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#21 Illinois Takes on Purdue at Mackey Arena Tonight

IHSA Girls Basketball

SVC Tournament

PBL def St. Anne 52-29

Baylee Cosgrove led with 10 points

 

Iroquois West def Clifton Central 36-34

Ashton Miller had 12 points

 

Watseka def Cissna Park 43-30

Kennedy McTaggart had 11 points

 

Dwight def Momence 43-26

 

HOIC Tournament

GCMS def Flanagan Cornell 50-33

Emily Clinton had 19 points

 

Fisher def Dee Mack 35-34

Sydney Hood led with 11 points

 

VVC Tournament

Salt Fork def Georgetown Ridgefarm 46-11

 

Bismarck Henning Rossville Alvin def Westville 47-25

 

Oakwood def Armstrong Potomac 41-19

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

PBL def Quincy Notre Dame 56-48

Drake Schrodt and Trey VanWinkle each had 16 points


 

HOIC Tournament

Lexington def Fisher 78-64

 

NBA

Bucks def Bulls 111-98

 

Big Ten 

Rutgers def Minnesota 64-56

 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL at Iroquois West

Rantoul vs Unity

St. Joe Ogden vs St. Thomas More

Mahomet Seymour at Washington

 

HOIC Tournament at Illinois Wesleyan Shirk Center

 

VVC Tournament at Danville Palmer Arena

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Mahomet Seymour at Centennial


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois travels to take on the Purdue Boilermakers. Pregame at 5 with tip at 6pm.

 

Then it’s Bonus coverage of IHSA Boys basketball as the PBL Panthers are on the Road to take on the  Iroquois West Raiders.

 

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Chiefs, 49ers set for Super Bowl Matchup

NFL

The San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs have earned trips to Miami for Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2. The Niners are heading to the game for the first time since 2013, while the Chiefs are ending a half-century Super Bowl drought. The 49ers cruised to a 37-20 win over the Packers. The Chiefs held NFL rushing leader Derrick Henry in check to complete a 35-24 victory over the Titans.

 

NHL

Patrick Kane reached 1,000 career points when he picked up an assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-2 for their season-high fifth straight win

 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois defensive passing game coordinator and safeties coach Gill Byrd said Friday he is leaving the program because of an unspecified illness in his family. Byrd, who worked with head coach Lovie Smith for three NFL teams, coached at Illinois for two seasons. Smith said Keynodo Hudson will coach all defensive backs next season after coaching the cornerbacks in 2019. Alfred Davis (defensive tackles coach) and Jimmy Lindsey (defensive ends) will join the program.

 

Trent Frazier scored 16 points, including hitting four 3-pointers, and Brad Underwood’s No. 24 Illinois hung on for a 75-71 win over the Wildcats on Saturday.

 

The PBL Lady Panthers earned another conference win against the Iroquois West Lady Raiders on Thursday. The Lady Panthers have the #1 seed heading into the Conference tournament tonight against St. Anne. PBL Girls Basketball Head Coach Nathan Lawler says a second round matchup could be tough with Clifton Central getting one of their key players back.. 

 

 

Lawler also said that it's hard to beat a team twice as PBL could see IW in the SVC tournament this week. 



 

IHSA Girls Basketball

SVC Tournament

Glenn Raymond Middle School in Watseka

6pm     #1 PBL vs #8 St. Anne

730pm #4 Iroquois West vs #5 Central Clifton

 

Watseka High School

6pm      #2 Watseka vs #7 Cissna Park

730pm  #3 Dwight vs #6 Momence 

 

St. Joe Ogden vs Monticello



 

Today on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers play Quincy Notre Dame in the MLK Tournament at Bloomington Central Catholic High School. Our pregame begins at 12:15 with tip at 12:30.

 

Tonight it’s IHSA Girls Basketball with coverage of the SVC Tournament in Watseka. Our first contest features the #1 seed PBL Lady Panthers vs #8 seed St. Anne Cardinals at Glenn Raymond Middle School. Pregame at 5:45 with tip at 6pm. Game 2 features the #4 seed Iroquois West Raiders vs the #5 seed Clifton Central Comets. Games to be played at Watseka High School are #2 seed Watseka Warriors vs #7 seed Cissna Park Timberwolves followed by the  #3 seed Dwight Trojans and the #6 seed Momence Redskins.

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Illini Pregame

Illini vs Northwestern is always a fun game to watch, no matter the venue whether it be in Champaign or Chicago. Northwestern always comes to play and let me say this, they can beat you. The Wildcats this season are 6-10(1-5) with their only Big Ten win being over Nebraska. Illinois holds the all-time record at 136-32. 

