UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 96, Ohio State 76

Illini Insider

   News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth´s weekly review and preview of Illinois sports:

Hopkins off hook

   The NFL rescinded its $15,000 fine levied against former Illini and Tennessee tackle Brad Hopkins.

UI not amused at sign language

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Illinois'' jog to its locker room after Tuesday''s game was as hard-fought as its win against Michigan State.

    As the Illini left the court, several students showered them with insults and waved signs that were on display during the game, a 63-61 Illinois win. One that read Lucas is Trash was dangled in front of Brian Cook, who ripped it down.

Tate: Williams silences critics with masterpiece

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Take your pick: an inexplicable surge of fresh-legged energy; a desperate need to break out; a determination to show up Michigan State star Marcus Taylor; a secret desire to bring Billy Packer and Dick Vitale back on line; revenge for Michigan State snapping the Illini''s 28-game home winning streak.

   Whatever the reason, Frank Williams rebounded from a series of erratic performan-ces to play the game of his life Tuesday night at the Breslin Center.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 63, MSU 61

Fully awake, Illini mauls Izzo´s team

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  The bear is awake.

   In the days leading upto Tuesday night''s Illinois-Michigan State game here, Spartans coach Tom Izzo fretted, worried that this might be the game Frank Williams snapped out of his February hibernation.

Rossow: Illini must back up big victory

   EAST LANSING, Mich.  Illinois won Tuesday at Michigan State. What''s next? A winter without snow?

   This will do more for our confidence than any game we''ve played since I''ve been coaching here, Bill Self said after his 45th win at Illinois. Other than postseason, this is the biggest win we''ve had since I''ve been here.

Illinois seeks healthy guard

   CHAMPAIGN  If the Illinois women''s basketball team is to gain an NCAA tournament berth, it might have to do it without its only experienced guard.

   Junior Shavonna Hunter, who missed Saturday''s loss at Michigan State because of a recurrence of asthma, isn''t expected to start tonight against Ohio State, leaving the UI backcourt in the hands of freshmen Jere Issenmann, Angelina Williams and Tiffanie Guthrie.

For Illini men, a win is a win, warts and all

CHAMPAIGN  Say "winning ugly," and Bill Self smiles.

He only hears the "winning" part.

"They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder," Self said. "I don''t think there''s such a thing as an ugly win."