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2012 NCAA Illinois vs. Michigan State

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Illini snags a 42-41 victory over Spartans.

January 31, 2012

In front of 15,629 fans, Fighting Illini (16-6, 5-4) hold off Spartans (17-5, 6-3) with a super-slim 42-41 victory. Down the stretch both teams had a shot to win, but between free throws and shot selection, the game was decided by the clock.

Michigan State didn’t give up coming back from 6 when the Illini went cold. It was the play of Draymond Green that sparked the team late even though he had four fouls. Green made a jumper which gave the team the lead again at 36-35 with 5:03 left to play. Then Branden Dawson grabbed a big rebound and put it back, stretching the lead to three (40-37). But unfortunately, Green went down with a knee injury with a little more than 4 minutes left.

During this cold period for the Illini, it was Brandon Paul who stopped the bleeding slamming the ball threw the hoop with 3:50 to play.

“We just kept trying to stay positive,” Paul shared with us after the game. “I just kept fighting back and playing our game.”

From this point, it was lots of bad shot selections for both teams until Tracy Abrams nailed three-pointer to tie the game at 40 with 2:11 to play in regulation.

“Abrams seems to continue to play better in games than in practice for us,” Webber concluded.

Paul sealed the victory hitting two free throws with 45 seconds.

After the game and clearly frustrated, coach Izzo shared with us that “Branden Dawson played like a man tonight even though he was a little nicked up. It was hard fought game – one that is very disappointing and with my two best players not playing their best.”

As the final score illustrated, both teams shot well below their averages: Illinois shot 24.1% from the field and 21.4% from behind the arc; Michigan State shot 32.6% from the floor and 17.6% from downtown.

“Not a pretty game but I’m happy for our kids in this type of game.” coach Weber said. “This was a physical game and things stayed contained.”

Paul led all players with 19 points and 9 boards. The surprise scorer for the Illini was freshmen Myke Henry, who knocked down 6 including an easy put back to give the team the lead at the half.

Dawson led the Spartans with 12 and the team continued to crash the crash the boards. They were 49-32 of which 23 were offensive.

Maybe the Illini started a new homecourt winning streak after losing their previous one of 14 with the lost to Wisconsin January 22.

The Illinois / Michigan State series record is now 56-55, Illini.

NOTE: No update is available for Green’s injury at the time of this article.

Best quote after the game was shared by coach Weber joking “maybe we can get 50 in the next game.”

OTHER INFORMATION SURROUNDING THIS GAME…

Operation Blue-Out
Illinois is promoting Operation Blue-Out for Tuesday night’s game vs. Michigan State. All fans are encouraged to “wear blue to beat cancer” when the Illini and Spartans battle.

Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers
Coach Weber and his assistants will be sporting Nikes on the Assembly Hall sidelines during the game against Michigan State, trading in dress shoes for the annual Coaches vs. Cancer Suits & Sneakers Awareness Weekend. Since Illinois had a road game and MSU had a bye last weekend, both coaching staffs are participating in the event Tuesday night.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration between the ACS and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. Since 1993, the organization has raised more than $50 million for ACS. Coach Weber serves on the Coaches vs. Cancer national board and was recognized for his contributions and involvement with the program by receiving the Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award in 2007. Weber also was one of four head coaches who traveled to Washington D.C. in 2010 to participate in a Capitol Hill rally, urging Congress to increase federal funding for cancer research and prevention programs.

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Dealing with the Entitled Athlete

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , |

There is no occupation I know of where the employer runs the business and he or she owes an explanation to the employee as to why decisions are made. In Sports, athletes feel a sense of entitlement. Why?

Nearly 83% of Americans surveyed strongly or somewhat agreed that America’s youth feel more entitled compared to 10 years ago, according to a national survey conducted by the Sacred Heart University Polling Institute. The poll focused on perceptions of America’s youth and explored areas including career choices, decisions about things such as going to college, and which political party to join.

Perceptions about issues such as steroid testing for student athletes, banning soda in public schools, support for more religious courses in public schools and for allowing public school students to reference God in their coursework were also addressed by the poll.

When Tiger Woods address the nation of his off-the-course extra-marital stuff saying “I convinced myself that normal rules didn’t apply. I never thought about who I was hurting. Instead, I thought only about myself. This was an uniquely revealing moment.

As a word and a notion, “entitlement” has been on the lips of those involved in sports and those who watch sports for decades. For many, it is the very symbol of what is wrong with the culture of sports in American society.

 

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2012 McDonald’s All-American Nominees

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , |

The 2012 McDonald’s All-American games will again be held in Chicago, but it might be a long-shot for a strong representation from Illinois at the event.

Only one boys basketball player — Simeon’s Steve Taylor — and just nine girls players made the list of nominees to be possibly selected for the honor.

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how to deal with out-of-control fans….

