Krupalija makes most of shot

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois freshman popped in jumper after jumper. Each one, he shot with more confidence.

Cory Bradford?

Guess again.

Hawkeye skid screeches to halt

CHAMPAIGN – Next time he runs into Acie Earl, Andre Woolridge or Chris Kingsbury, Jess Settles can do some bragging. Unlike the former Iowa stars, Settles has a win at Illinois.

Eleven long seasons had passed since Iowa last left the Assembly Hall happy. That team of future NBA players included B.J. Armstrong, Kevin Gamble and Brad Lohaus.

Tate: Shooting scales tip other way

Illini coach Lon Kruger called for scoring balance – support for freshman Cory Bradford – but Sunday was taking it too far.

On an tension-packed afternoon when seven of Bradford's Illini teammates drilled 24 of 45 shots (53.3 percent), when the "other guys" were blocking eight Iowa shots and outrebounding the Hawkeyes 30-26, the UI's premier long-range shooter went 1 for 10 on three-pointers and 4 for 17 overall.

True right on track for Illinois

   The 89th men''s Big Ten Indoor Championships underscored the unique properties of track and field.

   On a day when coaches scribbled updates on notepads and athletes strained for every possible point, the team and individual aspects of the sport converged into a memorable Sunday at Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center in Madison, Wis.

UI men''s basketball game statistics


Illini let guard down

CHAMPAIGN – After three months and 887 misses, the offense finally is showing a pulse.

Sergio McClain's making shots. The point guard situation no longer has fans counting the days until Frank Williams becomes eligible. And it's been a whole four games since Lon Kruger's Illini scored in the 50s.

Now, it's defense that has them down in the dumps.

Wounded Illini wind up second again

   Without All-American Gavin Sontag, the Illinois men''s tennis team was beaten 4-1 by UCLA on Sunday in the finals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships in Seattle.

UI perfecting art of bouncing back

CHAMPAIGN – Say this much for Theresa Grentz's Illini: They have awfully short memories.

By the time Sunday rolls around, the Illini have forgotten all the bitter things that happened Friday.

More evidence arrived Sunday night in the form of an 86-73 not-as-close-as-the-score-looks victory against Iowa at a sold-out (and just more than half-filled) Assembly Hall.

UI women''s basketball game statistics


The News-Gazette''s top 10 stories from Feb. 1900 to today


   1942  Illinois men''s basketball team dumps Northwestern 63-49 to capture Big Ten title. Whiz Kids give UI first outright championship in 27 years. Almost 19,000, including Gov. Dwight Green, watch at Chicago Stadium.


   1963  Men''s basketball star Dave Downey scores Big Ten-record 53 points against Indiana. Though Purdue''s Rick Mount later passed him for the league mark, Downey''s total still by far the best in Illini history. Andy Kaufmann is second with 46 points.

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