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I'm in Illinois for OSU-Illini

Posted on: January 22, 2011 10:22 am
Edited on: January 22, 2011 7:37 pm
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- I'm at Illinois for today's game against Ohio State. It's the first of three games over the next five days during which I'll see all three remaining unbeatens in person in road games against formidable opponents.

My schedule looks like this:
  • No. 1 Ohio State (19-0) at No. 23 Illinois (14-5) on Saturday
  • No. 2 Kansas (18-0) at Colorado (14-5) on Tuesday
  • No. 6 San Diego State (20-0) at No. 9 BYU (18-1) on Wednesday
Ohio State is supposed to win 70-67 this afternoon, Kansas is supposed to win 83-71 on Tuesday and BYU is supposed to win 74-69 on Wednesday, according to That means that site has the unbeatens going 2-1, which means, statistically speaking, I'm probably going to see at least one court-storming during my trip. Maybe more. Either way, should be fun. And with that, I'm heading over to Assembly Hall.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:48 pm

I'm in Illinois for OSU-Illini

Gary, sorry about OSU thwarting your hopes for a little court storming.  Nice win for the Buckeyes!  Sullinger & Co found ways to overcome a solid Illinois squad, a great home-court atmosphere, and a series of curious calls from the officials.  To be fair, the calls were par for the course for a road game.  But for the life of me, how was Aaron Craft called for blocking?  Not once, but twice when he beat someone to the spot and was set.  And when did double-dribbling as you back over a defender become acceptable?  Oh well, Illinois had a couple goofy calls too. 

What was more irritating to me was the CBS love-fest for Illinois.  Every one of the CBS analysts chose Illinois.  The game announcers spoke glowingly of Illinois at every turn...even when OSU clearly had the momentum.  You and the rest of CBS were primed for the upset.  Sorry to disappoint.

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