Even the recruits are getting hurt now? What is going on? How long will Te'Jon Lucas be sidelined, along with 2017 commit Javon Pickett? What hope can beat writer Scott Richey dole out ahead of the Illini's final seven regular season games? Is John Groce's job safe? Ask all that and whatever else is on your mind during Richey's weekly chat, which tips off at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
CHAMPAIGN — Brooks Black secured a pin at 285 pounds Sunday for Illinois wrestling, handing the Illini a 25-24 comeback win over Northwestern at Huff Hall.
Black needed just 1 minute, 53 seconds to pin the Wildcats’ Conan Jennings, helping Illinois (12-5, 3-5 Big Ten) overcome a five-point deficit in the final bout.
N-G Boys’ Basketball Top 10
Preps coordinator Anthony Zilis checks in with his latest area rankings:
Back in early December, when Yale popped into town, it became apparent to the State Farm Center assemblage that Illinois had a rebounding problem.
The Ivy League leaders outboarded John Groce’s gravity-bound athletes by an incredible 48-25 margin. And these were visitors who supposedly spend most of their time in a classroom.
CHAMPAIGN — The Milwaukee (Wis.) Washington coaching staff was hoping for the best-case scenario. So was Te’Jon Lucas and his family. And the Illinois coaching staff.
Player of the Game: Iowa’s Peter Jok
The 6-foot-6 junior wasn’t exactly struggling in the first half, but he topped his scoring output from the first 20 minutes (eight points) with nine in the first five minutes of the second half. He finished with a game-high 23 and added five rebounds, two steals and two assists.
CHAMPAIGN — A dance-off between two State Farm Center ushers drew more crowd interest late in the second half than did Sunday afternoon’s game.
At least among those who didn’t head to the exits early on Super Bowl Sunday as Illinois trailed by as many as 20 points midway through the second half and by double digits the rest of the game and No. 5 Iowa put together a 77-65 victory.
PODCAST: Fastener's Etc. Postgame Show: Play now!
Scott Beatty and Tim Ditman break down the Illini loss to Iowa, taking your calls, texts and tweets.
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