Beat writer's pick: Michigan 75, Illinois 71

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

Tuesday's highlights: Kerkhoff rallies Tuscola at end

In boys’ basketball

Eagles, Williams adjust on the fly

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.

Tate: Coaching success hard to judge

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.

Changes likely in store for Illini

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.

Area Wrestling Honor Roll (Week of Jan. 9)

Class 1A
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

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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Happy 85th, Lou Henson

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Hall of Fame basketball coach Lou Henson celebrated his 85th birthday on Tuesday by — what else? — playing bridge in the afternoon before joining family and friends at a dinner.

Illini Preview: 'There's going to be some changes'

Illinois coach John Groce previews his team's matchup with Michigan and notes the Illini might look different against the Wolverines in terms of their rotation.

HS Girls' Basketball: Central vs. Danville

Central vs. Danville in a prep basketball game at Central High School in Champaign on Tuesday Jan. 10, 2017.