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Illini soccer off the mark

CHAMPAIGN – The 10th-ranked Illinois women's soccer team got plenty of chances Sunday against Ohio State.

But the Illini had trouble getting their shots on goal, losing 2-0.

Ask the expert

Question: Do you think Dee Brown and Roger Powell will make the cut with the Utah Jazz?

Last-second field goal stunts Illinois' growth

CHAMPAIGN – Pfffft.

That was the air going out of the balloon. That was the wind going out of the sails. That was the game going out of the victory column.

Catching up with ...

Each Sunday, staff writer Jeff Mezydlo will offer five questions to a current NFL player or coach with Illinois ties. This week: Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Duke Preston:

Okruch: 'No excuse' for Illini lapses

CHAMPAIGN – One more stop and the game is over. Just like a week ago.

A week after its best performance of the season, the Illinois defense let down late in Saturday's game against Indiana. The result: Indiana's 10-play, 65-yard drive for a winning field goal.

Loss leaves Warren in throes despite trick

CHAMPAIGN – DaJuan Warren exercised his memory Saturday after Illinois' 34-32 defeat to Indiana at Memorial Stadium.

The last time the Illini receiver threw a touchdown pass?

Jazz singing praises of former Illini

If NBA rosters were built on integrity and work ethic, Roger Powell Jr.'s professional future would have been set months ago.

"You know what kind of (quality) kid he is after about five minutes," said Kevin O'Connor, senior vice president of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz.

Smith emerging from shadows of sister, better-known Illini

CHAMPAIGN – One more game, 12-year-old Jamar Smith pleads. I can beat you. Gimme one more game!

Britney Jordan isn't having it. Satisfied with another one-on-one beatdown of her stepbrother, she scoops up the basketball under her arm and leaves Jamar scowling on the deserted court at Peoria's Landmark Recreation Center.

Rossow: Upon further review

– Scratch those bowl thoughts. Illinois needs four wins in its final six games to play in Orlando, Fla., or Phoenix and will be an underdog in five of those games. Unless they improve tackling, play-calling and special teams in a jiffy, Illinois might have trouble even reaching the four-win mark.

Paul's random thoughts

Another matchup with Arizona will be the most difficult game for the Illini on their vanilla nonconference schedule. I'm starting to think it might be their most difficult game, period.