Rayvonte Rice scored a game high 23 points in the final home game of the Champaign native's career as Illinois beat Nebraska 69-57 Wednesday night at State Farm Center.
The Parkland women's basketball team crushed Lincoln 85-25 Wednesday night in the opening game of the Region 24 tournament in Champaign.
Highlights and scores from March 4, 2015
High School basketball scores and highlights.
The Illinois men's basketball team plays Nebraska Wednesday night in a key game for the Illini. John Groce and his wife Allison are expecting their third child any day.
The Parkland women's basketball team is ranked #1 in the country and they are the #1 seed in this week's region 24 tournament.
Monticello and SJO will play for the third time this season Wednesday night at the Class 2A Maroa-Forsyth boys basketball sectional. The teams split their previous meetings this season, with each team winning on its home court.
The Westville boys basketball team won its first regional title in 21 years last Friday. Now the Tigers will look to upset state-ranked St. Teresa in the sectional semifinals.
The Central A&M girl's basketball team capped off a dream season Saturday afternoon, winning the Class 1A state title. For Raiders head coach Tom Dooley and his daughter Ryan, a junior guard, the championship was especially meaningful.
Former Illinois standouts Jack Ingram and Roger Powell Jr. returned to Illinois Saturday night to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 Final Four team that won a school record 37 games.
With two games to play in the regular season, Illinois appears to be in control of its own NCAA tournament destiny. Illini head coach John Groce praised his team's toughness and execution after Saturday night's 86-60 win over Northwestern, saying it was one of Illinois' best performances of the season.
Illinois scored early and often and buried Northwestern 86-60. The Illini needed a win and got it in a big way to improve their record to 18-11 and 8-8 in the Big Ten. Five Illini scored in double figured. Rayvonte Rice had a game-high 19 points. Illinois hosts Nebraska on Wednesday.
The Central A&M girls basketball team won the state championship Saturday. The Raiders beat Calhoun 51-41. Iroquois West took fourth place after losing to Prophetstown 45-28.
The Illinois women's basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 72-60 win over Michigan on Senior day. Freshman Chatrice White had a team season-high with 30 points. The Illini earn a bye in this week's Big Ten Tournament.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday on Regional Final Friday.
WCIA 3's Bret Beherns gives an inside look at the Orange Krush as they traveled to watch the Illini play at Iowa.
The Falcons play Shelbyville at dual team state Saturday.
Aaron White scored 29 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Iowa over Illinois 68-60. Rayvonte Rice scored 20 points, while Ahmad Starks scored 19 in a losing effort.
Argenta-Oreana beats St. Thomas More 86-74 in boys regional basketball. The bombers will play Monticello for the regional title Friday.
Senior managers from the Central and Urbana basketball teams got to suit up and play. They both made the most of their senior nights.
High School basketball and wrestling scores and highlights
Iroquois West beat Harvest Christian Academy 74-64 and Central A&M topped Astoria 69-51 to advance to the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament Monday night.
Illinois lost to Michigan State Saturday 60-53. Malcolm HIll scored 17 points, while Rayvonte Rice added 15 in a losing effort. Illinois shot just 28.8% from the field and made just two out of sixteen three-point field goals. The Illini fall to 17-10 (7-7)
SJO's Wesley Kibler became the school's first ever state wrestling champ after winning the Class 1A 195 title Saturday. Shelbyville's Adam Hudson won the 160 1A state title to cap an undefeated season.
The Illinois women's basketball team rallied from a 13 point deficit to beat Purdue 47-46 Saturday.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling semifinals
High School basketball scores and highlights.
