Chat recap: 'You need a point guard'

John Groce is still committed to the process he's embarking on at Illinois despite a disappointing end to the 2014-15 season.

Beat writer Marcus Jackson is in tune with what the Illini will hone in on as the offseason gets going in full swing soon once Illinois resumes classes next week after spring break ends.

MJ's Minute, March 25, 2015

College basketball beat writer Marcus Jackson weighs in on the recruitment of Marcus LoVett — and the impact his arrival would have on the Illini.

Jim Sheppard: I'm interested

For 22 years, Jim Sheppard served as the Illini's popular P.A. announcer at basketball games,  phrases like "Deeeeee for Threeeeee!" resonating with the Assembly Hall crowds.

Updated: Illini need a new P.A. announcer

Who'd you like to see get the job? Tell columnist Tom Kacich your idea here


Who's that Illini? Wa_y_e M_Cl_in

One of the best coaches in IHSA history, he also made an impact at the UI, which won 70 percent of the time he was on the bench.

Detry finishes third, team seventh

PALM CITY, Fla. — Thomas Detry finished third at the Valspar Collegiate Invitational, leading top-ranked Illinois to seventh place in the team standings Tuesday.

Detry finished the 54-hole tournament at 8-under-par 205, 4 strokes behind medalist Greg Yates of Texas A&M and 1 stroke behind Florida State’s Hank Lebioda.

Second-ranked Florida State won the team championship.

Richey: Grades for state men's hoops teams

Loyola is the last men’s basketball team standing in the state of Illinois. Yes, the Ramblers. They play Seattle on Wednesday in the CBI Tournament, with a shot at the championship on the line. Illinois State went down Monday in the NIT (work on your free throws MiKyle McIntosh), and so did Eastern Illinois in the CIT (good job, good effort Panthers).

Tate: Three coaches living good life

These three guys have it made.

They’re the most comfortable college basketball coaches in the country: Mark Few, Gregg Marshall and Steve Fisher. They rule their leagues, join March Madness every year and, when they lose, they still return home as heroes.

N-G All-Area Wrestling: All-conference, all-county teams

Corn Belt Conference
106: (JUNIOR) Nick Norris, Chillicothe IVC.
113: (SOPHOMORE) Dawson Swindle, Olympia.
120: (FRESHMAN) Shane Robinson, Eureka.
126: (JUNIOR) Kody Hitchins, Mahomet-Seymour.
132: (SENIOR) Kolton Taylor, Mahomet-Seymour.
138: (FRESHMAN) Drew Hoselton, Prairie Central.
145: (SENIOR) Riley Beard, Chillicothe IVC.

Final Area Wrestling Honor Roll

Class 1A
Name, School    W    L    Pts
Cartwright, Bismarck-Henning    32    12    111
Pridemore, Argenta-Oreana    29    13    102
Nisly-Nagele, Monticello    23    16    53