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Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: D.J. Richardson

Happy 27th Birthday to Dietrich "D.J." Richardson (above). Recruited to Illinois to play basketball by Bruce Weber, Richardson played his final season in 2012-13 for John Groce.

Lineups: Penn State at Illinois, 6 p.m. today

Illinois (12-13, 2-10)

Starters

P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 12.5

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.8

F Kipper Nichols R-So. 6-6 9.7

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.3

F Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 9.6

Tate: Talent-deficient Illini need reinforcements

You're won't want to hear this.

After 25 mostly unacceptable results, it is abundantly clear that Illinois won't be markedly better in men's basketball until the personnel is upgraded. Without an infusion of jump-shooting, rim-defending talent, the normal maturity gains among those present won't be enough to pull Brad Underwood's future squads out of the Big Ten's lower reaches.

Take a bow: Martinez's home curtain call with Illini is here

CHAMPAIGN— In March 2023, Isaiah Martinez will be eligible for the Illinois athletic Hall of Fame. Wrestling coach Jim Heffernan has a suggestion: Get the letter ready now.

"They should have a pre-stamped envelope arrive at his home, waiting for him," Heffernan said. "He's already one of the most successful athletes ever to be on this campus. In any sport. That's a fact."

Rare air

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No rest for the weary Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Thursday's loss to Wisconsin was a step back for Illinois after winning its first two Big Ten games and competing on the road against a ranked Ohio State.

UI roundup: Illini rally but drop top-10 match against Stanford

CHAMPAIGN — Alex Brown ignited Illinois' rally.

Brown claimed his singles match 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 over Stanford's Sameer Kumar to chop Illinois' deficit to 3-1.

Aleks Kovacevic brought the Illini even closer with a thrilling 7-5, 7-6 (12-10) triumph against David Wilczynski.

Wrestling sectional roundup: Pair of Eagles earn event crowns

LINCOLN — Demarius Smith is the present-day gold standard for members of the Rantoul wrestling squad. Juniors Nolan Roseman and Peter McCusker and doing well trying to live up to their former teammate's accomplishments.

Saturday's prep highlights: Moore, Vikings win in a rout

In boys' basketball

Teutopolis Shootout

Danville 86, Teutopolis 51. Kendle Moore racked up 19 points as the Vikings (20-2) succeeded for the 10th consecutive game. Julian Pearlhit 14 points for Danville, with Sean Houpt adding 10.

LOVC/NTC Shootout

UI Men's Tennis vs Stanford

University of Illinois Men's Tennis vs Stanford, Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Atkins Tennis Center.