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Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 75, SIU 72

Illinois survives dogfight

   LAS VEGAS  Bill Self wanted to leave the Las Vegas Invitational with two things: a trophy and a better idea of his team''s personality.

   He got both, but not without a fight.

UI volleyball awaits call

   Ann Arbor, Mich., wasn''t the place to be Saturday for the Wolverines.

   Hours after Ohio State defeated Michigan to sour its football season, Don Hardin''s Illini ended the Wolverines'' bid for the NCAA volleyball tournament.

UI Women''s Game 2 Box Score

Illini 85

Dukes 45

Georgia Tech´s strategy doesn´t slow No. 2 Illini

   LAS VEGAS  Georgia Tech figured it could press Illinois, force the tempo, give the Illini a chance to run the court and hope they''d wear out.

   As it turned out, that strategy was roughly akin to giving Picasso some paint, figuring he''d just get bored.

Illinois cornerback earns national honor

   One day after helping his team clinch a share of the Big Ten title and finish the regular season 10-1, Illinois cornerback Eugene Wilson was named a second-team All-American on Friday by Football News.

   Wilson, a junior from Merrillville, Ind., leads the conference and the nation in passes broken up with 29 and recorded his sixth interception this season in the Illini''s 34-28 win Thursday against Northwestern. He is sixth in the nation and second in the Big Ten in interceptions and has 58 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.

Illini put up their Dukeswith defense

   MORAGA, Calif.  It wasn''t hard to figure out Friday which area has drawn the attention of the Illinois women''s basketball team.

   The Illini opened the St. Mary''s Thanksgiving Classic with a stifling defensive effort against James Madison, using an early blitz for an 85-45 victory.

UI Men''s Game 4 Box Score

Illinois 105

Georgia Tech 66

Redshirt Smith giving valuable help off Illinois bench

   LAS VEGAS  You could have made a tidy profit here in Sin City putting your chips on Nick Smith to emerge as a scoring option for Illinois.

   If you could have found any takers.

Remember this week for positives

   LAS VEGAS

   Thanksgiving 2001 will go down in Illini history as a special day ... even if fewer than the customary number of UI fans witnessed it.