In the next eight hours, Sam Banks will drive 180 miles, call 17 fouls, listen to unhappy coaches and feel the burning eyes of 10,000 fans.
Welcome to the pressure-filled life of a college basketball official.
Penn State coach Rene Portland has had to deal with more than just her basketball team lately.
Portland's sons – John Jr., a Penn State sophomore, and 10th-grader Stephen – were publicly chastised by associate athletic director Bud Thalman for their behavior during last Sunday's Indiana-Penn State men's basketball game at State College.
Quick, find a telephone. Dial 911. There's a thief in the house.
Bonnie and Clyde never pulled off a bigger heist than his modern counterparts, Lon Kruger and Cory Bradford, did Saturday. They swiped a basketball game right under the nose of Dick Bennett and his Wisconsin Badgers.
CHAMPAIGN – Dick Bennett was in a compassionate mood Saturday, even if his wrinkled brow and pained expressed belied his point.
Illinois' Cleotis Brown scored a bucket for Bennett's Badgers, putting a missed free throw back in the wrong hoop. And Bennett felt Brown's pain. But UI guard Cory Bradford – who scored 26 of Illinois' 53 points – caused some.
CHAMPAIGN – For Wisconsin, it doesn't get much better than having a one-point lead and Sean Mason at the line with 21.1 seconds left.
Mason, the Badgers' leading scorer, shoots 83 percent from the free throw line, the third-best figure in the Big Ten. But he blew a big one-and-one on Saturday, and Cory Bradford's jumper with seven seconds left put the Illini ahead.
DALLAS – Reaching the finals of a collegiate grand slam hasn't been a problem for the Illinois doubles team of Gavin Sontag and Jeff Laski. Winning the championship match has give the pair fits, though.
Travis Romagnoli still is performing like an NCAA champion. His Illinois gymnastics teammates are getting there.
Romagnoli on Saturday won four events and the all-around and the Illini put a scare in No. 4 Iowa before stumbling in the last two events at Huff Hall. The Hawkeyes won 226.850-224.725.
Notre Dame made the right decision for Notre Dame.
No one saw it more clearly than Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany, who captained the movement to bring the Irish into the conference ... and came face-to-face with an issue in which emotion overwhelmed counterarguments.
Second-ranked Minnesota manhandled No. 7 Illinois in Big Ten wrestling Friday in Minneapolis, the Gophers winning 30-6.
Carl Perry, ranked sixth at 141 pounds, was the UI's lone winner, the junior pinning Chad Erickson in 32 seconds.