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Sneak peek: UI women vs. Northwestern

Sneak peek: UI women vs. Northwestern,
7 p.m. Thursday

Lineups

Illinois (8-13, 1-9 Big Ten)

Starters

P      Name    Yr.    Ht.    PPG

G    Kyley Simmons    R-Sr.    5-7    11.6

MBB grades vs. Rutgers: D

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.

MBB notebook: Defense almost costs Illini

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Defense put Illinois in position to win each of its last three games — one of which was a win — but that was something Illini coach John Groce wasn’t able to say earlier this season.

Meet the Illini's Class of 2016

On Wednesday, Bill Cubit announced his first signing class as Illinois coach. Here is a breakdown:

Tate: A win is a win, right?

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) ...

Area boys' basketball leaders (Week of Feb. 1)

SCORING
Player, School     FG     FT     TP     AVG    HG

Chastain, LeRoy    185    107    493    25.9    43

Wednesday's highlights: Scott, Schlarman top Marshall

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

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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Okaw, Corn Belt discuss possible merger

After years of seismic shifts in the conference landscape, the Okaw Valley and Corn Belt conferences may finally find themselves on solid ground if discussions of a merger between the two leagues move forward.

Richey: Some positives in triple OT victory

Beat writer Scott Richey might have been at a loss for words following Illinois' 110-101 triple overtime win at Rutgers, but he found them in his quick postgame rundown.