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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.