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''I feel so blessed''

ROSEMONT – Roger Powell Jr.''s to-do list today – Easter Sunday – begins and ends with one task.

"Got to go to church, man," the Illinois senior said Saturday, still in semi-disbelief after Illinois'' 90-89 overtime victory against Arizona in the Chicago Regional final. "I''ve got praying to do.

Best game ever?

Saturday''s win will go down in NCAA tournament lore. Where does it rank? Here''s our list of best games in the history of the tournament:

Handling madness a critical next step

So, Illinois, you''ve survived four games in the NCAA tournament. Now what?

Road trip. The greatest one of your basketball life. To this mecca called the Final Four.

Best seat in the house

ROSEMONT – James Augustine watched the final minutes of Saturday''s game from a strange place: the bench.

For just the second time this season, Augustine fouled out. He finished with four points and six rebounds in 31 minutes.

Sights and sounds

Get one game from the Final Four and more big names will come to watch.

Illini bandwagon-jumper Bill Murray doesn''t appear to be going away and probably will end up in St. Louis with the Illini next weekend.

By the numbers

A numerical look at the UI''s season thus far:

Bleill: Which sport am I covering this weekend?

Hey! Hey! Greetings from Chicago, land of some of baseball''s greatest broadcasters.

Upon a trip to the Niketown store on Michigan Avenue on Friday, I had the displeasure of stumbling onto the Jack Brickhouse Memorial on the Tribune Plaza. Even with snow flurries buzzing around both of our heads, my thoughts easily drifted to warmer days and baseball games, both being just around the corner.

Let''s go to the tape

ROSEMONT – There is no conveyer belt in the locker room, with a string of players sitting up, waiting for their ankles to be taped. The work gets done in a hotel room.

There is no staff of 20, attending to every sore tummy and aching finger. The work is done by two.

Off day''s just a time to chill

ROSEMONT – Thank God for cellphones and iPods.

If it weren''t for those electronic toys, Rich McBride would have fallen asleep at his locker after practice. That''s life in between games and practices this week at the Chicago Regional. A lot of basketball and a whole lot of nothing.

Head remembers ''gory'' days

ROSEMONT – The last time Illinois and Arizona played, Luther Head was watching on TV with Will Bynum, an Illinois signee and anArizona-bound guard hanging together with bragging rights on the line.

It was 2001, Head and Bynum were high school seniors and the Illini and Wildcats were locking up for the third time that season with a Final Four berth on the line.