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Jim Rossow's Big Ten basketball report

Sports editor Jim Rossow's weekly look around Big Ten basketball:

Friday highlights: Dieu, Buffaloes get big win

Boys' basketball:

Georgetown-Ridge Farm 54, Chrisman 52. RYAN DIEU scored 13 of his 17 points in the second half as the Buffaloes rallied for their first win against the Cardinals since 1989. G-RF trailed 31-21 at halftime. BROOKS WADSWORTH scored 12 points and MATTHEW HAY 11 for the Buffaloes. Chrisman got 12 points from NATHAN ROSS.

Centennial's Big 12 winning streak ends

By The News-Gazette

NORMAL – Normal Community's boys' basketball team was the first this season to slow Centennial standout Josh Piper.

The Ironmen limited Piper to 10 points Friday in a 60-49 victory, stopping the Chargers' Big 12 Conference winning streak at 32 games.

Sages can't overcome early hole

MONTICELLO – The process continues for Monticello.

The Sages (6-6, 1-1 Okaw Valley Conference) dropped their first league game of the season, losing 71-63 Friday to Central A&M.

Vikings stifle host Maroons with defense, balanced attack

CHAMPAIGN – The top scorer and the top rebounder – they were different players – wore the home Champaign Central uniforms.

The winning team wore Danville Viking jerseys.

The visitors displayed a balanced offense Friday night and left Combes Gym with a 69-58 Big 12 Conference basketball victory.

Illini can't pin down win for Perry

URBANA – His head coaching debut didn't go exactly as Carl Perry had planned.

"This is an extremely frustrating loss," the Illinois associate head coach said of the No. 10 Illini's loss to unranked West Virginia on Friday night.

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

Rumeal Robinson, the former MIchigan point guard who helped derail Lou Henson's best shot at an NCAA title, is headed to jail.

We need your Penn State predictions!!!!

Break up the bloggers!!!! Tom Young and three others are 4-0 on their Illini picks — and Young has Bruce Weber's gang beating Penn State 77-65 on Tuesday.

Best of the BCS

With Auburn and Oregon set to square off Monday, we asked Tony Bleill for his 10 best BCS title games.

1. 2003: Ohio State 31, Miami (Fla.) 24, double overtime. The folks in Miami are still sore about a questionable fourth-down pass interference penalty in the first overtime that kept the Buckeyes' hopes alive. It wasn't the only break the Buckeyes received.

Illinois grade: A

PLAYER OF THE GAME, Mike Davis, Illinois

The senior forward was honored for scoring his 1,000th career point prior to tipoff and set the tone early. He had 12 points, seven rebounds and a career-high seven assists.