Illini rebounding a work in progress

   CHAMPAIGN  At halftime of Illinois'' 93-53 win against Eastern Illinois on Monday night, the undersized Panthers were outrebounding the Illini by one.

   That statistic didn''t hold up, but nobody told Damir Krupalija.

Illinois glad to leap into BCS pool

   CHAMPAIGN  When it comes to the BCS, you can''t win unless you enter.

   So far, the Illinois football team is entered.

Gymnastics squad ranked fifth

   The Illinois men''s gymnastics team will begin the season as the nation''s fifth-ranked squad, according to the GymInfo/NCAA Preseason Coaches Poll.

UI women''s basketball box score

Clemson 73, Illinois 62

Illinois men''s basketball box score

Illinois 93, E. Illinois 53

Drought conditions hit Illinois women

   CLEMSON, S.C.  The Illinois women''s basketball team saved its worst scoring drought when it counted the most.

   The Illini scored three points in the final nine minutes, and Clemson''s Chrissy Floyd scored 12 of 17 points after halftime as Illinois dropped its season opener 73-62 on Monday at Littlejohn Coliseum.

Hopkins healing

   Tennessee left tackle Brad Hopkins, a former Illini, had surgery on his broken left hand and probably will miss Sunday''s game against Pittsburgh.

Tate: New Bradford puts clamps on Eastern

   CHAMPAIGN  A year ago, coach Bill Self never would have asked Cory Bradford to guard the nation''s top returning scorer.

Williams leads Illinois charge

   CHAMPAIGN  If Bill Self was looking for more leadership from Frank Williams, he should have sat in on Monday night''s postgame news conference.

   The junior guard not only talked about his 20-point, six-rebound performance in Illinois'' 93-53 win against Eastern Illinois, he even helped freshman Luther Head through his first exposure to mass media by fixing his microphone.

Subs bring needed lift to UI lineup

   CHAMPAIGN  Damir Krupalija got to stay on the court. Luther Head got to get up off it.

   And as a result, Bill Self was happy for a change with the effort of his bench in second-ranked Illinois'' 93-53 rout of Eastern Illinois on Monday in the first round of the Las Vegas Invitational.