1. Illinois Basketball: 5-Step Plan to Peaking Before the NCAA Tournament

    After a five-game winning streak that improved Illinois' Big Ten record to 7-7, the Fighting Illini dropped a road game at Michigan, where the Wolverines have yet to lose during the 2012-13 campaign...

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  2. Marquette Basketball: 5 Questions Golden Eagles Face in Big East Stretch Run

    The Marquette Golden Eagles boast a 17-6 overall and 8-3 conference record midway through February, making them all but a lock for another NCAA Tournament appearance...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,118 reads 1 comments

  3. Illinois Basketball: 5 Biggest Lessons Learned in B1G Season

    Illinois has been the most enigmatic team in college basketball in the 2012-13 season. After an unbeaten start that included wins over Butler and Gonzaga, Illinois' first taste of ...

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  4. Marquette Basketball: Midseason Report Card for the Golden Eagles

    If you told Buzz Williams prior to the season that his Golden Eagles squad would be tied for first place at the midway point in the Big East Conference slate, Williams would have taken it in a heartbeat...

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  5. Illinois Basketball: Midseason Report Card for the Illini

    After a 12-0 start to the John Groce era, Illinois has found themselves on the outside of the NCAA Tournament bubble following a six-point home loss to Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon, dropping the Fighting Illini's Big Ten record to 2-7...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,943 reads 3 comments

  6. College Basketball Winners and Losers from the AP Top 25 Rankings

    For the second straight week, the top two dogs among the college basketball ranks fell, vaulting Duke back to the highest seat in college hoops...

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  7. Illinois Basketball: 5-Step Plan to Reversing the B1G Skid

    After Illinois' blazing start out of the gates, highlighted by wins over Butler and Gonzaga, Illini nation became the most excited they have been in years...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,058 reads 0 comments

  8. College Basketball Winners and Losers from Latest AP Top 25 Rankings

    The mighty fell during the past week of college hoops, as previous unbeatens Wyoming, Arizona, Duke and Michigan all found themselves on the losing end of games recently...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 13,482 reads 26 comments

  9. Illinois Basketball: Are Illini a B1G Contender or Pretender?

    After a 68-61 loss last Wednesday night at Purdue, many of Illinois' early season doubters were left smiling. After all, the Illini had just fallen to the team with the worst record in the Big Ten, the then 6-6 Boilermakers...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,508 reads 8 comments

  10. Big Ten Basketball: Michigan vs. Northwestern/Penn State vs. Wisconsin Previews

    On Wednesday night, the first upset of the young Big Ten season occurred as Purdue was able to hold off Illinois at Mackey Arena...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,839 reads 4 comments

  11. Big Ten Basketball: Nebraska vs. Ohio State and Illinois vs. Purdue Predictions

    After season-opening wins for Minnesota and Indiana on Monday over Michigan State and Iowa respectively, Big Ten basketball once again tips off Wednesday evening...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,879 reads 1 comments

  12. Illinois Basketball: Ranking the 5 Biggest Roadblocks to the Big Ten Title

    This time a year ago, Illinois basketball seemed like it was back. With a future lottery pick center and experienced backcourt, the Illini were finally going to get over the hump...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,272 reads 4 comments

  13. Big Ten Basketball: Michigan State vs. Minnesota/Indiana vs. Iowa Predictions

    On New Year's Eve 2012, Big Ten basketball will tip off. I for one am extremely excited for the conference season to get going and see what each team is really made of after getting some nonconference games under their belt...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,631 reads 1 comments

  14. Big Ten Basketball: Official Conference Standings and All-League Predictions

    Last season the Big Ten received six berths to the NCAA Tournament in a now 12-team league. As it currently stands, the Big Ten has six teams ranked in the Top 25...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,325 reads 5 comments

  15. Big East Basketball: Preview and Predictions

    After being the top dog in college basketball for a number of recent years, before the Big Ten's revival, the future of Big East basketball is in serious jeopardy...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 3,175 reads 9 comments

  16. One Ugly Truth We've Learned About Every AP Top 25 Team

    While the 25 teams that comprise the AP Poll have certainly showed their strengths during this non-conference season, many of their weaknesses have yet to be exposed...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,505 reads 35 comments

  17. Illinois Basketball: Interior Woes Against Missouri Expose an Illini Flaw

    Down by six at halftime, Illinois found themselves with a lead during the under-four-minutes timeout late in the second half...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,602 reads 2 comments

  18. Illinois vs Missouri: Will Illini Show They're Contenders or Pretenders?

    No one could have predicted that when Illinois enters Saturday's neutral site contest with rival Missouri, the Fighting Illini will be a perfect 12-0 and ranked 10th in the national rankings...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,497 reads 6 comments

  19. Jabari Parker: Do Tom Izzo, Michigan State Have All Their Eggs in One Basket?

    At 3 p.m. CT Thursday, second-ranked prospect Jabari Parker will make a decision on his destination for the 2013-14 season...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,053 reads 10 comments

  20. Big Ten Basketball: Stock Up, Stock Down for the Top 10 NBA Prospects

    The Big Ten season is just a few weeks away. March Madness is three months away, and the NBA Draft is six months down the road...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,155 reads 1 comments

  21. Big East Basketball: The Most Surprising Player on Each Team

    After about a month of play, while the college basketball season is still relatively young, it is time to figure out the makeup of each team...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 2,888 reads 0 comments

  22. Marquette vs. Wisconsin: Comparing Starting Lineups of Rivals for Game Saturday

    At this time a year ago, Marquette's Todd Mayo was the difference-maker in a rare home loss for the Badgers at the Kohl Center. The Golden Eagles were able to limit Jordan Taylor, which was also key for Buzz Williams' squad...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 889 reads 1 comments

  23. Big Ten Basketball: Previewing Saturday's Full Slate of 10 Intriguing Matchups

    If it weren't for the fact that I am traveling up to Milwaukee this Saturday to see the great in-state rivalry between the Marquette Golden Eagles and the Wisconsin Badgers, I would ...

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  24. Big Ten Basketball: Rivalry Games Between in-State Schools December 6th and 7th

    While 10 of the Big Ten's 12 teams will be in action this Saturday, there is only one matchup on both Thursday and Friday involving B1G teams. What makes each of these matchups intriguing is that both come against in-state opponents...

    Ryan Curi Written by Ryan Curi about 2 years ago 1,277 reads 3 comments

  25. Illinois Basketball: All-Time Greatest NBA Players

    The University of Illinois Urbana -Champaign has produced 49 NBA players all-time, but only 10 make our greatest U of I NBA players list...

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