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Illinois 39, DePaul 32 — Halftime

Mark Smith pulling the ball out for what was almost a 30-foot three-pointer was not the play/shot Illinois was looking for to end the first half. Not a great look. But Smith's 14 first half points still leads the team.

Majerle: Finke has 'great opportunity' with Antelopes

"Thunder Dan" Majerle became popular as an NBA player in his 14-year playing career for throwing down powerful slam dunks with Phoenix, Cleveland and Miami. But on Tuesday, the 52-year-old Grand Canyon men's basketball coach made a pretty thunderous recruiting statement as well.

Former Illini great J.C. Caroline dies

Former Illini great and College Football Hall of Famer J.C. Caroline died on Friday.

He was 84.

Caroline led the nation in rushing as a sophomore in 1953 when he was named All-American. That season he rushed for 1,256 yards, which ranks sixth all-time on the UI's single-season list.

Bailey Dee to play basketball at St. Louis school

Senior Bailey Dee, who didn't make Champaign Central's boys' basketball team after starting the previous two seasons, is heading to St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Academy to continue his prep hoops career.

An All-Area second-team selection last season, Dee is at the center of an administrative review after Maroons coach Jeff Finke cut the point guard from the team last week.

Finke: 'Good for fans in state of Illinois'

Illinois faces DePaul in the Gavitt Tipoff Games at 7:30 p.m. at State Farm Center. Illini veterans Aaron Jordan and Michael Finke discuss the team's opening weekend and playing the Blue Demons for the first time in 60 years.

Early to bed, early to rise: Jordan's routine paying off for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood got to his office at Ubben Basketball Complex at 6:45 a.m. Thursday morning.

Already in the gym when the Illinois coach arrived to start his day? Aaron Jordan.

It's a regular occurrence for the junior guard. Jordan is an early riser. Before he heads to the classroom, he spends time in the other venue responsible for his basketball education.

Prep highlights: Tri-County holds off Tuscola

In girls' basketball

Paris North American Lighting Tournament: Rockville (Ind.) 43, Centennial 40. Despite 13 points from Shoentera Russell and 11 points from Amia Wright, Centennial (0-1) dropped its season opener.Prairie Central

Rajic vying to make even more history at Uni High

WINNETKA — Swimming at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials can bring about some nerves.

Ema Rajic has handled those before. But the Uni High senior standout still does get a tad anxious any time she dives into the pool during a competitive meet.

"Oh yeah. I get nervous," Rajic said with a laugh. "I got nervous during my first dual meet this season."

Pull up a chair, please

TUSCOLA — What's the best seat in the house at a Tuscola football game? Plenty of students would probably say the couches just outside the end zone closest to their school.

Yes, couches. Recliners, too.

Erickson serves as key cog in the Warriors' well-run machine

TUSCOLA — "Sometimes I can be the best friend, or the boss."

That's how Tuscola senior Andrew Erickson describes himself on the football field. Safe to say the fullback/linebacker may need to exhibit a bit more of the latter for the Warriors this weekend.