MJ's minute April 9

College basketball writer Marcus Jackson discusses next year's national rankings and how the Big Ten and the illini stack up against the rest of the country.

Marcus Jackson

Illini 'will make a jump'

That's the word from beat writer Marcus Jackson, who figures John Groce's team can finish as high as third in the Big Ten next season.

Lacey “loved unconditionally and without hesitation”

DETROIT — The father of an 8-year-old girl with cancer who befriended Michigan State basketball star Adreian Payne says his daughter has died.

Tate: It's up to the transfers

As you may have noticed, three-point shooting matters in the NCAA tournament. Very often a single arc-shot decides a game.

Prep Baseball: Unity vs. Central A & M

Unity vs. Central A & M  during their prep baseball game at Unity in Tolono on Tuesday, April 8,  2014. 

Sports Talk 4-8-14

Sports Talk 4-8-14: Play now!

Fans look forward to Tuesdays, when Loren Tate joins Steve Kelly on Sports Talk. Today they discuss the NCAA tournament (both men's and women's action), and the Illini football team's spring game this Saturday. They also chat with Illini golf coach Mike Smalls.


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Beckman: No QB decision yet


Three things beat writer MATT DANIELS picked up on Tuesday, the Illinois football team’s 13th spring practice:

Big Ten honors Kravetz

ROSEMONT — Illinois junior John Kravetz, who threw eight scoreless innings Sunday in a 1-0 baseball victory at Northwestern, was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.

The conference announced the award Tuesday.

Kravetz equaled his career high for innings and strikeouts (seven) while holding the Wildcats to four hits. The right-hander (3-1) also did not issue a walk.

Groce speaks, MJ answers

John Groce held his season-ending news conference Tuesday. Follow along with beat writer Marcus Jackson via Twitter here.


MJ will chat at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Ask him anything by clicking here.

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