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After sitting out season, Starks is ready to lead the Illini

Big things can come in small packages. Just ask Tracy Abrams. The fearless three-year starting point guard for the Illini has been an impact player despite his underwhelming build. Abrams, who is generously listed at 6-foot-2 (believe me, I’d be surprised if he’s even 6-foot-0), has earned the reputation of being one the better guards in the Big Ten. Just as Abrams was about to enter this season as Illinois ...

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The Savior of the Spartans: Michigan State will live or die by Branden Dawson

Branden Dawson’s junior season didn’t exactly go as planned. Last season, Michigan State got off to an 18-1 start led by the experienced core of Keith Appling, Adreian Payne and Dawson. With the Spartans sitting at No. 3 in the nation, it looked like coach Tom Izzo had himself another title contender. Soon injuries would pile up to the Spartan’s Big 3 and a shift in momentum was in store. Payne missed time ...

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Ten Year Hinrich: Franchise Records Rank Review for 2014-15

Having a long career, namely a career to have been loyal to a single franchise, comes with certain perks and ranks. Going into the 2014-15 season, we'll count down just how many statistical categories Captain Kirk (along with a few other Bulls) are from moving up the all-time Bulls records.   32. Three-pointers made to be the first Bull with 1,000 from downtown. Kirk Currently leads the Bulls all-time ...

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Groce, Illinois, enter Year 3 with high expectations

 ILLINOIS BASKETBALL 2014-15 DEPARTURES: Joseph Bertrand, Jon Ekey RETURNING: Tracy Abrams (out for season), Rayvonte Rice, Nnanna Egwu, Kendrick Nunn, Malcolm Hill, Jaylon Tate, Maverick Morgan, Austin Colbert, Mike LaTulip NEWCOMERS: Ahmad Starks, Aaron Cosby, Leron Black, Michael Finke Illinois basketball head coach John Groce graduated from Taylor University about 20 years ago with a degree that had not ...

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Bears 2014 Rookie Class Review

The Bears have 14 rookies on their roster right now. 12 of which have been on the roster for extended periods of time and have played. I know that it is early to look at the returns on a draft class, but this class has shown enough that I think it can be discussed. After so many drafts that we have preached patience, and wait 3 years, only to not have them pan out, so let’s look at a draft that appears to b ...

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Shannon Scott Q & A

If you don't know who Shannon Scott is, he's that pesky, relentless defender on Ohio State that isn't Aaron Craft . Scott is entering his senior season with the Buckeyes and has already made consecutive Big Ten All-Defensive teams. With the aforementioned Craft now in the NBA, Scott finally has the chance to lead Ohio State as a starting point guard. I had the chance to sit down with the scrappy defender at ...

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The uncovered truth: Wildcats coach Chris Collins’ lost highlight video in it’s 90′s-ness glory

The 90's were a weird time. We saw the emergence of the grunge movement, the domination of M.J. and the Bulls, and Bop It.  I was born in '91, so keep in mind my memory of the 90's doesn't span very far past pro wrestling. Something else important happened in the 90's and it's just now beginning to surface. Unless you are Northwestern Wildcats basketball coach Chris Collins, or a Glenbrook North High School ...

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Two Wisconsin forwards headline the All-Big Ten Preseason Team

Wisconsin is going to be very good this year according to the Big Ten media. The Badgers were voted as the best team in the preseason and also feature two members on the preseason All-Big Ten team. A year after reaching the Final Four and losing only one starter, this isn't much of a surprise. Frank Kaminsky was voted as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year after coming on strong late last season. Teamm ...

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Follow @ChiCitySports23 for BIG Media Day updates

College basketball is almost upon us. That means it’s time for Media Day. Today is Big Ten Media Day and ChiCitySports is here for the coverage. Follow CCS all day and all week as we cover everything around the Big Ten. Tom Izzo has already complemented the moderator on his bowtie. This is just the start of our awesome coverage. Also make sure to check out our Twitter account @ChiCitySports23 for updates th ...

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The complexity that is Pau Gasol’s twitter handle

Pau Gasol signed a 3-year, $22 million deal with Bulls this summer, and the love fest in Chicago has already commenced. Gasol is the big, seven foot presence the Bulls have been missing for years. Most importantly, Carlos Boozer will be screaming “Gimme Dat!” and “And One!” in another uniform. Gasol is off to a solid start, averaging 10.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3 blocks per game in the preseason. He’s a s ...

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