Roger Powell Jr. capped off his collegiate career in style at the Final Four. In the early minutes of the second half in the national semifinal against Louisville, Illinois guard Powell hit a step-back three-pointer at the top of the key to beat the shot clock. Then, on the Illini’s next possession after grabbing a defensive rebound, he followed his own three-point miss with a tip-dunk that sent the Edward Jones Dome into a frenzy. Powell scored the Illini’s first nine points of the second half en route to the Illini’s 72-57 win. This series of plays is why many Illini
Former Illinois men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber is back in Champaign this weekend. It’s dad’s day at Illinois, and Weber’s daughter, Emily, is an Illinois student and cheerleader. Check out a USA TODAY Sports photo of Weber and his daughter at Saturday’s Miami (OH)-Illinois game. [ MORE: Track all Week 5 Big Ten football action ] It’s great to see Weber back in Champaign. And it sure looks like the proud papa is enjoying his time.
Former Illinois coach Bruce Weber took out a full-page ad in the Champaign News Gazette on Sunday to thank Illini Nation. The ad reads: “Thanks to everyone in the Illini Nation for a memorable nine years.” It goes on to say: “Go Illini! & Go Cats! Coach Bruce Weber.” The ad features the Illinois and Kansas State logos, separated by a basketball that houses Weber’s aforementioned message. Weber was fired March 9 (story), one day after the Illini were eliminated from the Big Ten tournament, and hired at Kansas State on March 31 (story). Weber spent nine years in Champaign
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. Weber hit his nadir after a 67-62 home loss to Purdue on Feb. 15, when he offered a candid and frank assessment of his
Say what you want about Illinois coach Bruce Weber. Debate his in-game strategy, complain about his inability to land the mega recruit, lament his seemingly kid-glove treatment of players. All legit beefs. But no one can argue with Weber’s sincerity and honesty. Both came pouring out in an emotionally charged postgame press conference following Illinois’ excruciating 67-62 home loss to Purdue. and you can watch the video of his comments here in this post. It was a game many felt the Illini had to win to steady their listing NCAA tourney dreams. But Illinois lost. Again. That’s four defeats in
Prior to Tuesday night’s Big Ten opener at Assembly Hall, Illinois coach Bruce Weber allowed BTN cameras inside the Illini locker room for his pregame speech. The behind-the-scenes access resulted in some terrific footage. Watch Weber’s motivational words moments before Illinois took the court against Minnesota in the first Big Ten game of the season. As for the game, the Illini topped the Gophers in double overtime.