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Lineups: Illinois at Nebraska, 8 p.m. today

Illinois (10-8, 0-5)

Starters

P Name Yr. Ht. PPGG Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 10.6

G Da'Monte Williams Fr. 6-3 4.5

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.4

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.5

F Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 10.3

Prep pulse: Johnson carves out niche in coaching at Lake Land

David Johnson recognized at a young age he couldn't play basketball forever.

Though it was "by far my passion," he had no visions of grandeur.

So it was back in seventh grade when Johnson, who went on to graduate from Rossville-Alvin High School in 1984 after competing in basketball, football, baseball and track, decided coaching might be his walk of life.

N-G Top 10 Girls' basketball: Schlarman is the new top dog

A new — but familiar — No. 1 team has emerged in our latest rankings, courtesy preps coordinator Colin Likas

1. Schlarman (19-1; Previous: 2) — Victories over BHRA and Chicago Marshall vault the Hilltoppers back into the top spot before Wednesday's game against Champaign Central.

Playing above the rim for Illinois

CHAMPAIGN — Greg Eboigbodin has set a new season high for minutes played in each of Illinois' last three games. While team-wide foul trouble played a part in the freshman forward playing 25 minutes Thursday against Iowa, Eboigbodin keeps giving Illini coach Brad Underwood reasons to get him on the court and keep him there.

Hitting the road with the Schlarman girls' basketball team

Preps coordinator Colin Likas went behind the scenes with the Schlarman girls' basketball team as it took a trip to Lisle on Jan. 6, 2018, to compete against Simeon in the Chicagoland Shootout.

Little by Liddell, his stock is rising

CHAMPAIGN — E.J. Liddell was strictly a back-to-the-basket player at the beginning of his freshman season at Belleville West. Fairly effective, but only the tip of the iceberg of what he's proven to be capable of since.

But coaches that saw Liddell play this past spring and summer might have gotten a similar impression to what he showed in his earliest high school days.

Illini legends, lists and lore: Single-game scoring bests

ILLINI LEGENDS, LISTS & LORE: Single-Game Scoring Bests

Twenty-two years ago today—Jan. 14, 1996—Ashley Berggren scored a career-high 43 points to lead the Fighting Illini women's basketball team past Minnesota, 87-76.

'There is no better fan base'

Christian DiLauro is trying to reach the NFL. And for the next three months, the 23-year-old former Illinois offensive lineman will give The News-Gazette a weekly look into his journey. Here's his second entry:

At Schlarman, girls' basketball preparing for 'next level'

By his own admission, Keith Peoples isn’t a big snapshot guy. No matter which side of the camera is being discussed.

“My wife takes all the photos,” the Schlarman girls’ basketball coach said.

Saturday's highlights: Wessels nets 1,000th point in victory

In boys’ basketball
Vermilion County Tournament

■ Oakwood 46, Westville 18. Trevan Garrett soared to 13 points as the Comets (9-8) stymied the Tigers (5-13) in a tournament opener. Bryce Jones tallied 10 points for Oakwood. Tylan Stricklett’s 10 points paced Westville.