IHSA State Swim Finals

IHSA State Swimming Finals at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL on Saturday, February 25th, 2017.

‘Every team ... wants to play in the NCAA tournament. We desperately want to play in that.’

NORMAL — Dan Muller floated open on the right wing with 7 seconds to play, cutting to the basket as Rico Hill reversed the ball to Kyle Cartmill in the left corner.

Cartmill drove. The Tennessee defense collapsed. And there was Muller, open for a layup with 1.8 seconds on the clock.

Illinois State 82. Tennessee 81.

Tate: Groce not only one under fire

Coaches under fire have two choices: (1) Wear blinders and pretend through non-recognition that it isn’t happening or (2) Face it openly.

Tim Miles, who’ll send his 12-15 Nebraska quintet against Illinois at 6:30 tonight at Pinnacle Bank Arena, took the latter approach this past week.

He voluntarily responded to calls for his ouster.

Sunday Conversation: Matt Bollant

The wins haven’t happened at the pace Illinois women’s basketball coach Matt Bollant would have liked to have seen since he took the job back in March 2012.

Illini not looking ahead or behind as they prep for ‘Huskers

CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois ladder is still a centerpiece at practice, and it has been updated through next week’s regular season home finale against Michigan State.

"Climb the Ladder” shooting shirts have even been acquired, with several Illini wearing them before Saturday’s practice at Ubben Basketball Complex.

Preview: Illinois at Nebraska

Illinois at Nebraska
6:30 p.m. today

Illinois (16-12, 6-9 big ten)
P      Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Te’Jon Lucas    Fr.    6-0    5.0

Central's Barnard closes his career out strong

WINNETKA — In the final race of his high school career, swimmer Cam Barnard had nowhere to go but up.

In the state preliminaries, the Champaign Central senior qualified for the sixth — and last — position in the 100-yard butterfly at New Trier High School.

Zilis: State format needs work, coaches say

When Mahomet-Seymour wrestling coach Rob Ledin talks to coaches from other states about the Illinois High School Association’s “Follow-the-leader” wrestleback format, he’s met with confused looks.

“They don’t understand it at all,” Ledin said. “They just don’t believe that we do that, being a state that’s known for wrestling.”

He’s not alone.

Prep Highlights: Feb. 25

In track and field

At Greencastle, Ind. Danville won first place in two boys’ and two girls’ events Saturday at the Western Indiana Classic at DePauw University.

Bulldogs bow out in quarterfinals

BLOOMINGTON — Rob Ledin plans to implement changes in the Mahomet-Seymour wrestling program.

In years past, Ledin has issued preseason goal sheets to his squad members as practice begins in November.