Top of the Morning, March 19, 2019

Last March, the men's basketball players from Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz., promised the feisty residents of Liberty Village that they'd visit again should they qualify for the 2019 NJCAA National Tournament in Danville.

Guess who'll be stopping by this afternoon?

Illini wheelchair-basketball forward's family came from afar to cheer him on

CHAMPAIGN — The premiere place to watch the Illini at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament on Friday was with a large clump of fans on the west side of State Farm Center.

'It was really surreal to be in that atmosphere'

CHAMPAIGN — State Farm Center was empty the day before the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, save for the Illinois men's and women's teams.

But Illinois coaches Matt Buchi and Stephanie Wheeler wanted their players to experience it as if it were full.

Wheeled wonders: 1969-70 wheelchair-basketball champs reminisce about team

CHAMPAIGN — Kim Pollock was excited when he enrolled at Illinois in 1966, and with good reason.

After all, he was set to join the Illinois football program as a manager, just like he had done in high school. He couldn't actually play sports, he was always told, after his legs were damaged because of the polio he contracted as a child.

But this was the next best thing.

Top of the Morning, March 14, 2019

No one belts out the national anthem quite like JIM CORNELISON. Hear for yourself at the fundraising Gottheil Cup on March 30 at the University of Illinois Ice Arena.

It's the second consecutive year that the man who revs up Blackhawks fans at United Center will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before four fraternities take to the ice for a good cause.

Tate | Forward-thinking Delany still not without his critics

The basketball-mad Atlantic Coast Conference will move to 20 league games next season, following the lead of Jim Delany's forward-thinking Big Ten.

Getting Personal: Matt Buchi

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, staff writer Paul Wood chats with MATT BUCHI, head coach of the men's wheelchair basketball team at the University of Illinois.

Matt, where are you from and how did you get here?

Asmussen | Ex-UI administrator fights to boost AAF at helm of Apollos

No matter what happens to his new job with the Alliance of American Football, you get the feeling former Illinois administrator Mike Waddell is always going to land on his feet.

Waddell, 50, is the president of the 2-0 Orlando Apollos, who began play earlier this month.

Despite the record, the first season has not been easy for the AAF.

DACC basketball court to be named after man who brought tournament there

DANVILLE — When 16 of the best community college men's basketball teams compete for the national title in Danville in March, they will play on the Dick Shockey Court.

Top of the Morning, Jan. 24, 2019

Fifty years ago, the University of Illinois won a national wheelchair basketball championship at the Assembly Hall.

Guess where this year's tournament will be held?

The '69 "Gizz Kids" will be part of the celebration when the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament plays out under the bright lights of State Farm Center on March 14-16.