Michigan at Illinois
8 p.m. today
Illinois (11-5, 1-2 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Tracy Abrams Gr. 6-2 10.9
RANTOUL — After watching Paxton-Buckley-Loda forward Andrew Zenner torch his team for 14 first-half points behind four three-pointers, Brett Frerichs made the game’s biggest halftime adjustment.
The Rantoul boys’ basketball coach put Kevin Williams on the Panthers’ big man, giving Williams the simple instructions to stick with him the entire second half.
John Beilein, who unleashes another bouncy gang of Wolverines jump shooters tonight at State Farm Center, is one of America’s unique coaches.
Michigan is his sixth stop in a 39-year career (beginning in junior college), and he never has been an assistant. He always has been the boss.
CHAMPAIGN — John Groce intimated that changes were coming for Illinois after Saturday’s 16-point loss to then-No. 25 Indiana.
The Illini coach doubled down on that Tuesday — particularly in the case of freshman point guard Te’Jon Lucas and redshirt freshman forward Kipper Nichols — when it came to the lineups and rotation he might use today against Michigan.
Name, School W L Pts
Elliott, Hoopeston Area 28 2 157
Wendling, St. Joseph-Ogden 20 3 95
Shellman, St. Thomas More 14 5 55
PODCAST: Sports Talk 1-10-17: Play now!
Steve Kelly and Loren Tate listen to Illini men's basketball head coach John Groce and to Illini basketballer Kipper Nichols, and they talk with Mark Tupper from Decatur Herald & Review and with 'Birthday Boy' Coach Lou Henson.
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