Highlights and reaction from the IHSA state wrestling quarterfinals
GIRLS BASKETBALL BCC 48 St. Thomas More 46 Flora 47 Teutopolis 36 Athens 42 Litchfield 38 Iroquois West 50 Cissna Park 44 Central A&M 62 Arcola 41 U-High 75 Centennial 36 Charleston 53 Mt. Zion 51 Effingham 52 Centralia 49 Rochester 63 Taylorville 29
Highlights and reaction from Day 1 of the IHSA state wrestling tournament
GIRLS BASKETBALL Centennial 48 Mahomet-Seymour 42 U-High 59 Central 25 MEN'S BASKETBALL Parkland 84 ICC 57
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illini wrestling team has a big weekend on tap. They're off to Iowa City for the quarterfinals of the NWCA National Duals. Eight of the best wrestling teams in the country will be there competing for a championship. Illinois is the No. 7 seed. They will take on second-ranked and undefeated Missouri Saturday as the Illini go for their sixth consecutive win.
MAHOMET, Ill. - There's an old saying in wrestling: "You're only as good as your practice partner." For Mahomet-Seymour's David Wisehart and Hunter Crowley it rings true. Both guys have worked together in practice this season, challenging one another to get better every day. That hard work has paid off as both guys will make their first trip to state this weekend.
Girls postseason basketball, boys basketball
LAS CRUCES, N.M. - Lou Henson won nearly 800 games as a college basketball head coach. He went to two Final Fours, and he retired as the all-time winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. Tuesday he was elected to into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
CHAMPAIGN - The IHSA individual state wrestling championships return to State Farm Center this weekend, and the Central Maroons will be well-represented.
Girls basketball sectionals, regionals
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois baseball team is off to it's best start in 15 years. Illinois (4-0) leads the Big Ten in ERA, and what's even more impressive is they did it without their ace Kevin Duchene. Head coach Dan Hartleb announced Monday Duchene has been suspended. He did not make the trip to Texas over the weekend, and he won't compete this weekend. Duchene won the Big Ten ERA title last season.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Monday was the first day on the job for Illinois' new co-defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Mike Phair. Phair was introduced last week after 13 seasons in the NFL. He will share defensive coordinator responsibilities with Tim Banks. Phair was excited to get down to work. He said he hadn't really considered getting back into the college game until Tim Beckman approached him about the job.
Madison, Wis. -- Frank Kaminsky scored a game high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Wisconsin to a 68-49 win over Illinois Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.
The Illinois women's tennis team topped Marquette 5-2 Sunday afternoon at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana. The Illini also beat Chicago State 6-1 Sunday evening.
The Illinois baseball team beat Lamar 9-3 Sunday afternoon at the Cardinal Classic in Beaumont, Texas to start the season 4-0 for the first time in 15 years.
The Illinois wrestling team advanced to the NWCA National Dual Finals with a shutout victory, 38-0, over Kent State Sunday afternoon at Huff Hall.
Dozens of Central Illinois wrestlers are headed to next weekend's state meet as sectional champions. Highlights and reaction from Mattoon, Clinton and Vandalia.
Highlights and scores from Full Court Friday 2/13.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - St. Thomas More's Michaela Ward signed Friday afternoon to play soccer at Parkland next year. Ward was a team captain and all-area selection last year, leading the Sabers to their first ever sectional championship. Central's Nick Brunson signed to play baseball at Kaskaskia. Brunson was a first team All-Big 12 selection at short stop last year, leading the Maroons to a conference championship.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Illinois used a 21-0 run down the stretch to erase a seven-point second half deficit and outlast Michigan 64-52 in front of more than 17,000 orange-clad fans at State Farm Center. Illinois did not get much production out of Rayvonte Rice in his first game back from suspension, but Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill once again led the way when Illinois needed points the most. Nunn scored a game-high 21 points - none bigger than his three-pointer with 1:22 left to play that tied the game at 50. The Illini scored the final seven points of regulation and then first 14 points of overtime to put away the Wolverines. Illinois improves to 17-8 overall, 7-5 in the Big Ten.
Girls basketball regional championship games
Girls basketball, women's college basketball
SHELDON, Ill. - More than 40 years after he got start in coaching John Spezia is back where it all began - the old Sheldon high school gym. "It's been a long journey I guess," he said. "But it's been a fun journey."