Terrapins give Illini black eye

   COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Aggressiveness. Tenacity. Unselfishness.

   That was Illinois basketball on display Tuesday night in Cole Field House.

UI overcomes ragged play on the road

   PITTSBURGH  Illinois'' road-weary players weren''t about to overanalyze another victory on an opponent''s court.

   The UI women''s basketball team, playing its fourth game in a season-opening five-game road swing, squandered a 15-point first-half cushion before pulling out a 74-71 victory against Duquesne on Tuesday.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Maryland 76, Illinois 63

Carr tops Kittner for Unitas

   Kurt Kittner''s string of awards came to an end Tuesday.

   The Illinois senior, who in a five-day span ending Monday won a Big Ten title, a Big Ten offensive player of the week award and a team MVP award, lost out to Fresno State quarterback David Carr in voting for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

Henson, ''classic bully'' renew coaching rivalry

   There won''t be any old-school uniforms or half-price hot dogs, but tonight still is a turn-back-the-clock game for Lou Henson.

   Henson''s New Mexico State team hosts Bob Knight''s Texas Tech outfit in an often-heated coaching rivalry that dates to Henson''s days at Illinois and Knight''s at Indiana. There will be extra media attention for the game, and fans will be buzzing when Knight comes to Las Cruces.

Tickets on tap for tournament

   All-session tickets for the first and second rounds of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Huff Hall are available at the Assembly Hall north ticket office or by calling (217) 333-3470.

   No. 21 Illinois plays Missouri at 8 p.m. Friday after Eastern Illinois meets No. 4 Arizona at 6 p.m. The winners advance to the second round at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Illinois women''s basketball box score

Illinois 74, Duquesne 71

As No. 2 team in the country, Illinois a target


   Since last August, a solid three months, the Southern Illinois basketball team worked each day with one goal dangling in front of it: to get a win at St. Louis and reach the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational against Illinois.

Dalls relishing second homecoming chance

   PITTSBURGH  The daylight hours were growing shorter, and so was Cindy Dallas'' wait.

   In three days, the redshirt freshman forward on the Illinois women''s basketball team would be returning to her hometown of Pittsburgh to play in front of friends and family.

Tall Terrapins first true test of young season

   COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Five games into a three-guard experiment, Illinois has run the gamut from decent to dominant.

   Now the real test begins.

   When second-ranked Illinois takes the court at Cole Field House tonight against No. 5 Maryland, the Illini will face not only their biggest challenge of the season but also their tallest.