swimming and diving team returned to McCaffree Pool at IM West on Friday evening as they hosted Big Ten foe Illinois. The Spartan's split the meet with the Fighting Illini, winning half of the 16 competitions, including both diving events. But, the teams were tied going into the final medley relay and Illinois hit the wall first, narrowly edging out the Spartans...
As the Fighting Illini football team enters the home stretch of its 2011 season, its defense has continued to impress. Leading all tacklers is sophomore linebacker Jonathan Brown. The former Memphis star missed one game but is still the runaway tackle leader. He feels the bye week has been good for the team.
The Fighting Illini had little trouble with Quincy University Monday night in the Assembly Hall in their second and final exhibition of the preseason. Strong defense and a deep bench helped the Illini overpower the smaller Hawks, 73-45. D.J. Richardson led the Illini in scoring with 17.
The Fighting Illini football team has been blessed with good health this season. Nearly the entire team has been available for every game. The loss of any one player can have a deleterious effect on the team's success. So when receiver Darius Millines had to sit out four games with a stress fracture in his foot, the offense felt the effects.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini host Michigan on Saturday, looking to build on their 4-5 ATS mark against the 7-2 Wolverines in NCAAF action at Memorial Stadium.
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After bringing in a huge class last year, the Fighting Illini basketball team had only one scholarship available for this signing period. They gave it to Crete-Monee point guard Michael Orris, who made it official today. Orris provides needed depth at his position and is excited for the opportunity.
There are some similarities between the current Fighting Illini football team and the 2007 outfit that came out of nowhere to earn a Rose Bowl berth. In both cases, players were hungry to improve upon previous years, and leadership was a common denominator for both. Illini Video Production Specialist Frank Lenti, Jr., played on the 2007 team and shares thoughts on both teams.