For series' central figures, it's more than just a game

CHAMPAIGN – For Christmas, or at least for warmups, all Norm Stewart wanted was a rack of basketballs.

"There was one game where Lou (Henson) wouldn't give us any basketballs for warmups," Stewart recalled.

Streakin' Illini

A closer look at the Illini's seven-game win streak in the Braggin' Rights series:

Through the years

You know about the seven-game Illinois win streak in the Braggin' Rights series. Here's a look at the other 19 games:

Maroons nearly sent packing early

DANVILLE – Maybe sunny Florida was on the collective minds of the Champaign Central boys' basketball team.

Though the Maroons still came out on top in Friday night's Big 12 Conference matchup with Danville, they got a scare from the Vikings in a 54-47 victory.

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's UI men's basketball game against Missouri:

Legion says he'll join Illini

Alex Legion, a highly regarded freshman who is leaving Kentucky, informed the UI staff that he plans on attending Illinois, a source close to the situation said late Friday.

Rice, Johnson heat up quickly

CHAMPAIGN – Centennial appears to have a pair of up-and-coming basketball stars in sophomores Rayvonte Rice and Jeff Johnson.

The 6-foot-3 Rice had a big night, scoring 20 points and grabbing six rebounds, to lead the Chargers to a 64-48 non-conference victory against Mahomet-Seymour. The 6-6 Johnson contributed nine points and grabbed six caroms.

Balanced Clinton tips A-P

ST. JOSEPH – Kyle Welch scored a game-high 18 points for Clinton in its 56-43 victory against Armstrong-Potomac on Thursday night at the Leader Classic.

Josh Barr contributed nine points for the Maroons, who had 10 players score.

Standout Ohio receiver picks Illini over Buckeyes

CHAMPAIGN – The trend among big-time high school football prospects these days is to graduate early and enroll in the college of their choice in time to compete in spring drills.

Cordale Scott, however, has some unfinished business to take care of at his Cleveland, Ohio, school (Glenville).

Illinois needs short memory with Braggin' Rights on the horizon

CHAMPAIGN – Forget the adventurous free throw shooting, screwy offensive possessions and battles with the shot clock.

The Illini's best weapon Saturday in the Braggin' Rights game against Missouri might be a short memory. To cleanse their psyche of a 61-58 overtime loss to Miami (Ohio), they will have to forget just about everything that happened Thursday night at the Assembly Hall.