Pratt looks back on memorable prep career

WESTVILLE – The man sitting in a lawn chair at practice rose and spoke to Guy Goodlove during a break in the preseason scrimmage.

It was a hot August afternoon in 2004, a couple of weeks before Westville would play its season-opening football game.

Tate: Weber's crew shows it's tough enough

LAHAINA, Hawaii – This was a Bruce Weber operation.

Call it winning ugly, Illinois hammering the backboards, clogging the lanes with a switching defense and mixing in a busy bench to whip Oklahoma State 65-49 for third place Wednesday in the Maui Invitational.

Brock solid in rout of Oklahoma State

LAHAINA, Hawaii – A grin on his face, Calvin Brock walked out of the media room with one final Hawaiian message.

"Mahalo," he said.

Local girls will dance in Big Apple

NEW YORK CITY – For as long as she can remember, Brittni Johnson has watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV.

This year, the Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School senior and four fellow students – all cheerleaders – will march in it.

Illinois vs. Oklahoma St. preview

Radio: Brian Barnhart and Jerry Hester call the action on WDWS 1400-AM, WHMS 97.5-FM, WDAN 1490-AM, WDNL 102.1-FM and WPXN 104.9-FM.

TV: ESPN2. Sean McDonough handles play-by-play duties, while Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas provide analysis.

Bob's Blitz

Team of the Week


Zook to coach all-stars in Hawaii

CHAMPAIGN – Bruce Weber is enjoying the sun this week in Hawaii.

Maybe the Illinois basketball coach can recommend a good travel agent.

Potential's there, just not against Devils

LAHAINA, Hawaii – So far the Illini have flashed glimpses of potential, just enough to make you wonder what they are capable of.

Their promise came to the forefront in the first 10 minutes of a 79-66 loss to No. 13 Duke in a Maui Invitational semifinal Tuesday at the rowdy Lahaina Civic Center. Illinois held the lead over that stretch and traded bucket for bucket against a relentless Duke team that appears underrated to this point.

Postcard from Paul Klee


News and notes from Tuesday in Lahaina

All eyes peered toward one end of the Lahaina Civic Center during timeouts and halftime.