Connecticut goes deep against Illini

STORRS, Conn. – One difference between No. 1 Connecticut and the rest of women's college basketball: The Huskies can win without their A-game.

Maybe a few other teams can beat the nation's No. 10 team while misfiring on offense. But Connecticut, despite making 25 turnovers and missing open jumpers by the bucketload, still managed to cruise to another victory Tuesday night in Gampel Pavilion.

Tatelines: ACC looks to recover dominance

CHICAGO – There is growing concern in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

The crown jewel of the league – men's basketball – is feared to be ... gasp! ... slipping.

Spicer gets All Big-Ten

Illinois middle blocker Betsy Spicer earned first-team All-Big Ten honors, the conference announced Monday.

The junior led the Illini and ranked third in the Big Ten with a .341 hitting percentage, and her 1.33 blocks a game rated fifth in the conference. She had seven double-double performances during the regular season.

Worthy opponents

CHICAGO – If tonight's Illinois-Duke game is anything like the last one, Dick Vitale may not have any voice left by the end of it.

Four years ago Thursday, with a nation tuned in on ESPN and the Cameron Crazies having conniptions in the stands, Lou Henson's last Illinois team pulled off an unforgettable upset, snapping the Blue Devils' 12-year, 95-game nonconference winning streak at home.

Connecticut''s success deserves admiration

   STORRS, Conn.  All but one of their games this season will be televised. Every seat at Gampel Pavilion for the 1999-2000 season has been sold. And there are enough media at every game to fill the seating area at your local McDonald''s.

   This is Connecticut women''s basketball, arguably the center of the universe for women''s hoops. Storrs, Conn., is roughly 45 minutes from any decent-sized city (Hartford), about three hours from New York and a light year or two from where it was 15 years ago.

UI's date is official

MIAMI – Sitting in the Raleigh, N.C. locker room at halftime Oct. 16, a bowl game was about the furthest thing from George Welsh's mind.

The Virginia coach watched as his 3-3 team trailed North Carolina State 19-10.

Something to prove

The ACC gave us Michael Jordan. The Big Ten turned out Magic Johnson.

The ACC won three NCAA titles in the 1990s. The Big Ten won three NIT titles in the '90s.

UI volleyball has security in numbers

CHAMPAIGN – Even before the word Illinois appeared on the TV screen, there was no doubt the Illini volleyball team was heading back to the NCAA tournament.

The sight of words like Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana and Michigan – especially Michigan – were all the confirmation Don Hardin's fourth-place Big Ten team needed to realize it was in the field of 64. How could the Illini not be after finishing ahead of them all in the conference standings?

UI assistant wins wrestling gold

Illinois assistant wrestling coach Steve Marianetti struck gold at the Henri Deglane Challenge on Sunday in Nice, France.

Asmussen: UI rebound produces a quandary

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Normally, they're easy. Colgate over Crest, rye over wheat, "The Practice" instead of "X-Files."