Parker takes final bow on Senior Night

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois fans tonight will have a chance to give Melissa Parker a proper sendoff.

The senior guard, out since December because of post-concussion syndrome, will return to the starting lineup against Wisconsin tonight. But it's only a cameo appearance. Parker will leave at the first whistle or thereabouts.

Coach quieted after rough night

   CHAMPAIGN  No harsh words for the Orange Krush, although the Illinois students did their best to provoke him.

   No technical fouls, although he wasn''t the least bit happy with referee Art McDonald.

   No jersey-pulls for his players, although he benched star guard A.J. Guyton for most of the second half.

Bradford''s a nightmare for Indiana

CHAMPAIGN – Cory Bradford had a sweet dream Monday night. It had nothing to do with Tyra Banks or hitting the Lotto jackpot.

It had everything to do with Tuesday's game against Indiana.

The sophomore dreamed of a win. After telling his coach about the premonition, Bradford made sure it happened.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 87, Indiana 63

UI's Tiley earns honor

The United States Professional Tennis Registry has named Illinois men's coach Craig Tiley its coach of the year.

Tate: Once again, Kruger has the answers

Don't tell me about injuries; why don't they press more? How come they can't make free throws? Why is he criticizing Frankie? Where's the defense? Is something wrong with Cory's shot? Why isn't Cook playing? What's with all those last-minute losses?

It was at that early-January point, when the Illini had dropped six close games and stood 1-3 in the Big Ten, that somebody reminded: "The best thing Illinois has going for it is the man on the sideline."

UI''s seventh straight win proves point

CHAMPAIGN – The atmosphere was straight out of '89. Threes were going in like layups. ESPN was in town, Cory Bradford was doing his best Nick Anderson and Illinois was on its way to its biggest win against Indiana in 44 years.

Can't get any better than Tuesday's scene at the Assembly Hall.

Illini NFL prospects combine skills

CHAMPAIGN – Rameel Connor and Danny Clark visited a "ranch" in Dallas last month, but they weren't heading south to herd cattle and escape the Midwestern winter.

The two ex-Illini were running 40-yard dashes, testing their vertical leap and going through strength and agility drills as part of Bob King's NFL Scouting Combine prep school.

Overlooked Guyton builds reputation at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For a guy who had a tough time getting noticed in his own hometown not too long ago, A.J. Guyton sure is making up for it now.

The last few months, coaches and commentators have nominated the Indiana star for more honors and awards than "American Beauty."

Tate: UI-Indiana matchup is electric

Oh, boy. An 8 o'clock start. Late for old-timers. Wonder how that'll affect tonight's basketball crowd?

"Fret not," came the response, "It's a 'Who's Your Daddy?' night!