What has been speculated for weeks became reality today when Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas announced the firing of Bruce Weber. Thomas wasted no time turning the page on the Weber era, letting him go a day after the Fighting Illini lost to Iowa in the first round of the Big Ten tourney. Illinois is 17-15 (6-12 Big Ten) still could receive an NIT bid. If that happens, an assistant figures to serve as interim coach.
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The University of Illinois announced today that men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber has been released from his duties after nine years as head coach. Illinois finished the 2012 regular season with a 17-15 record and in a tie for ninth place with a 6-12 record. Read the full AP story here and the rest of the Illinois release inside this post.
Throughout BTN’s televised coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, our TV producers will monitor Twitter for the best Big Ten tweets and air the top ones on TV. Some of you may recall we’ve done something like this before. How do you get your fantastic tweet in front of our eyes? Use the hashtag #B1Gtourney. See how others are using it right now and send us your tweets all tournament. And if you don”t know by now, BTN is all over Twitter.
Indiana point guard Verdell Jones III has a torn ACL in his right knee and is done for the season. The team announced the news Friday, a few hours before its Big Ten tournament quarterfinal game against No. 14 Wisconsin. The 15th-ranked Hoosiers lost Jones on Thursday. The senior guard crashed to floor, screaming and clutching his right knee with 5:45 left in the first half of a win against Penn State in the tournament. He was eventually carried to the locker by two of his teammates and did not return. Watch Indiana coach Tom Crean’s reaction after Thursday’s game.
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What’s going on around the Big Ten tournament? You know, aside from the exciting games? BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina is in Indianapolis for the 15th annual Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, and he filed a notebook. From food to spottings to uniforms, you’ll find it in this post.
Anthony Johnson scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds and Terone Johnson added 16 points and six boards as they teamed up to lead Purdue to a 79-61 victory over Nebraska on Thursday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Tourney. Get BTN.com Senior Writer Tom Dienhart’s take on the game from courtside inside this post plus full recaps, videos, and more.