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Illinois hires Brad Underwood 

Shocking, mostly because OSU has Pickens deep pockets. Figured if it’s a money deal that they’d fight to keep him. He’s good. Remains to be seen how he recruits but he’s a really good offensive coach. Did a tremendous job at Stephen F Austin and got Okie State back to relevance in a hurry. Would […]

Spring Big Ten Preview #12 – Illinois

LAST SEASON – Lots of similarities between what happened at Minnesota and what went on in C/U for John Groce. A season marked by injuries, suspensions and a lot of losses ended up with the Illini at 5-13 in the league and 15-19 overall. As with Richard Pitino, John Groce’s tenure has been marked by […]

BTT Preview Friday Games (Non MSU)

Michigan vs. Indiana – IU won a blowout victory in their one meeting this year at Crisler, when they erased an early Michigan lead with a landslide run which the Wolvies could never chip away at. Michigan still likely needs a win in this game to wrap up an NCAA bid…I’d give them a small […]

BTT Preview Thursday Games

Northwestern vs. Michigan – This is a big one for both teams. Northwestern is pushing for an NIT berth (not the automatic it once would have been for a Big Ten team with 20 wins) and Michigan absolutely has to have a win to keep its NCAA hopes alive. Michigan won the only regular season […]

BTT Preview Wednesday Games

Minnesota vs. Illinois – For as bad as the Illini have been, hard to see them losing to a Minnesota team which has been stripped of most of its guards over the last few weeks. I suppose Murphy and King give the Gophers a chance if they’re operating with maximum motors and Illinois comes out sluggishly, […]

Michigan State 79 Illinois 54

Michigan State took off early and ran away from a severely undermanned Illini team to win this game by 25 points. With the win the Spartans move to 2-1 in the league and look to have survived the Denzel Valentine injury taking just one loss in his absence. Reviewing the keys… 1. Guard The Arc […]


Michigan State opens the home portion of its Big Ten slate when they receive a visit on Thursday night from the Illinois Fighting Illini. It’s been a trying season for John Groce’s club, as they’ve had to withstand injuries to three guys they likely figured on as starters in June (PG Tracy Abrams, C Mike […]

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