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  1. The Sprouting Divot

    Iowa 83, Illinois 62 POSTGAME

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    Penn State 72, Illinois 56 POSTGAME

    I sure do hate losing to this Penn State team.
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    Alma Otter / Champ Mascot

    I've long felt that we should strive to offend everyone equally with whatever comes next - the University of Illinois Fighting Butt Pustules or similar. But this Otter idea is so transparently and aggressively inoffensive that I'd be okay with it too.
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    Purdue 73, Illinois 56 POSTGAME

    Yeah, it was consistently bad for both teams, almost in runs where one side would get the benefit of the lousy calls for a while, and then the exponentially lousier makeup calls would benefit the other team, and so on. Ultimately, however, the Officiating Pendulum of Doodoo had too much...
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    Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian in a highway crash

    I guess it's fair to say that you're not willing to take that gamble?
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    Notre Dame 76, Illinois 74 POSTGAME

    Man, I like Trent. These guys aren't quite on the same page as each other yet. Too many incorrect assumptions about what a teammate is going to do, or where he will be - especially evident in hustle/scramble situations and fast breaks. If they can become more "telepathic" with each other, for...
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    Georgetown 88, Illinois 80 POSTGAME

    Sad to see that Sideline Suzy's seats were renewed.
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    Comcast/BTN issue has been settled

    This certainly explains why their latest "upgrade" is such a disaster of unusability. It's very obviously and cleverly designed to be maximally enraging - such terribleness couldn't possibly have been the result of a thousand different accidents, but rather focus-grouped to bring about the...
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2018)

    Sorry - hope I didn't piss you off.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2018)

    Everyone who shows up should make sure to shower him with praise!
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (April 2018)

    I don't think the story will have a very happy ending.
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    Penn State 74, Illinois 52 POSTGAME

    As long as we're airing our various grievances, am I the only person who is unreasonably and exceedingly annoyed by the very demonstrative female Illini fan who has courtside seats in the lower-left (across from the Illinois bench) corner of the TV screen in our home games? She is constantly...
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    1993 Illini win vs Iowa

    I believe that all he got out was "OOOO-ver the moun-tain...." before he collapsed.
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (January-February 2018)

    Darn, I was really hoping that this would link to JeffFrank's famously gushing love letter instead.
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    Pregame: Illinois vs Michigan State, Monday, January 22nd, 8:00pm CT, FS1

    I know you're not making a direct comparison here, but something else to keep in mind when looking at the greener grass is that Matta shouldn't have been fired in the first place.
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    Game Thread: Illinois at Michigan

    It kind of annoys me that Kipper Nichols doesn't wear number 55.
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    Minnesota 77, Illinois 67 POSTGAME

    Ditto. Anyone who claims that they can't tell (or understand) the difference between this year's team and those of the past two regimes is either hopelessly dim or purposefully histrionic. This team is more fun to watch lose than some others have been to watch win.
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    Game Thread: Illinois at UNLV

    So what exactly happened to Leron? Crean is a better commentator than I expected.
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    FBI College Basketball Corruption Investigation

    I don't care whether Bruce Pearl cooperates or not, just as long as he poops his pants every day for the rest of his life. That's the full extent of my hopes for him.
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    BTN Plus

    Is every Big Ten team getting squeezed like this, or are we just stuck in the cellar of broadcast appeal due to a decade of slowly decaying mediocrity?
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    Illinois Hoops Recruiting Thread (July-August 2017)

    This might not be the best choice of similes to use.
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    Coaching Carousel

    More like the last four.
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    Brad Underwood Named Illini Basketball Coach

    Wasn't who I wanted (Archie or Buzz), wasn't who I expected (some Drew), but am pleased and excited about the result. Welcome, Coach Underpants!