UI men's basketball game preview

A look at today's UI men's game:

Leman joins elite Illinois company

CHAMPAIGN – No position player from a Champaign-Urbana high school had ever earned first-team All-Big Ten honors at Illinois. Ever. Until now.

Champaign Central product J Leman broke down the barrier today, landing one of the three linebacker spots on the media's All-Big Ten team. The coaches put Leman on the second-team, bumping Michigan's David Harris ahead of him.

Big Ten gives Leman award

PARKRIDGE – Illinois linebacker J Leman, who had 22 tackles in Saturday's loss to Northwestern, today was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

It marks the second time this season the Champaign Central product has won the award.

Former Illini in the NFL

Here's how ex-Illini players and coaches fared in Sunday's games:

McBride returns Tuesday to spell tired backcourt

CHAMPAIGN – A bruised thigh put Chester Frazier on crutches after a practice in October. Two days later, coach Bruce Weber had to plead with Frazier to take it easy.

After playing all 40 minutes in two of the last three games, Frazier assumed a new philosophy.

Soccer team falls short

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Janet Rayfield's Illinois women's soccer team got the chance it wanted Sunday, but came up just short.

Florida State scored in the 20th minute and the Illinois defense held tough to keep the match within reach, but the Illini couldn't break through in losing 1-0 to Florida State in the Round of 16 at the NCAA tournament.

Tate: Illini's glass still half full

CHAMPAIGN – It's been almost 20 years since the three-point shot was approved, and we still act surprised by the drastic swings it has given the game.

Florida A&M provided a perfect example this weekend. Mike Gillespie Sr.'s Rattlers traveled to Miami (Ohio) on Friday, went 0 for 17 from the behind arc and needed a late rally to top 30 points in a 52-33 embarrassment.

UI women's basketball game preview

A look at today's UI women's game:

Young guards again spark Illini when it counts

CHAMPAIGN – Laughing, slapping goofy handshakes, enjoying every minute of it, Illinois' three-guard backcourt took center stage after Illinois' 84-63 win against Florida A&M.

Trent Meacham, Calvin Brock and Chester Frazier have found a home in the spotlight.

It's your business: Soul food tops menu at Danville cafe

Contemporary American soul food is the focus at Bugie Soul Cafe, a new restaurant that has opened at 720 E. Voorhees in Danville.

A venture of Shonya Williams and Stephanie Davis, who formerly operated Soule Cafe in Chicago, Bugie Soul Cafe offers daily specials such as hand-battered jumbo shrimp, catfish and whiting fish filets on Fridays and 30-cent chicken wings with four different sauces on Tuesdays, Williams said.