MBB game preview: vs. Purdue

Purdue at Illinois men
8 p.m. today

Illinois (12-7, 2-4)
P    Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG
G    Jaylon Tate    So.    6-3    3.7

Who's that Illini? Check out his bobblehead

The best rebounder in Illinois history will be in the hands of a lot of fans at tonight's game against Purdue.

MJ: Seeds of thought - Kentucky, Wisconsin might battle

Each week until the NCAA tournament field is revealed on Selection Sunday, News-Gazette college basketball writer Marcus Jackson will project the top four seeds in each region.
1. Kentucky
2. Wisconsin
3. Notre Dame
4. Utah

Egwu preps for block party

CHAMPAIGN — Shortly before Nnanna Egwu was to graduate from Chicago’s St. Ignatius and make his way to the Illinois campus to start his freshman year, St. Ignatius coach Rich Kehoe had a simple message for the 6-foot-11 big man.

“Go break the blocked shots record at Illinois,” Kehoe told Egwu.

Tate: Stain remains on JoePa's program

It is never advisable to form judgments on complicated and cloudy issues while in a frenzy.

Milford can dish it out with the best

SHELDON — They have a coach who is closing in on 500 career wins.

They have a veteran team, which includes three returning senior starters.

Milford has another trait few Class 1A high schools possess: The Bearcats have ball handlers with height.

Two of the tallest players on coach John Spezia’s team are 6-foot-5 Wade Fox and 6-4 Alex Portwood.

Daniels: Postseason hoops dates to know

With boys’ basketball postseason nearing for local teams, acting sports editor Matt Daniels picked out five dates to remember before the state tournament arrives in mid-March:

Bulletin board: M-S considers tourney changes

MAHOMET — Administrators are hoping to expand and improve the Marty Williams Wrestling Invitational, which will enter its 36th year in 2016.

Under the current bracketed format, some top-seeded wrestlers only had two matches this year due to byes in their weight classes.

N-G Top 10: Wrestling rankings — M-S at top

1. Mahomet-Seymour (1)    16-4    Will host 2A regional on Feb. 7

2. Prairie Central (2)    13-3    Assigned to Eureka 1A regional on Feb. 7