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Team of the Week: Purdue
Purdue is rolling – and because Hummel's not there, the Boilers are doing so under the radar. But the numbers don't lie. Purdue is scoring with ease, at 1.18 points per possession. But then you consider Purdue is even better on defense, allowing .91 points per possession. No other Big Ten team allows less than 1.00.
CHAMPAIGN – Illinois middle linebacker Martez Wilson will enter the NFL draft.
Wilson has decided to skip his senior season and has filed paperwork to enter the April draft, Illinois sports information director Kent Brown confirmed Monday.
We turned to beat writer Bob Asmussen for his thoughts on Monday night’s BCS national championship game (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
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With only the BCS title game to be played, HQ college football beat writer Bob Asmussen's bowl predictions are in a world of hurt.
A quick start in the Big Ten has Illinois rising in the national polls. The Illini are up to No. 16 in the latest AP Top 25. And the coaches poll, too.
Illinois recruit TRACY ABRAMS scored 29 points to lead Mt. Carmel to an 82-67 win against Brother Rice in Catholic League play on Friday. "I don't feel the pressure because it's just something I should do as point guard," Abrams told the Sun-Times after the game, referring to being the team's only returning starter. "I've got to prepare for the future and always work on getting my teammates better."
So, East Central Illinois sports fans, what's on your to-do list for 2011? Sure, the year's barely begun, but don't be a procrastinator. In case you need a nudge, Jeff Huth has come up with 10 suggestions that come with ringing (in the new year) endorsements from folks who been there and done that.
On Day 2, the Bears became the first team to make use of the UI's new bubble, which went up for the first time on Dec. 28, 1985, after repeated delays because of high winds. The Bears got in three days of practices under the air-inflated covering before heading to the Crescent City.
"I thought that was awesome," said Mitch Krenk, a tight end on the Bears who made the trip despite being on the injured-reserve list."At that time, it was amazing having an indoor practice facility. I was just impressed with the size of it."
CHAMPAIGN – Sunday's Illinois-Northwestern game promised a dandy post battle between established star Amy Jaeschke and up-and-comer Karisma Penn.
Their afternoons couldn't have been more different.