January 1999

Griffin visiting Cobras

CHAMPAIGN – Marcus Griffin should be ready to roll at 7:30 tonight when Lincoln College pays Parkland a visit.

The Illinois recruit hasn't fully recovered from a sprained ankle he suffered last weekend, but that won't keep him out of the Lincoln lineup.


McClain takes turn for the worse

   WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.  Brian wasn''t the only member of the Cardinal clan working up a sweat Wednesday night.

   Dad Rod, the Illini trainer, also was a busy bee, storming the court to attend to Sergio McClain''s puffy right ankle and Lucas Johnson''s bloody lip.


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.


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.


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.


Rave review for Sheeler

EVANSTON – Don Perrelli has been a head basketball coach for 23 years, but he had to clear a spot in his memory bank for Alicia Sheeler on Sunday.

"Sheeler played one of the best games I've seen a player play," the Northwestern coach said after Illinois beat the Wildcats 74-55.


Relaxation invigorates former Illini

Some advice for Damir Krupalija, Robert Archibald and all those struggling Illinois power forwards, from someone who used to wear their uniform and play their position:

Take a break. Get away from the gym for a day. Don't touch a basketball. Don't even think about it.


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.