News you can't leave work without:
Just how good is Baylor? Bob Asmussen's look at how the Bears fared this season:
Missouri isn't dependent on outside shooting and has more ways to win, so we're taking the Tigers. But it wouldn't surprise if the Illini bounce back with a big win.
ST. LOUIS – During the summer before Bruce Weber's first season at Illinois, he was driving to Chicago for a Cubs game.
Those traveling with him were trying to get a feel for the first-year coach.
CHAMPAIGN – Cameron Mammen is 160 pounds of muscle and quickness, agility and guile.
He is as explosive as dynamite and as tenacious as a hungry tiger.
The Urbana High School sophomore is also a repeat Twin City Dual Meet wrestling champion, after dispatching three opponents by pins in a combined 91 seconds Tuesday at Central's Combes Gym.
CHAMPAIGN – Kip Brown rediscovered his jumper at the right time for the Unity basketball team.
A sharpshooter for the Rockets the past two years, Brown has become the team's starting 2-guard and backup point guard this season.
The expanded role has allowed the senior the freedom to drive to the basket a lot more, but in doing that, his shot has waned.
Kankakee Bishop McNamara 50, CPCI 28. COLE HASSELBRING scored 13 points to lead the Timberwolves in the Watseka tournament.
Who wins the Leader Classic, Chrisman or Paxton-Buckley-Loda?
Staff writer JEFF HUTH says ... the panthers by a nose
Today's topic: Five area girls' basketball players you should know, courtesy Marcus Jackson
Makenzie Baker, Oakwood
The Panthers (8-0) had eight individuals place among the top three, including two champions, which helped the team secure a runner-up finish in the 15-school Clinton Invitational.
GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY GIRLS' BASKETBALL
CHAMPAIGN – It's safe to say Chicago North Lawndale holds a special place in the history of Centennial boys' basketball. On Monday, the teams will meet for the first time since their unforgettable battle in 2009 in the IHSA Class 3A state semifinals.