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High Motor Guy Podcast Presents: March Manifesto 2014

The following piece, originally posted on Highmotorguy.com, was written by HMG contributor Brendan Murphy.  For the third time in three years, I’ve attempted to alphabetize the Madness brought on by amateur athletes who unwittingly impact work-place productivity. Without further ado, the third annual March Manifesto … A is for American Hustled … Stretching from northern Connecticut to southern Texas, the up ...

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Illinois keeps their NCAA tournament hopes alive with win against Indiana

Just five weeks ago, Illinois lost eight straight games in the Big Ten, a collapse that few teams in the nation could overcome. The Fighting Illini have won six of their last nine games since the losing streak and also since freshman Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill were added to the starting lineup. Nunn and Hill have gotten most of the praise for the team’s resurgence. On Thursday, it was two juniors who ca ...

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Illinois is overmatched as Michigan clinches Big Ten title

  In their last four games, Illinois has done something they haven’t done since 1947—hold each of their opponents to less than 50 points. On Tuesday, well, let’s just say they might have to start another streak. The Illini let up 52 points against Michigan—in the first half. The recent hot play for Illinois was extinguished by No. 12 Michigan, who shot their way to an 84-53 win. After losing 10 of 11 g ...

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Illinois show they still have something to play for as they cruise past Nebraska

53 days is a long time. With Nebraska in town, it's been 53 days since Illinois last won a home game. It was an unfamiliar site to see Illinois take on Nebraska with the Cornhuskers sitting in sixth place and the Illini looking up from the very bottom. With 12 losses on the year, the NCAA tournament has been out of the picture for Illinois for a while now—someone might have to tell the team that. If Illinoi ...

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Wisconsin outlasts Illinois as they drop their 8th straight game for first time in 40 years

The last time the Wisconsin Badgers faced off against the Fighting Illini it wasn’t pretty. The January 8th matchup at the Kohl Center was dominated by the Badgers throughout as they came away with a 95-70 victory. The Badgers made their way over to Champaign for a rematch despite a Winter Storm Warning that left many fans at home. Wisconsin was never able to break away in this one, but timely shooting from ...

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Illinois falls short of 21 point comeback against No. 15 Iowa

On Friday, Illinois Coach John Groce told the media “when adversity hits you have to grind hard. You gotta grind.” After a spirited effort against No. 15 Iowa on Saturday, no one can question if the Fighting Illini are grinding hard. After trailing by 21 points early on, Illinois rallied back to take a five point lead in the second half. After failing to score in the first half, senior guard Roy Devyn Marbl ...

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After six straight losses, reality is setting in for the Illini

2014 just hasn't been the Illini's year. The Fighting Illini were 11-2 when they took on Indiana at the State Farm Center on December 31st. The game on New Year’s Eve was a Big Ten opener for both teams, a fitting way to kick off what seemed to be another big year in the Big Ten. Offense wasn’t hard to come by in that game, with Rayvonte Rice scoring 29 and Tracy Abrams and Joseph Bertrand combining for 30. ...

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