January 1999

Cardinal a major pain

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – He dove on the floor. As usual.

He took charges. As usual.

He inflicted pain. As usual.

And, he won. As usual.


Tate: Postseason tourney bids in jeopardy

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Lon Kruger's Illini are passing the crisis point insofar as postseason play is concerned.

Four straight Big Ten losses – all by nine points or more – have dropped the Illini to 8-8 overall with defending co-champion Michigan State coming Saturday to the Assembly Hall.


Purdue no cure for UI pain

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  They''re down in the dumps, not to mention the standings. The last person Lon Kruger''s fragile Illini want to see at a time like this is Brian Cardinal.

   But that''s who''ll be waiting for them today when they roll into West Lafayette: a painful reminder of their putrid past against Purdue.


Flyin'' Illini - A 10-year tribute: Illini a big part of Big Ten heyday

Good to see the Big Ten climbing polls and winning bowls again.

All the league has to do now is send four teams to the Sweet 16, two to the Final Four and one to the national championship trophy presentation, and it'll be right back where it was 10 years ago.


Tate: Purdue still the class of the Big Ten

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Don't be misled by Purdue's loss of the bask ... er, slap-wrestling and bearhug event ... Sunday at Wisconsin.

The Gene Keady revival that was ignited is 1994 has not run its course. The Boilermakers, who in the last five years have posted 13 more Big Ten wins than any other conference member, are in full flight.


Tate: UIC Flames are doing slow burn

As a profession, coaching basketball in Illinois is financially rewarding, but hardly the safest or steadiest.

One day, they're patting you on the back. The next day, they're stabbing.


Big Ten scores with banner crop of new recruits

Five bowl games played. Five wins.

More television coverage than Monica Lewinsky.


Parker puts it in gear for UI

EVANSTON – The rooting section from Elgin at Sunday's women's basketball game between Illinois and Northwestern probably outnumbered the potholes on the Dan Ryan Expressway, believe it or not.

And the maroon-clad folks who swamped the north seats at Welsh-Ryan Arena had plenty to cheer when former Elgin Maroon Melissa Parker burned the Wildcats for a game-high 19 points in the Illini's 74-55 romp.


UI women''s basketball game statistics

Illini 74, Wildcats 55


Ex-Illini Beyers picks Illinois State

SHELBYVILLE – Fans of Rich Beyers won't have to travel far to catch the finish of his college career.

The former Illini said Sunday he'll transfer to Illinois State. Beyers liked what he saw on a weekend visit there and picked the Redbirds over Southern Illinois and Butler.