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Illini Contributor

A 2009 graduate of the University of Illinois, Joe Kutsunis has followed the Illini, the Bears and the Cubs for as long as he can remember. When not covering the Illini basketball and football teams for Hail to the Orange, or contributing to SB Nation he is also pursuing a master's degree in history.


Big Ten Cash Payments, If Done Right, Could Be The Future of NCAA Sports

There are some things we need to get out of the way first. First of all you need to admit, as a fan of a big time college basketball or football team, that at least one player is probably receiving...

2011 NCAA Tournament: Kentucky Eliminates Ohio State 62-60, Ends Big Ten Season

The careers of three great Ohio State seniors have finally come to an end. David Lighty, William Buford and Jon Diebler, along with freshmen standouts Jared Sullinger and Aaron Craft, helmed a...

2011 NCAA Sweet 16: Ohio State And Kentucky Tied At 30 At Half

It is a battle of two very similar teams, led by gritty seniors and highly talented freshmen, and half way through the Sweet Sixteen match of Kentucky and Ohio State, it is still a stalemate. Ohio...

2011 NCAA Sweet 16: Butler Eliminates Wisconsin 61-54, Only Ohio State Remains From Big Ten

Wisconsin was shooting hot last weekend, beating Belmont and Kansas State in the process, nut against Butler in New Orleans, the Badgers looked much more like the team that lost to Penn State in...

2011 NCAA Sweet 16: Butler Locking Down Wisconsin, 33-24 At Half

Butler seems like they are well on their way to another Elite Eight, as they have stifled Wisconsin's offense up and down the court in the first half. It also certainly hasn't hurt that Butler has...

2011 NCAA Sweet 16: Badgers Ready For Defending National Runner Up Butler

It is too bad that only one of these two teams can move on. The Wisconsin Badgers, who always seem to be counted out before the season starts and who always put together a solid season have to go...

2011 NCAA Tournament: Illinois Fails In Upset Bid Of Kansas 73-59

The Illini could not pull off the upset of No.1 seeded Kansas, and their season comes to an end. The Illini played the Jayhawks tough for most of the game, but in the end the size advantage of...

NCAA Tournament 2011: Illinois Hanging Tough With Kansas 33-29 At Half

The Illini are trying to do the improbable tonight as they attempt to take down a No.1 seed, something they have never done in their history. After falling behind by 11 points early, the Illinois...

2011 NCAA Tournament: VCU Shocking Purdue 42-32 At Half

Just a week ago, many experts and fans were wondering aloud how VCU made it into the NCAA Tournament field while teams like Colorado and Virginia Tech were left out. After beating USC on Wednesday...

NCAA Tournament 2011: Ohio State Dismantles George Mason 98-66, Advance To Sweet Sixteen

The Buckeyes have come alive and are playing their best basketball at just the right time, dominating the George Mason Patriots from nearly start to finish. Mason took an early lead in the game of...

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