Saturday's highlights: Ridgeview boys, Watseka and ALAH girls take titles

In boys’ basketball
McLean County/HOIC Tournament

Ridgeview 58, Deer Creek-Mackinaw 32. Tyler McCormick drained five three-pointers and tallied 19 points as the Mustangs (19-1) were triumphant in the championship game at the Shirk Center in Bloomington. Teammate Noah Young added 13 points. The Mustangs led 21-8 after one quarter.

Illini's wait for Big Ten road win continues

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Yes, that was the Orange Krush filling the seats at the top of Sections 233 and 234 at the Crisler Center on Saturday afternoon. And the outnumbered Illini fans did their best to drown out their Michigan counterparts.

UI MBB notes: Morgan not going back on comments

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Maverick Morgan referred to Michigan as a “white-collar” team after Illinois’ 16-point victory against the Wolverines on Jan. 11 in Champaign.

The Illini outrebounded Michigan in that game by 13, had more second-chance points and more bench production.

Morgan’s comments apparently didn’t pass unnoticed in Ann Arbor.

UI MBB grades: Mostly failing at Michigan

From scoreless against Wisconsin to almost can’t miss against Illinois. Wilson scored 19 points on 70 percent shooting and finished with seven rebounds and five assists. The Illini simply couldn’t stop the bouncy 6-foot-10 forward.

UI roundup: Seymour climbs timing charts

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Illini hurdler Pedrya Seymour has been chasing former Illini Perdita Felicien.

On Saturday, she nearly caught her.

Seymour recorded a personal-best time in the 60-meter hurdles prelims (8.09 seconds) and again in the final (7.98) to finish as the top collegian at the Rod McCravy Memorial.

Tate: NCAA bid unofficially dead for Illini

Where have we seen this show before? Saturday’s 66-57 setback brings the margin of four Big Ten road losses to 73 points. And coach John Groce faces the unhappy reality that his five Illini teams have suffered 48 conference setbacks while winning 31.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Jack Squirek

Thirty-three years ago Sunday, former Illini star Jack Squirek scored a touchdown on a 5-yard interception as the Los Angeles Raiders defeated the Washington Redskins 38-9 in Super Bowl XVIII.

PODCAST: Fastener's ETC. Postgame Show 01-21-17

PODCAST: Fastener's ETC. Postgame Show 01-21-17: Play now!

Scott Beatty and Michael Kiser present the post-game rundown of the Illini Men's Basketball 66-57 lost to Michigan on this Saturday's Fastener's ETC. Postgame Show.


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Illini Recap: 'Play with that chip on our shoulder'

Illinois coach John Groce and guards Te'Jon Lucas and Malcolm Hill discuss Saturday's loss at Michigan.

Richey: Road woes continue

Beat writer Scott Richey gives a quick rundown on Illinois' 66-57 loss at Michigan on Saturday — the Illini's fourth straight defeat on the road in the Big Ten.