Steve Kelly, Loren Tate and Marcus Jackson are courtside for senior night at State Farm Center. Steve talks with ESPN's Mike Tirico, Brian Barnhart gets the scouting report from assistant coach Jamall Walker, and Loren chats with Mark Snider from the Detroit Free Press.
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The dream of reaching the NCAA tournament is alive and well for most Illinois fans and while reaching the Big Dance is more than a long shot at this juncture, there’s a realistic possibility the Illini can make it with the way they’ve played of late.
Imagine John Groce sending a recruit a selfie.
Or a photo of the ongoing renovation at State Farm Center.
With the message 'Go Illini!' or some variation of this.
And the recruit may see the photo for up to 10 seconds. Then never again.
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Danville 63, Normal West 55. Denzel Smith poured in a game-high 27 points for the fifth-seeded Vikings, who will play top-seeded Bradley-Bourbonnais at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Normal Community.
Kylen Butler added 18 points for the Vikings, who led 37-21 at halftime.
2. Wichita State
12. San Diego State
15. Iowa State
18. North Carolina
19. Saint Louis
20. Southern Methodist
22. New Mexico
23. Kansas State
ROSEMONT — Illinois senior guard Amber Moore and junior guard Ivory Crawford were selected as honorable mention All-Big Ten on Monday.
Crawford received the honor from conference coaches and media, while Moore was picked by Big Ten media members.
Moore leads Illinois with 14.9 points per game, which ranks 11th in the league.
No. 12 Michigan at Illinois, 6 p.m. Tuesday
Tuesday night marks the final home game in the careers of fifth-year seniors Joseph Bertrand and Jon Ekey.
Each has experienced his own ups and downs throughout the last five years in college basketball.
Bertrand battled back from injury as a true freshman, a coaching change two years ago and prolonged stretches of losing each of the last three seasons.
— An outright Big ten title is within reach for the Wolverines, who can claim the crown of one of America’s top conferences tonight at State Farm Center.
1. Wichita State
4. Michigan State
Clearly enunciated, that was John Groce’s sharp response.
The question: Can you imagine any circumstance where it would be preferable to participate in the NIT over the NCAA?
“I’m biased,” said the Illini basketball coach Monday, “and I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t want to play in the greatest tournament in the world.”