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Groce Q&A: 'I hope it motivates them'

Nine days after his first Illinois team’s season came to an end with a gut-wrenching loss to Miami in the NCAA tournament’s round of 32, John Groce removes his blue sport coat and plops down on the oversized navy leather chair ­— complete with an orange block I logo stitched in the headrest — at his desk in his office at the Ubben Basketball Complex and contemplates his seemingly endless to-do

Baseball ends Hoosiers' 18-game run

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — In his first college start, Ryan Castellanos took down mighty Indiana on Sunday.

The freshman pitched six solid innings as the Illini beat No. 16 Indiana 3-2 to avoid a sweep while snapping the Hoosiers’ NCAA-leading 18-game winning streak.

Tyler Jay and Bryan Roberts combined for three innings of scoreless relief.

81st N-G All-State POY: Jabari Parker

CHICAGO — Walk through the rotating doors outside Gate 4 at the United Center.

Take the elevator to the third floor.

Make an immediate left.

One quarter of the plush ballroom is full of circular tables bunched together, replete with white tablecloths and chairs pushed tightly together surrounding the tables.

MJ: Gimme Louisville

And the winner is ....

College basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON’s quick read on Monday’s championship game:

Tate: Hall call for Lou is overdue

It is appropriate to see Gene Keady elevated this year to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

NCAAs next for women's gymnasts

By The News-Gazette

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.

Illini Legends, Lists & Lore: Jamar Smith

Celebrating his 26th birthday Sunday is former Illini three-point shooting star Jamar Smith.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Peoria Richwoods was a News-Gazette All-State first-team selection in 2005, joining Chester Frazier and C.J. Jackson in Illinois’ recruiting class.

Bertrand has surgery

Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand had surgery on Friday to repair the labrum in his injured right shoulder. 

Title run ends for Spring's squad

MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois men’s gymnastics team no longer sits atop the Big Ten.

For the first time since 2008, the Illini failed to bring home a conference championship.

Trying to win its fifth straight conference championship, Illinois instead wound up in fifth place at the seven-team event Friday night.

Baseball can't stop Indiana's run

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois baseball team outhit Indiana on Friday but couldn’t stop the No. 16 Hoosiers from extending their nation-best winning streak to 17 games in a 3-2 loss.