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Tate: Spring, NCAA champs try to regain magic

When Justin Spring’s gymnasts won the 2012 NCAA title, there was legitimate optimism that the Illini could continue to thrive in that thin stratosphere. They were ranked No. 1 going into this season.

But as we saw with men’s tennis (NCAA champs in 2003), men’s basketball (2005 runners-up) and volleyball (2011 runners-up), even a Perfect Storm will break up and weaken.

Penn's return to Ohio has star fired up


TOLEDO, Ohio — Karisma Penn is back in her home state Thursday to play in the 128th basketball game of her college career.

Safe to say the Illinois senior is eager to share the experience with family and friends.

Mike Thomas talks Assembly Hall

Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas provided an Assembly Hall update during a 1 p.m. news conference Thursday. Staff writer Julie Wurth was at the briefing and has the story here.

All-State POY: Tyra Buss

MOUNT CARMEL — If you are reading about Tyra Buss for the first time, then be forewarned: You’re not going to believe it.

If only this story were being published five days from now, then readers would anxiously anticipate two words as the perfect ending: “April Fools.”

36th N-G All-State Girls' Basketball Team

First Team

Sophie Brunner    Aquin    Sr.    6-1    F/C: Repeat selection and Arizona State recruit ranked 285th nationally by Blue Star; led 31-3 Class 1A state champions in scoring (20.6), rebounding (10.6) and assists (4.8)

Former Illini Brian Scott: Nice work

Brian Scott, an Urbana High star who went on to play football for Ron Turner's Illini, is up to plenty of good these days.

Read about it here

Huth on WNIT

Ask the expert
We asked beat writer JEFF HUTH for his take on the WNIT:

UI women could get another home date

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois women’s basketball team might not have played its final home game of the season after all.

If the Illini win their Women’s National Invitation Tournament third-round game Thursday night at Toledo, a quarterfinal contest at the Assembly Hall is a possibility.

Bollant open to in-state scheduling

CHAMPAIGN — During his five seasons at Wisconsin-Green Bay, Matt Bollant’s Phoenix teams annually faced the state’s other three Division I women’s basketball programs, including Wisconsin and Marquette.

“Which was great for Green Bay,” the first-year Illinois coach said.

Tate: Familiar — sad — ending for Illini

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. — Anonymous

The United States was little more than three months into World War II when a young Illinois basketball team — Gene Vance, Andy Phillip and the Whiz Kids were sophomores — lost to Kentucky 46-44 in the 1942 Elite Eight in New Orleans.

The details of that finish are too fuzzy 71 years later. But it was close.