Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 3/15/13
We know that the Indiana Hoosiers have a rival in Purdue. That’s their main bloodfeud. But the IU series with the Illini has seen a lot of emotional moments as well. You had Eric Gordon going Judas on Bruce Weber at the last possible moment, to defect to Kelvin Sampson and the Hoosiers. Gordon was one-and-done to the NBA anyway, but Illini fans still seethe. And the shooting guard was right to leave when he did, as Sampson destroyed the Hoosiers program. From Tyler Griffey’s buzzer beater lay-in (which set off a court-storming at the real Assembly Hall) to Nick Anderson’s buzzer beater at the other/second Assembly Hall, to the Hoosiers storming the court in 2010 as the Illini were their first ranked victim in three years, this series has had it’s moments. The Hoosiers are tied all time with the Illini at 84 wins apiece. The Illini are 5-1 versus IU in the Big Ten Tournament, but also 0-3 versus the tourney’s top seed; which happens to be IU. Illinois beat the Hoosiers February 7th (the Griffey buzzer beater I mentioned earlier), their only meeting of the season. That was one of three buzzer-beaters for the Illini this season. D.J. Richardson had a game winning three versus Hawaii, and Brandon Paul drained a 15-footer in a tourney win over the Gophers yesterday. Griffey came close versus Gardner-Webb, draining a game-winning three in the waning seconds, but GW still had time to get a shot off, so it doesn’t count. As added intrigue, the wife of Illini Coach John Groce is an IU grad. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of visitors. He’s an author who also contributes regularly to MSN, Fox Sports , Chicago Now, Walter Football.com and Yardbarker Banks has appeared on Comcast SportsNet and the History Channel, as well as Clear Channel, ESPN and CBS radio all over the world. President Barack Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks) The post Illini vs. Hoosiers: let’s get it on! appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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