MADISON, Wis. – He doesn't remember who set the pick, only that he was dressed in red and white and had elbows as sharp as some of the cheese in these parts.
"All I know is that it hurt," Jerry Hester said, walking toward the Illinois locker room with a slight limp. "But I have to expect that in a game like this. And I have to play through it."
MADISON, Wis. – A half-hour after their 12-round brawl with Wisconsin, Lon Kruger's guys were ready to go again.
"Personally, I can't wait for Michigan State," Illinois guard Kevin Turner said.
MADISON, Wis. – Dave Wannstedt's Bears have walked off Lambeau Field in better shape than Sergio McClain left Madison on Saturday night.
MADISON, Wis. – Midway through Saturday's tug-of-war, Illini ace Kevin Turner darted down the lane to take a bounce pass from Victor Chukwudebe. Beaten on the play, Wisconsin guard Duany Duany dove like a beaten safety to grab Turner from behind.
No layups, boys. The Bennett system doesn't permit it.
Stacy Ann Grant broke the University of Illinois women's indoor high jump record and Aleisha Latimer tied the 9-year-old school mark in the 55 meters late Friday at Air Force Academy, Colo.
Robert Holcombe, the Illinois football team's all-time leading rusher, is in Indianapolis this weekend, participating in the National Football League's annual combine.
CHAMPAIGN – Every shooter inevitably goes through some kind of slump.
What Krista Reinking experienced earlier this season, though, must have felt like a free fall.
Wisconsin opened its new building in January. Ohio State's will be ready in November.
Anybody at the University of Illinois getting arena envy?
MADISON, Wis. – Before they jump ahead to Thursday's fight for first with Michigan State, Lon Kruger's Illini still have to make it over one large pothole.
"One of the only things we've never done is win up at Wisconsin," said Kevin Turner, speaking on behalf of Jarrod Gee, Matt Heldman, Jerry Hester, Brian Johnson and the rest of the UI seniors. "It's an important game as far as the standings and what we're trying to do this year."
MADISON, Wis. – For $76 million, you can build a new arena with all the modern conveniences.
Slick concourses. Concession stands scattered all over the place. Enough bathrooms for everyone. Soft seats with backs.