Tipoff: Best 10 players on struggling teams

Good stats, bad team is a thing — and not exactly a compliment. Our college basketball writer, however, spotlights 10 players this week that might play for somewhat struggling teams but are putting up legitimate numbers:

Illini Legends, Lists and Lore: Jan. 20, 2019

As a 14-year-old freshman at Tinley Park High School, future University of Illinois star Rob Mango was focused on two things: running and visiting the Art Institute of Chicago. Following weekend track meets, his parents would shuttle him to 111 S. Michigan Avenue, where he attended classes and devoured the paintings of Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso.

Beasley chases milestone, while also aiming to right ship for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — When the subject of 1,000 points came up last week, Brandi Beasley was guarded in her response.

"That's a huge accomplishment for any player," the junior on the Illinois women's basketball team said.

But ...

"I haven't really been keeping up with it," Beasley continued. ... "I'm ready for it."

Likas | Despite his 'disadvantage,' Forman has earned a role with hard-to-beat Vikings

DANVILLE — Javion Forman possesses a disadvantage.

His word, not mine.

The Danville junior was born with a right arm that ends at the elbow. Neither he nor his high school pals believe this constitutes a disability.

Watching Forman play basketball for the Vikings, one can understand why.

Standing 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds, Forman is a natural hoopster.

Rebounding battle remains a priority for Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Brad Underwood wrote a short note for each of his players heading into Wednesday’s game against Minnesota. The notes contained one aspect of the game the Illinois coach wanted each Illini to focus on against the Gophers.

First and 10: Asmussen's top 10 Heisman candidates

Our college football writer's favorites for the 2019 Heisman Trophy:

Tate | UI upset adds to dizzying hoops irregularities

Michigan, oops! Kansas, oh my! Think about these Saturday upsets when you try to make sense of Illinois' unexpected 95-68 — not the win, but the margin — basketball romp over Minnesota on Wednesday.

No one in college basketball is immune to these irregularities.

Jan. 21 Bob Asmussen chat

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 11:00am

What does the loss of Jeff Thomas mean to the Illinois footbal team? Which receiver will step up in 2019? When will Lovie Smith pick a defensive coordinator?

For the answers to these questions, and anything else on your mind, check in with our longtime Illinois football beat wrtier.

Prep basketball storylines: Tigers have something to smile about

Tigers have something to smile about

URBANA — Team success has been hard to come by for recent Urbana girls' basketball squads.

Over the five campaigns prior to 2018-19, the Tigers' best ledger was 8-18. Three times they concluded with three wins or fewer — once because of an IHSA penalty.