Cook smokes Missouri

ST. LOUIS – Missouri tried to cover Brian Cook with a football player. The Tigers used a guy playing in his first college game. And they employed anyone else with a pulse and black-and-gold garb.

None of it worked in the first half of Illinois' overtime victory against the Tigers on Thursday at the Savvis Center.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 86, Missouri 81

UI''s Williams opens eyes, ears

   ST. LOUIS  Bill Self really enjoys it when Frank Williams listens.

   That''s what happened in the late stages of Illinois'' 86-81 overtime victory against Missouri on Thursday at the Savvis Center.

Electric company

ST. LOUIS – As the country's fifth-ranked team, as a big Border War favorite, as a group of veterans who have played in more pressure cookers this season than you can shake a Top 25 poll at, Illinois had every reason to treat Thursday's breakthrough performance with a shrug of the shoulder.

UI women right the ship

ST. LOUIS – Maybe all they needed was a Border War. Perhaps a big trophy was all that was necessary to inspire the Illinois women's basketball team to its best half of play in four weeks.

Maybe the trophy Dawn Vana carted off the Savvis Center floor, a 4-foot prize for Wednesday's 92-74 victory before 4,169 fans, was a worthy spark.

Hardware in store?

ST. LOUIS – It's as tall as Nate Mast, as shiny as Lucas Johnson's shaved head and as treasured as Christmas break.

Anybody seen it?

Game 10 Box Score

Illini 92, Tigers 74

Participants look forward to more wars

ST. LOUIS – The women's version of the Braggin' Rights battle wasn't bad. But the best parts of the series might be ahead, the participants said.

Both Illinois and Missouri seemed to have a ball Wednesday at the Savvis Center, as the schools renewed a rivalry last seen in 1996. Tentative plans call for the matchup – originally scheduled to begin as a men's and women's doubleheader last season – to be an annual Savvis Center affair with the men. Next year, the games are scheduled for a Saturday, with the women ostensibly playing before the men.

Tate: Missouri threatens UI territory


How many times can you reach back for the last drop of inspiration? What is the limit for repeating all-out emotional experiences?

Juco stars head to UI

Defensive tackle Jamie Hanton and defensive end Mario Ivy, both junior college standouts, signed national letters of intent with Illinois on Wednesday, football coach Ron Turner announced.