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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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.

To read more, visit http://amateursports365.com/Articles/CollegeGuaranteeGames.html

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2011 DePaul vs Chicago State

Posted on December 10, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

ROSEMONT: DePaul (6-3) defeated Chicago State (0-9) 102-95 behind the play of second-year guard Cleveland Melvin who finished the contest with 30.

“Team played with lack of energy,” said coach Oliver Purnell. “We knew Chicago State would not just layover and let us win even after we jumped out to a big lead in the first (half).”

The Blue Demons jumped out to an early double-digit lead and maintained as much as a 17 point lead (85-70) in the second half.

The Cougars were able to narrow the score in the first half to two points (49-47) after a technical foul was called against Blue Demons Brandon Young with 2:21 in the first half. From here, the Cougars nailed seven of eight free-throws. But in the second half, it was all DePaul. Young dropped 21 to spark the team.

Cougars were led by Matt Samuels with 20 followed by Lee Fisher who added 19.

Chicago State did not play a bad game overall. In the first half, they shot 16-30 (53.3%) and 22-45 (48.9%) in the second half compared to DePaul 17-39 (43.6%) in the first, and 18-37 (48.6%) in the second.

Cougars also showed great hustle in the first half despite their current record (0-9). If they can keep up this level of intensity, things will begin to turn around for them.

“The way we played is totally out of character,” concluded coach Purnell.

The Blue Demons came into this game after a BIG Chicagoland win against Loyola-Chicago (69-58) on Wednesday, while the Cougars, on the other hand, have been off for a week, concentrating on settling the team down and focusing on their game (Toledo 61-73). The Cougars will be traveling to Wichita State on December 14. DePaul travel to Northern Illinois on the same date.

This was both teams 10th time meeting and DePaul has won them all.

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2011 Chicago State Cougars vs Hampton Pirates

Posted on November 28, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CHICAGO-The Chicago State Cougars (0-6) came home, after a rough three-game road trip, to face the two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Hampton Lady Pirates who are sporting a 3-1 record. The Lady Pirates picked up where they left off from their previous midwest game against IPFW (79-62) defeating the Cougars 66-39.

“We wanted to come here and play well,” said third year coach David Six. “We are thankful that they (Chicago State) gave us an opportunity to play here.”

The Lady Pirates maintained the lead the entire contest, including a 34-19 halftime score, and by as much as 32 points (57-25) in the second half. In order to extend their early lead, they held the Cougars scoreless to start the second half for almost five minutes until Natalie Marlow stop the bleeding with layup (43-21).

Tonights victory came thanks to the performance by a pair of seniors, guard Choicetta McMillian who knocked down 21, followed by forward Melaine Warner, who added 19.

One concern of the coach was that “we have to take care of the ball. Period. This could be fatigue but we are not going to make any excuses.”

Hampton’s defense held the Cougars to 29.4% from the field and 20 points in the second half.

Janay Dockery, preseason first-team player, led the Cougars with 16.

This is both teams first-ever meeting and they do have future arrangements for a one-and-one where next season the Cougars will travel to Hampton.

“The one thing I (coach Six) will remember from our stay in Chicago is that traffic. It took the team four hours to get out of Chicago in order to make it to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
And that’s saying something considering he is from New York.

Up next for the Cougars (0-7) will be against Marshall (in Evansville, Ind.), Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m, and Hampton (4-1) will return home for their next matchup against South Carolina State, Saturday, December 3 at 6 p.m.

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2011 Basketball Illini vs Cougars

Posted on November 27, 2011. Filed under: Basketball | Tags: , , , , , , |

Illinois is now 10-0 lifetime in this particular matchup, but this is head coach Tracy Dildy’s first meeting… Can he turn it around and get the Cougars on the road for lots of victories?

Unfortunately, not today, as the Fighting Illini knock off the Chicago State Cougars 90-43. After dominating the first half with a commanding 44-19 lead (51.7%), the team continued their balanced attack shooting 56.5% from the field.

Coach Weber shared with us after the game “I just told the guys to play well and play hard.”

Myke Henry led the team with his personal best of 14 points and grabbing three boards. This all took place after missing four games due to injury. Four of his teammates were also in double digit territory: Meyers Leonard, D.J. Richardson and Nnanna Egwu all had 11, while Tyler Griffey had 10.

“We were in (game) shape but we really weren’t” said a smile Henry after the game talking about his transition from high school to college. “Once we got going and started to get a feel for it. We got better and better.”

Weber shared his thoughts about Henry “that he comes to play. He has no fear.”

It’s safe to say that the team didn’t have jet lag nor were they going to let up after winning the Cancun Challenge title early this week.

As for Chicago State, they shot 34% (first half 34.81%) from the field and were led by Jeremy Robinson who had 14 points.

But as previously stated, the buzz on press row was about the firing of football coach Ron Zook after seven seasons. Official announcement will be made at 4:15pm at the Squad Room of the Illinois Football Complex. For more information on this story visit http://t.co/zTRPtjMU.

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