Sneak peek: UI women vs. Northwestern,
7 p.m. Thursday
Illinois (8-13, 1-9 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 11.6
Player of the Game: Rutgers’ Corey Sanders
Yes, Malcolm Hill had a terrific game for Illinois. But Sanders was responsible for the most memorable moment of the night, sinking a three-pointer while falling down as the buzzer sounded to force the third overtime. A near triple-double helped his cause, too.
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On Wednesday, Bill Cubit announced his first signing class as Illinois coach. Here is a breakdown:
Forgetting that Rutgers carries a No. 219 RPI basketball rank and has now lost 24 consecutive Big Ten regular-season games ...
Forgetting that Purdue whipped the Knights by 50 points, and 10 others prevailed by at least 26 ...
Forgetting that Illinois presented no defensive answer for the free-wheeling penetrations of freshman Corey Sanders (39 points, 12 assists) ...
Player, School FG FT TP AVG HG
Chastain, LeRoy 185 107 493 25.9 43
MARSHALL — Arieal Scott had a game-high 21 points, lifting Schlarman to a 76-55 victory against Marshall on Wednesday night in girls’ basketball. Sierra Bell and Anaya Peoples each had 14 points in the victory.
PODCAST: Illinois versus Rutgers postgame 2-3-16: Play now!
Scott Beatty and Michael Kiser break down the thrilling, triple-overtime victory over Rutgers, and they take your calls.
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