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By Jeff Mayfield

[JAN. 12, 2004]  By now, we should just expect it, but by listening to the basketball experts who gave Lincoln little to no chance of winning at Southeast on Friday, you begin to think that it is a given. Somebody forgot to tell the Railers that. All Lincoln did was go into a hostile environment and come away with a gigantic 62-49 victory.

The win takes Lincoln's record to 10-5, 4-1 (actually to 10-6 because of a narrow 50-53 road loss to Freeport on Saturday) and Southeast fell to 8-3, 3-2.

What makes this game even bigger is that probably the eventual CS8 champ will be the team that holds serve at home while stealing a game or two on the road. David Pickering's 29 points led the way.

Lady Railers get it done too…

As they upset the always tough Lady Tornadoes of Taylorville 60-47 behind the 21-point performance of Brooklyn Robbins. The Lady Railers moved to 7-8, but more importantly to 4-2 in the league. T'ville was sent to 11-5 and 5-2.

Illinois and ISU don't.

Regardless of what you may have seen, read or heard, Illinois had plenty of chances to upend the always scrappy Purdue Boilers. But when their post players have career days and your guys can't find ways to attack the basket, the result is a humbling 58-54 loss at home! That loss, by the way, was only the third loss by the Illini in the Assembly Hall in the last 4½ years!

The Illini shot only six free throws for the game, underscoring my comment about attacking the basket. Luther Head's continuing soap opera saga certainly did not help Illinois. His presence might have given the Illini one more potential solution in trying to solve Purdue's attempts at muddying-up the game. Simply put, Purdue executed and Illinois should have been!

Next up for Illinois is a trip to Northwestern, who upset Iowa in Iowa City on Saturday!

In Sunday's Big Ten action, Indiana went on the road to Michigan for a stunning 59-57 upset in a game that featured only seven free throws being shot… Why am I never at a game like that?

Porter Moser was no less impressed with ISU's loss at Indiana State. After playing so well against Illinois and Creighton he had a right to expect more. He commended Lincoln's Gregg Alexander and Trey Guidry but indicated that the Redbirds needed greater contributions from others for ISU to be successful.

Next up for ISU is a trip to Drake.

In another shocker…

Or was it? Whenever Hartsburg-Emden and Mount Pulaski clash, anything can happen. And that's exactly what happened this time in Mount Pulaski. The hosts did not can their free throws, and they went down 47-44 to an inspired Hartem team. The Stags upped their record to 10-3, while the Hilltoppers slipped to 13-3.

LC lost a close one…

A late report indicates that the Lynx of Lincoln College lost a close ballgame to Lewis and Clark 83-89. No other info was available, and no scores from their ladies' contests were accessible.


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LCC sweeps…

LCC's women's info was not listed at the time of this writing, but those close to the scene said that LCC's men and women had posted big wins over Maranatha this past weekend. The Preachers won 87-69 in Saturday's game.

Saban's not going to coach the Bears.

In a national press conference, Nick Saban broke Chicago fans' hearts by indicating that he would NOT be the next coach of the Bears. Here's hoping that Jerry Angelo will search high and low for an established coach who is a proven winner.

I'm just not sold on going out and hiring an offensive or defensive coordinator just because they had some success with that particular team. History has shown that they are not always successful; whereas, someone who's gotten it done before, and preferably in more than one location, is more likely to get it done again… It's just a free thought the LDN is extending to Bears management… As of today we have received no calls requesting our help in the search!

NFL continues wooly run…

And the Packers' dream season has ended in bizarre fashion in Philadelphia. The Eagles claimed a 20-17 victory in overtime… Can anyone tell me why you can't call back-to-back timeouts? Whatever your answer, I don't think I'm buying it! If I have timeouts to use, I should be able to use them!

The Indianapolis Colts went into Kansas City and thumped the Chiefs 38-31 behind another sparkling performance by Peyton Manning… Hey, I thought this guy couldn't win ANY big games??? Where are all you Monday morning quarterbacks today??? I know… You'll rear your ugly heads when and if the Colts fall at New England next week… Just save it. This kid is classy and he is good. Your revisionist history will not likely change that!

The Carolina Panthers won an impressive game in St. Louis. The Rams had won something like 14 in a row there. It may not matter, as probably no one will beat Philly anyhow!

New England seemed to get a lot of calls (what is up with that?), and Tennessee almost came back to claim the victory anyway. That last-gasp pass had plenty of chances of being caught, which would've virtually ensured a tying field goal and maybe a winning touchdown.

Join Greg Taylor and me tonight at 6 on Lincoln's CITV-5 to tell us who will go to the Super Bowl. We can also bemoan together Illinois' and ISU's losses.

There's probably a lot more, but that's it for me. Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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