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

You pay your money for admission to see a couple of hours of sports entertainment… next thing you know you are in the middle of another admission paying person who is using foul language, chants, taunting, interfering with a contest, or a fan rival.  No one should have to simply put up with such behaviors especially if you feel threaten or take away from your personal enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

 

The privilege of attending a game or event has been challenged in recent years by increasing perception that the purchase of a ticket somehow entitles the holder to any choice of behaviors, including may behaviors of concern.

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17th Annual McDonald’s® “City-Suburban Showdown” Moved….

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The annual tournament has moved from UIC to Proviso West…

t’s official… The 17th Annual “McDonald’s® “City-Suburban Showdown” held February 18 has been moved from the UIC Pavilion to Proviso West High School due to an NCAA bylaw, event promoter Bob Rylko (The Integrity Group) said on Tuesday.

UIC recently informed The Integrity Group that the event could not be held at UIC because of NCAA bylaw 13.11.1.8, which went into effect on April 28, 2011. The bylaw prohibits nonscholastic events from being conducted at facilities regularly used by Division I athletic programs. Despite the participants, the NCAA considers the event non-scholastic because it’s hosted by a private organization.

IMPORTANT NOTE: customers who have already purchased tickets should return them for a refund to the locations where they were bought. Proviso West ticket information is expected to be released soon.

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Simple BCS Solution

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Football | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I would love a a 16-team playoff where every conference champion gets an automatic berth, leaving five at-large teams left over, but here is the SIMPLEST, MOST LOGICAL IDEA that the NCAA and Bowl Championship Series could implement RIGHT NOW: The PLUS-ONE
SYSTEM!!!

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2012 NCAA Illinois vs Ohio State

Posted on January 10, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Big Ten battle…

January 10, 2012

Illini knocked off number 5 ranked Ohio State 79-74 in front of 14,636 faithful fans behind the superb play of Brandon Paul, who finished the contest with 43 points, of which, was eight three-pointers (third highest in Illinois basketball history).

“I just kept shooting,” said Paul after the game. “It (basketball) felt comfortable.”

Paul played big on both sides of the ball… defensively he snagged six boards and four blocks – two of them he threw the ball into the stands.

At the half, the Buckeyes had a 5 point lead, 39-34, led by Jared Sullinger who had 13, but coach Webber got the team focused.

Key halftime stat for the home team was they never shot a free throw in the first half… while the Buckeyes are 3-3.

“We were able to make a couple plays down the stretch,” said coach Webber. “In this heavyweight bout, we were able to stand up for the match and get the victory.”

Coach Webber also believes Paul hitting a couple early free-throws in the second half got his confidence up. And down the stretch he joked “tonight was a Tebow moment for Brandon.”

The Illini were not able to stop Sullinger, but they sure did slow him down from his normal dominance. He finished with 21 points, five boards and zero blocks.

“We didn’t guard Paul as good as we should have,” Thad Matta said after the game. “We just didn’t do things well tonight. He just kept getting us off the backdoor screen”

Buckeyes shot 47% from the field and 33.3% from behind the arc, while Illinois went 60% and 61.1% from the arc.

Meyers Leonard played 38 minutes in the contest and finished with 14 points and five boards. “That’s (38) is a lot of minutes for a big man,” he said after the game giggling with us.

As for the future of Illini basketball Paul shared with us that “in a game like this hopefully it can carry us and make us focus down the stretch.”

Paul scored the last 15 points for the #illini and he finished with 4-3!!!!

NOTE: Paul’s 43 points is first 40-pt game for a Big Ten player since OSU’s Jared Sullinger last year. Before that? MSU’s Shawn Respert in 1995.

“Right now, the team needs some rest,” concluded coach Webber as their next game isn’t until January 19 as they travel to Penn State. OSU turns things around a little quicker hosting Indiana January 15.

This is definitely an instant classic for the BIG Ten… plus Lou Henson’s banner now hangs for years to come from the rafters of the house he built. You can watch the banner being raised by clicking hereBanner.

See you from the pressbox.

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COMMENTARY: NEW YEAR…. NEW RULES

Posted on January 9, 2012. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , |


We love sports, but we all recognize that sports has some serious issues and not just the BCS either. There’s flopping… PEDs, Baseball, all Canadian teams, college coaches leaving whenever they want to, but students have a penalty if they elect to leave/transfer, and of course instant reply. Now our suggestions will not totally fix everything but it’s an excellent starting point.

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Missed some Amateur Sports news from 2011?

Posted on January 9, 2012. Filed under: Sporting News | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Missed some Amateur Sports news from 2011?

Visit http://amateursports365.com/Magazine/archives.html to catch up!

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Understanding the Guaranteed Game and $$$

Posted on January 9, 2012. Filed under: Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you ever wondered why do smaller, not-so popular schools schedule top-tier basketball schools each and every year? In a word M-O-N-E-Y.

It’s possible for a team to travel more than 12,600 miles and not have a victory, with the exception of briefcases full of money for showing up? Absolutely!!! Delaware State accomplished this in 2009.

They made $550,000 payday for one game against Michigan. At Delaware State, that’s equivalent to the revenue from at least two years of home games.

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