Dominique Keller: Not a fan of IU

  • 02/17/2009 8:00 am in

In the 14 months I’ve lived in my apartment, I’ve gotten in about three fights with my roommate. These fights have not stemmed from taking out the trash, or rent, or leaving too many dishes in the sink: They’ve all been sports related. He’s an Illinois fan. I’m an Indiana fan. He’s a Cubs fan. I’m a White Sox fan. That should just about do all the explaining for you.

This year, during both IU-Illinois matchups, there was no bickering. He realizes IU is in a down year. Before the first game, he even made some off-handed remark about it “not even being a rivalry this year.”

And besides Bruce Weber’s comments before the year about how Indiana was going to be real bad and to “not print that on the Internet,” everything in Illini Nation seems a bit more calm than last year. Bruce has been cordial in both meetings. Chester Frazier, he of Eric Gordon pregame pushing fame, was nice in his postgame comments Sunday. I think it’s a combination of Kelvin Sampson being gone (he was the hated villain in all this, really), Gordon going pro, IU not being very good this year and Illinois fans having respect for Tom Crean and his choice to clean house and do things the right way.

This is not to say the rivalry does not still exist, or that fans on both side of the fence don’t feel hatred towards one another. But, it is to say, at least for this year, those tempers have died down a bit.

Unless you’re first-year Illinois JUCO transfer from Lee College, Dominique Keller — a guy who wasn’t even on the team last year.

“I’ve only been in this rivalry for one year, and I can tell you right now, I do not like this school,” Keller said. “I don’t like the coach, and I don’t like the fans. As a matter of fact, I don’t like the gym. It’s just something about Indiana I just don’t like. You can quote me on that.”

You have been quoted, Dominique. But dude, what have we done to you?

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  • He must have hung around BW too long, or something

  • Willis

    I don't like his patchy goatee.

  • CutterInChicago

    FWIW and IMHO Illinois is not a rivalry game for IU. The IU rivalry games are Purdue and Kentucky. Folks may loathe Weber (and that's fine, I loathed Lou Henson but never considered Ilinois a rival, even back in the 1989 season time-period) but it gives them (really Weber) far too much credit to consider them a rival.

  • bz

    i wonder what prompted that comment. it's not like this was a heated game. there were no fights, no stare-downs, no handshakes ignored. since mr. klee didn't feel the need to put the quote into a context – he just kind of threw it out there – i can't help but think that someone might have baited keller in to it.

    with that said, change one word -indiana to illinois – and i completely agree

    …and you can quote me on that.

  • tberry

    I'm just wondering, who really care about what Keller likes???

  • cooper

    I could care less…I hope none of IU's players like any of the other schools. Respect them but don't like them…Crean should put in a video of Pitt play and say this is how we should play. What a fun physical team to watch, would love to see that system or play at IU. Pritchard, Williams and Story have the bodies to be very physical, they just need to without fouling

  • NC Fat Boy

    Yes, our biggest two rivalry games are Illinois and Iowa…….

  • GFDave

    Dominique has far more attitude than game. Give it up kid, you've got to be good to trash talk.

  • RobertSchell

    Well, I don't like Keller or the U of I, or Coach Weber, or their fans, or their “Assembly Hall”…so, there. We're even.

  • BFowler

    Who is Dominique Keller?

  • ChiTownHoosier

    What does Keller know? a JUCO transfer should be thanking god he gets to play in gyms like Assembly Hall. This is a kid who clearly has no knowledge of, or respect for, the history of college basketball.

    Let him go back and keeping putting up 6.2 ppg in that spaceship looking, dimly lit dungeon they call assembky hall.

  • GoIU30

    Not to be critical of this kid but I would say he needs to focus more of his attention on his play (6.2ppg and 2.4 rpg) and less attention on how much he hates Indiana. Just an observation.

