Trending in the wrong direction: May 26, 2019

These movers-and-shakers in the college basketball world had themselves a bad week. Our college basketball writer explains why:

Hip checked

That Joe Wieskamp will return for his sophomore season didn't exactly counter the hard truth facing Iowa heading into 2019-20. As in, point guard Jordan Bohannon could miss the entire season after this week's hip surgery.

Tate | Seasoned Illini ballplayers suited for success in final NCAA campaign

The gritty members of Dan Hartleb's 36-19 baseball team have known disappointment.

It's built into the game. Good hitters are retired two-thirds of the time. Injuries happen. And slumps.

Shining stars: Day 3 of boys' state track and field

Preps coordinator Colin Likas offers up four area athletes who stood out Saturday in Charleston:


Though he couldn't land a gold medal in any of his three Class 1A events, the junior still impressed by taking second in the 400-meter dash (49.12), third in the 100 (11.01) and fifth in the 200 (22.20).

Elite feeling: Salt Fork one win from state

DANVILLE — Kotah Broeker probably never felt better after getting hit by a pitch.

Boys' state track notes: 'I'm so emotional right now'

CHARLESTON — A small group of kids clad almost entirely in black and white huddled on the homestretch of Eastern Illinois' bright blue track on Saturday.

It was the Salt Fork boys' track and field team, and its members were waiting to hear the school's name announced over the loudspeakers at O'Brien Stadium.

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: May 26, 2019

Sixty-three years ago today, Illini high jumper Al Urbanckas was Illinois' only individual title winner at the 56th annual Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championship. His effort of 6 feet, 55 / 8 inches tied the bests of Michigan's Brendan O'Reilly and Mark Booth. Urbanckas swept the 1957 Big Ten high jump titles, winning indoors with a jump of 6-67 / 8 and outdoors at 6-83 / 4.

Off the bench: Ranking the Big Ten's head coaches

With Juwan Howard the newest coach in the Big Ten at Michigan, we rate the 14 league coaches:

1. Tom Izzo

Dean of Big Ten coaches has 606 career wins at Michigan State and arguably gets more out of his less talented teams.

2. Matt Painter

Only reigning NCAA champ Virginia has a better major conference record than Purdue in the last three years.

Rank 'Em: 10 teams who gained big through the transfer market

These 10 teams have landed a key piece or two through the transfer market:

1. North Carolina

Both Charleston Southern guard Christian Keeling and William & Mary wing Justin Pierce fill a need. Keeling is a scorer in the backcourt, while Pierce's versatility means he can impact multiple positions.

Burwell's hot hand delivers Blue Devils' first-ever sectional title

CHAMPAIGN — The scoreboard at St. Thomas More's softball field sits just past the fence in left field. A sign reading "Home of the Sabers" hangs under it.

Sharp-shooting Cross has Illini recruiting interest — and feeling is mutual

WESTFIELD, Ind. — Matt Cross has added nearly a dozen high-major offers to his recruiting haul since the start of this spring's Nike EYBL season.