Without a doubt, Da'Monte Williams carves out niche on Illini

CHAMPAIGN — Da'Monte Williams arrived in Champaign last June just six months removed from a knee injury and subsequent surgery that ended his senior season at Peoria Manual after just four games.

Williams also began his Illinois basketball career not knowing if he'd play this season. In fact, he was pretty sure he'd redshirt. His surgically-repaired knee just didn't feel right.

Lineups: Iowa at Illinois, 7 p.m. today

Illinois (10-7, 0-4)


P Name Yr. Ht. PPG

G Trent Frazier Fr. 6-1 9.6

G Mark Smith Fr. 6-4 8.1

G Mark Alstork Gr. 6-5 6.6

F Leron Black R-Jr. 6-7 14.3

F Michael Finke R-Jr. 6-10 10.6

Tigers showing their spunky side

Hear Friday's game on WDWS.

URBANA — Winning on the basketball court isn't as straightforward to Urbana boys' coach Verdell Jones Jr. as Xs and Os. Nor is it solely about balanced scoring, consistent defense and crashing the boards.

Today's Top 10: #!*$+!#*@)(!*

Illinois and Iowa face off at 7 p.m. today at State Farm Center and will do so with two of the more fiery coaches in the Big Ten leading from the bench. In turn, college basketball writer SCOTT RICHEY ranks the Big Ten coaches he'd least like to run afoul of if he were suiting up for their respective teams:

1. Fran McCaffery, Iowa

Illini, United Way decide to join forces

CHAMPAIGN — Sue Grey wanted to meet with Brad Underwood after he was hired as Illinois basketball coach in March, so the United Way of Champaign President and CEO reached out to her friend and Illinois basketball office administrator Julie Pioletti.

N-G Top 5 boys' swimming: Centennial holds braggin' rights over Central

After some downtime during the holiday season, our pool rankings return, courtesy preps coordinator COLIN LIKAS:

1. Centennial (Previous: 1) — After dispatching the rival Maroons last Wednesday, the Chargers took third at their own invitational.

Illini women fall to Nebraska: 'This one just hurts'


A shot to tie the game in the final two minutes.

A five-minute scoreless stretch to start the second half, that turned a three-point deficit to seven. Missed opportunities.

Losing the rebound battle by 13.

It added up to another Big Ten loss for Illinois. Nebraska beat the Illini 80-72 at State Farm Center on Wednesday night.

VIDEO: Matt Reed Postgame, Tuscola-Unity Boys' Basketball

Unity boys' basketball coach Matt Reed reacts to his team's 49-37 victory over Tuscola in nonconference action on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

UI Women's Basketball vs. Nebraska

Illini vs. Nebraska in an NCAA game at the State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. Illinois lost 80-72.

Where does Dana Howard rank?

This week's announcement that Dana Howard made the College Football Hall of Fame got us thinking about the days when Illinois was referred to as Linebacker U (ask your parents).

Where does Howard rank among the greatest Illini linebackers?

In this week's Tatelines: Unedited, Loren Tate gives us his Top 10 plus others who just missed the cut.

1. Dick Butkus