CHAMPAIGN – The whistle kept blowing, and everyone from Bruce Weber to the rowdy folks in C section was ready to blow a fuse.
Not Roger Powell.
CHAMPAIGN – Peter Knaus set a school record in the 35-pound weight throw to highlight Wayne Angel''s home debut as Illinois men''s track and field coach Saturday.
Illinois won 11 events to far outdistance runner-up Illinois State at the Illinois Open.
CHAMPAIGN – That fractured jaw still is puffy, a little more swollen after the recent smacks it''s taken in practice.
That was the furthest thing from Deron Williams'' mind late in Saturday''s 88-82 Illinois win against Iowa, when the Illini point guard hit the deck in pursuit of a ball on its way to becoming an Illinois turnover.
Top-ranked Alex Tirapelle remained unbeaten this season, leading top-ranked Illinois to wrestling victories against host Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and McKendree College on Friday night.
Tirapelle (20-0), competing at 157 pounds, won his two matches by pin, defeating McKendree''s Clay Wiere in 6 minutes, 21 seconds and SIU-Edwardsville''s Matt Warren in 2:02.
The basketball natives are becoming restless in Big Ten country.
Grumbling is the language of the day. We''re just completing the second week, and everybody has a league loss. Don''t ask about the pre-New Year''s record.
The students sitting near the Iowa bench know all about Pierre Pierce. His Illinois background. His brief skirmish with Frank Williams in 2002. His forced time away from the game after pleading guilty in late 2002 to a misdemeanor charge of assault causing injury.
If Phillip Davidson has his way, Pierce won''t hear much about it during today''s game.
CHAMPAIGN – You think a two-game losing streak is bad? Try two seasons.
That''s how long one of Bruce Weber''s daughters once went without winning a youth soccer match.
Working at Pia''s sports bar, Chad Pitcher has seen it all.
He''s watched the regulars, the Illinois basketball fans who pace the joint when the games get tight. He''s seen big celebrations and bigger disappointments.
MINNEAPOLIS – Sixth-ranked Minnesota remained the only unbeaten team in the country Thursday, but the Gophers took an unfamiliar route to get there.
The Gophers, who usually lean on stars Lindsay Whalen and Janel McCarville for the bulk of their scoring, got 24 points from their freshman reserves in a 74-59 victory against Illinois.