Every week during the high school basketball season, recruiting blogger MATT DANIELS will give a wrap-up of how Illini commits and targets fared during the previous week's worth of games.
Class 3A sectional
Champaign Central (17-10) vs. Springfield Lanphier (27-1)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Mattoon High School
Class 1A super-sectional
St. Thomas More (22-7)
vs. Heyworth (23-7)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Illinois State University
All-Big Ten ballots were due to the conference office on Sunday night. All-conference and individual awards will be announced today. Here’s how News-Gazette beat writer Marcus Jackson, selected as one of the media voters, went with his ballot:
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Ask our beat writer Marcus Jackson about lllinois' matchup with Indiana in the Big Ten tournament and about postseason possibilities.
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Jess Perkins hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to break open a scoreless game, and the Illini went on to beat Hofstra 2-0 on Sunday.
Brandi Needham allowed four hits and walked one over eight stellar innings for the Illini, who picked up their first win of the weekend in four tries.
Former Champaign Central wrestling coach Jeff Scott is at the Big Ten meet. His report from Sunday:
Entering Sunday, the final day of the conference season, Illinois was still in play for the No. 7 seed and the No. 9 seed in the Big Ten tournament. Thanks to Minnesota’s comfortable home win against Penn State, the Illini will be seeded ninth in the conference tournament, facing eighth-seeded Indiana on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Entering the season, you indicated that the loss of All-American Karisma Penn and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Adrienne GodBold would make it difficult to match the success of your first Illini team, which won 19 games and reached the WNIT quarterfinals. Are you surprised, however, by how steep the decline ended up being?