11/11/11 Morning Dump- a quick rundown of Illini-related stories from around the media landscape

Eleven. Eleven. Eleven. Best number 11 in Fighting Illini history? Dee Brown. So on to basketball….

Illini 7-footer Myers Leonard ‘has to grow up’

Leonard is one of Illinois’ many question marks. Junior guards D.J. Richardson and Brandon Paul need to mature on the perimeter. Like Leonard, junior forward Tyler Griffey needs to go from nonentity to a starting role. Senior point guard Sam Maniscalco, a Bradley transfer, needs to overcome a problem ankle. And a bunch of young players need to find a way to contribute.

The good news is, the wrangling with Richmond and the motivational sparring with McCamey are gone. And this new group, which is talented, is saying the right things about rolling up its sleeves.

The game is still on the online version of BTN. We’ll have a preview up later today and the live chat, as always, will open a few minutes before the 8pm start.

Dienhart: What to Watch For This Saturday

5. Illinois offense. The unit has been shut out in the first half in each of the last three games. Bottom line: The Fighting Illini have scored an aggregate 28 points in their last three games.

A quick one-sentence summary of each team in Big Ten action this week. Dienhart’s a heck of an analyst, and the BTN is fortunate to have him.

Illini, Nittany Lions seek measuring stick

Is there ever a right time to play a four-time defending NCAA volleyball champion?

Illinois coach Kevin Hambly thinks there is, and that time is tonight.

“It’s the right match for the right time,” Hambly said this week of Penn State’s visit to Huff Hall.

The Illini look to get back on track against one of the best programs in volleyball, the Nittany Lions. On a side note, is the B1G good or what this year in volleyball? The 7th (Illinois) and 9th (Penn State) ranked programs in the country are tied for third. Wow. Almost makes up for a down year in football.

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