Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

It's your business: Firm focuses on affordable funerals

If you worry that an affordable funeral means a wooden box and a no-frills service, the folks at Impressive Affordable Funerals would like you to give them a call.

They can do better than that without breaking the bank, said Jeff Burch, president of the business that just opened offices in Champaign and Monticello.

Tate: Loss could have been avoided

CHAMPAIGN – If you coach long enough, you'll run smack into one of these freakish reversals.

Mark Johnson saw it Friday night when a last-ditch pin by Michigan spoiled an otherwise brilliant UI wrestling effort 18-17 at Huff Hall.

Picture perfect for Penn State

CHAMPAIGN – Not long after the game was finally decided, Penn State's Geary Claxton and Brandon Hassell ran back out of the tunnel and posed for pictures with family and friends courtside.

It was hard to blame them for cherishing the moment. The Nittany Lions came in as the conference's ninth-place team, were a nearly 20-point underdog and were facing Illinois' national-best 33-game home winning streak.

Regulators on lookout for shiftiness

Two months after state laws restricting payday loans took effect, some loan stores in Illinois are shifting the way they do business, prompting concern among consumer advocates and state regulators.

Some lenders are now selling five- or six-month installment loans that carry annual precentage rates as high as 400 percent. The loans do not fall under new regulations, which apply to payday loans with terms of 120 days or less.

Time runs out on UI win streak

CHAMPAIGN – Standing in nervous silence, Dee Brown tried to muster up a little bravado.

He raised his hand, gave the slightest smile and put up three fingers.

Asmussen: Officials right on with call

CHAMPAIGN – The idea, Gene Crawford said, is basic.

"Get it right," Crawford said. "Get it right."

Storylines

Storylines from tonight's game against Penn State:

Big Ten basketball review

Want to know which of the upcoming week's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who's checking into flights to Las Vegas after a 7-3 week:

10 questions for Jim Delany

He presides over the top-ranked basketball conference in the land, at least by RPI rankings, but the longtime Big Ten commissioner never felt the league had slipped. With two teams in last year's Final Four and six teams in this season's Top 25, things are good for the Big Ten. Here's what the commish had to say about everything from the state of the conference to rappers in pregame videos to the Chief controversy:

Free failing Illini not so fine at the foul line

CHAMPAIGN – Someday in a tight game on the road, it might not seem so funny.

But really, the number is so absurd Jamar Smith can't help but crack up.