And the winner is ....
College basketball beat writer MARCUS JACKSON’s quick read on Monday’s championship game:
It is appropriate to see Gene Keady elevated this year to the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
By The News-Gazette
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A dominant performance by Alina Weinstein on Saturday night propelled the Illinois women’s gymnastics team to its third NCAA Championships appearance in program history.
Celebrating his 26th birthday Sunday is former Illini three-point shooting star Jamar Smith.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Peoria Richwoods was a News-Gazette All-State first-team selection in 2005, joining Chester Frazier and C.J. Jackson in Illinois’ recruiting class.
Illinois guard Joseph Bertrand had surgery on Friday to repair the labrum in his injured right shoulder.
In track & field
■ At Arthur. In the 11-team girls’ meet, KANDIE BLOCH-JONES of Argenta-Oreana won the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 11 inches.
That mark ties the third highest in state history and sets an area record in the event that had stood for 27 years.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois men’s gymnastics team no longer sits atop the Big Ten.
For the first time since 2008, the Illini failed to bring home a conference championship.
Trying to win its fifth straight conference championship, Illinois instead wound up in fifth place at the seven-team event Friday night.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Illinois baseball team outhit Indiana on Friday but couldn’t stop the No. 16 Hoosiers from extending their nation-best winning streak to 17 games in a 3-2 loss.