Scott Richey

Scott Richey

The day's NCAA guide: Second-round games offer intriguing storylines

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY spent the last two days watching basketball — all of it. Here's the must-see games on his schedule today:

Kentucky vs. Wofford

1:40 p.m., CBS

Yalowitz's fourth inning homer sends Illini toward rout of Redbirds

CHAMPAIGN — Jack Yalowitz was looking for a specific pitch when he stepped to the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning of Friday's game against Illinois State.

Ex-area standouts key cogs for new-look Redbirds

NORMAL — Steve Holm arrived at Illinois State last summer with a "clean slate" mentality for his first season as the Redbirds' baseball coach after two seasons at Purdue.

Massey playing a waiting game with Illinois baseball

CHAMPAIGN — Michael Massey was perfect at second base for the first 45 games of the 2018 season. Not a single error during the bulk of a 60-game streak of flawless fielding dating back to his freshman year.

Making sense of March Madness: What stood out on Thursday?

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY spent his entire day watching the NCAA tournament.

The day's NCAA guide: Be on upset alert when it comes to these games

College basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY is back with four more first-round games he's keeping an eye on today (beware the Anteaters, Bruce Weber):

Texas Tech vs. Northern Kentucky

12:30 p.m., TNT

The day's NCAA guide: Sit back, relax and embrace the ensuing Madness

That's what college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY will do today. Before your bracket is busted, here are his four first-round games to watch today:

Minnesota vs. Louisville

11:15 a.m., CBS

Six Illini set for NCAA wrestling championships

Six Illini will compete today in the first round of the NCAA championships. Staff writer SCOTT RICHEY caught up with them before they left Champaign for Pittsburgh:

No. 4 Emery Parker (18-3)

Weight class: 184 pounds

First-round opponent: No. 29 Will Schany (14-13), Virginia

Parker vying to leave own mark after becoming national title contender

CHAMPAIGN — Jim Heffernan made the 170-mile trip to Lake Forest and the Poeta Training Center about six years ago to watch then prospective recruit Eric Barone in a workout.

The Crystal Lake native would ultimately sign with Illinois wrestling, but that one particular trip ended up being a two-for-one recruiting stop for the Illini coach.

What will Dosunmu decide to do?

Illinois waits to see whether standout Ayo Dosunmu comes back or declares for the NBA draft. Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY weighs in on four key dates that could play a role in the freshman's future: