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MJ: Louisville, Michigan

Louisville and Michigan: That’s who college basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON likes in Saturday’s semifinals

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Tate: Stuck-in-mud Illini in rush for fix

If there’s a modern campus version of the Old West’s gunslinger or World War II’s fighter pilot, look to football’s running back.


All-State POY finalists

On Sunday, we’ll unveil our All-State Boys’ Basketball Player of the Year. Before the envelope is handed out, here are five candidates, listed alphabetically, in the running for the honor.

Cliff Alexander
Chicago Curie


Sanchez continues upward climb in softball

By FRED KRONER

URBANA — Brittany Sanchez is the one.

The sophomore is the one Illini who has played in all 29 of the team’s softball games.

She is the one who drove in the first Illinois run in Wednesday’s 6-5 nonconference loss to Indiana State at Eichelberger Field.


Tate: Local connection not shocked by Wichita State

Wichita TV anchor Cindy Klose will return to familiar surroundings when she reports from Atlanta this weekend.

The former WCIA-TV newswoman, who anchored for CNN in Atlanta after starring here in the early ’80s with Dan Roan, Jerry Slabe and Mr. Roberts, will cover the most unlikely of Final Four contestants, Wichita State’s aptly named Shockers.


Shaw to Bradley

Former Illini Mike Shaw will continue his college basketball career at Bradley.

The Peoria Journal Star said the forward, who played two seasons at Illinois, committed to Geno Ford on Tuesday. Ford is the brother of current Illinois assistant Dustin Ford.


Tate: Groce on the prowl

“We recruit every day. A guy I worked for said, ‘It’s like shaving. If you don’t do it every day, you’ll look pretty shabby.’ ” — Illini coach John Groce

Groce always looks clean-shaven, from his chin to the top of his head.


McDonald's All-American Game report

HQ recruiting blogger Matt Daniels is attending today's McDonald's All-American Game media day in Chicago.

He'll provide updates via twitter. Follow along all day here.


Groce Q&A

John Groce will deal with reporters one last time before heading to the Final Four in Atlanta. Today's news conference is scheduled to start at noon at Memorial Stadium.

Beat writer Marcus Jackson will be on hand and providing twitter updates. Follow along here.