Self welcomes Young to basketball squad

CHAMPAIGN – There aren’t a lot of players Bill Self would take on his roster sight unseen.

But when a guy comes with his own scholarship and a rock-solid rep among Self’s current players, it’s not such a tough call to make.

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 72, Michigan State 66

Illinois splits in tennis

Illinois freshman Chris Martin won both his doubles and singles matches on Sunday for a sweep of his weekend competition at the Miami Invitational in Coral Gables, Fla.

The Illini men split the 12 matches with Miami on Sunday, highlighted by Martin at No. 2 singles. Other singles winners included Brian Wilson (6-4, 6-3) at No. 4 and Amer Delic (7-6, 7-4) at No. 3.

Iowa, injuries on Illini's mind

CHAMPAIGN – Reinforcements are on the way for Bill Self’s Illini.

But they won’t show up in time for Tuesday’s tilt with Iowa.

Grentz gets crowd in on action

CHAMPAIGN – Theresa Grentz knows how to work a crowd.

The seventh-year Illinois coach grabbed the Assembly Hall microphone before Sunday’s victory against Michigan State and gave the UI fans a brief pep talk.

Illini women set sights on first-place showdown

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois coach Theresa Grentz had barely warmed up her seat in the postgame interview room Sunday when she was asked about Thursday’s game at Wisconsin.

Make that Thursday’s first-place showdown at Wisconsin.

Assembly Hall an imperfect solution for women´s team

CHAMPAIGN – Melissa Parker loved the atmosphere at Huff Hall.

When the former Illinois women´s basketball player was helping the Illini to a Big Ten title in 1996-97, Huff was stuffed to capacity, more than 4,000 fans spilling into the historic structure on Fourth Street.

Illinois women''s basketball game glance

Michigan State at UI, 2 p.m.

Ferguson happy to contribute

CHAMPAIGN – For the rest of the Illinois students, the second semester starts Monday. For Blandon Ferguson, it opened two days early.

The junior college transfer was in Bill Self´s lineup Saturday for the second time. And he played more minutes, 20, than in any of his first 16 games.

Asmussen: Despite its flaws, BCS gets it right

Like it or not (and I don´t), the BCS has managed to hand the trophy to the right team the last four seasons.

There is no doubt Miami was the best team in 2001. Oh, sure, the whiners at Oregon can complain about not getting a shot in the title game. Note to the Ducks: Next time, don´t lose at home to Stanford. And don´t play so many close games against inferior teams.