Surging Illinois routs Iowa, wins seventh straight

IOWA CITY, Iowa – He is, by nature and necessity, a worrier, never settling and seldom satisfied.

So don''t bother Bruce Weber with the details of Illinois'' seven-game winning streak, extended Wednesday with a 78-59 demolition of Iowa at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

Orange Krush packs punch

IOWA CITY, Iowa – This orange thing is spreading.

First, it swept Champaign-Urbana. Now the color is taking its show on the road.

UI men''s basketball box score

Illinois 78, Iowa 59

UI women vs. Wisconsin

Game time, 7 p.m.

Asmussen: Illinois might be the best

IOWA CITY, Iowa – You might see Michigan State at the top of the final standings. With games left at Penn State and at home against Wisconsin, the Spartans aren''t likely to lose.

But there''s no doubt the best team in the Big Ten likes to wear orange. Home and away.

Illini Insider

News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:

Tate: three''s a proud crowd for UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa – For all their experience, veteran Illini guards like Cory Bradford and Frank Williams didn''t always mesh on the same night. Nor Kiwane Garris and Richard Keene.

So it shouldn''t be surprising that sophomores Deron Williams and Dee Brown have "taken turns." But not Wednesday in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. On this night, the streaking Brown was brilliant, Williams was a constant force and junior Luther Head compounded Iowa''s problems.

February surge has Illinois improving NCAA tournament stock

CHAMPAIGN – Every year about this time, basketball coaches start ignoring their own advice.

Beginning in November, they''ll tell you it''s all about taking one game at a time. They warn of the dangers of looking too far ahead.

Tate: UI players might have to share title

A feisty, almost jubilant Illini basketball team poured into the airport meeting room about 8:30 p.m. in Savoy with Michigan seemingly holding a hammer lock on the visiting Spartans.

The whoops and hollers, the jabbering and cheering drowned out the audio from the widescreen TV in the corner. Michigan State had just drained two treys, shaving a 52-40 lead in half, but it still looked promising for Michigan.

Keys please

The Illinois baseball team will attempt to return to the Big Ten tournament after a two-year absence. Staff writer Jeff Huth identifies five keys for the Illini to get back to the postseason: