LIVE BLOG: Courtside from Assembly Hall
Jan. 24, 2009
3:47 p.m. ET: I am courtside at Assembly Hall. Wisconsin and Illinois are on the court for warm-ups, and ESPN should soon be on the air.
3:54 p.m. ET: The Orange Krush is warming up and stretching. Jumping jacks for all the students getting ready for the Badgers. Where else can you see this?
3:59 p.m. ET: Wisconsin and Illinois have taken the court. A few observations ... Mike Tisdale is really, really tall. No, like I mean REALLY tall. Also, this place is very orange - even oranger than I remember last year when I was here. The retired jerseys are a great touch in the rafters above the scoreboard.
4:03 p.m. ET: Bo Ryan and Bruce Weber just exchanged pleasantries. I'm close enough where I should be able to hear what they're saying, but this place is too loud. Probably a great conversation discussing the differences between the Swing and Bruce's motion offense.
4:06 p.m. ET: "The Other Guys" just finished performing the National Anthem. Starting lineups, and lots of Orange People clapping.
4:07 p.m. ET: I never noticed this before, but Bo Ryan does his patented kneel-down during starting lineups too. I'm pretty sure he walks around Madison in that kneeling position all the time. Watch him on the sidelines. You think one of the assistants could let him sit down once? Haha.
4:08 p.m. ET: Tom O'Neill, Ted Valentine and Zelton Steed are blowing the whistles today. Great crew.
4:09 p.m. ET: Illinois wins the tip.
4:09:30 p.m. ET: Patrick Herb from Wisconsin is also blogging - it's like a dueling banjo competition. Check it out.
4:10 p.m. ET: Watch TV for the play-by-play, but McCamey misses a jumper, Krabbenhoft for 3, Mike Davis with the mid-range jumper.
4:12 p.m. ET: The maintenance staff actually put new nets on the baskets before warm-ups earlier today. Nothing like fresh nets for Illinois-Wisconsin.
4:14 p.m. ET: WITH A KISS!!! Eat you heart out, Bill Raftery. Why aren't you here? Chester Frazier banks in the 3.
4:15 p.m. ET: Wisconsin 7, Illinois 7 15:43 left in the first half. Media timeout, which gives me time to catch my breath and applaud for Lee Archambault, who is at the game today.
4:19 p.m. ET: Mike Tisdale picks up his second foul, both on the offense end of the floor. Illinois gets a lot smaller with him of the floor, negating their major height advantage at the 5.
4:24 p.m. ET: Under-12 timeout. Illinois leads 11-9.
4:25 p.m. ET: Just refreshed the page on bigten.org to make sure everything is working. It is, but make sure that you take a look at the All-New Nissan Maxima (right above this line, or maybe the one above it). Hey, if the ad is going to be in the middle of the blog, it might as well be the blog for a minute or two.
4:27 p.m. ET: Dominique Keller, showing off some athleticism. McCamey steals as I'm typing. Timeout Wisconsin as I finish. 20-11 Illinois. Trevon Hughes checking back in.
4:29 p.m. ET: Wisconsin actually uses a muffin tin - no really, like a tin you make muffins in, to distribute cups of water during timeouts. Why didn't I think of that when I was a manager? Great idea, Henry.
4:31 p.m. ET: Illinois gets burned by doubling Landry in the post. Nankivil open underneath for the dunk. Badgers on a 5-0 run since the timeout.
4:32 p.m. ET: Illinois 20, Wisconsin 16 7;27 left first half.
4:33 p.m. ET: There are cheerleaders on the floor. The dance team too. Really, anybody with a pom pom is on the floor. They're everywhere! And the band is playing that background sound to Jock Jams - what's it called again?
4:36 p.m. ET: Dominique Keller continuing his impressive play from Tuesday night. What a luxury for the Illini if he can be ANOTHER athletic 4-man to complement Mike Davis inside.
4:39 p.m. ET: The Orange Krush just reminded Marcus Landry he is wearing goggles. I'm pretty sure he knows, guys, but thanks!
4:41 p.m. ET: UNDER FOR CHESTER! Chester Frazier with the lay-up.
4:42 p.m. ET: Watch Joe Krabbenhoft talk on the floor. He really seems to be an additional coach on the floor, great asset for the Badgers.
4:43 p.m. ET: Just got a call on my cell phone - don't you people know I'm blogging! That, and I certainly don't have plans for tonight! Illinois 27, Wisconsin 22 3:44 left first half.
4:47 p.m. ET: The Orange Krush is doing a great job of counting down the shot clock, except they're always like 3 seconds off and never in the same direction. Confusing. Did you ever notice how when the student section's "shot clocks" go off, everybody seems to know to go "eeeehhhhhhh"? Interesting.
4:50 p.m. ET: Bruce Weber takes his use it or lose it timeout. 39.2 seconds on the game clock, 30 on the shot clock. There is not enough time to go 2-for-1, so Bruce and company should look to run the clock down and get a good shot. They have shooters in Meacham and McCamey on the floor. Davis and Keller still up front. Frazier runs the team.
