Leading up to the Illini’s appearance at the Heart of Dallas Bowl, college football writers Bob Asmussen and Matt Daniels will check in ahead of the Dec. 26 game:
CHAMPAIGN — Reilly O’Toole went into late Sunday afternoon thinking the team he quarterbacks would spend the holidays in Detroit.
CHAMPAIGN — Illinois’ Chatrice White was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the second time this season Monday. The 6-foot-3 center out of Shelby, Neb., averaged 16.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in the Illini’s blowout victories against Virginia and Southern Illinois. She last earned the honor Nov. 24, when she shared it with Indiana guard Tyra Buss.
NEW YORK — Robert Archibald grew up playing in small gyms in his native Scotland before one season at Lafayette High School just outside of St. Louis. None of venues at which the former Illini big man played were anything compared with the site of his first collegiate basketball game during the 1998-99 season: Madison Square Garden.
John Groce’s Illini, dropped by the media and clinging nervously to the 25th slot in the Coaches Poll, will rise or fall Tuesday night.
Villanova, the respected opponent in New York’s Madison Square Garden, is No. 7 in both basketball polls. No other nonconference opportunities compare to this.
CHAMPAIGN — St. Thomas More’s girls’ basketball team took the next step Monday night.
The Sabers moved on — and moved forward.
URBANA — The city of Urbana has joined Champaign, Savoy and Rantoul in the effort to lure the IHSA boys' basketball tournament back to State Farm Center.
The Urbana City Council voted 6-0 at a special meeting on Monday night to approve a resolution supporting the Urbana-Champaign community package to attract the tourney beginning in 2016.
It looks like the full Marching Illini will be spending the Christmas holidays in Texas.
All 360 band members, plus 15 graduate students and staff, will take charter buses down to the Dec. 26 Heart of Dallas bowl to watch the Illini take on Louisiana Tech.
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