Iowa team to beat at tournament

   INDIANAPOLIS  When the Big Ten Conference reinstated its women''s basketball tournament three years ago, Illinois had nowhere to go but up.

   In 1995, it was one-game-and-out for the 10th-seeded Illini.

Asmussen: Highlights don''t serve Illini cause

The five-minute videotape shows Ashley Berggren taking 27 shots. She makes all 27.

Sent out to Big Ten area and national media, the tape is trying to convince voters to make Berggren an All-American.

Still wondering how to solve second-half blues

INDIANAPOLIS – Any ideas on how Illinois can break out of its second-half funk?

The Illini are all ears.


In seven of the Illini's last eight games, they have built halftime leads ranging from 11 to 27 points. In six of those seven, Illinois has given up 40 or more points in the second half and been outscored by from three to 17 points. A half-by-half breakdown of the UI's last eight games:

Illinois wrestler vaults to No. 3

University of Illinois 177-pounder Jevon Herman has moved up two spots to third in the latest Amateur Wrestling News individual rankings.

Conference reviewing Knight case

The Big Ten made Bob Knight sit out a game for throwing a chair. So what's the punishment for throwing a temper tantrum?

Illinois men own No. 2 Big Ten spot

Michigan State owns the No. 1 seed, Illinois has No. 2 and Ted Valentine probably won't be officiating any Indiana games.

That much we know about the first Big Ten Tournament, which tips off a week from today at Chicago's United Center.

Tate: IU monster gets worse with time

An explanation is long overdue.

Roughly a decade ago, after years of closely viewing the Monster from Indiana, I made a personal in-office request not to be required to deal with his foul-mouthed insults any further and to be allowed to omit forever his name in this column.

UI women in hunt to play host

CHAMPAIGN – An 0-2 weekend may have cost Illinois a conference title, but it didn't knock the Big Ten runner-up out of the running to host NCAA tournament games.

UI's Grentz wins award

Theresa Grentz of the University of Illinois has been named Big Ten women's basketball coach of the year in a vote by media.