WBEZ | Illini http://www.wbez.org/tags/illini Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illini lineman arrested in possible hate crime http://www.wbez.org/story/illini-lineman-arrested-possible-hate-crime-88752 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-05/AP051119027277.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>An Illinois football player arrested in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime has a previous felony conviction for cocaine possession.</p><p>Champaign police say they arrested 20-year-old defensive lineman Chris Jones on Sunday on a preliminary aggravated battery charge after two men reported he punched them outside a bar. The men said Jones was in a car whose occupants shouted anti-homosexual insults at them.</p><p>University spokesman Kent Brown said Jones has been suspended. Jones hasn't entered plea and has not responded to an e-mail from The Associated Press.&nbsp;</p><p>Jones is a 310-pound freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. Duval County, Fla., records show Jones pleaded guilty in July 2010 to cocaine possession and was sentenced to 60 days probation.&nbsp;</p><p>Brown said coach Ron Zook is aware of that conviction.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jul 2011 19:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/illini-lineman-arrested-possible-hate-crime-88752 Illinois' odds not so good in NCAA tournament http://www.wbez.org/story/news/sports/illinois-odds-not-so-good-ncaa-tournament <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-14/109981266.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There's some statistical help in filling out those NCAA basketball tournament brackets.&nbsp;But University of Illinois fans might not like the odds.</p><p>The Illini are a No. 9 seed in the Southwest region. Later this week, they'll face off against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a No. 8 seed.</p><p>U of I computer science Professor Sheldon Jacobson says the Illini are favorites to win that game.&nbsp;That's based purely on statistics that 9 seeds have historically faired better than No. 8s in the second round of the tournament.</p><p>Jacobson put together a mathematical model that helps determine who will make it to the Final Four.</p><p>&quot;If you look at the seeds there are very consistent patterns that have evolved over the past 26 tournaments. So you can actually determine how likely they are to occur,&quot; Jacobson said.</p><p>Jacobson said the best bet for the Final Four is two No. 1s, No. 2 and a No. 3.</p><p>As for Illinois, Jacobson said the odds aren't so good for the team to advance past the third round, much less win the championship.</p><p>&quot;In fact it's so low that you'd be better off buying a lottery ticket than you'd be betting on Illinois,&quot; he said.</p><p>The Illini are the only team from Illinois to make the tournament. The team came close to winning the championship in 2005, but lost out to the University of North Carolina. That year, Illinois was a No. 1 seed.</p><p>Jacobson and two undergraduate students created a website for people to check the odds of their <a href="http://bracketodds.cs.illinois.edu/">brackets</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/sports/illinois-odds-not-so-good-ncaa-tournament