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AUSTIN, Texas — Tucked away in one corner of Illinois’ spacious locker room that normally houses the Texas basketball teams inside the Frank Erwin Center, Joseph Bertrand, Mike LaTulip and Kevin Berardini traded laughs as they conducted mock interviews using their smart phones.
AUSTIN, Texas — Sam McLaurin transferred to Illinois last spring with the goal of helping the Illini reach the NCAA tournament. Playing in today’s game against Colorado will be the highlight to this point of the Coastal Carolina transfer’s career. Until then, he’s already got one favorite tournament memory.
Beat writer Jeff Huth breaks down this weekend's Big Ten baseball series between the Illini and Cornhuskers:
Nebraska (6-13) at Illinois (13-4)
SCHEDULE: 4:05 p.m. Friday; 3:05 p.m. Saturday; 12:05 p.m. Sunday. All games at Illinois Field.
RADIO: Saturday’s and Sunday’s games are on WDWS 1400-AM, with Dave Loane (play-by-play) and Scott Beatty (analyst).
DES MOINES, Iowa — Illinois’ Jesse Delgado (seeded second at 125 pounds) and Conrad Polz (seeded seventh at 165) advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships after winning their second-round wrestling matches Thursday night.
Jordan Blanton (174), Tony Dallago (184) and Mario Gonzalez (197) stayed alive in the consolation bracket.
By JEFF HUTH
CHAMPAIGN — An AAU teammate started calling Amber Moore “Clutch” while she was in high school.
The Miami (Ohio) RedHawks learned firsthand Thursday night why the nickname has carried over into college.
Each day the Illini are in Austin, beat writer Marcus Jackson will check in:
I promise I won’t go on and on about the weather today. Truth is, I didn’t get to enjoy it much. I spent all day — OK, 11 hours — inside Texas’ Frank Erwin Center for open practices and media availability.
I had to wear a sweatshirt because it was chilly inside the building.
AUSTIN, Texas — For 50 years, Colorado could usually be dismissed as a program floating around the backwaters of college basketball.
Since coach Tad Boyle arrived in 2010, Colorado sure looks like a program on the rise.
Final: Illinois 73, Miami (Ohio) 60
Led by Amber Moore's 25 points, Illinois fought off a second-half comeback attempt by Miami and pulled away to a 73-60 victory in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament Thursday night at the Assembly Hall.
Beat writer Jeff Huth's take on today's game: Illinois vs. Miami (Ohio), 7 p.m.
Pos. Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Alexis Smith So. 5-9 6.8
March Madness isn’t just for basketball. It is for college wrestling, too. The NCAA meet starts at 11 a.m. today at Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena. Here are three things to look for, courtesy of N-G wrestling beat writer Bob Asmussen: