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1999 News-Gazette All-Area Boy''s Basketball Player of the Year: Brett Melton

MAHOMET – Just because he's still a year away from playing basketball at the Assembly Hall doesn't mean Brett Melton hasn't heard Illinois fans' favorite battle cry.

Chants of ILL-INI have been raining down on the Mahomet-Seymour High School sharpshooter all season from area stands. But don't confuse the shouts with the prideful cries of Illini faithful.


Basak instinct gets UI victory

Chris Basak walked, stole second and scored on Champaign Central product Dan O'Neill's single in the top of the ninth inning, giving Illinois a 5-4 college baseball victory Wednesday against host Jacksonville, Fla.

Basak had two hits and scored three runs for the Illini (8-4). Rob Fischer added three hits, and D.J. Svihlik had two hits, a run and two RBI.


Asmussen: Eventually, NCAA wins equal cash

Four Big Ten teams play in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 starting tonight. Seven other athletic directors will be glued to their televisions.

A few years ago, the NCAA did away with its old revenue distribution plan. Before, teams and leagues were awarded money based on their performance in the tournament. Period.


Jacksonville blanks Illinois

Shortstop Jon Anderson went 2 for 4, but the rest of Illinois' offense was relatively quiet as Jacksonville won 8-0 Tuesday night in Jacksonville, Fla.

Kevin Rudden added a single for the Illini (7-4), who trailed 2-0 through six innings.


Flyin'' Illini - A 10-year tribute: UI makes chump of Cinderella

Rick Majerus, coach/comedian/cheeseburger connoisseur, enjoys a good gag as much as the next guy.

But at the 1989 NCAA tournament, his Ball State basketball team went too far for even a yuckster like him.


Illinois' star recruit Cook, Lincoln headed to Peoria after super effort against Manual

NORMAL – When you're Brian Cook, big-shot McDonald's All-American, the pressure comes from all directions.

From Illinois fans across the state, who've already penciled you in at one of the starting forward spots next season. From the people in your basketball-crazed hometown of Lincoln, who've been waiting 19 years for their boys to make it back to state. From recruiting know-it-alls, who've tagged you the second coming of Danny Manning.


Tate: ESL junior is the best by Miles

CARBONDALE - If you've never seen Darius Miles, don't fret it. You'll have plenty of opportunities the next 15 years.

Running like an antelope and flying with the eagles, the slender 6-foot-9 East St. Louis junior broke the collective heart of Mount Vernon 72-58 Tuesday in a packed super-sectional at Southern Illinois University.


Rudden rips Florida A&M

Kevin Rudden drove in four runs, three on a two-out home run in the sixth inning, to lead Illinois to a 12-5 baseball victory against Florida A&M on Monday in Jacksonville, Fla.

Rob Fischer also homered and drove in two runs for the Illini (7-3), who improved to 3-1 on their spring trip. Led by Craig Marquie's three singles, Illinois had 12 hits.


Tate: Hard to tell why some fall short

Does an adverse outcome – failure to meet statistical requirements for black admissions – mean something is seriously wrong with the NCAA's admissions standard?

Or is there something wrong with the schooling and preparation that creates such an unfortunate outcome?


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