Storm's Williams eager to go against his uncle Wilkus' Tigers

CATLIN – When the Salt Fork and Westville wrestling teams meet tonight in Catlin, it will be a bit of a family feud for Salt Fork junior Caleb Williams.

Williams, who has excelled this season with a 23-2 record, is the ne-phew of Westville coach Sean Wilkus.

Tigers making most of playing youngsters during down times

URBANA – In the midst of a basketball season short on wins and long on hard-earned lessons, coach Mike Lindemann points to a Twin City rival as a fitting example for his youthful Champaign Central Maroons.

"I look at our team like what Urbana was going through three years ago," Lindemann said this week. "I tell them, 'That's what we can be if we keep working at it.' "

Former players give Stewart lift

CHAMPAIGN – Hall of Fame coach Tommy Stewart is back to his daily exercise routine thanks to the assistance of 10 Champaign High and Champaign Central graduates.

Stewart, who coached the Maroons to 199 football victories from 1953 to '83, was presented with a new exercise bike Monday at his Champaign home.

A quick glance

Here's a quick glance at key poins about the Illini's win over Michigan:

Buzzer beaters

News and notes from Wednesday at the Assembly Hall:

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at the UI women's 6 p.m. game today at Ohio State:

Illini banking on inside info

CHAMPAIGN – If Jolette Law was looking for a little inside information on tonight's opponent, No. 16 Ohio State, she only had to look down her bench.

Assistant coach Patrick Klein spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant at Ohio State, his alma mater. Klein, who also served as a practice player during his undergraduate days, can provide some keen insight into the players Illinois will face tonight in a key Big Ten match-up.

Randle working with a new look — and a positive outlook

CHAMPAIGN – Brian Randle's a good son. He listens to his mom.

Maryann Randle asked him earlier this week to get a haircut. His dad agreed it was a good idea.

Illini insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Tate: Illini fortunes go the way of the veterans

CHAMPAIGN – Seniors Shaun Pruitt and Brian Randle have taken more than their share of abuse in Illinois' 9-9 basketball season.

They've been chastised, criticized and, in some cases, booed.