 

The Wildcats are led in scoring by Miller Kopp who is averaging just over 12 PPG. Pete Nance is the Wildcat’s best rebounder(in terms of stats) and he is long and athletic. If the Illini keep the defensive pressure that they have been able to bring on the two-game win streak, the Illini are in good shape to win this game and make it three in a row. 

 

The Illini are playing their first game since being voted as the 24th best team in the nation. I wrote a blog on how this is their first time being ranked since the 2014 season. The Illini still have a lot to prove this afternoon, one being that after having their week break that they can come back and still strike. The Illini needed the time off to hit Ubben and work on “tidying” things up. Also to get some guys healthy this week as Trent took some shots and got pretty banged up against Rutgers this past Saturday. 

 

Cale’s Keys: 

Keep the defensive rotations strong: The Illini have played stellar defensive which has propelled them to where they currently sit. Lockdown the perimeter and having Kofi down low forcing slashers away from the rim. 

Score: Jump out in the scoring column early. Griff, Ayo, and Trent if those guys can each have an 8 to 10 point game, mission accomplished. 

Look for Kofi: Feed the big man down low and get him touches early and often. Look for Kofi to have around a 7-10 game.

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Heart of Illinois and Vermillion Valley Conference Boys and Girls Tournaments to start on Saturday

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Iroquois West 57-44

Mackenzie Bruns led a balanced attack with 14 points

 

Watseka def Cissna Park 45-22

Natalie Schroeder had 15 points

 

Heyworth def GCMS 45-39

 

St. Joe Ogden def Prairie Central 51-44

Payton Jacob had 14 points

 

Effingham def Mahomet Seymour 54-48

 

 

The PBL Panthers earned a conference win against the Iroquois West Raiders last night. PBL Girls Head Coach Nathan Lawler said what he likes most about his team is that he doesn't have to coach every possession and has confidence in his girls and that they already know what sets to run.. 

 

 

PBL Girls Head Coach Nathan Lawler 


 

 

(Farmer City--jc)  One of the biggest and most exciting races of the 2019 MARS tour was held at the Farmer City Raceway with the FarmerCity 74. 54 late models did battle for $10,000 top prize at Farmer City Raceway. Kent Robinson Racing came out on top.The Mars tour is making its 20-20 stop in Farmer City on May 8th this year.

 

The PBL Panthers are coming off a road win against Illini Prairie Conference foe St. Joe Ogden. They face two more Prairie Conference teams this week with the Monticello Sages tonight and Bloomington Central Catholic on Saturday. PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer says they’re in a rhythm now and need to see better competition.

 

 

PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer

 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL vs Monticello

Cissna Park vs Clifton Central

Iroquois Westat Watseka

Rantoul at Mattoon

St. Joe Ogden at Teutopolis 

GCMS at Heyworth

Mahomet Seymour vs Effingham

 

 

Big Ten

Wisconsin at Michigan St.

Michigan at Iowa


 

IHSA Boys Basketball on Saturday

PBL vs Central Catholic at MLK Tournament at Bloomington Central Catholic

PBL vs Farmington at MLK Tournament at Bloomington Central Catholic

Iroquois West vs Herscher

Watseka at Grant Park

Rantoul vs La Salette 

Milford vs Chrisman

 

HOIC Tournament at El Paso Gridley High School

Vermillion Valley Conference at Danville Palmer Arena

 

IHSA Girls Basketball on Saturday

Cissna Park vs Milford

Watseka at South Newton

St. Joe Ogden at Mattoon

 

HOIC Tournament at El Paso Gridley High School

Vermillion Valley Conference at Danville Palmer Arena

 

Big Ten

Ohio St. at Penn St.

Purdue at Maryland

Northwestern at Illinois

Indiana at Nebraska

 

WPXN has a new Podcast! The On the Sidelines crew Jay Eshleman and Cale Fleming host the brand new “Jay and Cale Show”. Episodes can be found on the WPXN website! Also episodes can be found on the Stitcher Radio App for Android users and Apple Podcasts for iOS users. Don’t forget to Like, Rate, Download, and Subscribe! 


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers host the Monticello Sages. Our pregame begins at 6:30 with tip at 6:45.

 

Saturday Morning it’s On the Sidelines from 7-8. Brought to you by Compass Insurance Partners in Paxton and Cissna Park, MATCO Fire Protection Equipment in Paxton, Monical’s Pizza in Paxton, Auto Mart in Paxton and Shield’s Auto Center in Rantoul and Paxton IGA.

 

Then it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers play Bloomington Central Catholic at the MLK Tournament at Central Catholic High School. Pregame at 10:45 with tip at 11am

 

We will continue with coverage of the MLK Tournament at 3:45 as the Panthers play Farmington. 

