CHAMPAIGN – Sean Harrington brought back more than souvenirs from Hawaii. The stroke that almost did in Arizona still is in his possession, too.
The sophomore from Elgin continued his push for more playing time with a career-high 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the UI's 86-67 win against Texas Southern on Sunday.
CHAMPAIGN – That Sunday's crowd was so nervous about Cory Bradford's three-point streak ending is a clear indication how much the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year is struggling.
He used to get it out of the way in the first minute or two. On Sunday, he needed more than 30 minutes before burying a 20-footer from the top of the key in the UI's 86-67 win.
The Illinois freshman doubles team of Philip Stolt and Brian Wilson will vie today for a spot in the main draw of the USTA Challenger at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana.
CHAMPAIGN – The only way Illinois could be in better shape for another crack at No. 1 is if it had a copy of the Duke playbook.
Frank Williams is feeling chipper again, a recipe of soup and orange juice helping the point guard recover from the flu.
CHAMPAIGN – Frank Williams, who missed Saturday's practice because of the flu, might not play today.
Texas Southern certainly benefits. But can Illinois, too?
While his players will spend the holidays at home, Illinois coach Ron Turner will be on the sidelines for Christmas.
Turner will be the offensive head coach for the Blue squad in the annual Blue-Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala. The game will be televised by ABC (WAND locally) at 11 a.m.
If the 61-23 collapse at Northwestern is negatively impacting Illini football recruiting, you couldn't tell it from Ron Turner Saturday.
"I don't see that at all," said the UI coach, bouncing between rain-splattered contests and in-office meetings with coaches, prospects and parents.