Friday, January 21, 2005itching to suit up for Kansas. Bill Self's take on Stewart at a recent practice? "He was good today. He played defense two straight hours." Something tells me Self knows Stewart has a long way to go before he gets on message.
-- Matt Trowbridge of the Rockford (IL) Register Star believes Iowa last night provided the blueprint on how a team could defeat Illinois.
* Intimidate Illinois' not-so-big big men.
* Don't give Illinois' three star guards room to shoot, drive or pass.
*And you have to do both. One doesn't work without the other, which explains why Illinois came in shooting 51 percent.
-- Barker Davis of the Washington Times rips into ESPN & the ACC. Dick Vitale's favorite league may have won the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, but conference teams aren't doing so hot against the Big East. This column is well worth the time of ACC fans and foes alike.
-- Meet Nick Williams, a big part of Bog Huggins' offense. Joe Kay of the AP has a kind profile of the former Kansas State Wildcat about which you (likely) know very little. Williams' progress must be encouraging for Bearcat nation, but I'm still of the opinion that as goes Jason Maxiell, so goes Cincinnati.
-- Is Notre Dame's Chris Thomas still an NBA prospect? If so, why? (If the answer has anything to do with Danny Ainge, Shoot. Me. Now).