Illinois junior Tracy Abrams scored a season-high 25 points to lead the Illini past Indiana 64-54 in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind. Abrams shot 8-16 FG, pulled down seven rebounds, and only committed one turnover. He led three players in double figures. Rayvonte Rice scored 13, and Kendrick Nunn added 10. Illinois (19-13) advances to face top-seeded Michigan in the quarterfinals Friday at 11:00 am CT.
Lincoln beat Glenwood 48-29 Wednesday night in the sectional semifinals in Mattoon. The No. 1 Railers will face Central Friday night in the sectional championship.
The Central boys basketball team is the talk of the town Wednesday after upsetting No. 2 Lanphier Tuesday night in the sectional semifinals. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns has more on the Maroons and their remarkable turnaround this season.
At the end of the third quarter Wednesday night, Lincoln's Gavin Block came up with the steal and heaved a half-court buzzer-beater to help lead Lincoln past Glenwood 48-29.
As Illinois gets ready to play in the Big Ten Tournament Thursday, their postseason destination is still very much up in the air. A first-round loss could send them to the CBI. A deep run could send them to the NCAA Tournament - or somewhere in the middle, they'll probably head to the NIT.
Here's what Central head coach Wayne McClain had to say after his Maroons upset No. 2 Lanphier Tuesday night in the sectional semifinal.
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They are calling it "Redbird: Round Two." Less than two weeks after the St. Thomas More girls won the state title at Redbird Arena in Normal, the boys are headed to Redbird with a trip to state on the line. St. Thomas More will face Heyworth in the Class 1A Supersectional Tuesday night at 7:00 pm.
Illinois' Kendrick Nunn was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team Monday night. The Chicago-native came on late in the season to average 8.6 ppg during conference play. Joining Nunn on the list are Indiana's Noah Vonleh, Michigan's Derrick Walton, Jr., Purdue's Kendall Stephens and Wisconsin's Nigel Hayes. Nunn is the third Illinois player in the last five years to be named to the All-Freshman Team (Richardson 2010, Richmond 2011).
Illinois will face Indiana for the third time this year when they square off in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament Thursday (11 a.m., BTN). The Illini will be the No. 9 seed, but they come in as one of the hottest teams in the league.
The Big Ten Tournament bracket is all set, and Illinois has earned the No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 Indiana in the first round on Thursday (11:00 am, BTN). The winner of that one gets the top-seeded Michigan in the quarterfinals.
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Illinois senior Jon Ekey is the talk of the town after his last-second three won the game for Illinois Saturday night at No. 24 Iowa - the first time the Hawkeyes have lost to an unranked team at home in the last 31 games. WCIA 3's Bret Beherns was there for the magic and has the story.
The Parkland women's basketball team overcame a second-half deficit to rally past Lake Land 76-66 in the Region 24 Championship Game Sunday afternoon in Mattoon. The Cobras advance to the NJCAA Division II National Tournament beginning March 18th in Overland Park, KS.