Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Possible Huge Weber Milestone Tonight

Weber: Illinois faces Turtleneck Tommy and his Wolverines tonight. If the Illini take care of business, Coach Weber will have won in every Big Ten arena in just his second year of coaching!

This accomplishment should not be lost on anyone. If Illinitalk's memory serves, Illinois' former coach never won at Wisconsin or Iowa (feel free to correct us in the comment section--we will be humble if we are wrong).

Game Previews: Chicago Sun-Times, Quad City Times, Pantagraph

Dickie V Watch: We're a little late to the table on this but we were busy working our real jobs last week and didn't have time to hold Dickie V accountable. After the Illini's win at Michigan State last week, Dickie V put a post up on ESPN's website that included this opening:

I was really surprised to hear what Illinois guard Dee Brown said to ESPN reporter Doris Burke after Illinois prevailed 81-68 at Michigan State on Tuesday night to stay undefeated.

Brown claimed that the Illini (22-0, 8-0 Big Ten) wanted to show their doubters that they would win.

Doubters? Who is doubting the Illini? They're the unanimous No. 1 in the polls. Illinois is one of two undefeated teams left in Division I basketball (Boston College remained perfect with Tuesday's home victory over West Virginia).

Sounds like while Dickie V's colleague Digger Phelps was picking against the Illini Dickie V was visiting Austin Bishop of the Neshoba Democrat on Mars.

That's ok. We love Dickie V's enthusiasm for the game and love for the kids and as long as Digger keeps picking against the Illini, it keeps them motivated.

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