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Boys Basketball

Top of the morning, Aug. 2, 2015

Anthony Zilis spent his freshman year at the University of Illinois rooting on Ron Zook's Rose Bowl team.

"I was spoiled at that point," he said. "I thought the next year they'd win the national championship."

Best of Fred: No. 1 — Another kind of writing

I always thought I’d write a book or two. The feeling was based on the naivety of youthfulness.

Sages legend Bob Miller nears milestone


The countdown began about a year ago, when Bob Miller drew the first black “X” through Aug. 1 on the calendar that stretches across the kitchen wall of the two-story Monticello home he and his wife bought 77 years ago. In 10 days, the “X’s” will engulf the large red dot between Aug. 10 and 11.

Bob Miller's countdown to 100

Bob Miller, the patriarch of Monticello sports, turns 100 on August 11th. The former all-state basketball player, dairy owner, and superfan attended around 4,000 Illinois and Monticello games with his wife, Dorothy.

MJ's Minute July 22: The amazing rise of Tim Finke

Beat writer Marcus Jackson: With a handful of Division I offers, including one from Illinois, it’s clear that Champaign sophomore Tim Finke is the most sought-after basketball player in C-U history.

Hoops freshmen making quick impression

Hear more about the newcomers from Illini hoopster Malcolm Hill Saturday at 10 on WDWS.

Aside from injury setbacks, Illinois men's basketball coach John Groce has been pleased with the progress of his freshman class of Jalen Coleman-Lands, Aaron Jordan and D.J. Williams.

Rantoul boys' hoops has something to build on

RANTOUL — Brett Frerichs isn’t a stranger to high expectations before a basketball season tips off.

The Rantoul boys’ basketball coach — about to start his second stint with the Eagles after compiling a 45-40 record from 2010 to 2013 and guiding the Eagles to the program’s only regional title in the last 25 years — experienced the feeling four years ago.

Best of Fred, No. 4: Wide world of numbers

Retiring executive sports editor FRED KRONER has seen a lot in his 34 years at The News-Gazette. Each Sunday until his last day, he’ll share his most memorable stories:

My interest in numbers started at the same time as my interest in sports.

The reasons were different.

(UPDATED) Youngest Finke receives Illini offer

(This is an update of a previous story)

INDIANAPOLIS — Tim Finke knew basketball would consume most of his Thursday.

What the Champaign native and rising Class of 2018 prospect didn’t exactly envision was that his day would start off with his second Division I offer.

With this one coming from Illinois.

Best of Fred: No. 5 — Top 25 lists

For much of the past 12 years, I’ve written weekly or biweekly lists on a variety of topics, most of which were sports-related.

These selections are my 25 favorites, including the dates they were published in the newspaper.

There’s one list that’s not a top five. It’s a top one.

I don’t have a favorite athlete, but I do have a favorite athlete’s name.