Tate: UI´s search for answers continues

   Well, what did you think? That Bill Self''s Illini would go undefeated?

   I think it (UI problems) showed against Penn and Southern Illinois, Illini senior Cory Bradford said, but we were able to tough it out in those games. Now we have a better idea of where we stand.

No longer homesick, Argabright worth watching

   CHAMPAIGN  In 20 years of coaching college volleyball, Don Hardin has seen plenty of cases of homesickness.

   For Hardin, Lisa Argabright''s bout with the freshman blues two years ago was completely off the charts.

Self keeps cool about Cincy fax

   John Chaney is calling a foul, but Bill Self just wants to play on.

   The Illinois coach said Thursday that he''s not bothered by a letter faxed to a high school recruit by Cincinnati''s basketball office, a letter that has Chaney, Temple''s Hall of Fame coach, raising his most recent ruckus.

UI duo provides test

   URBANA  Michael Calkins was eating lunch Wednesday when he received an unexpected treat: a phone call from USTA Challenger officials.

   Calkins and Illinois doubles partner Jamal Parker received a

Illini Insider

   News-Gazette staff writer Jeff Huth''s review and preview of University of Illinois sports.

Illinois golf

   Small adds two. - Jordan Carpenter of Bloomington and Patrick Nagle of Pacifica, Calif., signed national letters of intent with Illinois'' golf team, coach Mike Small announced Wednesday.

   Carpenter, who attends Normal U-High, placed sixth as a senior and fourth as a junior at the Class A state tournament. Last summer, he was the medalist at the Illinois State Junior Amateur at Edgebrook Country Club in Sandwich.

Ferguson in the swing of things

   COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Blandon Ferguson didn''t want it bad enough.

   His coach, Bill Self, had been telling him so for weeks, telling him that if he wanted to play, he didn''t just have to work hard, he had to work harder than anyone.

Illinois women''s basketball box score

Illinois 74, Duquesne 71

Terrapins give Illini black eye

   COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Aggressiveness. Tenacity. Unselfishness.

   That was Illinois basketball on display Tuesday night in Cole Field House.

Tickets on tap for tournament

   All-session tickets for the first and second rounds of the NCAA volleyball tournament at Huff Hall are available at the Assembly Hall north ticket office or by calling (217) 333-3470.

   No. 21 Illinois plays Missouri at 8 p.m. Friday after Eastern Illinois meets No. 4 Arizona at 6 p.m. The winners advance to the second round at 5 p.m. Saturday.