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Michael Kiser, Tim Ditman, and Marcus Jackson discuss the latest in sports. They chat with Steve Kelly, who's with the Illini men's basketball team in Vegas for the Continental Tires Las Vegas Invitational. They also talk about the Bulls and Cubs with Comcast SportsNet Chicago's Mark Schanowski.
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Illinois football beat writer Matt Daniels is prepping for a bowl game should Illinois win. On the flip side, he's prepping for a coaching change if the Illini lose. Or none of the above. Nothing is off limits in his weekly chat ahead of the Illini's must-win game at Northwestern on Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois boys' state basketball tournament has been played primarily in two locations in its 106-year history — Champaign from 1919-1995, and its current home in Peoria.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: Illinois guard Rayvonte Rice
We are going to rename this category in honor of the former Charger. The Drake transfer did Centennial proud again with a double-double. Besides his 15 points and 10 boards, he helped out with multiple assists, steals and blocks. And he shot the ball well from the field and at the line. He’s a keeper.
CHAMPAIGN — The focus of the Illinois coaching staff and the players all weekend and Monday had been on preparation for Monday night’s opponent, Brown. But with the Illini scheduled to fly to Las Vegas this morning for the Las Vegas Invitational games being played Thursday and Friday, someone had to make the travel arrangements for the Illini.
That’s where Mark Morris came into play.
CHAMPAIGN — Last season, the term “road kill” was first used by the Illini after a come-from-behind win at UNLV during a late-November trip to Las Vegas.
ARCOLA — The year was 1973.
The 7Up company started an ad campaign that dubbed the soft drink the Uncola.
The cost of advertising for the Super Bowl was $88,000.
Air bags were first introduced in the Oldsmobile Toronado.
And Nancy Stiff began coaching the inaugural varsity girls’ basketball team at Arcola High School.