4:52 p.m. ET: Illinois runs a high pick-n-roll, Keller replaces up top and leaving the roll guy (Davis) wide open under the basket. Great pass, great dunk.
4:53 p.m. ET: Wisconsin got the rebound and put in Trevon Hughes' miss at the buzzer, but Zelton Steed waves it off. Officials are reviewing the television monitors now. Basket is no good. I'll trust the three zebras here, their television replay is better than my watching live.
4:55 p.m. ET: The Jesse White Tumblers are performing at halftime. What a treat. Might be one of the best halftime shows around.
4:56 p.m. ET: I was just given a complement for a great job linking the Jesse White site above. My egotistical response was of course, "well, I did invent the Internet". Wait, that was somebody else. I think he's doing quite well now.
4:59 p.m. ET: Jesse White Tumblers just did one "heckuva" job. They jumped high, they jumped over a lot of other tumblers, including Illinois cheerleaders and showed off some athleticism. What those kids do is impressive.
5:01 p.m. ET: Ron Zook siting across the way.
5:02 p.m. ET: Getting ready to start the second half. Demetri McCamey leads all scorers with 10 points. Joe Krabbenhoft leads Wisconsin with 7 points. Tisdale played only 6 minutes with his two fouls, though only 10 fouls total were called in the half - making for a game with great flow and intensity. The big difference right now, Illinois is making shots. Illinois is shooting 54% (13 for 24) compared to Wisconsin's 33% (9 for 27).
5:05 p.m. ET: Just got a text back from my "phone call interruption" earlier. Don't worry, everybody. He has everything handled (and you knew he would since he's the best out there) - he says that he didn't know I was blogging. I'm pretty sure most people didn't know I was blogging, dude!
5:09 p.m. ET: Wisconsin ball to start the second half.
5:11 p.m. ET: Illinois has done an incredible job of both collapsing and doubling the post. Bo Ryan's bread and better isn't there on many possessions, forcing guards to create outside shots.
5:12 p.m. ET: And just as I finish typing that, Bohannon misses a deep 3. Kevin Gullikson checks in for the Badgers to get Nankivil and try and provide a spark.
5:14 p.m. ET: Krabbenhoft answers McCamey's 3. Notice how Krabbenhoft's 3 came on an inside-out pass from Landry. It's a lot easier to catch and shoot moving forward.
5:15 p.m. ET: Bo Ryan pulls both his seniors - Marcus Landry and Joe Krabbenhoft - trying to find the right defensive combination.
5:16 p.m. ET: Wisconsin calls timeout as Illinois is about to run away with this thing - now up 41-28. Illinois has made 4 of 6 shots (67%) in the half while Wisconsin is shooting 17% (1 for 6).
5:19 p.m. ET: Illinois 41, Wisconsin 30 with 14:29 left in the second half. Media timeout.
5:20 p.m. ET: I - L - L
5:20:10 p.m. ET: I - N - I
5:25 p.m. ET: Marcus Landry with four in a row. Wisconsin cuts the deficit to 11.
5:26 p.m. ET: Mike Davis answers. The big difference for Illinois this season? Their bigs.
5:30 p.m. ET: Wisconsin hanging around, but needs a stop. Landry leads them on a bit of an offensive run, but they don't make up any ground.
5:31 p.m. ET: Chester Frazier showing off his geometry skills. How did he spin that to go in? You want to talk about right angles.
5:32 p.m. ET: Media timeout with Wisconsin's ball coming out. Illinois 49, Wisconsin 37 with 10:05 left. Illinois shooting 56%
5:33 p.m. ET: One of the cheerleaders just walked (with his hands!) while doing a headstand from one baseline to another. Yes, really.
5:36 p.m. ET: Illinois' defense is creating havoc for the Badgers. Shot clock violation there. The Swing does not work as well when the Illini take away the post like they have today. Very impressive.
5:37 p.m. ET: Hughes with the scoop shoot up and under to pull the Badgers back within 10.
5:38 p.m. ET: Keller picks up the foul to bring us to the media timeout. Illinois 52, Wisconsin 42 with 6:44 left. I've talked about the post defense, but Jason Bohannon is 0 for 3 from floor and has not scored yet tonight. McCamey leads Illinois with 18.
5:40 p.m. ET: We have a contact lens on the floor, so we'll have a stoppage. Official Zelton Steed made a great "he's lost a contact" signal to Bruce Weber to indicate what was going on. It's Krabbenhoft's lens, and trainer Henry Perez-Guerra helps him out. This is usually the part of the discussion where a bad "basketball is a contact sport" joke comes up, but I'm not going to do that.
5:41 p.m. ET: Wisconsin has figured out how to get back in this one, free-throw shooting. They are in the bonus and just made 3 of 4 and are back within 7 points. Fouls are Illinois 8, Wisconsin 5.
