Storylines from tonight's game:

Braggin' Rights through the years

A yearly look at the 25-year history of the Braggin' Rights game:

Randle attempting to hang tough

CHAMPAIGN – A flu bug sent Brian Randle to the bench in Spain last summer, and at the time it probably seemed pretty innocuous.

It turned out to be one of the first times – but not the last – that Randle had his toughness called into question by his coach, Bruce Weber, who also was coaching him on the Big Ten foreign tour team.

Potential problem slowing Missouri

CHAMPAIGN – Quin Snyder has players.

His problem has been getting them to play.

Reverend earns praise on the court

BOISE, Idaho – Former Illini and Rockford Lightning forward Roger Powell Jr. was named CBA Player of Week.

Powell averaged 27 points and seven rebounds in three games last week for the Lightning. He scored a career-high 32 points against Dakota on Dec. 17.

Who's that Illini?

In 1996, I won the Big Ten's indoor long jump title on the women's side with a leap of 19 feet, 9 inches. Tisha Ponder and Leticia Beverly are among those that have passed my standard. I was also a solid sprinter, helping the '95 400-meter relay team win a Big Ten indoor title.

The insider

News-Gazette beat writer Brett Dawson's weekly look at the game he love:

Illinois glad to put weight on Crutcher

CHAMPAIGN – When Illinois sophomore Danyel Crutcher walked into the postgame media session after Sunday's victory against No. 15 Oklahoma, coach Theresa Grentz introduced her.

"This new person coming in is Danyel Crutcher," Grentz joked.

Tate: Sizing it up, Illinois still can improve

CHAMPAIGN – Criticism surely falls on deaf ears when a basketball team is 11-0 and 48-2, is 72-2 at the Assembly Hall, and is bound to move up in the rankings after holding Coppin State to a paltry 12 points in the first half Sunday.

But there's a quality senior in the middle who's shooting better than 61 percent for his career, and he's averaging fewer than nine field goal attempts per game ... and fewer than six for his career.

A vested interest

In China, space is tight.

So if a farm can't expand outward by buying more open land, then why not build upward?