 

Then we will join Fighting Illini Basketball in progress as Illinois hosts the Northwestern Wildcats at the State Farm Center. 

 

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Bulls and Blackhawks win

Big Ten

Rutgers def Indiana 59-50

Minnesota def Penn St. 75-69

 

NBA

Zach LaVine had 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, and the banged-up Chicago Bulls beat the Washington Wizards 115-106

 

NHL

Zack Smith scored twice to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens.

 

The PBL Lady Panthers are coming off an overtime win against Champaign Centennial on Monday where Mackenzie Bruns scored 34 points. Head Coach Nathan Lawler says it was a team victory though.

 

 

PBL Girls Head Coach Nathan Lawler

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

PBL vs Iroquois West

Cissna Park at Watseka

Rantoul vs Central Catholic

St. Joe Ogden vs Prairie Central

GCMS at Heyworth

Fisher at Flanagan Cornell

Milford vs Armstrong Potomac 

Mahomet Seymour at Effingham

 

WPXN has a new Podcast! The On the Sidelines crew Jay Eshleman and Cale Fleming host the brand new “Jay and Cale Show”. Episodes can be found on the WPXN website! Also episodes can be found on the Stitcher Radio App for Android users and Apple Podcasts for iOS users. Don’t forget to Like, Rate, Download, and Subscribe! 

 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Girls Basketball as the PBL Lady Panthers host the Iroquois West Raiders in Sangamon Valley Conference action. Our pregame begins at 6:30 with tip at 6:45.

 

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LSU TIger's could be in trouble

The LSU Tigers are facing a potential NCAA bylaw infraction and it isn’t even really their fault. After LSU’ s commanding win in the National Championship, Odell Beckham JR. was in attendance in NOLA to watch his alma-mater win the Natty. Beckham was in the locker room with the team after their win and was seen in an Instagram Live video handing out massive amounts of cash to the players. He also is being accused of handing some of that money to star QB Joe Burrow. He was later on ‘Pardon My Take’ a well-known podcast from Barstool Sports saying “Odell was there and was handing out cash.” Burrow is no longer a student-athlete at LSU since he is graduated and does have multiple degrees. LSU did not know that Beckham was handing out the cash in the locker room after the win, but this could impose serious fines and worse sanctions on the team and the school for future LSU events.

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PBL Panthers earn road win against St. Joe Ogden 51-42

IHSA Boys Basketball

PBL def St. Joe Ogden 51-42

Colton Coy had 14 points

 

Cissna Park def South Newton 60-46

Ian Rogers Scored 25 points

 

Prairie Central def Iroquois West 56-28

Payton Dunahee led with 13 points

 

El Paso Gridley def GCMS 54-36

 

Dee Mack def Fisher 75-44

 

Milford def Hoopeston Area 46-41

Tanner Sobkoviak scored 20 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Mattoon 73-37

Grant Coleman scored 44 points 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Cissna Park def South Newton 42-31

Mikayla Knake had 17 points

 

Urbana def Iroquois West 55-22

 

Danville def Rantoul 46-34

 

 

The PBL Panthers earned a road win against the St. Joe Ogden Spartans. PBL Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer talked about how he thought his squad performed last night in the 9 point win... 

 

PBL Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer 

 

 

BIg Ten

Wisconsin def Maryland 56-54

Ohio St. def Nebraska 80-68

Iowa def Northwestern 75-62

 

NHL

Jonathan Toews scored 42 seconds into overtime and assisted on Chicago's two other goals, as the Blackhawks rallied to beat Ottawa Senators 3-2

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight

Watseka vs Donovan

 

WPXN has a new Podcast! The On the Sidelines crew Jay Eshleman and Cale Fleming host the brand new “Jay and Cale Show”. Episodes can be found on the WPXN website! Also episodes can be found on the Stitcher Radio App for Android users and Apple Podcasts for iOS users. Don’t forget to Like, Rate, Download, and Subscribe! 

 

 

 

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Luke Kuechly

A bittersweet farewell sent to one of the best linebackers I have seen play in my lifetime. Luke Kuechly has announced his retirement in a very emotional video that he released to his Instagram. Kuechly was the 9th overall pick in the 2012 draft out of Boston College. Kuechly is a seven-time pro bowler and a five-time All-Pro. He is only 28 years old and only played in 8 seasons for the Panthers. Kuechly also suffered 7 concussions in his time while playing professional football.  

 

Kuechly had a very good but short career. His total numbers will get him into the Hall of Fame with 18 picks, 7 forced fumbles, 12.5 sacks, and over 1000 tackles. Those are just his basic stats, the deeper you dive into the advanced analytics the better the player he is. 

