UI men''s basketball box score

Illinois 67, Fairleigh Dickinson 55

Ever the opportunist

INDIANAPOLIS – James Augustine had a career night on the boards, but the Illinois forward was in no mood to celebrate Thursday night. Augustine grabbed 15 rebounds but was disappointed in how the team played.

"The ball was just bouncing my way, and there''s no reason why I can''t take advantage of that," Augustine said.

Uphill climb for Illini

ST. LOUIS – Illinois was hoping to give Oklahoma State a run for the national title.

Instead, the second-seeded Illini tripped out of the gate.

Brett''s random thoughts

A good sign for Illinois: Dee Brown was in good spirits Wednesday. Brown, who spent much of the Big Ten tournament dour, went back to Champaign this week and found his shooting stroke in practice.

DIetz: Too much to see  and too much to eat

Greetings from Indianapolis. It''s not the most exotic locale, but it''s our home for four days.

The traveling group of Bob Asmussen, Jeff Mezydlo and myself crammed into The News-Gazette''s Corolla and headed east, avoiding the temptation to stop at a White Castle before lunchtime. Later in the day, I''d make up for those missing sliders.

Illini feel at home in return to dome

INDIANAPOLIS – The last time Jack Ingram was in an RCA Dome locker room, he was in street clothes and had just paid for his own NCAA tournament tickets. Ingram was sitting out after transferring from Tulsa two years ago, so he and his mother watched from the stands as Illinois lost to Notre Dame in the second round.

Ingram was in uniform Wed-nesday and was happy to be out of the seats and on the court.

For the second consecutive week, Illinois forced to juggle routine

INDIANAPOLIS – Last week, Illinois players were sorry to see early starting times at the Big Ten tournament.

Today, they''re dealing with the opposite extreme.

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UI women''s basketball box score

Indiana State 72, Illinois 60.

Expectations soaring as top-ranked Illini begin pressure-packed trek

INDIANAPOLIS – He hung the picture last season, days after Illinois'' loss to Duke in the NCAA tournament''s Sweet 16.

Bruce Weber wanted a reminder right there in the locker room.