Feb. 22 Illinois basketball chat

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 12:30pm

How will the final two regular-season games play out for the Illini? What seed will Brad Underwood's program get in the Big Ten tournament? Can they avoid playing on the first day at Madison Square Garden? What will the roster look like next season? How is the recruitment of E.J. Liddell, Francis Okoro and others going? Beat writer Scott Richey handles your questions at 12:30 p.m.

Evans has U.S. in medal contention

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea  — Elana Meyers Taylor went to sleep four years ago after the first night of her Olympic competition holding the lead, and her mind couldn't stop racing. She plans on sleeping better this time.

Maroons still have big goals in front of them

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Finke has played in big games before.

He knows what it's like when the atmosphere is cranked up and the implications are heightened.

The Champaign Central wing will get to experience that once again, along with the rest of his teammates, when the state-ranked Maroons host state-ranked Normal West at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in a Big 12 showdown with Normal West.

VIDEO: 2018 State Wrestling Finals Highlights

Eight local wrestlers competed in the 2018 state finals on Saturday, Feb. 17. Check out highlights from each match, with comments from the grapplers.

Road to Peoria: Class 1A/2A breakdown

Class 2A

Salt Fork Regional

Who's there: No. 1 St. Joseph-Ogden (24-3), No. 4 Salt Fork (22-7), No. 7 Arthur-Lovington-Atwood-Hammond (17-10), No. 10 Villa Grove/Heritage (13-17)

Area boys' swimming leaders

200 Medley Relay

School Time

Centennial 1:39.80

Champaign Central 1:40.96

Mahomet-Seymour 1:53.67

Danville 1:56.36

Sullivan 1:58.59

Urbana 1:58.71

Clinton 2:06.43

200 Freestyle

Swimmer, School Time

Lane Wagner, Danville 1:48.76

Preview: Illinois at Michigan State, 6 p.m.

Illinois at No. 2 Michigan State

6 p.m. today


Illinois (13-15, 3-12)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 12.3

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.3

G Aaron Jordan Jr. 6-5 8.1

F Kipper Nichols R-So. 6-6 9.8

Monday's highlights: Sabers stun Cornjerkers

In boys' basketball

Class 2A Hoopeston Area Regional

For Sages, it was fun while it lasted

PONTIAC — The lead was 30-23 in the early second half of Monday's Class 2A girls' basketball super-sectional game between Monticello and Chicago Harlan.

Hilltoppers still climbing

PONTIAC — With about a minute to play in regulation of Monday's Class 1A girls' basketball super-sectional against reigning state champion Annawan, Schlarman junior Anaya Peoples watched a free throw bid clunk off the front of the rim.

The Hilltoppers led just 39-36 at the time. It could've been a devastating blow as the battle-tested Bravettes stormed down the court with possession.