 

Jay and Myself will have more on the podcast that will come out about his retirement and Luke Kuechly’s.

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Cora out in Boston amid Sign Stealing Scandal

More suspensions and firings for the Astro’s cheating scandal are being handed out. Well this was wasn’t really handed out by the MLB league office but it was agreed upon to “part ways”. That’s right the Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have agreed to “part ways” which I guess is the new term for fire in the MLB. 

 

I already wrote about what the ‘Stros did in the 2017 season, and Cora was involved. Not only is Cora involved in the sign-stealing scandal in that season, but he is also believed to be invovled in another with the Red Sox in the 2018 season in which the Red Sox(first season as manager)  won the World Series in 5 games over the LA Dodgers. Cora is believed to have used the video replay room to steal signs during the 2018 Red Sox season. That investigation is not final yet, so therefor that have been no rulings, fines, or suspensions of any nature handed out Cora.

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Houston Astro-Sign Stealing

I am very late on this but there was a very big occurrence in the MLB that took place yesterday. For those that didn’t see it, I’m talking about the Houston Astros. The Astros have been the center of a cheating scandal and it’s very apparent that they have done. 

 

Backstory, Mike Fiers a formal pitcher for the ‘Stros called the Astros out for the scandal, and there hasn’t been much rest until last night. Houston was using the video board located in centerfield at Minute Maid Park to tip signs to opposing pitching. When an Astro batter would step into the box there would but loud bangs when an off-speed pitch was coming. The sign would obviously be shown on the big board in center, and the camera was pointed right on the catcher so it was in clear view. After the sign was laid, there would be three or four very apparent “bangs” when the off-speed pitch was coming and that ball would  procced to be crushed out of the park. If you can find the Youtube video on it, it’s there and me being hard of hearing can hear it without any audio manipulation. There was a very long investigation that took place inside the MLB into the scandal and they finally came to a verdict yesterday afternoon. 

 

Manager AJ Hinch and General Manager and Jeff Luhnow have each been suspended for an entire season, effective immediately. The report came yesterday and the article that I read from ESPN’s Jeff Passan got a statement from Houston Astro’s owner Jim Crane “Neither one of them started this, but neither one of them stopped either.” Hinch or Luhnow can not be affiliated with any MLB organization for the entire upcoming 2020 season. 

 

I’m glad that the MLB came down hard on this issue, there is the old saying in the MLB that you don’t break the “unwritten rule” such as bunting to break up a no-hitter just as an example. I don’t like sign-stealing but I have grown up with older values when it comes to baseball. The 2017 World Series that Houston won, is just another stain on baseball that shouldn’t be there. Hopefully after this case, and other teams see how the MLB office responded, this will be the last case of this we will see in baseball.

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Jay and Cale Podcast Update

I was waiting to post this blog to the website to make sure all of our ducks were in line(or whatever the saying is) but they are in a row or in a line, or a flock, or even a heard. As most of you know that listen to the daily newscasts, or IHSA events, WPXN has a brand new Podcast! Jay Eshleman and Cale Fleming(your On the Sidelines Hosts) sit down two nights a week and bring you all the sports talk you can handle. 

 

We are proud to say that the podcast has been picked up by multiple podcasting sites, and let’s go through them real quick. 

 

As always, you can listen to the episodes on the WPXN Website, but there are a few more way’s to get all the action that you can consume. The On the Sidelines program is the location where you can get all of your local IHSA coverage, and those shows will soon be turned into podcasting material(the first one will probably be this week) but the Monday and Friday shows cover all things Illini, NFL, MLB, and a little of the NBA. Jay and Cale have everything covered. 

 

The first external app that you can download is on Stitcher Radio(Android users) Stitcher is a very well known podcasting app that I have used in the past for other things. If you have an android you can find every episode on the Stitcher app which can be downloaded in the Google Play Store.

 

This is the one that we had to wait for the longest to hear back from. If you have an iPhone, a Macbook or a Mac PC, you can find the Jay and Cale show in the Podcast App. Apple took a few extra days to approve the show, but the wait is well worth it. 

 

Don’t forget to download, like, rate, subscribe, and review the Podcast! Down below are the links to each site for the show: 

 

Sticher: https://www.stitcher.com/s?fid=496989&refid=stpr

 

Apple:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jay-and-cale-show/id1494637848

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Weeked Outlook

Here is what is going on around the station this week! 

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Nascar Live from 6 to 7 pm, then straight to PBL Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers take on the SJO Spartans. 

