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.
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
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.
[to top of second column in this
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
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.
probably a lot more, but that's it for me. Have a great week,