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Juniors Anna Christiansen and Darcy Adler finished fourth in the 400 individual medley and the 100 breastroke, respectively, as Illinois moved from ninth to eighth place on the second day of the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis.

Senior makes trip worthwhile

CHAMPAIGN – Nobody in Carl Perry's family ever saw him wrestle at Illinois. Until Thursday.

Sure, the Perrys like Carl. But it's a long trip from Virginia to Champaign-Urbana.

Tate: Minnesota as tough as it takes

MINNEAPOLIS – With Minnesota's Joel Przybilla off and chasing the big bucks, this one should have been easy.

But it wasn't.

An Illini defense that had restricted the last four opponents to 54.5 points unraveled against Minnesota's driving hustlers.

Illinois streak continues in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS – They had such a swell time on Thursday's trip to the Twin Cities, Lon Kruger's Illini wouldn't mind coming back sometime soon.

Say around March 16-18, when Minneapolis will host first- and second-round NCAA tournament games.

"Hey, we just hope we can get in," Cory Bradford said.

Aveyard paces UI

Illini sophomore Jessica Aveyard finished 11th in the 500 freestyle on the first day of the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis.

Mast gives pointers off bench

MINNEAPOLIS – Quinn Buckner couldn't get over the way Illinois' point guard changed Thursday's game with his smarts and his scoring.

And Buckner wasn't talking about Frank Williams, either.

"Frank actually got a great lesson from watching Nate Mast," the ESPN analyst said after Illinois' 89-80 win against Minnesota. "I thought Nate might have been quietly the hero of the game.

Illinois men''s basketball boxscore

Illinois 89, Minnesota 80

Asmussen: Wrestlers can't wait for telecast

A year ago, Fox Sports Chicago wasn't very kind to the Illinois state wrestling meet. Two weeks after the event was held at the Assembly Hall, the network found a place for it on the schedule.

"That's ridiculous," Mahomet-Seymour coach Rob Porter said. "You might as well not even show it."

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Williams Arena popular in Minneapolis, but not in Big Ten

MINNEAPOLIS – In the last 20 years, fancy new arenas have sprouted up across the Big Ten at Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa and Wisconsin.

So what seems to be the holdup at Minnesota?

"There's such a great affection for Williams Arena, if there's been any desire to build a new one, it's been pretty well muted," said Ray Christiansen, who's been calling Gopher games on radio for 44 years.