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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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Even in Defeat, the Illini Season Was Anything But a Failure

"When you pour your heart and your mind and your soul into something I know it stings. If it doesn't then something would be wrong." A choked up John Groce said these words to a visibly broken Illini basketball team after their Round of 32 loss to Miami. The team had defied odds all season long in a roller coast ride that ended with a feeling that at least 67 other teams in the nation can sympathize with—de ...

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Controversial Call Seals Illini’s Fate in Loss to Miami

In a day full of several controversial calls across the NCAA Tournament, the contest pitting No. 7 Illinois against No. 2 Miami wasn’t an exception. After Shane Larkin made a go-ahead three pointer for the Hurricanes to take a 57-55 lead with a minute left in the contest, controversy struck on the other end. Illini senior D.J. Richardson air balled a three pointer that caromed out of bounds, appearing to co ...

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No. 7 Illinois Relinquishes 16 Point Halftime Lead But Holds on to Beat No. 10 Colorado 57-49

Despite suffering a 22-2 run and squandering a 16 point halftime lead, the No. 7 Fighting Illini held on for a 57-49 win over the Colorado Buffaloes. Live by the three and die by the three has been the Illini’s moniker all season long and never was it more apparent than in this contest. Illinois climbed out to a 37-21 halftime lead after shooting 6-16 from behind the arc in the first half. Senior D.J. Richa ...

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Illinois Strives for Consistency Facing Off Against Colorado

The No. 7 seed Fighting Illini will take on the No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes in a match-up of two enigmas. Both teams have fought through slumps to reach the NCAA tournament. Now that they’re here, they’re as dangerous as ever. On December 16th, the Illini were sitting at 12-0 as the John Groce era kicked off emphatically. After losing eight of their next 12 contests, the Illini fell to 16-8 and 2-7 in the Big ...

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Illinois draws a No. 7 seed and will take on the No. 10 seed Colorado Buffaloes in Texas

Just a year ago, Illinois spent Selection Sunday sitting on the edge of their seat like many other teams waiting for their name to be called, but it never was. This year, with wins against Indiana, Gonzaga, and Ohio State, you can bet the Illini were sitting pretty comfortably. The Fighting Illini drew a No. 7 seed in the East Region and will take on the No. 10 seed Colorado Buffaloes from the Pac-12 confer ...

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