  • Wisco

    I agree this isn’t really a rivalry game to me either. Maybe it’d be more of one if I was a Chicago guy, I dunno. As it is, they’re a competitive, tough conference opponent and we’ve had some great games over the years, but I just don’t see it being much more than that. Yes, I also remember what a douche Lou Henson was, but I just don’t get it. Even over the past year, it just stemmed from Weber whining about EJ. Now that all that’s in the past, can’t we move on.

  • tberry

    I’m just wondering, who really cares what Keller thinks???

  • tberry

    I’m just wondering, who really care what Keller likes or doesn’t like???

  • I found this on a Illini Message board, the best was some kid told me (before they banned me again) that Illinois was going to do everything we had in the next four years with weber. So I guess they are going to win 5 championships in 4 years, wow Weber is magical!

    boredom + internet always equals trouble for me

  • MillaRed

    This is pretty funny actually. When I read the headline, I had no idea who this guy was. Thank you for going to Illinois sir. You would not crackthe rotation in 2009-2010 as a senior at Indiana.

    Have fun getting knocked out of the tourney in the 2nd round for two seasons.

  • Ben_M

    I wonder if he dislikes kittens as well?

  • Kelin Blab

    Dominque….let me give you some advice to help you out kid…

    #1 Bench warmers are NOT allowed to say what they hate!

    #2 You aver 6 more points per game than my mom who is 60 and Abe Lincoln who is dead

    #3 I am fine with you hating IU, but at least have some valid reason. Surely you didn't develope this hate at those big time JUCO games you played in ….

    #4 To close a sentence with “You can quote me on that” would be fine if anyone outside of Illannoy new who you were…….That is like Tijan saying how much he hates Purdue….

  • Taskmaster75

    What reporter, was so DESPERATE, that he needed to report the opinion and feelings of Dominique Keller. Probably some whiny kid that didn't get a scholarship from Indiana.

    To be honest, I thought it was that 5 star kid in the 2010 class who committed to Kentucky. IT would have actually mattered, since he is from Indiana, but I read the article, and a 6.2ppg guy dissed us, I feel so ashamed to watch my team. (sarcasm)

  • BFowler

    Who is Dominique Keller?

  • ChiTownHoosier

    What does Keller know? a JUCO transfer should be thanking god he gets to play in gyms like Assembly Hall. This is a kid who clearly has no knowledge of, or respect for, the history of college basketball.

    Let him go back and keeping putting up 6.2 ppg in that spaceship looking, dimly lit dungeon they call assembky hall.

  • I found this on a Illini Message board, the best was some kid told me (before they banned me again) that Illinois was going to do everything we had in the next four years with weber. So I guess they are going to win 5 championships in 4 years, wow Weber is magical!

    boredom + internet always equals trouble for me

  • MillaRed

    This is pretty funny actually. When I read the headline, I had no idea who this guy was. Thank you for going to Illinois sir. You would not crackthe rotation in 2009-2010 as a senior at Indiana.

    Have fun getting knocked out of the tourney in the 2nd round for two seasons.

  • Ben_M

    I wonder if he dislikes kittens as well?

  • Kelin Blab

    Dominque….let me give you some advice to help you out kid…

    #1 Bench warmers are NOT allowed to say what they hate!

    #2 You average 6 more points per game than my mom who is 60 and Abe Lincoln who is dead

    #3 I am fine with you hating IU, but at least have some valid reason. Surely you didn't develope this hate at those big time JUCO games you played in ….

    #4 To close a sentence with “You can quote me on that” would be fine if anyone outside of Illannoy new who you were…….That is like Tijan saying how much he hates Purdue….

  • Taskmaster75

    What reporter, was so DESPERATE, that he needed to report the opinion and feelings of Dominique Keller. Probably some whiny kid that didn't get a scholarship from Indiana.

    To be honest, I thought it was that 5 star kid in the 2010 class who committed to Kentucky. IT would have actually mattered, since he is from Indiana, but I read the article, and a 6.2ppg guy dissed us, I feel so ashamed to watch my team. (sarcasm)