Jan. 21 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 11:00am

What does the loss of Jeff Thomas mean to the Illinois footbal team? Which receiver will step up in 2019? When will Lovie Smith pick a defensive coordinator?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat wrtier.

Prep basketball storylines: Tigers have something to smile about

Tigers have something to smile about

URBANA — Team success has been hard to come by for recent Urbana girls' basketball squads.

Over the five campaigns prior to 2018-19, the Tigers' best ledger was 8-18. Three times they concluded with three wins or fewer — once because of an IHSA penalty.

Scott Richey on Big Ten Basketball: Jan. 19, 2019

Each Saturday, we'll gauge the progress of Brad Underwood in getting his Illini back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013:

'High risk, high reward' system key to Illini's first league win

CHAMPAIGN — Jon Crispin must have been feeling prescient ahead of Wednesday night's Big Ten showdown between Illinois and Minnesota.

The former Penn State and UCLA guard turned Big Ten Network analyst called it a "perfect matchup" for the Illini because of their pressure defense and the Gophers' lack of a true point guard.

Dosunmu on track to finish among Illini's best freshmen

If the season ended today, Ayo Dosunmu would finish with the fourth-best scoring average for an Illini freshman in program history. The Chicago native — who is averaging 14.2 points — is chasing these three individuals ahead of Sunday's noon tip at Iowa:

Final act still unwritten for for Eagles wrestlers

RANTOUL — Peter McCusker and Nolan Roseman already are part of history.

That's even before whatever occurs in next month's wrestling postseason.

Rantoul grappling — now part of a co-op with Paxton-Buckley-Loda — doesn't possess an abundance of state-level success. During the 1970-71 school year, the Eagles garnered a pair of sixth-place medals.

Graham, Sages collect IPC win

MONTICELLO — Kevin Roy's boys were slated to visit Meridian on Saturday night for a nonconference game. A threatening weather forecast shot down that event.

Expected wintry conditions also will prevent Monticello boys' basketball from practicing inside Robert and Dorothy Miller Gymnasium on Saturday.

HS Girls Basketball: Vermilion County Tournament

Oakwood defeated Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin 37-25 in the championship game of the Vermilion County Girls Basketball Tournament at David S. Palmer Arena in Danville on Friday Jan. 18, 2019.

2019 Vermilion County boys' basketball tournament highlights

Video highlights from a pair of Vermilion County boys' basketball tournament pool play games on Jan. 17, 2019, featuring Oakwood, Salt Fork, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin and Hoopeston Area. Postgame reaction from Comets coach Jeff Mandrell and athlete Trevan Garrett, Blue Devils coach Gary Tidwell and athlete Drew Reifsteck, Storm coach Andrew Johnson and Cornjerkers coach Dave Cox.