 

Thursday Night it’s PBL Girls Basketball vs Iroquois West Pregame starting at 6:45 with Tip at 7 

 

Friday Night we continue to carry on the weekend tradition of a bunch of Basketball. We will have PBL Boys Basketball vs Monticello with the Pregame starting at 6:45 and Tip at 7. 

 

Moving into a very packed Saturday it’s On The Sidelines from 7 to 8 am to get your morning kicked off, then to Bloomington for the MLK Invitational Tournament as PBL will play Bloomington Central Catholic first with the pregame at 10:45 and tip at 11. After that PBL will take on Farmington with pregame at 3:45 and Tip at 4 pm. Lastly, we will join the Illini as the Men’s Basketball team takes on the Wildcats of Northwestern. 

 

Don’t forget that you can listen live on 104.9 WPXN, as well as listening to us anywhere and anytime on the WPXN app which can be downloaded in the Google Play, and Apple App stores! As we are your season’s ticket to a world of sports!

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LSU wins College Football Championship 42-25 over Clemson

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Centennial 62-53

Mackenzie Bruns scored 34 points 

 

Urbana def Clifton Central 52-22

 

Rantoul def Monticello 51-50

 

Unity def St. Joe Ogden 49-40

 

El Paso Gridley def GCMS 40-30

 

Fisher def Dee Mack 52-46

Sidney Hood scored 21 points

 

Armstrong Potomac def Westville 45-39

Kyla Bullington had 12 points

 

Mt. Zion def Mahomet Seymour 53-40

 

NBA

Boston Celtics def Bulls 113-101

 

College Football

LSU has won the College Football Championship by holding off Clemson 42-25.







 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL at St. Joe Ogden

Cissna Park vs South Newton 

Iroquois West at Prairie Central

GCMS vs El Paso Gridley

Fisher vs Dee Mack

Milford at Hoopeston Area

Armstrong Potomac at Bismarck Henning

Mahomet Seymour at Mattoon


 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Cissna Park vs South Newton

Rantoul vs Danville

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

Then it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers are on the road to take on the St. Joe Ogden Spartans. 

 

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#24 Feels Pretty Good

Party like it’s 2015. Yes, you heard that right. December to be exact. That was the last time that the Illini were ranked. The top song of 2015 was Adele’s “Hello” which seems like it just came out yesterday. 

 

But yes, the Illini have finally proved to everybody in the media that the preseason hype is actually true. In 2015 the Illini actually finished with a losing record, however. If I remember right, they finished 15-19(5-13).  The 2020 Illini are now ranked #24 on this week’s AP poll and man does it feel good to be the 24th best team in the nation. A huge turnaround from setting an Illini record in losses last season. 

 

Enjoy the excitement now, and get everything buttoned up and ready to defend homecourt again on Saturday as the Wildcats of Northwestern come to town looking to take down the Illini. 

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Packers and Chiefs win to advance to League Championships

NFL

The Green Bay Packers were able to stay ahead after building a sizeable lead. The Houston Texans weren’t as fortunate. The Packers forged a 21-3 halftime lead before holding off the Seattle Seahawks, 28-23 to advance to the NFC championship game against San Francisco.  The Chiefs spotted the Texans a 24-0 lead before taking control and winning 51-31. Kansas City moved into the AFC championship game against the Tennessee Titans.

 

Big Ten Basketball

Purdue def Michigan St. 71-42

Minnesota def Michigan 75-67

 

NHL

Dominik Kubalik scored two goals, Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-2

 

(Paxton-Cale)- The PBL Lady Panthers Basketball team has had a busy schedule this past week and it continues this week. On Thursday they won on the road at Urbana, Saturday lost at home to Eureka and play at home against Centennial tonight and Iroquois West on Thursday. Head Coach Nathan Lawler talks about how they played against Urbana and what it was like to win over a school with double their enrollment.. 

 

 

PBL Lady Panther Head Coach Nathan Lawler


 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

PBL vs Champaign Centennial

Iroquois West vs Milford

Rantoul at Monticello 

St. Joe Ogden at Unity

GCMS vs El Paso Gridley

Fisher vs Dee Mack

Armstrong Potomac vs Westville

Mahomet Seymour vs Mt. Zion

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

Then its the Brad Underwood Show from 7-8.

 

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"Different" Illini Pregame

The Illini are playing really good basketball right now, with Alan Griffin giving very productive minutes, Ayo is playing like an NBA guard making shots in big moments, and taking over the floor. The Illini beat Wisconsin for the first time in 15 games, and for the first time in a long time at the Kohl Center. They have to keep rolling to make it to the tournament. 

