Lopez has always had a reputation as a guy that walks to the beat of his own drum, but privately his teammates call him one of the nicest guys around.
Malcolm Hill had 29 points, but Illinois lost to Central Florida 65-58 in the NIT quarterfinals on Wednesday night in Orlando, Florida.
Wade has already told Butler that he and his injured right elbow will be ready for the postseason. Now, it’s about getting Wade that opportunity.
The timing of the Lopez suspension for fighting couldn’t have been worse, but Fred Hoiberg and Co. understand why the big man lost his temper.
RICK MORRISSEY: In college sports, your cad is somebody else’s hero.
Up 15 midway through the fourth quarter, the Bulls watched that lead evaporate, eventually losing in overtime and falling further out of the playoffs.