Reserved Arnold states his case with humility

CHAMPAIGN – The backboard came tumbling down in small chunks. A piece of glass here, a piece of glass there.

From across the Illinois practice facility, Warren Carter yelled, "Marrrcus!"

Hospitals seeing a lot of patients from falls on ice

Monday's warm temperatures may have been delightful to some, but overnight freezing meant dangerous conditions on city sidewalks and parking lots this morning.

"We've got a lot of gravity issues," said Carle Foundation Hospital emergency department physician Robert Kiskaddon. "We're seeing a lot of people going to work, going to school and slipping and falling."

Smith faces charges of DUI, leaving accident scene

URBANA – Felony charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of an accident were filed this morning against University of Illinois basketball player Jamar Smith.

The 19-year-old sophomore from Peoria left the team last week in the wake of a crash late on Feb. 12 that left his fellow teammate Brian Carlwell, 19, of Maywood, severely injured with a concussion. Carlwell was hospitalized until Friday.

Big Ten honors Buford-Bailey

CHAMPAIGN –Former Illini track standout and current assistant coach Tonja Buford-Bailey is being honored by the Big Ten as part of the celebration of Black History Month.

The conference is commemorating 22 African-American former student-athletes on its Web site for their achievements and contributions to their schools

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Winterhalter caps Illini rally

CHAMPAIGN – Illinois senior Matt Winterhalter hasn't had many opportunities to shine on the wrestling mat during his Illini career. Then came Sunday afternoon.

With the seventh-ranked Illini trailing No. 16 Ohio State 18-15 in the Big Ten dual, the only match remaining was the 174-pound weight class.

Hoosier reserve saves best for UI

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – If Indiana guard Kim Roberson played 16 games against Illinois, she'd be the Big Ten's Player of the Year, hands down.

The sophomore backup averages 8.8 points, but she has scorched the Illini women twice, including during Sunday's 81-68 Indiana victory.

Asmussen: Five reasons for Illini fans to cheer up

CHAMPAIGN – You say the week has been a bummer. Maybe the worst in Illinois basketball history.

Well, it's my job to cheer you up. With more than just the news that the snow is about to melt (good job not shoveling) and that spring is just around the corner.

Defense lets Illini down in road loss

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – For much of the Illinois women's basketball season, defense and rebounding were the most reliable aspects of the team.

Sunday was a notable – and drastic – exception.

Tate: Few points, but Illini score big win

CHAMPAIGN – Harry Combes rolled over in his grave Sunday.

The late Illini basketball coach, who saw his team top 100 points nine times in a single season (1964-65), would be hard-pressed to understand how his favorites could win with less than half that many.