Illinois'' Ryler DeHeart was ranked No. 1 in the Midwest regional tennis rankings.
CHAMPAIGN – The real deal was as loud as ever. But Roger Powell Jr. can''t wait for the photo.
The soldout Assembly Hall crowd, led by Orange Krush members who had camped outside Tuesday night, drew rave reviews from both the Illinois and Wake Forest players.
Sometime early Monday afternoon, Ron Guenther will stride to the podium at the Bielfeldt building. Looking a whole lot happier than he did two weeks before.
Eight years and four days after naming Ron Turner as Illinois football coach, Guenther will call out No. 2. And don''t be a bit surprised if it''s another Ron (They like to stick together, you know).
CHAMPAIGN – For one night, this town was the center of the basketball universe.
And Illinois'' 91-73 rout of Wake Forest on Wednesday provided one heck of a college hoops big bang.
The fans cheered – and "booed" and "Luuuued" and "Bruuuuced" – the band blared, and when the orange dust settled, Illinois had utterly dominated the nation''s top-ranked team.
CHAMPAIGN – Maybe it''s not the trendy look.
Maybe it isn''t cool.
But Skip Prosser sure seemed to get a kick out of Bruce Weber''s orange sport-coat Wednesday night.
Illini volleyball beat writer Jeff Huth previews the team''s NCAA tournament opener:
GREEN BAY, Wis. – Illinois once again fell behind. For the first time this season, it couldn''t catch up.
The Illini''s early-game problems continued in a 72-43 nonconference women''s basketball loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay on Wednesday night.
CHAMPAIGN – Ask anyone on the only other Illinois team to knock off No. 1, and they''re quick to admit that what happened in the days after the upset was just as memorable as the day of it.
"We lost," said Rob Judson, a guard on Lou Henson''s 1979 Illini.