Dawson: Self counts on handling unexpected

   Bill Self holds a degree in business, and the man knows his numbers.

   Which probably is a good thing, given the math problem the Illinois basketball coach is facing headed into this recruiting year.

Dietz: Former Illini still kicking in Cincinnati

   How bad has it gotten for Neil Rackers in Cincinnati?

   When ESPN''s SportsCenter did a feature on Ken Griffey Jr.''s unhappiness in his hometown, the piece ended with the anchor saying, Hey, at least you''re not on the Bengals.

   Right there on the screen was film of Rackers missing a field goal.

Illini women miss bid

   Six Big Ten teams, including one that didn''t qualify for the conference tournament, received bids Sunday to the NCAA tournament. Illinois, the sixth seed at the Big Ten tournament, did not make the cut.

Lower-flighted Illini dust NCAA opponents

   CHAMPAIGN  At some point during the NCAA men''s tennis championships, Illinois coach Craig Tiley will have to depend on his top two singles players, sophomores Amer Delic and Brian Wilson.

   But until then, he''s more than willing to count on the rest of his club.

Rained-out Illini almost can taste tourney bid

   CHAMPAIGN  The weather had the final say on the final day of Illinois'' Big Ten baseball series against Penn State.

   After a wait of 3 hours, 10 minutes, Sunday''s series finale was canceled after another in a daylong series of rainstorms swept across Illinois Field.

Frederickson regains form in the nick of time

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   CHAMPAIGN  Throughout a season that''s turned out far worse than his expectations, Trevor Frederickson has remained ready and willing.

Rossow: Assembly Hall renovation gains steam

   There are architectural types who would slug you in the knee with a T square if you told them the Assembly Hall is an outdated, out-of-touch place for basketball.

   And there are basketball fans who would wear an orange wig to every game if it meant never having to trudge to C Section or wait in a long-as-a-graduation speech restroom line again.

Cook willing to wait a year for NBA draft

   As of midnight tonight, Brian Cook will be ineligible to enter the NBA draft. Don''t expect the Illinois forward to be sweating at 11:30.

   We had at least one long talk, but there wasn''t really any discussion of leaving, Illinois coach Bill Self said of his 6-foot-10 senior-to-be. All of it was talking about what he could do to help himself for next year.

Trouble doubles Illini pleasure

   CHAMPAIGN  Craig Tiley doesn''t shy away from adversity. He welcomes it.

   You get the feeling that if he could, the Illinois men''s tennis coach would create it.

Asmussen: Sporting News ranks Illinois in Big Ten''s lower reaches

   You win the Big Ten football title. You return 15 starters, including a pair of all-conference picks. You have a preseason All-America cornerback and other potential All-Americans at offensive tackle and receiver.

   Pretty good, right?