Illini women get home game, faraway foe

CHAMPAIGN – The new-look WNIT threw Illinois a curveball late Monday night.

The Illini, snubbed by the NCAA tournament earlier in the day, will play the winner of the Montana-Utah game at 7 p.m. Monday in a WNIT second-round game at the Assembly Hall.

Paul Klee's tourney tidbits

As a standout at Downers Grove South, Bryan Mullins had overtures from a Big Ten school – but it wasn't Illinois. Minnesota recruited Mullins, but he chose SIU. Still, one of Mullins' favorite college basketball memories occurred while he was still in high school.

Breaking down the bracket

News-Gazette staff writer Tony Bleill takes a look at the women's NCAA tournament bracket released Monday night:

Saluki fans hoping for shot at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN – Valentine's Day was less than a week away. Chris Lowery needed a gift for his wife, Erika.

Browsing through University Mall, Lowery waved back at Southern Illinois basketball fans who recognized the coach. Small town, Carbondale. Popular guy, Lowery.

Rose unanimous AP all-state pick; Cole on first team

Four future Division I prospects with aspirations of playing in this weekend's state tournament – including one unanimous selection – lead The Associated Press 2006-07 Class AA boys' all-state basketball team released Monday.

Senior Derrick Rose was an unanimous first-team selection for the second straight year. He received first-place votes from all 20 members of a statewide panel of sportswriters.

Road map to Atlanta

Staff writer Bob Asmussen takes a trip around the NCAA tournament field:

Tournament talk

Not everyone was happy about the bracket cooked up by the selection committee. Just ask Jim Boeheim.

Those were the days

Staff writer Jeff Huth's year-by-year breakdown of Illinois' NCAA tournament appearances:

Of Hokies and Gobblers

Illinois will meet fifth-seeded Virginia Tech at 6:10 p.m. Friday in Columbus, Ohio. You probably know Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, Va., and earned an at-large bid after tying for fourth in the ACC. But here are a few things you might not know about the school:

Tournament tidbits

Contributor Dan Petty's research on Illinois in NCAA play: