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Jordan's Son Quits Illinois Hoops Squad

He wants to focus on academics

(Newser) - Michael Jordan’s elder son is abandoning the University of Illinois’ basketball team to focus on school and his “life after basketball.” Jeff Jordan, a rising junior, earned a scholarship last season after making the team as a walk-on, and has played in 59 games; the son of... More »

5 Football Saturdays to Savor

Hype machine already churning for Ohio State-USC showdown Sept. 13

(Newser) - With the college football season set to kick off Thursday, blogger The Kid outlines the five weekends that will help decide who plays in the national championship game on Jan. 8 in Miami.
  • Aug. 30: Illinois and Missouri square off in St. Louis; Clemson and Alabama meet in Atlanta. “
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UNC Wins ACC Championship

Wisconsin tops Illinois for Big 10 while Kansas outduels Texas in Big 12 title game

(Newser) - Sophomore Wayne Ellington scored 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting as North Carolina defeated Clemson for the third time this season, 86-81, to win the ACC championship. The Tigers, who took the Tar Heels to overtime in their previous two meetings, got 28 points from guard K.C. Rivers. This was... More »

Clemson Shocks No. 7 Duke in ACC Semis

Illinois continues surprise run, Georgia beats Kentucky in OT

(Newser) - Clemson had lost 22 straight to No. 7 Duke and hadn't reached a conference tournament final in 46 years, but none of that matters now, as the Tigers beat the Blue Devils 78-74 in the ACC semifinals today, reports the Associated Press. Clemson, which was led by Trevor Booker's 18... More »

Wisconsin Wins an Ugly One Over Michigan

Also, Illinois upsets Purdue while No. 19 MSU edges Ohio State

(Newser) - Eighth-ranked Wisconsin held Michigan to only 10 field goals and 20% shooting to win 51-34 in the lowest scoring game in Big 10 tournament history. The Badgers didn't exactly light up the scoreboard either, making a mere 34% of their shots. UW's Joe Krabbenhoft was high man with 12 points,... More »

Friars Beat Huskies For Season Sweep

Xavier falls to St. Joe's; Michigan State overcomes Illinois

(Newser) - The Providence Friars haven’t done much against Big East opponents this season, but they have managed to dominate UConn, beating the Huskies again tonight for a season sweep, 85-76.   The win was big for Providence, as they’re on the brink of missing the Big East tournament.... More »

Miami Sends No. 5 Duke to 2nd Straight L

No. 11 Wisconsin handles Illinois, Nebraska upsets No. 24 Kansas State

(Newser) - The Miami Hurricanes handed No. 5 Duke its second consecutive loss; the 96-95 victory was the Hurricanes first win against the Blue Devils in over 45 years. Miami built a large lead early in the second half and was able to hit free-throws down the stretch to preserve the win.... More »

Hoosiers Frustrate Illini in 2 OTs

No. 14 Indiana take advantage of poor free-throw shooting by Illinois

(Newser) - Last year Eric Gordan angered Illinois fans by backing out of a verbal commitment and going to hated Indiana. Last night, the freshman sensation showed them what they have been missing by leading a second-half surge with 19 points in an 83-79 double-overtime Big Ten win, reports the Chicago Tribune.... More »

No. 1 Memphis Handles Houston 89-77

Elsewhere in Top 25, Mich. St. downs Illinois, Drake clips Creighton

(Newser) - The No. 1 Memphis Tigers beat the Houston Cougars 89-77 and at 20-0 matched the best start in school history. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 30 points and Joey Dorsey snared 22 rebounds. Memphis dominated the smaller Houston squad down low; the Tigers outrebounded the Cougars 49-29 and had 44 points in... More »

Gordon Twists the Knife Against Illini

Rhode Island survives Duquesne, Stanford stumbles in Oregon

(Newser) - The #10 Indiana Hoosiers rallied from seven down to win 62-58 against Illinois—on the strength of 17 points from freshman Eric Gordon, who had verbally committed to the Illini before changing his mind in favor of his home state. It was Indiana's tenth consecutive win, and 27th straight at... More »

Trojans Roll in Rose Bowl 49-17

Four Illini turnovers become TDs as frosh McKnight runs wild

(Newser) - Just imagine if the Trojans had played this well all season. No. 6 USC set a Rose Bowl record in total offense and tied the record in points in a 49-17 thrashing of No. 13 Illinois. Freshman Joe McKnight did his best Reggie Bush impression, gaining 170 of his team's... More »

Let Retired Chief Illiniwek Rest in Peace

Banned U of Illinois logo hasn't gone away entirely, but he should

(Newser) - The NCAA leaned on the University of Illinois to replace its "hostile and abusive" Native American mascot, Chief Illiniwek, back in February, and the Chief no longer dances on the Illini's fields and courts. But his story is far from over, writes Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. Chief... More »

Rose Bowl Party Tab: $2M

Illini, Mizzou organizers grapple with nightmare logistics

(Newser) - The Big Ten conference has given Illinois $2.1 million to spend on its nine-day, 600-head Rose Bowl jaunt—a sign of the times, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in an era of increasingly lavish college football bowls. The Missouri Tigers program, meanwhile, will have to make do with a... More »

Big Ten Denies Ref Fixed Football Games

Official's crew was involved in two questionable contests

(Newser) - The Big Ten commissioner denied any football games were fixed this season, even though an official with a criminal background worked the games, the Chicago Tribune reports. Referee Stephen Pamon was in charge of both the Purdue-Penn State game and the Ohio State-Illinois matchup; both games were marred by controversial... More »

Duke Stays Perfect, Slams Princeton 83-61

Blue Devils advance to face Illinois in Maui semifinals

(Newser) - Tenth-ranked Duke hardly registered the Princeton Tigers' presence on the court last night, cruising to a 20-point lead in the first few minutes and blazing to 12-0 and 19-0 scoring runs in an 83-61 victory. Duke's 10th straight victory in the Maui invitational brings the Blue Devils to a semifinal... More »

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