Bolson, Panthers clip St. Thomas More

MONTICELLO – Dan Bolsen scored a game-high 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Lovington past St. Thomas More 60-52 on Thursday at the Monticello Holiday Hoopla tournament.

Dalton Allyn added 10 points for the Panthers.

Bulldogs bounce back with late rally

MATTOON – Senior leadership was just the cure for what ailed the Mahomet-Seymour girls' basketball team for nearly seven quarters Thursday.

After dropping their first game in the 29th Annual Mattoon Christmas Tournament to upstart Flora in the morning session, the Bulldogs found themselves in a dogfight with Corn Belt Conference foe Rantoul, a team they had defeated 57-48 two weeks earlier.

Illini recruit update

Troy Gentle's weekly update on the five players headed Bruce Weber's way:

Pruitt's string of dominating performances starting to turn heads

CHAMPAIGN – To escape the attention, whether it's a Missouri defender draped on his shoulder like a backpack, or a Big Ten Network host chatting him up after practice, Shaun Pruitt might have to cop a disguise of some sort.

"The old cliche is be careful of what you wish for," Illinois coach Bruce Weber said Thursday.

Harris makes the most of extended minutes

EVANSTON – Senior Rebecca Harris was the only Illinois reserve who played more than three minutes against Northwestern on Thursday.

And Harris' 23 minutes proved to be some of the most important in Illinois' 58-44 victory.

Illini women find second wind against Northwestern

EVANSTON – Jolette Law on Thursday labeled her Illini women's basketball squad a "second-half team."

Though accurate as it might be – especially after Illinois raced past Northwestern in the second half for a 58-44 victory Thursday – it's something of a backhanded compliment.

Pick 'em

A look at what some area celebrities think about Tuesday's Rose Bowl game:

Illini roster

Illinois' roster for Tuesday's Rose Bowl game:

First things first

Surprised Illinois is in the Rose Bowl? You have company. A look at the Big Ten preseason rankings handed out by five college football magazines:

Illinois All-Bowl Team

Illinois is playing in its 15th postseason game Tuesday, a Rose Bowl date with Southern Cal. Here are staff writer Bob Asmussen's picks for the best and brightest Illini from the first 14: