Illinois at No. 24 Iowa, 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Illinois (17-13, 6-11 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Tracy Abrams Jr. 6-2 10.6
IOWA CITY, Iowa — After five years, you think you know Joseph Bertrand?
The guy who rarely cracks a smile on the court.
The one who comes off as shy in television interviews and appearances.
That’s not the real Joe.
CHAMPAIGN — “When I say we discussed being champs, that’s a true statement,” Central coach Wayne McClain said.
That discussion became reality Friday night when McClain’s Maroons knocked off crosstown rival Centennial 50-45 at a sold-out Combes Gym to capture the Class 3A regional championship.
NORMAL — Losses are a part of every game.
They are easier to accept if they occur in fiercely fought competitive contests.
“This is not the way we wanted to see it end,” Danville boys’ basketball coach Ted Houpt said Friday night.
DANVILLE — It had every element one wants in a boys’ basketball sectional championship game.
A raucous atmosphere.
A near-capacity crowd inside Mary Miller Gymnasium.
A back-and-forth game that featured 18 lead changes and seven ties.
1. Time to hit. Illinois will hold its first practice of the spring in pads Saturday. Depending what the weather is doing will determine whether the players will duke it out on the Memorial Stadium field or on the turf at the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility.
Players and coaches alike are eager to put the pads on.
Brian Moline talks with Central coach Wayne McClain after his team wins the 3A Regional Title 50-45 over Centennial.
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Dre Brown became the second Class of 2015 prospect to give the Illinois football team an oral commitment.
Brown, a running back from DeKalb, committed to the Illini on Friday night.
"Committed to play Football and further my Education at the University of Illinois!!" Brown tweeted out at 5:29 p.m. on Friday. "#OurStateOurTeam #FightingForce15."