Top of the Morning, Jan. 20, 2018

Top of the Morning, Jan. 20, 2018

LOU HENSON didn't get to celebrate much on his 86th birthday.

"Too busy going from appointment to appointment," said his wife, MARY. "We started (at the hospital) at 5:30 a.m. and didn't get done until 10:30 that night.

"Happy birthday, Lou."

The Hensons have spent the last two-plus weeks in Houston, the Hall of Fame coach recovering from an illness that saw him admitted to MD Anderson Cancer Center. The good news? Lou's feeling strong enough to return to his Champaign home as soon as this weekend.

"He's determined to get back to Champaign, get back to the bridge table," Mary said. "All he wants for his birthday is to get home and see his friends."

Henson, who turned 86 on Jan. 10, has been slowed since mid-December when a lung infection forced him to miss his tribute game in Chicago.

However, on Thursday night, he said "I'm getting a little bit better."

Lou, who is scheduled to resume chemotherapy treatments when he returns to C-U, has been keeping tabs on the Illini during his time in Texas.

"It's unbelievable how unlucky we've been," he said. "We've been so close in so many games but can't finish it off."