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No. 7 Illinois 57, No. 10 Colorado 49 — Final

Brandon Paul scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Illini, who held off a second-half charge by the Buffaloes.

Check out our N-G front page after the win here

HQ forecast: UI 66, Colorado 64

No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 10 Colorado: Our beat writer's take.

Lineups
Illinois (22-12, 8-10 Big Ten)
STARTERS
P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Tracy Abrams    So.    6-1    10.6

Austin notebook: McLaurin grateful

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.

Illini seeking 'special' run

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.

Huth: UI-Nebraska baseball preview

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).

Delgado, Polz remain in NCAA title hunt

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.

Illini women have Moore in store

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.

MJ in Austin: I need some sleep

Each day the Illini are in Austin, beat writer Marcus Jackson will check in:

Howdy,

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.

In Austin: Buffs 'the pretty girl'

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.