Fresh off an occasionally uneven but ultimately dominating performance against Loyola, the Fighting Illini men’s basketball team faces off against the Cougars from SIU Edwardsville. Fun fact: SIU-E is home to the Buckminster Fuller-designed Center for Spirituality and Sustainability, which is a large geodesic dome centered exactly at 90′ W Longitude. This is the best ball-shaped thing SIU-E has going for it at the moment.
Last meeting: UI 96, SIUE 69. A sexy win to open the 09-10 season for the Fighting Illini.
The five returning leaders in starts for the Cougars last year are:
Nikola Bundalo 28
Kevin Stineman 20
Michael Messer 24
Cornelius Chatt 21
Corey Wickware 21
The Cougars also get back Mark Yelovich, probably their most accomplished player. Yelovich had to sit out last year after injuring himself in the season opener against IPFW.
There’s just a lot of material there for the Krush. The only one potentially safe is Stineman. Bundalo what? Cash? Laundry?
Illinois Fighting Illini vs SIU-E Cougars - a Basketball Live Blog with mini-preview!
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