Weber favors adding teams to tourney

CHAMPAIGN – Next week, a 10-member selection committee will hole up in a Westin Hotel in Indianapolis. Its mission: piece together a field of 65 teams for the NCAA tournament.

Bruce Weber suggested Thursday they should have more leeway.

Smith looks to help Illini reach NCAA berth

CHAMPAIGN – Jenna Smith's weakness has nothing to do with jump shots, ball handling or defense.

When it comes to purses, Illinois' freshman center can't resist.

UI women's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's UI women's basketball game against Penn State:

McBride pleads to guilty to DUI

URBANA – University of Illinois basketball player Richard McBride faces up to a year in the county jail after pleading guilty this afternoon to misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.

McBride, 22, a senior from Springfield, appeared this afternoon before Champaign County Judge Rich Klaus, with attorney Mark Lipton of Champaign and Assistant UI Basketball Coach Wayne McClain.

Illini insider

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Two true freshmen look toward first Big Ten tournament

CHAMPAIGN – Mark Johnson did it. So did Jim Heffernan. And Jeremy Hunter. All top wrestlers who didn't redshirt as college freshmen.

So, the Illinois wrestling coaches figured, why not use true freshmen Jimmy Kennedy and John Dergo this season? Especially when they were the clear-cut best at their weights.

Nyquist not letting setbacks get her down

CHAMPAIGN – Megan Nyquist's Illinois women's basketball career has been one long injury timeout.

But the rash of ailments that has derailed the guard's career hasn't affected her outlook.

Plenty of work to be done despite layoff

CHAMPAIGN – While the Illini tidy up their postseason future, a diligent group of student managers is recording the past.

"We tape every game all year," coach Bruce Weber said Tuesday. "Our managers have a system. Every game that's on, we tape it."

Klee's read on the RPI

We asked Paul Klee, who covers college basketball for The News-Gazette, for some comments on this week's RIP as released by the NCAA. The Rating Percentage Index has been used by the NCAA since 1981 to supplement the selection of at-large teams and the seeding of all teams for the NCAA basketball tournament. Klee's comments on some of this week's ratings:

Looking ahead

Each week, we'll provide updates on Bruce Weber's recruits: