CENTENNIAL GIRLS' BASKETBALL
The Chargers (18-1) continue to dominate Big 12 opponents. Unbeaten in seven league games, Centennial topped Central and MacArthur by 21 and 25 points, respectively. Their league wins are by a 26-point average.
SCHOOL (PREVIOUS) RECORD
1. LeRoy (1) 10-1 — Assigned to Eureka Class 1A regional
2. Mahomet-Seymour (2) 14-0 — Assigned to Central Class 2A regional
3. Prairie Central (3) 14-2 — Assigned to GCMS Class 1A regional
4. Argenta-Oreana (4) 10-2 — Will host a Class 1A regional
Nate Volk, Champaign Central, wrestling, Junior
Recently: In four matches at the M-S Invitational, the 152-pounder pinned four opponents to raise his record to 27-0.
Favorite wrestler ... Jordan Blanton
I need concert tickets to ... Wiz Khalifa.
CHAMPAIGN - With 1:22 left in Tuesday's game, Jereme Richmond grabbed a key offensive rebound for Illinois.
Michigan State's players walked into the team huddle saying they got pushed.
How's that? Illinois pushing back against a physical Big Ten team?
One of the knocks against No. 23 Illinois is that it doesn't respond accordingly when someone invades their personal space. That wasn't the case during a 71-62 win against No. 17 Michigan State tonight in a sold-out Assembly Hall.
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Former Illini basketball players — and a former Chief Illiniwek — are getting together for a good cause.
The Illinois coaches said they want to do what Michigan State usually does well: score in transition. One of the drills used in practices is called "Sprint Out," a drill that focuses on scoring easy baskets before the defense can set itself. "It's something we picked up from Michigan State," Weber said.
Now the Illini will play to a sold-out home crowd, end a two-game losing skid and pick off Michigan State.
CHAMPAIGN – The UI's House of Paign receives the ultimate test this week.
Losing basketball games on the road is routine. Purdue just lost a pair. So did Notre Dame. Michigan overachieved at home against top-ranked unbeatens, forcing Kansas to overtime and challenging Ohio State (68-64), and then collapsed at Indiana (80-61).
In girls' basketball
Prairie Central 58, Olympia 17. The Hawks cruised behind 12 points from BRITTIANY TJARKS. SARAH OPRONDEK added 10 points.
Will face Milford for consolation title; Bearcat girls win
DANVILLE – Rick Bough appreciates any basketball victory, even those like Monday's.