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Thursday's prep highlights: Vire leads G-RF to third

Boys' basketball

At Hayden's Athletic Classic

Georgetown-Ridge Farm 67, Schlarman 56. KORIE VIRE scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Buffaloes to third place. MATTHEW HAY added 17 for G-RF. MATT CHAMBERLAIN (14 points) led Schlarman.

Salt Fork remains on roll

BROADLANDS – The defending Class 1A boys' basketball state champions are showing no signs of slippage. Salt Fork won its eighth consecutive game, steamrolling Fisher 59-32 Thursday in the title game of the 12-team Hayden's Classic at Heritage High School.

The Storm (13-1) carried a 33-point lead over the Bunnies (8-7) into the fourth quarter.

Danville fifth at Pontiac

PONTIAC – Danville's boys' basketball depth is surfacing at the perfect time.

UI Women Live

Final: Illinois 64, Minnesota 50

CHAMPAIGN — Ron Guenther's favorite athletic program finished off the 24-hour trifecta on Thursday at the Assembly Hall.

The Illini women, following up on the impressive performances by their hoops counterparts and football brethren a day earlier, throttled Minnesota 64-50 to open the Big Ten season. 

Chargers finish third

BLOOMINGTON – Centennial's girls' basketball team was at its best at the end. In the final quarter of the team's final game of the calendar year, the Chargers rallied from an eight-point deficit to defeat Maine South 46-42 in the State Farm Classic Large School Division third-place game Thursday at the Shirk Center.

5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

Deron Williams, having an MVP-type season, ranks only fifth among Western Conference guards in voting for this season's NBA All-Star Game.

 

HQ prediction: Illinois 55-54

Prediction

ILLINOIS 55, MINNESOTA 54

Neither team is expected to finish in the upper division of the Big Ten, but one of them will start 1-0, and who knows what might happen from there? For Illinois, it is a chance to continue the momentum from Tuesday's game.

Big Ten women's poll: Buckeyes ... barely

With the Big Ten season kicking off today, we asked women's basketball beat writer Tony Bleill to rank the league top to bottom:

9. Illinois — Competitive against Cal, which is better than at least five or six teams in the Big Ten

UI-Iowa notebook

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With weather being an issue in the Iowa City area, there was a chance the Illini would be stranded overnight instead of making the flight back to Champaign. Heavy fog in the Midwest wreaked havoc with air travel, and the Illini were contemplating busing back home.

Hoops: Illini back on track

IOWA CITY – "An eternity."

That's how Illinois coach Bruce Weber described the last 17 days. It had been that long since his Illini walked off the court winners.