Backcourt leaving Illini breathless

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Another five-point game. Another sickening feeling for Sergio McClain.

Against Iowa on Thursday, the sickness was real. The Illinois guard missed two practices during the week with flulike symptoms.

Iowa will press the issue vs. Illinois

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Tonight, on a special edition of "Meet the Press":

Can Lon Kruger's Illini get it past halfcourt against Iowa's swarming defense?

Iowa aims to send Davis out in style

IOWA CITY, Iowa – The going-away party isn't for another few months, but Iowa's Hawkeyes already have picked out the perfect parting gift for Tom Davis.

It's something he doesn't have and something he's always wanted: a Big Ten title.

Sontag notches Illinois record

Illinois senior Gavin Sontag won two matches Wednesday at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic to set the school record for most career singles wins.

Illinois roller coaster kept Kaufmann on edge

When he was first approached about this series, Andy Kaufmann wanted no part of it.

"I was debating whether I should call you back," said Kaufmann, who didn't for a couple months.

Hey, nothing personal.

UI women''s basketball game statistics

Illinois 75, Michigan 65, OT

Ohio stars map out futures

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a month left to burn in the recruiting season, the Illinois football coaches don't really need to be out.

Twenty-three of 25 scholarships are committed. The UI staff could spend January watching soap operas or shoveling its driveways.

Instead, coaches are on the road securing the commitments they have and trying to land another player or two.

Young Illini win thriller despite poor shooting

CHAMPAIGN – Nine days ago, they walked out of Iowa's Carver-Hawkeye Arena a bit disgusted with themselves, unable to snatch a victory from a reeling team.

On Tuesday, the Illinois women took a much-needed step. Winning the close ones is an acquired taste.

Sontag equals UI tennis record

Gavin Sontag tied an Illinois men's tennis record for career wins Tuesday at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic.

Michigan makes UI women live on the outside

CHAMPAIGN – If nothing else, the success of Illinois frontliners Susan Blauser and Alicia Sheeler has made it obvious when opposing coaches develop a game plan.

The idea is to stop those two, who have ripped apart Florida, Iowa, Wisconsin and Indiana.