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Studying seeds

The NCAA tournament started seeding teams in 1979, the same year Magic Johnson and Michigan State, a No. 2 seed, took down No. 1 seed Indiana State and its top player, Larry Bird, 75-64 in the title game. Seventh-seeded Illinois will enter its 13th NCAA tournament game in program history having the worse seed when it plays second-seeded Miami at 7:40 p.m. today (TNT).

UI vs. Miami: Notebook

AUSTIN, Texas — Not long after Illinois had walked off the floor with a 57-49 win against Colorado in its NCAA tournament opener, assistant coach Jamall Walker approached Myke Henry in the victorious locker room with a message for the sophomore: Be ready Sunday.

UI vs. Miami: 'We always believe'

AUSTIN, Texas — It’s fitting that Illinois’ chance to reach the program’s first Sweet 16 in eight years comes against a team no one’s giving it a chance to beat.

The us-against-the-world approach is one the Illini have embraced this season. It will be as true as ever today when John Groce’s seventh-seeded squad takes the court at the Erwin Center against second-seeded Miami.

HQ forecast: Miami 68, Illinois 60

Our breakdown of Sunday's Round of 32 game between No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 2 Miami at 7:40 p.m. on TNT

Lineups
Illinois (23-12)
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P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Tracy Abrams    So.    6-1    10.7

Weinstein, See shine at Big Ten meet

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Illinois women’s gymnastics team placed fourth during Saturday’s Big Ten Championships, compiling 196.475 points. Nebraska won the eight-school meet with a score of 197.800.

The Illini won their afternoon session.

“We have been talking about momentum all year long and continued to build it in the month of March,” Illinois coach Kim Landrus said.

Delgado caps fantastic run with title

By The News-Gazette

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Illinois coaching staff certainly did its part in preparing Jesse Delgado for a run to an NCAA championship.

But Mom gets a ton of credit, too.

Saturday's prep highlights: Staske fans 15 in Chargers' win

In softball
Bradley-Bourbonnais 12-6, Rantoul 2-5. HANNAH CARGO and DIAMOND WALKER each drove in a run for the Eagles, who lost in five innings. In the second game, LACEY BERTRAM had three hits while CARSON CHURCH, KAYLEE DENTON and KATEY SILVER each had two hits to go along with an RBI.  

MJ in Austin: 'Orange all around'

Howdy, once again from Austin.

Strange day at the Erwin Center. Miami had to evacuate the building during its practice because the fire alarm went off, but the Canes handled it in stride. Everything — interviews and practices — was pushed back 45 minutes.

Delgado wins national title

DES MOINES, Iowa — A decade ago, Matt Lackey won a national wrestling championship at 165 pounds for Illinois.

He became the fourth Illini to earn the distinction since 2000 and 20th overall in program history.

The program, however, has been stuck at that number ever since Lackey’s triumph.

Until Saturday night.

Happy 35th, Victor Chukwudebe!

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