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California wins 35-20 over Illinois in Redbox Bowl

College Football

Chase Garbers threw four touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading California to a 35-20 win over Illinois in the Redbox Bowl.

 

NBA

The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Chicago Bulls 123-102 

 

College Basketball

Gonzaga remains atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll following a light holiday schedule. The Zags received 63 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel after having the week off.

Second-ranked Duke and No. 3 Kansas each had one first-place vote, with Oregon and Ohio State rounding out the top five.

Sixth-ranked Baylor is followed by Louisville, Auburn, Memphis and Villanova.

 

Today is the day. BOWL DAY

Today is the day: 

 

Let me repeat, today is the day! The Illini are taking on Cal in less than 6 hours for their first bowl game in a very long time! I didn’t go into full detail of the bowl game or full depth, I will be watching and we will have the game on 104.9 WPXN airwaves. I did, however, put a poll out on the PXN Twitter page asking for everybody’s thoughts: here are the results from the poll. 

 


 

Illinois wins last non-conference game in convincing fashion 95-64

College Basketball

Kofi Cockburn scored a career-high 26 points and Illinois beat North Carolina A&T 95-64. The 7-foot freshman also grabbed nine rebounds, narrowly missing his seventh double-double in 13 games.

 

NFL

Eddy Piñeiro's fourth field goal of the game for Chicago came from 22 yards with 10 seconds left, giving the Bears a 21-19 victory over Minnesota.

 

The Packers gained the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs by knocking off the Lions, 23-20 on Mason Crosby’s 33-yard field goal as time expired. 

 

The Jaguars beat the Colts 38-20

 

NHL

Patrick Kane had the deciding goal in a shootout as the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2. Jonathan Toews also scored in the tiebreaker for Chicago

 

Today on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Football as Illinois takes on California in the Redbox Bowl. Pregame at 2pm with kickoff at 3pm.

 

Illini Pregame- North Carolina A&T

Pregame-- Illini Basketball: North Carolina A&T

 

After having a week break the Fighting Illini are back. The last outing, against Mizzou, is one that most Illini fans would like to forget, and hopefully, that will be the case with this game today. 

 

Know the Foe: 

 

NCAT or the Aggies for short, are 3 and 10 this season, and are in the MEAC(Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) and have yet to play a conference game yet this season. The Aggies are averaging just over 57 PPG while allowing over 70(the Illini are averaging 79 and allowing 63.)  Aggie Head Coach, Jay Joyner was suspended indefinite earlier this week by the college for a reason that I still don’t know. 

 

Players to Watch: 

 

The two players that the Illini will need to contain are Ronald Jackson and Fred Cleveland Jr. Jackosn a senior is averaging 12.9 PPG(team-leading scorer) 8.8 RPG, and 0.7 APG. He is a four-year starter and plays a majority of the minutes at the 4 spot. Fred Cleveland Jr(Chicago Native) is 10 PPG, 1.2 REB, and 1.2 AST per game. He does not start even with statically being their best player.  

 

Get Right: 

After the loss to the out of state foe in St. Louis, the Illini need to use this game and clean a lot of things up, limiting turnovers, improving cohesion on the court, and finishing games. This is the last “lower tier” opponent before Big Ten play resumes this Thursday in East Lansing.

Strong Showing by the Bears on the All-Time Team

The NFL All-Time team has been released by the NFL today, and the Chicago Bears made a big showing on that list, and rightfully so. The Bears as an organization have the most HOFers of any other team out there(26) the next team that is next in contention are the Packers with 21. Here is the list of the NFL 100 All-Time Team. 

 

George Halas 

Doug Atkins 

Dick Butkus 

Mike Ditka 

Dan Fortman 

Devin Hester

Bill Hewitt

Alan Page 

Walter Payton 

Gale Sayers

The Hot Stove is HOT

MLB Hot Stove: 


The Blue Jays have officially announced the signing of Free Agent Right Hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu signed a 4 year deal with the Jays while posting a 2.32 ERA in 2019. Ryu was in Cy Young contention this past season, and rightfully so. He returned to the bump after having Tommy John surgery in 2018 and came back in a dominant fashion.
I had Ryu going to the Cardinals, and from what I saw a lot of other people did as well. Huge “front end of the rotation” guy for the Jays.

Update Blog

Update post: 

 

I hope everybody had a good Christmas, and will have a Happy New Year. The posts have been lacking for the past couple of weeks since I have been working third shift, but no more! I will have the rest of the break to devote to bringing the WPXN listeners all the Illini content as well as NFL playoff, bowl game, whatever it maybe it will be on the website in blog form. Tomorrow night, I will have the Illini pre-game against A&T for Saturday. Thanks for your patience, but I’m back!

