Trophy time

The top four schools will walk away from the NCAA wrestling meet with a trophy. Here are three keys for Illinois to bring home some hardware:

Region rundown

Brett Dawson, who covers college basketball for The News-Gazette, analyzes the Washington, D.C., Regional:

Mory, Illini fall off pace

HENDERSON, Nev. – Illinois sophomore Stephanie Mory carded a second-round 78 (149 total) and dropped into a tie for 21st Tuesday at the UNLV Spring Invitational.

Illini Insider

A weekly review and preview of Illini sports:

Asmussen: Texas has the total title package

Last time I had to pick a team to win a national championship, I went with Texas. In football.

Don't know if y'all remember, but Mack Brown's guys came through in a big way, upsetting favored Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl while turning Vince Young into a household name.

Illini sure of quantity, hoping for quality

OKLAHOMA CITY – For years, Illinois wrestling coach Mark Johnson went into the NCAA wrestling meet with a stated goal: bringing home a trophy. That meant a fourth-place finish or better.

But you won't hear a peep out of Johnson about a trophy going into Thursday's meet. Not one word.

(Air) Force to be reckoned with

CHAMPAIGN – You can recite statistics and provide a history lesson, but the Illinois men's basketball team doesn't need to hear it.

Yes, the Illini are the No. 4 seed in the NCAA tournament's Washington, D.C., Regional.

Tour guide

Who better to give us a read on San Diego than former Mahomet-Seymour star and Illini guard Brett Melton, who works for Bruner and Associates, one of the leading commercial real estate investing companies in the city. Melton, who finished his college basketball career at San Diego, wants everyone to know he'll be wearing Illinois orange to the NCAA tournament games:

Oklahoma is OK

The following 10 Illinois wrestlers will compete for individual and team honors at the NCAA meet starting Thursday at Oklahoma City:

Who's that Illini?

I'm second on the softball team's career list for innings pitched. I trail Amanda Fortune in career strikeouts and lowest ERA. My best season was a 25-10 mark in 2001.