Williams joins elite list of Illini honored by Big Ten

   CHAMPAIGN  Lately, Frank Williams has been pondering his legacy.

   The Illinois guard hopes he''ll be remembered as one of the all-time greats at the school. Today, he got some validation in that regard.

Tickets still available

   Tickets remain for fans who want to see Illinois in this weekend''s Big Ten tournament.

   As of Monday night, about 150 all-session tournament ticket books remained from Illinois'' allotment.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 67, Minnesota 66

Nothing comes easy for never-say-die Illini

   MINNEAPOLIS  As if it was going to happen any other way.

   Illinois, a team that''s done things the hard way most of the year, wasn''t about to march Sunday into a packed Williams Arena and dismantle Minnesota.

Tate: Improbable comeback gives UI Big Ten crown

   MINNEAPOLIS  Welcome back, Rod Serling!

   In a return to The Twilight Zone, Illinois was lying face-up as the grave diggers began flipping dirt on the casket when Frank Williams, Cory Bradford and a never-say-die squad came roaring back to the surface.

Williams packs vital punch late

   MINNEAPOLIS  When it was over, Frank Williams didn''t even glance Billy Packer''s way.

   Williams was held in check during most of Illinois'' 67-66 win Sunday against Minnesota, but in the moment that mattered most Williams made what he called the biggest shot of his career in front of the CBS announcer who a month ago was his harshest critic.

Duke knocks off No. 1 Illini tennis

   Less than a week after earning the No.1 ranking in the country, the Illinois men''s tennis team took a step back.

   Doubles teams of Phil Stolt-Brian Wilson and Mike Kosta-Nathan Zeder and a singles win by Zedar posted the Illini''s only victories in 5-2 road loss to No. 19 Duke on Sunday.

Polling place players give us the inside scoop on basketball in the Big Ten

   It''s important to listen to Steve Welmer. It''s hard not to listen to the Izzone. And no matter how hard you listen, you won''t hear a lotof smack talk being slung in the Big Ten.

   So says the panel of experts in The News-Gazette''s sixth Big Ten men''s basketball player poll.

UI´s Williams matures as player, man

   It hasn''t been a fairy-tale career. - It is not like something out of a Hollywood script.

   When it comes to Frank Williams'' college basketball career, throw out your Camelot cliches. There''s been drama, but it''s been grounded in reality.

UI Roundup: UI´s Moorman runs wild

   Taking advantage of a last chance to qualify for the NCAA Indoor Nationals, Illinois senior Anthony Moorman set school records in the 60- and 200-meter dashes at Saturday''s Alex Williams Invitational in South Bend, Ind.

   Moorman won the 60 in 6.73 seconds, topping the UI record of 6.74 shared by George McDonald-Ashford and Baba-tunde Ridley.