B-H goes on defensive

DANVILLE – If you want to know the key to Bismarck-Henning's defensive success, girls' basketball coach Mike Stephens will tell you.

Hard work.

Ten questions for Jimmy Collins

The all-time winningest coach in Illinois-Chicago history still has ties to the Illini. Lou Henson's trusted assistant has friends in Champaign-Urbana, talks regularly with Flyin' Illini like Kendall Gill and Nick Anderson, and keeps tabs on how Bruce Weber's team is doing in the Big Ten. Sports editor Jim Rossow talked with Collins on Friday about basketball in the state, his health and Coach Henson.

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at the Illini men's 1 p.m. game today at Purdue:

Elkins eclipses mark as Bunnies roll

FISHER – After Mitch Elkins hit a free throw to give him his fifth point of the game midway through the first quarter, he knew he could relax. The senior forward from Fisher came into the Heart of Illinois Conference matchup against Ridgeview needing only five points to hit 1,000 career points, but he gave the ecstatic crowd much more than that.

Elkins caught fire, scoring 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting and a perfect 5 of 5 from the free throw line to lead the Bunnies to a 76-55 win against the Mustangs.

Big Ten basketball

Want to know which of this week's games are worth your time? Here's the scoop from sports editor Jim Rossow, who is being booed at home after a disastrous 4-6 week.

Purdue's recruiting success could give UI fans look into future

CHAMPAIGN – JaJuan Johnson was the first member of Purdue's highly regarded 2007 recruiting class to give an oral commitment.

Then Purdue nabbed three more commitments, from Robbie Hummel, Scott Martin and E'Twaun Moore.

Comets coach left searching

DANVILLE – Oakwood's boys' basketball team suffered a loss on the court and coach Jesse Johnson felt it in his heart.

"I wanna cry," Johnson said. "I feel something in the back of my mind that says, 'What am I not doing right for these kids?'

Adkisson makes most of his finale, but Bulldogs claim dual

CHAMPAIGN – Stan Adkisson has been so busy lately that he barely had time to get nervous before his last wrestling match at Champaign Central on Thursday. He's been juggling studying for exams and spent the early part of the afternoon having a root canal.

His Senior Night excitement and jitters didn't hit, he said, until he returned to Combes Gymnasium and his teammates began discussing the upcoming match against Mahomet-Seymour, which the Maroons lost 45-16.

Illini chances fouled up

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Illinois had plenty of time at the end of Thursday's game against Ohio State to get off a final game-winning attempt.

Unfortunately, Ohio State didn't have enough fouls.

Eye on (the future) Illini

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