Illini insider

   The News-Gazette''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports:

UI women''s basketball boxscore

Purdue 73, Illinois 55

UI shooting woes remain against zone

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Allison Curtin lately has gotten to know the automatic rebounding machine at the Ubben Basketball Complex quite well. She's seeking to cure a shot she says has taken an unsanctioned vacation.

After strong start, Illini in reverse

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Too bad for Illinois the Big Ten season isn't "Jeopardy." Answers are scarce, but questions are in large supply.

No. 13 Illinois' sudden and puzzling collapse reached another valley Thursday, the Illini pounded 73-55 by No. 19 Purdue in front of 8,856 fans at Mackey Arena.

The problems? Good question.

Dietz: Rams fans basking in playoff run

That little group of St. Louis Rams fans at Pia's in Champaign finally is getting to celebrate.

About seven or eight diehards have been gathering at the bar each Sunday to watch their Rams on the bar's NFL Sunday Ticket TV package.

They've taken their share of abuse the past few years when the Rams were the laughingstock of the NFC West. Now they get to gloat like their brethren in St. Louis, where Rams fever is rampant.

UI women need rebuild intensity

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – It can safely be assumed, after Monday's debacle, the Illinois women's basketball team will return its intensity level to normal for tonight's game at No. 19 Purdue.

"Maybe even more intense," freshman point guard Shavonna Hunter said. "This is a situation where we need to play well, and we need to play together."

Big Ten cites UI's Armstrong

Illinois junior Sherman Armstrong was named the Big Ten men's track and field athlete of the week on Wednesday.

Tate: Turner has Illini firmly established

Beat the drums. Sound the horns. Ron Turner is on a roll.

One year after throngs of disgruntled Illini fans pointed to speedier results in contemporary football hirings at Purdue, Minnesota and Indiana, the UI coach is obliged to discourage Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and others short-listing him for NFL openings.

My, how an 8-4 season and a 63-21 bowl romp change attitudes!

UI women's NCAA hosting hopes

At 14-6, the Illinois women's basketball team is in position to gain first- and second-round home games in the NCAA tournament. But it's not a sure thing.

Michigan women hammer Illini at Assembly Hall

CHAMPAIGN – It turns out the Illini men's basketball team has company in the We've Got Problems department. And the men need not look far.

Theresa Grentz's Illini hardly resembled the nation's 13th-ranked team Monday, clobbered by Michigan 86-69 in a Big Ten battle for second place.