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MONTICELLO – Sammi Thompson led all scorers with 23 points as Monticello earned a 50-25 girls' basketball victory against Meridian on Monday. The Sages, who led 23-2 after one period, got nine rebounds from Ashley Dawson.
What was the Big Ten thinking when it named its division? News-Gazette staff writer Tony Bleill has other — and better — ideas.
4. "PlayStation" and "Xbox." That way, maybe someone under the age of 30 would pay attention.
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Three Big Ten trophies/awards named for Illini greats
Here's how college basketball writer Paul Klee voted:
2. Ohio State
7. Kansas State
10. San Diego State
On the eve of a new year, No. 20 Illinois is 8-2, about to get Deron Williams back and staring at a future brighter than your neighbor's Christmas lights.
'I would not have thought it (two weeks ago),' Weber said Tuesday. 'There were some stressful nights, some long nights.'
With the winter storms hitting the area hard, Bruce Weber commented before Sunday's game against Northern Colorado that if 2,000 or 3,000 people showed up, he'd be thrilled. The attendance was officially listed at 14,814, but that was tickets sold. Illinois included a turnstile number on the official box score that said 5,157 people were actually there. Coach and players were happy with the dedicated ones.
"You try to feed off the crowd but you can't worry about that too much," forward Tyler Griffey said. "The people that were brave enough to come here, we're appreciative of that. Those are some dedicated fans."
CHAMPAIGN – On the Peoria courts where D.J. Richardson was raised, he wasn't known as a sharpshooter.
"He was a slasher, getting to the hoop," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said after Illinois outlasted Northern Colorado 86-76 at the Assembly Hall.