 

Normally in the pregames, I go over the upcoming foe, but I am going to take a different route with this Illini Update as Big Ten play is in full swing, Bracketology. The newest update came out today from Joe Lunardi and the Illini still have a huge mountain to climb. 

 

If you look at the KenPom Ratings, Rutgers has had one a very easy strength of schedule, you still can’t sleep on them. Earlier this year we saw Miami come to the “House of Paign” and beat the Illini, as you would think Rutgers are a by far better team than the Hurricanes, but you have to defend home court. With the streak snapped against Wisconsin, the Illini need to take care of business on their home floor as they did against Purdue and Michigan. 

 

Back to the Bracketology, Lunardi has the Illini as one of the “First Four Out” which means that they are playing well enough to get the recognition on Selection Sunday, but they won’t be able to make it in. The other three teams that are in that category are Georgetown, DePaul, and Oklahoma State. The next move for the Illini is a “bubble team” before they can get in. Incomes the Rutgers game at home. Rutgers is another one of those pesky “quad 1 wins” which will give the Illini more of a case to make it into the tournament.  Take care of business tomorrow morning, and keep that Big Ten record at home alive.

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Program Updates for Saturday

WPXN has an action-packed Saturday coming at you! Here are all the programs that will be taking place this weekend. 

 

Saturday: 

7 am to 8 am- On The Sidelines with Jay Eshleman and Cale Fleming featuring Interviews with PBL Lady Panther Head Coach Nathan Lawler, Rantoul Eagle Boys Head Coach Ryan Parker, IW Boys Head Coach Zach Monk, PBL Boys Head Coach Adam Schonauer in studio. 

 

8 am to 10 am- Its the Live-Action Auction Buy Bid and Save only on 104.9 WPXN! 

 

10 am- Illini Pregame vs Rutgers

 

11 am- Illini tip-off against Rutgers 

 

Following the Illini game, we will have coverage of the SJO Shootout, as well as the PBL Lady Panthers vs Eureka, and PBL Boys vs Shelbyville! 

 

Don’t forget to follow all of our socials:

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Illini look to get another Conference win Saturday against Rutgers

IHSA Girls Basketball

Clifton Central def Cissna Park 35-23

 

Watseka def Iroquois West 49-24

Kennedy McTaggart had 11 points

 

Tremont def GCMS 54-34

 

Tuscola def Fisher 38-30

 

Olympia def St. Joe Ogden 42-33

 

Milford def oakwood 40-27

Jakki Mowrey and Kaylee Warren each had 12 points

 

Prairie Central def Monticello 60-29

Elly Haberkorn scored 24 points

 

Big Ten

Michigan def Purdue 84-78

 

Michigan St. def Minnesota 74-58


 

NHL

Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 5-2


 

IHSa Boys Basketball tonight

PBL vs Momence

Cissna Park at Iroquois West

Watseka at South Newton

Rantoul vs Bloomington

GCMS vs Tremont

Fisher vs Ridgeview

Milford at Schlarman

Armstrong Potomac vs Hoopeston Area

Mahomet Seymour vs Lincoln 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball on Saturday 

PBL vs Shelbyville

Watseka vs St. Anne

GCMS at Hoopeston Area

Milford at Georgetown Ridgefarm

Mahomet Seymour vs Crete Monee at St. Joe Ogden Shootout

Cissna Park vs Monticello at St. Joe Ogden Shootout

St. Joe Ogden vs Farmington at St. Joe Shootout

 

IHSA Girls Basketball on Saturday

PBL vs Eureka

Cissna Park at Hoopeston Area

Iroquois West at GCMS

Watseka vs Fisher

Rantoul at IVC


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers host the Momence Redskins. Pregame at 6:30 with tip around 6:45. 

 

Saturday morning it’s On the Sidelines from 7-8 brought to you by Compass Insurance Partners in Paxton and Cissna Park, MATCO Fire Protection and Monicals’s Pizza. 

 

Then it’s our  LIVE Action Auction from 8-10.

 

The Fighting Illini take on Rutgers at 11am. Pregame at 10am.

 

Following Illini basketball it’s IHSA Girls Basketball as the Lady Panthers host Eureka. Then it’s IHSA Boys Basketball from the St. Joe Shootout as the Cissna Park Timberwolves face off with Monticello.

Then it’s PBL Boys Basketball as they host Shelbyville. 

We end the night with more coverage from the St. Joe Ogden Shootout.

 

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Austin Clark to the Dolphins

Lovie Smith has at least one spot to fill on his roster for the upcoming season. Defensive Line coach Austin Clark has been hired by the Miami Dolphins to be the outside linebacker coach for the upcoming season. 

