Victory gives UI needed momentum

   CHAMPAIGN  Had Illinois lost to Iowa on Tuesday night, its players and coach would have insisted they weren''t yet out of the Big Ten race.

   They might have been right.

Iowa puts Illini in foul mood

   CHAMPAIGN  Sean Sonderleiter did as he was ordered. And Robert Archibald didn''t like it one bit.

   There''s really no need for that, Illinois center Archibald said.

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 77, Iowa 66

Moorman takes award

   UI sprinter Anthony Moorman earned the Big Ten Track and Field Male Athlete of the Week honor, the conference announced Tuesday.

Alford, Self on upward career paths

They aren’t good friends, but they’re friendly.

Theirs is a relationship neither close nor contentious. They’ve shared some time on the golf course, shot the breeze at offseason events. Their wives chat on occasion.

Self welcomes Young to basketball squad

CHAMPAIGN – There aren’t a lot of players Bill Self would take on his roster sight unseen.

But when a guy comes with his own scholarship and a rock-solid rep among Self’s current players, it’s not such a tough call to make.

Smith allowed back on UI football team

CHAMPAIGN – Receiver Dwayne Smith returned to the Illinois football team Monday. But there are no certainties for the fall.

Smith was left off the Sugar Bowl roster and didn’t make the trip to New Orleans because of a violation of team rules. Illinois coach Ron Turner didn’t allow Smith back on the team automatically.

Tate: Emotions, stakes high for UI, Iowa

Has the old Illinois-Iowa rivalry softened? Not for Illinois-Chicago coach Jimmy Collins, who grudgingly conceded Saturday’s road loss – but not a handshake – to archrival Bruce Pearl of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

And not for longtime Illini fans, eager to see a 13-for-14 homecourt winning streak extended tonight at the Assembly Hall.

Illinois men''s basketball preview

Iowa at Illinois, 8 p.m.

UI women''s basketball box score

Illinois 72, Michigan State 66