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


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

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.

UI Women''s Game 2 Box Score

Illini 85

Dukes 45

Wildcats pleased with efforts

   CHAMPAIGN  Listening to Northwestern coach Randy Walker''s news conference after Thursday''s 34-28 loss to Illinois, it sounded like his club had just clinched a share of the Big Ten championship, not Ron Turner''s Illini.

   I''m really, really proud of (my) group of guys, Walker said. They kept believing, they kept battling, and I''m proud of the way they did it.

Illinois dodges Penn´s bullet

   LAS VEGAS  Illinois watched as Ball State stunned Kansas and UCLA this week, but it''s just not the same as being there.

   The Illini got up close and personal with an upset scare Thursday night, slipping past Pennsylvania 78-71 in the second round of the Las Vegas Invitational at Valley High School.

Tate: Illini have just enough to avoid loss

   LAS VEGAS  Penn''s Quakers had a dream Thursday night. They saw a place in the Upset World alongside Ball State, Eastern Washington and Western Kentucky, breaking ahead of puzzled Illinois by 13 points and leading 45-34 at halftime.