Tate: Score not indicative of Illinois effort

CHAMPAIGN – The athletes played their hearts out ... Illini fans cheered and booed their lungs out ... Bruce Weber coached his tail off.

And, OK, it turned out like so many others, in this case 83-79 in the Indiana win column.

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's 8 p.m. men's game at UI:

Illini Insider

Staff writer Jeff Huth's review and preview of all things Illinois

Sampson, Gordon stir emotions of players, fans

CHAMPAIGN – In 1951 and 1952, the Illinois men's basketball program was at its peak. Those years included back-to-back Final Four teams, among the five in the UI's history.

"Even then the Indiana game was one of the biggest, if not the biggest, games on the schedule," said Clive Follmer, a UI player from 1949 to '53.

Krushing blows

The Orange Krush has been nationally recognized for its philanthropic work. But the Illinois student cheering section also is known for its ability to get under the skin of opponents at the Assembly Hall – and on the road. Some of memorable moments in the last 10 years as the Krush prepares to roast two of today's most wanted– Kelvin Sampson and Eric Gordon:

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's 7 p.m. women's game at Minnesota:

Florida running back picks Clemson over Illinois

Illinois coach Ron Zook got letters of intent from every player he expected today. But one he was hoping for picked another school.

At 11:20 a.m., Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian running back Jamie Harper went on ESPNU and announced he was signing with Clemson. Harper is the No. 12 rated player in the nation according to ESPN scouts and the No. 3 running back.

Crystal ball

Every Wednesday, college basketball writer Paul Klee ill provide his top four seeds in each regional of he NCAA tournament (if Selection Sunday were today):

Cleveland star comfortable bucking trend for C-U

CLEVELAND – You didn't need to hear him say it. His body language during his official campus visit told you how Cordale Scott felt about Illinois.

He chatted with the coaches and players like he had known them for years. He walked to different corners of the Irwin Indoor Practice Facility, visiting with members of the program. And when he left Dec. 16, you had a feeling he would be back.

Class of 2008

Here is the status of the Illinois football recruiting class: