Curtin, Illini ready to rise to occasion

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – They spent February roughing up the Indianas and Ohio States of the Big Ten underbelly. Theresa Grentz's Illinois women will spend March trying to prove they're ready for the league's elite.

Buckeyes don't make same mistake

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Beat me once on a three-pointer at the buzzer, shame on you. Beat me twice with a three-pointer at the buzzer, shame on me.

None of the Ohio State Buckeyes needed to hide their heads after Sunday's game against Illinois. Seven weeks after losing to the Illini on Frank Williams' last-second heave, Ohio State made sure there was no sequel.

Ohio State ends Illini's long run

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A month ago, Tom Izzo warned Illinois fans everywhere not to get too down in the dumps about a blowout loss to Michigan State on CBS.

It's just a game.

"I wouldn't read too much into one game," the Spartans coach said at the time. "That's still a good basketball team."

Indiana gets another crack at Illini

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  Illinois fans can start making their Big Ten tournament travel plans. Now. The team''s gametime and opponent are in the bag.

   Thanks to Sunday''s loss to Ohio State, the Illini know they''ll play Indiana at 11:30 a.m. March 10.

UI women''s basketball box score

   Illinois 72, Indiana 62

UI men''s basketball box score

Ohio State 64, Illinois 51

Melton, Powell honored

Reigning News-Gazette Area Player of the Year Brett Melton of Mahomet-Seymour is a second-team choice on The Associated Press' Class AA boys' basketball all-state team, announced Saturday.

The senior, a News-Gazette All-Stater as a junior, has signed to play for Lon Kruger at Illinois.

NCAA committee can''t overlook Illini''s current Big Ten tear

   COLUMBUS, Ohio  It''s not just the Stanfords, Dukes and Cincinnatis that NCAA selection committee members are enamored with two weeks before the big day.

   It''s the Utah States, Sienas and Illinoises, too. Teams hotter than the latest Sports Illustrated as Selection Sunday draws closer.

Tatelines: Ohio State high hurdle for Illinois


Bedlam is assured when Lon Kruger's Illini make their first visit to Ohio State's glistening, state-of-the-art Value City Arena.

Offense sparks UI

EDINBURG, Texas – True freshman Andy Schutzenhofer had three hits and four RBI as Illinois held off Texas-Pan American 13-12 in a nonconference baseball game Saturday.

The Illini, 2-0 for the first time since 1990, have 28 runs and 34 hits in two games.