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.

Tate: Constantly, Weber seeking consistency

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Duke's Blue Devils don't complicate things. Their offense is uncomplicated, freewheeling and silky smooth, requiring extemporaneous playmaking by extraordinarily skilled athletes.

When 6-foot-4 future pros DeMarcus Nelson and Gerald Henderson attack the hoop, their body control and touch are exceptional.

Illini at their best for special guest

LAHAINA, Hawaii – One thing's certain when Illinois meets Duke in a Maui Invitational semifinal today.

You know who Michael Jordan will be rooting for.

UI men's basketball game preview

Here's a look at tonight's UI men's basketball game against Duke:

Postcard from Hawaii


It was 84 degrees today with a cool breeze off the ocean. I know, I know. You're probably tired of hearing that!

Aces and volleys a way of life for Marjanovic

URBANA – It's not too surprising that Katarina Marjanovic became a tennis player.

The sport is a Marjanovic family institution. The family affectionately calls Atkins Tennis Center – where they play and volunteer regularly – their second home.

Humble Mendenhall accepts top honor

CHAMPAIGN – While Rashard Mendenhall made his first television appearance as the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year, his family watched from a nearby office in the Bielfeldt Building. Mendenhall didn't expect to be there.

"It's definitely surprising," Mendenhall said. "As the season was going, it was starting to get more and more realistic to me.

Buzzer beaters

News and notes from Monday in Lahaina:

Bizzarri finishes among nation's best

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Angela Bizzarri earned All-America honors Monday to lead Illinois to sixth place at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships.

Bizzarri placed 14th, covering the 6-kilometer course in 20 minutes, 35 seconds, to earn her second consecutive All-America honor. The Illini's sixth-place finish was the second-best in program history, following a fifth in 2005.