Dietz: If I look hard enough, I can see downtown

Welcome to the Rosemont Regional. I know it''s called the Chicago Regional, but I think we''re closer to Wisconsin than the Sears Tower. So I''m not acknowledging the Chicago part of the title. Call it the O''Hare Regional (planes fly overhead so often you almost don''t even notice them) or the Interstate 90 Regional (be prepared to spend about $4 on tolls on the way here).

The weather was nasty, and it was just as cold inside the Allstate Arena. Old-timers might remember it was called the Rosemont Horizon once upon a time. DePaul slapped some money into the joint, but it''s still cramped and dark. They list the seating at 17,000, but it looks more like 8,000. Brett Dawson joked they must pack 52 people into each luxury suite.

Seconds for Brown, Head

CHICAGO – It''s more than just a few awards. That''s how Bruce Weber sees it, anyway.

Dee Brown and Luther Head were named second-team All-Americans on Tuesday by The Associated Press. Deron Williams was a third-team selection.

His kind of town

You are here

It might be the Chicago Regional, but the games will be played at Allstate Arena (formerly the Rosemont Horizon) located in the northwest suburb of Rosemont. It''s about 15 miles – or 25 minutes depending on the wretched Chicago traffic – to get to downtown or the lakefront. So if you plan on heading up to watch the Illini and you want to spend time in the city, make sure the car is gassed up and you have enough money for parking.

Men''s tennis team No. 2 in poll

CHAMPAIGN – The Illinois men''s tennis team moved up one spot to No. 2 in the latest ITA national rankings, announced Tuesday. The poll was the first of the season based on a computer formula.

Who''s that Illini?

Im one of two 21st-century players on Illinois 20-man All-Century Team and was the fifth of seven Illini athletes to have been named Most Valuable Player of the Big Ten Conference. A first-team All-American in 2001, I decided to enter the NBA draft after my junior season. Despite playing three years, I rank fifth on Illinois career assists list and 12th in career scoring. I had lots of memorable individual performances, including a career-best 30-point effort four years ago today versus Kansas that sent Illinois to the NCAAs Elite Eight. And who will ever forget my game-winning drive at Minnesota that gave Illinois a share of the 2001 Big Ten title? Today, I play for the Chicago Bulls.

Atypical run for Missouri

They weren''t the typical No. 12 seeds. And they didn''t have typical No. 12 roadblocks.

The 2002 Missouri Tigers were the only team in the last 20 years of the NCAA tournament to reach the regional final as a No. 12 seed.

Tate: Facts and fiction

Talk about your worst nightmare!

Here is slap-happy Illini Nation, floating alongside the most enjoyable basketball season in a lifetime, suddenly consumed in the darkest and most bitter memories.

Who''s that Illini?

I was among the Big Ten''s top 10 players of 1952-53. The three teams on which I played compiled a cumulative overall record of 62-11, won two Big Ten titles and played in the NCAA''s Final Four twice. I was a 5-foot-10 guard from Salem High School who was captain of the ''53 Illini. Perhaps my highlight came in the 1952 NCAA tournament when I led Illinois in scoring during victories against Dayton and Duquesne. I also scored 14 points in the semifinals against St. John''s, but we lost by two points. The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association named me to its Hall of Fame in 1978. After my playing days, I became a petroleum geologist.

Questions about past keep Pearl on edge

At times, Bruce Pearl was rehearsed. At times, he was caught off guard.

But in talking with members of the Illinois media Monday, the Wisconsin-Milwaukee basketball coach rarely was boring.

UW-Milwaukee connects Weber to Illini antagonist

Somewhere in the 1978 Wisconsin-Milwaukee yearbook, there''s the perfect picture of senior Bruce Weber.

He''s playing intramural basketball, like he always seemed to be in those days. There''s gauze stuffed up his nose to stop the bleeding from an elbow to the face.