 

Clark, 30 was a huge hire for coach Lovie Smith two years ago, and he has been a very solid recruiter in his time for the Illini. Most notable last year or the class of 2019 he was responsible for bringing Moses Okpala, Keith Randolph, and Seth Coleman. Clark will be missed for his ability to coach raw talent, and the ability to bring in solid transfer talent. 

 

Congrats on your big move coach Clark! It will be fun to watch him on the sidelines in the NFL this upcoming season as hopefully, Miami can turn it around, Clark will be a huge part of that success.  

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Illini break losing streak against the Badgers in 71-70 win at the Kohl Center

Big Ten

Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu scored 18 points _ including a 3-pointer with 46 seconds left _ to rally Illinois to a 71-70 Big Ten Conference victory over Wisconsin. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for the Illini, who hadn’t won a game against the Badgers since 2011. Freshman 7-footer Kofi Cockburn scored 15 points and reserve guard Alan Griffin added 12.

 

Indiana def Northwestern 66-62

 

NBA

New Orleans Pelicans def Chicago Bulls 123-108

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

PBL at Urbana

Cissna Park at Clifton Central

Iroquois West vs Watseka

St. Joe Ogden at Olympia

GCMS vs Tremont

Fisher vs Tuscola

Milford at Oakwood

Armstrong Potomac at Chrisman


 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight

Purdue @ Michigan

Minnesota @ Michigan State

 

NHL Tonight

Buffalo Sabres @ St. Louis Blues - 7

Nashville Predators @ Chicago Blackhawks - 7:30

 

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Illini vs Wisconsin Pregame

Pregame-- 

 

The Illini tip in just over an hour at the Kohl Center, what will happen tonight? A win is a must(especially with the dominant showing last Sunday night at home against Purdue. Will Alan Griffin have another night like he did? Maybe, he has strung a few great games together over the last couple of weeks. Griffin with the double-double against Purdue, we will need that production again tonight. 

 

Who is Wisconson? 

Well, the Badgers this season are 9-5(2-1) while the Illini are 10-5(2-2). Wisconsin had a very impressive game against Ohio State and won. That is their most remarkable win of the season. Wisconsons NET ranking this year is #26 while the Illini are sitting at #37. Wisconsin has multiple outside shooters including Kobe King, who I think is Wisconsin’s best player. They averaging just over 68 PPG, one of the lowest in the Big Ten. 


 

Illinois-

 Coming off the win against the Boilermakers and dominant defensive performance, there is a magnitude of reasons why the Illini need to win this game tonight. Most importantly it will only their second quad 1 win of the season. For those that don’t know, quad one wins are what get you into March, the more the better and somehow the Badgers would be a quad 1 win. 

 

Illinois Probable Starters-- 

Ayo

Trent 

Da’Monte

Giorgi B  

Kofi

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Illinois to Battle Wisconsin on the Road

IHSA Boys Basketball 

Watseka def Beecher 53-33

Conner Curry and Drew Wittenborn each had 15 points

 

GCMS def Fisher 70-56

Braden Roesch scored 28 points

 

St. Joe Ogden def Williamsville 50-22

Chance Izard scored 21 points

 

Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin def Milford 56-46

 

Salt Fork def Armstrong Potomac 52-39

 

Mahomet Seymour def Effingham 71-67

Grant Coleman scored 30 points

 

Prairie Central def El Paso Gridley 54-47

Trey Bazzell led with 16 points

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Watseka def Tri-Point 53-24

Kinzie Parsons led with 13 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Effingham 58-48

Durbin Thomas had 16 points

 

Big Ten

Maryland def Ohio St. 67-55

Rutgers def Penn St. 72-61

 

NHL

Calgary Flames def Blackhawks 2-1


 

The PBL Panthers are coming off a lopsided win against the Rantoul Eagles last Friday night and host the Momence Redskins this Friday night. Coach Adam Schonauer talks about what’s been going on in practice this week.

 

 

PBL Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight

Illinois @ Wisconsin

Northwestern @ Indiana

 

NBA Tonight

Miami Heat @ Indiana Pacers - 6

Chicago Bulls @ New Orleans Pelicans - 7

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois is on the road to take on the Wisconsin Badgers. Pregame at 7pm with tip at 8pm.

