The NCAA tourney still is two months away — an eternity, right? Yet it’ll be here in the blink of an eye. Will Illinois and/or Northwestern be in it?
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: UIC, Chicago State, Notre Dame also win
It’s too soon to call it a two-man race, but the clear candidates above the rest of the field are Villanova’s Josh Hart and Kansas’ Frank Mason.
This week — with 12-2 Louisville and 11-2 Clemson visiting Purcell Arena — is a chance for 23rd-ranked Notre Dame to make a move in the ACC.
As Big Ten play gets underway, the league doesn’t appear to have a true national title contender — but the battle for first place should be wide open.
Despite injuries that cost him two years on the court, Illinois guard Tracy Abrams is back at it and flourishing — and inspiring others in his path.
Once again, Malcolm Hill was the best player on the court as Illinois beat Missouri. The Illini have won four straight in the Braggin’ Rights series.