5:44 p.m. ET: Shot clock violation on an inbounds play with 2 seconds left on the shot clock. The shot clock went off quickly, but remember that we don't know how many "tenths" of a second were on the clock. I could better explain if I saw the same replay, which our officials have gone to look at now.
5:48 p.m. ET: Demetri McCamey with a huge shot as the shot clock expires.
5:49 p.m. ET: A Tisdale block on one end turns into McCamey shooting free throws on the other end after getting fouled on the fastbreak. That big scoreboard in front of me (not the high-def one above me) says McCamey has 21 points now, high for the game.
5:51 p.m. ET: Illinois can start to run clock now ... no, wait. Krabbenhoft steals, Landry lay-up. Not so fast, my friend.
5:52 p.m. ET: Under-4 media timeout, Illinois will shoot 1-and-1 coming out after the foul away from the basket on Jordan Taylor. Illinois 55, Wisconsin 47 with 2:50 left.
5:53 p.m. ET: Joe Krabbenhoft has a double-double now with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Landry also has 13 for the Badgers. McCamey leads Illinois with 21. Illinois has taken only 17 field goal attempts in the first 17:10 of the second half.
5:54 p.m. ET: Wayne McClain might be one of the best dressed assistant coaches in the country. Sorry, Mike Garland.
5:56 p.m. ET: The Badgers have the ball down 8, and Jason Bohannon misses a 22-footer wide left. Wisconsin applies pressure in the full court and Bruce Weber is forced to use his third timeout. 23 seconds on the shot clock, 1:33 on the game clock.
5:57 p.m. ET: Wisconsin shows a run and jump out of the timeout as Krabbenhoft attacks the dribbler in the front court and picks up a foul (his fourth). Meacham at the line shooting 1-and-1.
5:58 p.m. ET: Meacham makes both free throws, Illini by 10.
5:59 p.m. ET: Big 3-point shot by Trevon Hughes. He hits from the right win off one foot as Bo Ryan calls timeout. Illinois 59, Wisconsin 52 with 1:17 left.
6:00 p.m. ET: Wisconsin got the steal in the backcourt with a run and jump press. Hughes misses a 3 to try and pull Wisconsin within 4, and McCamey gets fouled on the rebound. McCamey hits both, 9 point lead.
6:01 p.m. ET: Krabbenhoft for 3 in the corner is good!! Badgers still alive! Illinois 61, Wisconsin 55 with 52.0 seconds left. Illinois has 2 timeouts, Wisconsin has 1. Illinois is in the double bonus while Wisconsin is in the 1-and-1 for one more foul.
6:02 p.m. ET: Trent Meacham travels after getting trapped in the back court. Wisconsin's run and jump (something they do not show much of at all) has been effective twice in the last 20 seconds.
6:03 p.m. ET: Bohannon misses a runner and Calvin Brock gets fouled on the rebound for Illinois. He makes one of two free throws as Illinois moves ahead by 7.
6:04 p.m. ET: Jordan Taylor puts back the missed jumper and Wisconsin is down 5 (62-57) with 26.6 seconds left. Bo calls his last timeout.
6:05 p.m. ET: Chester Frazier has to use his a timeout as he can't get the ball inbounds. Illinois with one timeout left now as Illinois continues to struggle against this press.
6:06 p.m. ET: Weber has Mike Tisdale inbound the ball. Chester Frazier gets tied up in the back court, but the possession arrow is in favor of Illinois.
6:07 p.m. ET: Tisdale tries to go long with the overhead pass and it is intercepted by Marcus Landry. Jason Bohannon misses the 3 pointer from the right wing and Wisconsin is forced to foul. Krabbenhoft fouls out. Illinois 64, Wisconsin 57.
6:09 p.m. ET: Game over. Illinois 64, Wisconsin 57. Lots of hand shaking going on in front of me. Illinois snaps a five game losing streak against Wisconsin and beats them at home for the first time since February 12, 2005.
6:10 p.m. ET: Illinois improves to 17-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big Ten with the win. Bruce Weber's club moves one half game behind Michigan State for the conference lead and Illinois is the second Big Ten team to get to five conference wins and the first to 17 wins overall. Illinois bests their 16-win total from last year. Wisconsin falls to 12-7 and 3-4 in the Big Ten with the loss. Bo Ryan's club has lost four in a row for the first time in his eight years as head coach in Madison.
6:11 p.m. ET: Demetri McCamey finishes with 25 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor and 11 for 13 from the free throw line. Mike Davis added 10 and Chester Frazier had nine for the Illini. Joe Krabbenhoft led Wisconsin with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus Landry and Trevon Hughes added 13. Illinois finished 50% from the floor to Wisconsin's 36%.
6:14 p.m. ET: Hope you enjoyed the live blog and it added to your Saturday afternoon. Comments are welcome from "both" people who read. Thanks for paying attention, and good night from Assembly Hall.