March 1997

March 1997

Illinois hits its target

   CHARLOTTE, N.C.  Hot shooting covers a myriad of basketball weaknesses.

   And Illinois chose the right afternoon to post its highest shooting percentage in two seasons Friday.

Tate: Illini keep their cool for Kruger

   CHARLOTTE, N.C.  The Trojans were on a devastating roll, their big lineup ripping into Illinois'' shaky inside defense and turning a 46-29 UI lead into a 69-69 deadlock.

   Big Mo was smiling on Southern Cal. Illini seniors Chris Gandy and Kiwane Garris appeared destined to relive their disappointing postseason losses to Alabama, Tulsa and Georgetown.

The inside scoop on Illini''s next opponent

   A few Tennessee-Chattanooga tidbits Lon Kruger likely won''t share with his Illini today:

Next step a high one for Illinois

Expectations, Lou Henson will tell you, can be bad for the back.

They're that heavy.

In 1980, Henson was hailed for getting the Illini into the NIT.

In 1996, Henson was hollered at for getting the Illini into the NIT.

Depaul standout has enjoyed success wherever she''s been

To folks who know basketball in Chicago, the name Kim Williams ranks up there with Cazzie Russell, Mark Aguirre and Tim Hardaway.

She's what you call a playground legend in the Windy City.

''Dogs bark for ''Tubby''

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the sixth of 17 children, young Orlando Smith found privacy in the bathtub.

He's been just plain "Tubby" ever since.

Extra! Extra! SportsFACTS bonus issue!

When the Illini keep winning, we keep publishing.Although normally we don't publish on Saturdays, we will of course be bringing you extended coverage this Saturday of the Illini men and women's NCAA games.Our stories will be up no later than 1 p.m., Central Standard Time, as normal.

Party time: It''s been 10 years since UI enjoyed NCAA laugh

CHAMPAIGN – It's the story that now can be told. But, please, don't pass this one along to former University of Illinois women's basketball coach Laura Golden, OK?

"I'm not sure I should be telling you this," Jonelle Polk McCloud said with a laugh before proceeding to anyway.

So this is life in the slow lane

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Greetings from the Bible Belt, where the people talk funny, everything comes with a side of grits, Richard Petty still is king and "Hee Haw" is more than just an old TV show, it's a way of life.

How y'all doing?

Men''s Basketball: Tourny tips

CHAMPAIGN – She is believed to be the first Champaign gymnast to receive a scholarship from the University of Illinois, but you won't hear Susie Miles say it.

She didn't even know until a couple weeks ago, when a coach informed her.