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Women''s Basketball Game 14 Box Score

Illini 75, Nittany Lions 71

UI has hall of horrors

CHAMPAIGN – Lisa Shepherd and Maren Walseth are probably happy they'll never visit the Assembly Hall again.

The Penn State seniors have won in every building in the Big Ten except one. After Sunday's 75-71 defeat, they'll never add the Assembly Hall to their list.

Ex-Illini airing it out

   "This is the top conference in the country. Night in, night out in the Big Ten, you''re going to have good teams and good basketball. If we''re not ready to play tonight, we could have trouble against this talented Minnesota team."

   CHAMPAIGN  From the deep, clear voice, the words come booming out of the radio.

Men''s Basketball Game 15 Box Score

Illinois 83, Ohio State 68

Krupalija glad to be part of Illinois action

CHAMPAIGN – No turning back. No second-guessing. No sitting out.

Nine minutes against Ohio State on Saturday night meant all of that and more to Illinois junior forward Damir Krupalija.

New star rising

One week into the Big Ten season, Penn State's Kelly Mazzante has put a headlock on the Freshman of the Year award.

Mazzante enters today's game against Illinois leading the Nittany Lions in scoring (18.4), field goal percentage (52.4 percent) and three-point percentage (44.8 percent).

Griffin hangs tough against best

   CHAMPAIGN  Nothing Marcus Griffin enjoys more than a high-profile opposing center.

   Just ask Arizona''s Loren Woods. Just ask Maryland''s Lonny Baxter. Just ask Duke''s Carlos Boozer.

Tate: Ankle injury no deterrent for McClain

In the realm of the courageous, an incident in the Class AA basketball tournament in Peoria four years ago holds a special place.

Peoria Manual, seeking a fourth straight crown, faced almost-certain defeat in the semifinal round. Star forward Sergio McClain was listing like a torpedoed cruiser, having fallen heavily on his shoulder in a rough 51-46 comeback win over Whitney Young the previous day. He would spend an unrestful night undergoing therapy, and an 18-4 Thornton jump made it look bad Saturday afternoon. Coach Wayne McClain felt obliged to sit him down, even in the pressurized second half.

Right on the money

CHAMPAIGN – Amid the rubble of ankle wrap, knee braces, back pads, bags of ice and bottles of aspirin, ailing Illinois discovered the best remedy of all Saturday night:

Its shooting touch.

Bears have an example

About the same time the Chicago Bears are arriving in Champaign, the Seattle Seahawks should be moving into their new 72,000-seat, $430 million stadium.

By then, the Seahawks and the University of Washington will have written the book on sharing a football stadium.