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Illinois 107, Austin Peay 66

College basketball writer talks about the unselfishness of the Illini following their rout of Austin Peay on Friday at State Farm Center.

Final Word: Seniors seek home win

It was Senior Day at the Illini Quarterback Club luncheon in Urbana. The available players ate lunch with the booster club and introduced themselves to the crowd at the Wyndham Garden Hotel.

First, Illinois coach Tim Beckman talked to the group for about 15 minutes, praising the work on the field and off by the departing players.

Young guns add to Tuscola's firepower

TUSCOLA — Opportunity helped Tuscola freshmen Dalton Hoel and Hunter Woodard get into the varsity football lineup this year.

Performance has kept them in their positions.

Hoel has been used as a ball carrier and receiver — as well as on defense — while Woodard has emerged as a two-way line starter after an injury sidelined Ray Kerkhoff.

Fletcher reaches diving finals

EVANSTON — Preslie Fletcher is moving up.

The Oakwood High School senior was one of 12 divers to qualify for Saturday’s IHSA one-class state finals after two preliminary rounds Friday. All 12 are guaranteed of receiving medals.

Fletcher is in her second year of interscholastic diving, training with former Centennial coach Don Waybright.

Plays of the Game - Austin Peay

When a team scores 107 points, you have plenty of options for the Dick Van Dyke Appliance World "WOW!" Play of the Game.  Fourteen made three-pointers, some fast breaks, and pretty passes.  Let's get to the highlights.  Our first nominee is a nice play out of a timeout that started the Illini's 32-12 run to end the first half.

Efficiency Stats - Austin Peay

This is fun.  Illinois hit the century mark for the second straight game, the first time that's happened since the Illini scored 100+ in three straight games in December of 1993.  Illinois shot nearly 60% from the field, and 14-25 from three-point range as they ran away from Austin Peay 107-66.  Let's take a look at tonight's efficiency stats, first for the red hot Illini:

Q&A with DeJazz Woods

He came to school to play for Ron Zook and stayed on after Tim Beckman’s arrival. LEO DeJazz Woods plays the final home game of his Illinois career Saturday. He hopes to go out a winner:

Breaking it down: UI-Penn State

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Illinois

No.    Name    Ht.    Wt.    Class    Hometown    

12    Wes Lunt    6-5    225    So.    Rochester

Penn State

Tate: Future's bright ... for Penn State

Penn State comes to Memorial Stadium on Saturday with a 6-4 record and, by NCAA decree, newly bowl eligible.

Fact is, for all the outcries that the program was “emasculated and humiliated” after severe July 2012 sanctions, the Nittany Lions continued to draw large crowds as they finished 8-4 and 7-5 under Joe Paterno’s successor, Bill O’Brien.

Preseason Top 5: No. 3 Mahomet-Seymour

Christian Romine, Mahomet-Seymour senior, talks about his team’s No. 3 ranking in the N-G preseason boys’ basketball poll.