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UI-NU notebook: Leonard dunks, Bardo smiles

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Earlier this season, Illinois coach Bruce Weber said when Meyers Leonard got his dunk he was happy. The 7-foot freshman got a few more dunks in Thursday's thrashing of Northwestern at the Assembly Hall, but he's doing a lot more.


Thursday's prep highlights: Alexander sparks STM

Girls' basketball

St. Thomas More 35, Paxton-Buckley-Loda 32. TAYLOR ALEXANDER scored five of her 11 points in the fourth quarter – including the go-ahead basket with 25 seconds left – to help the Sabers fend off PBL. RANDA HARSHBARGER scored all 10 of her points in the first half. The Panthers got nine points from AMANDA YPYA.


Fred Kroner's girls' basketball insider

A short retirement

When Lyle Hicks stepped down as Danville Area Community College's women's basketball coach last year, he wasn't expecting a quick return to the sidelines. However, when the current season started, he was on the sidelines as an assistant for coach Mary Cahill at Schlarman High.


Central tops Danville in thriller

CHAMPAIGN – The play has no name.

Central never has practiced it.

The Maroons had 2.1 seconds to execute it. Thursday was the night it fell into place.


Klee: Nothin' but net

Illinois 88, Northwestern 63

Illinois set the program record by shooting 70.5 percent. Perhaps more impressive is the three-game stretch to start the Big Ten season, when Illinois has made 64.4 percent of its shots. Too bad you can't save some of those for Ohio State and Purdue.


Live from Illinois-Northwestern

CHAMPAIGN - When Bruce Weber didn't sub out his starters at the first media timeout of the second half - and Illinois ahead by almost 30 points - his message was clear.

Don't let up. No. 20 Illinois didn't let up until the bench was cleared and shot past Northwestern 88-63 tonight at the Assembly Hall.

It really wasn't that close. Some fans might be forgiven for heading to the exits with seven minutes left - or switching from ESPN2 to watch the Jersey Shore premiere.


5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

Former Cardinals catcher Mike Matheny is coming to C-U as the keynote speaker at Illinois baseball's Hot Stove Banquet.

 


Eye on the (future) Illini

MYCHEAL HENRY (Chicago Orr) – Henry left a definite impression on Detroit as he exploded for 42 points and 13 rebounds against Detriot Country Day at the Motor City Roundball Classic over Christmas break. On Tuesday, Henry scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Orr beat Red-West Conference foe Farragut 67-54.


We need your Northwestern predictions!!!!

Blogger Tom Young has the Illini beating the Wildcats 83-68 — and he's never wrong. At least through three games in his $1 million contest (OK, we're lying. There's nothing at stake besides pride).


Chester Frazier reflects on first season on Illini staff

CHAMPAIGN – Chester Frazier's voice is rising into a fever pitch.

"See that! You've got to use the screen! You'll be wide open!"