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Carter, Illini hope big-time shot will help junior shift into gear

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – In his imagination, this would've looked a little different.

If Warren Carter could have drawn it up, if he could have set the stage for his game-winner Friday that beat Wichita State 55-54, the scene you saw wouldn't have been the same.

Bjork, Illini heat up

BOULDER, Colo. – Freshman Lori Bjork scored a game-high 17 points as Illinois' women's basketball team beat Utah State 62-43 on Friday to advance to tonight's title game of the Coors Classic.

The Illini (2-1) will face Northern Iowa, which defeated Colorado in overtime.

Storylines

Storylines for tonight's game against Rutgers:

Shocker Treatment

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas

There was a time when Kyle Wilson couldn't bear to think about Illinois. He had left the place behind, had closed the book on what he considers a dark chapter in his life. He couldn't stand the thought of looking back.

Who's that Illini?

I was named an honorable mention All-American for Illinois volleyball in 2004. A product of St. Peters, Mo., I led the team in attack percentage at .324, though Rachel Van Meter had more kills and attempts.

All-State: After leading his team to state finals, Dergo is hometown hero

MORRIS – One by one, they came to the Dergo house on a chilly Oct. 31. As the door opened, they shouted, "Trick or treat!" Oh, what a treat.

They weren't dressed as Spider-Man or Darth Vader or Dora the Explorer. Instead, they wore helmets and jerseys with the No. 5. That's the uniform of their hero, Morris running back/defensive back John Dergo.

Weber's squad takes small steps toward bigger goals

CHAMPAIGN – The small matter of coaching basketball has kept Bruce Weber from watching as much televised basketball lately as the rest of us.

But the Illinois coach knows this much: The Maui Invitational is fun to look at. But he wouldn't want to be there.

Storylines

Storylines for Friday's game against Wichita State:

Who's that Illini?

I was a three-time All-Big Ten performer in gymnastics. I captured a conference title in the vault in 1990, three years after I qualified for the NCAA meet in the all-around. Because of my accomplishments, I was voted to the Big Ten's All-Decade team for the 1980s.

Bears cut Kittner, add Grossman

LAKE FOREST – Rex Grossman's return to the Chicago Bears' roster has former Illini quarterback Kurt Kittner job-hunting again.

Grossman expects to be in uniform for the first time this season when the Bears visit the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The projected starter at quarterback before breaking his left ankle in the preseason, he is listed as questionable.