Wells' hard work delivers success on and off the court

DANVILLE – Though high school basketball might not have the reputation as being a high-scoring affair, there is a player at Danville First Baptist who has plenty of experience putting points on the board.

Senior Matt Wells, who averages more than 22 points per game, eclipsed the 1,500-point career mark Tuesday night.

Patterson's will to succeed pushes game to new heights

RANTOUL – When Chris Wagner speaks of the remarkable growth of Rantoul senior Tyler Patterson, feel free to take the Eagles basketball coach's words literally or figuratively.

Both apply.

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St. Louis star headed to Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Add another one to the Illinois basketball program's recruiting haul.

Tyler Griffey, a 6-foot-8 junior from Lafayette (Mo.) High School in the St. Louis area, gave the Illinois staff an oral commitment Wednesday. Griffey can sign a national letter of intent with the Illini in November.

It's really crowded at the top

CHAMPAIGN – The Big Ten women's basketball season has reached its midpoint, and hardly a soul is surprised to find the league is a jumbled mess.

Parity rules. At one point last week, the league had a five-way tie for second place. Had Illinois not squandered a seven-point lead in the final minutes at Ohio State, it would have been a six-way tie for first at 5-3.

A quick glance

Here's a quick glance at the Illini's game in East Lansing, Mich.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at today's 7 p.m. UI women's basketball game against Ohio State:

Tate: Another dose of deja vu

EAST LANSING, Mich. – It's been a long January for Bruce Weber's Illini, and it can't end too soon.

Trouble is, we have begun to figure out what's going to happen before it happened. And it wasn't good.

Buzzer beaters

News and notes from Wednesday in East Lansing, Mich.:

Illini following familiar script

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Clanged free throws. A blown lead. Slumped shoulders and an Illinois team searching for the correct way to close a game.

Sound familiar?