 

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Gonzaga, Duke and Kansas remain atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll

IHSA Girls Basketball

Unity def Rantoul 50-40

 

St. Joe Ogden def St. Thomas More 42-25

Taylor Wells led with 12 points

 

Fisher def GCMS 46-34

Sydney Hood had 13 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Champaign Central 57-54

Savannah Oregeron had 14 points

 

Olympia def Prairie Central 50-42

 

NBA

Dallas Mavericks def Chicago Bulls 118-110

 

College Basketball

Gonzaga, Duke and Kansas remain atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll. The Bulldogs received 54 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel. The Blue Devils had nine first-place votes and the Jayhawks two. No. 4 Baylor moved into the top five for the first time in three years and undefeated Auburn rose to No. 5. Butler climbed five spots to No. 6 for the program's highest ranking ever. San Diego State is the only other undefeated Division I team. The Aztecs jumped six spots to No. 7. Michigan State, Oregon and Florida State round out the top 10.


 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

Watseka at Beecher

St. Joe Ogden vs Williamsville

GCMS at Fisher

Milford vs Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin

Armstrong Potomac at Salt Fork

Mahomet Seymour at Effingham

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Watseka vs Tri Point

Rantoul at Champaign Central


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

 

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Illinois holds Purdue to lowest shooting percentage in program history in 63-37 win

Big Ten

Alan Griffin scored 16 points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and Illinois defeated Purdue 63-37. The Illini scored the first 11 points and took a 32-19 lead at halftime. 

 

Michigan St. def Michigan 87-69

Minnesota def Northwestern 77-68

 

NFL

The Minnesota Vikings have advanced to the NFC divisional round at San Francisco by defeating the New Orleans Saints, 26-20 in overtime.

 

The Seattle Seahawks downed the Philadelphia Eagles, 17-9 to advance to play the Packers.

 

NHL

Dylan Sikura scored his first NHL goal, helping the Chicago Blackhawks rally for a 4-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings.

 

(Rantoul-jm) -- Rantoul boys basketball coach Brett Frerichs has stepped down. Frerichs resigned in December in the middle of his fourth season with the program. Ryan Parker has taken over as the teams interim coach. Frerichs was 110-101 with the program.

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Rantoul vs Unity

St. Joe Ogden vs St. Thomas More

GCMS at Fisher

Milford vs Salt Fork

Armstrong Potomac vs Oakwood

Mahomet Seymour vs Champaign Central


 

College Football 

Lending Tree Bowl - Louisiana vs Miami Ohio

 

NBA Tonight

Indiana Pacers @ Charlotte Hornets - 6pm

Chicago Bulls @ Dallas Mavericks - 7:30 pm

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fast Talk. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

Then it’s the Brad Underwood Show from 7-8.

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Illini lose to #14 Michigan St. 76-56

IHSA Girls Basketball

Fisher def Armstrong Potomac 43-39

Kallie Evans had 14 points

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Grant Park def Milford 55-50

 

Big Ten

Cassius Winston had 21 points and Xavier Tillman scored 19, leading No. 14 Michigan State to a 76-56 win over Illinois. Ayo Dosunmu led Illinois with 18 points.

 

Purdue def Minnesota 83-78 2OT

 

NBA

Utah Jazz held off the Chicago Bulls 102-98

 

NHL

Vancouver Canucks def Blackhawks 7-5 

 

College Bowl Games

Gator Bowl 

Tennessee def Indiana 23-22

 

College Football Tonight

Idaho Potato Bowl - Ohio vs Nevada

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tonight

Wisconsin @ #5 Ohio State

Rutgers @ Nebraska

 

NFL Saturday

Buffalo Bills @ Houston Texans

Tennessee Titans @ New England Patriots

 

NHL Saturday

St. Louis Blues @ Vegas Golden Knights - 3pm

 

NBA Saturday

Indiana Pacers @ Atlanta Hawks - 6:30 pm

Boston Celtics @ Chicago Bulls - 7 pm

 

College Football Saturday

Armed Forces Bowl - Southern Mississippi vs Tulane

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball

Indiana @ #15 Maryland

#23 Iowa @ #21 Penn State

 

NFL Sunday

Minnesota Vikings @ New Orleans Saints

Seattle Seahawks @ Philadelphia Eagles

 

Big Ten Men’s Basketball

#12 Michigan @ #14 Michigan State

Northwestern @ Minnesota

Purdue @ Illinois

 

NHL Sunday

Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks - 6:30



 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL vs Rantoul

Cissna Park at St. Joe Ogden

Iroquois West at Blue Ridge

Armstrong Potomac at Judah Christian

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers host the Rantoul Eagles. Our pregame begins at 6:30 with tip at 6:45.

 

Saturday Morning it’s On the Sidelines from 7-8 brought to you by Compass Insurance Partners in Paxton and Cissna Park, MATCO Fire Protection Services in Paxton and Monical’s Pizza in Paxton. 

 

Sunday night it’s Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois takes on Purdue at the State Farm Center. Pregame at 6pm with tipoff at 7pm.

 

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