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Bulletin Board: Rematch recalls title run

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.


Athletes of the Week

Julian Anastasia, Champaign Central, wrestling, Junior

Recently: For the third time, he won his weight class at last weekend's Metamora Invitational (135 pounds).

I'm hoping Santa comes through with ... Nike Inflict wrestling shoes.

I need concert tickets to ... Drake.

I'm dying to see ... "Open Season."


N-G Boys' Basketball Top 10

SCHOOL (PREVIOUS) RECORD

1. Paxton-Buckley-Loda (1) 11-0 — In title game Wednesday night at Leader Classic

2. Centennial (2) 6-3 — At State Farm Classic on Dec. 27-30

3. Danville (3) 4-5 — At Pontiac Tournament Dec. 28-30

4. Salt Fork (4) 8-1 — At Hayden's Classic on Dec. 28-30


Big Ten honors wrestler Dallago

PARK RIDGE — Illinois redshirt freshman Tony Dallago, who upset the nation’s No. 8 184-pounder Sunday, was named Big Ten Wrestler of the Week. The conference announced the award Tuesday.
Dallago, then ranked 15th, pinned A.J. Kissel in 2 minutes, 59 seconds to give the Illini the lead for good in their 26-15 dual victory against Purdue at Huff Hall.


Second half bedevils Illini women

MILWAUKEE – After a solid first half, the Illinois women's basketball team fell victim Tuesday to a team with a hot shooting touch.

Marquette hit 13 of its first 16 shots after halftime and surged away from the Illini for a 73-56 nonconference victory at the Al McGuire Center.


Which trend will bend?

The Illini have owned the Braggin' Rights series lately (9-1). What they've struggled with is beating ranked teams (3-7).  So, with Missouri checking in at No. 9, which trend will take a turn Wednesday?


We need your Mizzou predictions!

Blogger Tom Young has Missouri beating Illinois 83-75.


Illini women lose at Marquette

Illinois lost a nonconference matinee on Tuesday, falling at Marquette 73-56.


5 O'Clock Shadow

News you can't leave work without:

For helping ninth-ranked Illinois open its Big Ten wrestling season on a high note, freshman Tony Dallago has been named Wrestler of the Week.


Stricker: A long year

Former Illini Steve Stricker loves playing in the Presidents Cup. He hates playing golf during hunting season in the fall.

Something will have to give next year.