Total control remains just an illusion

CHICAGO As a no-nonsense basketball coach, Bill Self would like to think he has some control over what happens between the lines. And for an inspired half Saturday at the United Center, Illinois'' stern defense and Mixmaster attack had Self written all over it. Faced with a level of man-to-man help defense that at times was suffocating, Indiana missed its last eight shots of the first half and trailed 37-21. So who would have thought Illinoisans would be hiding their eyes at the end of a

Rowe steals show with four-hit shutout

Ted Rowe pitched a four-hit shutout and Joe Parenti and Brandon Cashman each drove in a run as Illinois beat host Texas-Pan American 2-0 on Saturday to stay undefeated at the Ogletree Classic. Rowe struck out seven in seven innings. Andy

Despite loss, Wings forge ahead

DANVILLE  If things work out the way the Danville Wings hope, they''ll get another shot at the Pittsburgh Forge a few weeks from now in the North American Hockey League playoffs. No doubt they''ll hope for the same effort but different results


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In the next two days, you''ll hear more opinions about college basketball than you can stomach. You''ll hear debate about All-America teams, about NCAA tournament seeds, and more than anything else, who got snubbed by the selection committee.

Butler still hospitalized

San Diego Chargers general manager John Butler, an Urbana native, has been hospitalized since Thursday because of internal inflammation and dehydration. Butler''s condition is not related to his lung cancer, team spokesman Bill Johnston said

Resilient Head cuts his teeth as Illini option

CHICAGO Luther Head got the star treatment Saturday. It won''t be the last time. Afterward, Head got the dental treatment. It will be the last time. His two front teeth damaged by Indiana''s Marshall Strickland''s big noggin, Head gutted it out and went to a postgame news conference. His presence was required after a 16-point, five-rebound effort that helped Illinois reach the Big Ten championship game. The Illini edged the Hoosiers 73-72 at the

A look back at UI-Loyola

Today marks the 40th anniversary of Illinois'' NCAA tournament game against Loyola, played at Jenison Field House in East Lansing, Mich. The Illini and the Ramblers advanced to the regional finals after respective victories the night before against Bowling Green and Mississippi State. Loyola stunned the Big Ten co-champs 79-64, then beat Duke in the semifinals and two-time defending champion Cincinnati to win the NCAA crown. Miscellaneous notes from the UI-Loyola game: * Loyola and

Check them out

Here are three Illinois players who could move way up the depth chart during spring drills: PLAYER POS. Cornelius Dillard WR * Comment: January enrollee might take advantage of wide-open starting spots Cyrus Garrett

Climbing higher

With 45 points in two games, Brian Cook has moved into second place on the Big Ten tournament''s career scoring list with 142. He needs 25 today to catch all-time leader Cory Bradford of Illinois. On Saturday, Cook passed Eddie Johnson for