Tate: Homecourt always the advantage

   It is no coincidence the shoddiest performance by Bill Self''s basketball team this season took place in the UI''s only outing in an opponent''s gym, the outmoded relic called Cole Field House, the soon-to-be-replaced home of the Maryland Terrapins.

   It''s called homecourt advantage.

Badgers sport new look for UI

   MADISON, Wis.  Since March, Bo Ryan has been asked dozens of times to compare his coaching style to that of his Wisconsin predecessors, Brad Soderberg and Dick Bennett.

   And each time, the new Badgers coach has politely declined.

The Big Ten´s best and worst after nonconference play

   They don''t rank up there with the prestigious ESPYs, and the winners don''t receive a statue, but without further ado  OK, any ado  here are The News-Gazette''s honorees and dishonorees for the nonconference portion of the Big Ten basketball season:


Turner turns down Stanford

   PALO ALTO, Calif.  Illinois coach Ron Turner said he is not interested in becoming the Cardinal''s football coach. But Florida assistant Buddy Teevens, a former Illini assistant, could be.

Illinois wary of road rage

   CHAMPAIGN  Just after Illinois beat Loyola last week, junior Frank Williams took aside freshman Luther Head and gave him a piece of advice.


Harrington, Kittner to lead North

   Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington accepted an invitation to play in the Senior Bowl.

   The Heisman Trophy finalist will join Illinois'' Kurt Kittner on the North roster for the Jan. 26 game in Mobile, Ala., Senior Bowl officials said Thursday.

Illinois women''s basketball box score

Minnesota 89, Illinois 75

Gophers end Illini run

   MINNEAPOLIS  In recent years, Minnesota was an easy stop for Big Ten women''s basketball opponents. Just walk into the Sports Pavilion, play solid basketball for 40 minutes and leave with an easy win.

   Not anymore.

Two Illini ranked third

Led by heavyweight John Lockhart and 165-pounder Matt Lackey, six Illinois wrestlers are nationally ranked this week by InterMat.

Archibald comes back for more

CHAMPAIGN – Robert Archibald will have a back problem for the rest of his life, but he´s not feeling sorry for himself.

Basketball means too much to the Illinois senior center. It keeps the 6-foot-11 grinder going when he feels the pain and the frustration of a degenerative back problem he´s had since his sophomore year.