Is AB going to get another chance?

Is AB really done in the NFL? 

 

When I woke up this morning and opened up Twitter, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Antonio Brown was working out with the Saints this morning. 

 

The AB saga continues. After first being traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers this past summer, to the Oakland Raiders. When he arrived in Oakland it was a mess from the start. At first, he couldn’t practice due to his freezing his feet in a cryogenic chamber in the offseason. He was soon released after not practicing and getting into verbal altercations with the Raiders Owner. He was then picked up by the New England Patriots not long after his release from Oakland. He only played in one game with the Pats as the sexual assault allegation was brought against Brown. He has been out of work since while the league conducted an investigation, and he has also been very vocal on Twitter while being out of work, calling out Robert Kraft for not paying him his wages, calling out the league in general, and much much more. 

 

Now he might have another chance to lace up the cleats with the Saints. As the NOLA Saints are looking to win another Super Bowl here in the coming weeks(and getting Brees another ring) they have the full rights to sing him. Micheal Thomas and AB as your wideouts give Brees plenty of targets to throw to. 

 

If the Saints do sing AB, I will have it first reported on the Sports Blog Page on WPXNradio.com.

PBL Senior Mackenzie Bruns Scores her 1,000th career Point in win over Neoga

IHSA Girls Basketball

Monticello Holiday Hoopla

PBL def Neoga 62-57

Mackenzie Bruns scored 29 points included her 1,000th career point 

 

Tuscola def GCMS 51-17

 

Monticello def GCMS 64-24

 

Ridgeview def Clinton 58-41

 

State Farm Classic 

St. Joe Ogden def Bishop Mac 46-42 in OT

Ashlyn Lannert had game high honors with 16 points

 

BSN Classic

Salt Fork def Cissna Park 40-24

Westville def Cissna Park 36-33

 

Mattoon Holiday Tournament

Mahomet Seymour def St. Teresa 47-32

Cayla Koerner and Makayla Rosenbery each had 12 points

 

Mahomet Seymour def Vandalia 41-25

Nichole Taylor had 14 points and 15 rebounds

 

Peotone Blue Devil Classic

Plainfield South def Watseka 52-49

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Monticello Holiday Hoopla

PBL def Neoga 72-56

Trey VanWinkle scored 30 points

 

Tuscola def GCMS 56-52

 

Monticello def GCMS 51-42

 

Ridgeview def Clinton 66-48

 

State Farm Classic

St. Joe Ogden def Annawan 47-42

Payton Cain led with 10 points

 

Chicago North Lawndale def Mahomet Seymour 72-69

 

BSN Classic at Bismarck

Fisher def Rantoul JV 67-53

Will Delaney scored 27 points

 

Milford def North Vermillion, IN 39-35

Trey Totheroh led with 14 points

 

Milford def Fisher 62-40

Tanner Sobkoviak had 12 points

 

Today on WPXN it’s IHSA Girls and Boys Basketball with more coverage from the Monticello Holiday Hoopla Tournament. Our Pregame begins at 9:45 for the PBL Girls and Clinton contest that will tip off at 10am. Then we’ll have the PBL Boys vs Clinton. Tonight we’ll have 2 more contests as the PBL Girls and Boys will take on Ridgeview. Our pregame begins at 5:45.

 

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 in Paxton and Monical’s Pizza in Paxton. 

 

Saturday Afternoon, We’ll have the final coverage of the Monticello Holiday Hoopla.

 

Several Area Basketball Teams to Compete in Basketball Tournaments Starting today

MLB

The Chicago White Sox have continued their somewhat pricey makeover.

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that veteran slugger Edwin Encarnación (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN’) has accepted a one-year, $12 million contract with the White Sox. Encarnación hit 34 home runs in 109 games for Seattle and the Yankees last season.

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

PBL at Monticello Tournament

GCMS at Monticello Tournament

Rantoul at Taylorville Tournament

St. Joe Ogden at State Farm Classic

Fisher at BSN Classic

Milford at BSN Classic

Mahomet Seymour State Farm Classic

 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL @ Monticello Tournament

Cissna Park at Blue Devil Classic

Watseka at Blue Devil Classic

St. Joe Ogden at State Farm Classic

GCMS @ Monticello Tournament

Mahomet Seymour at Mattoon Holiday Tournament

 

Today on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys and Girls Basketball as the PBL Panthers participate in Day 1 of the Monticello Hoopla Tournament. Our Pregame begins at 1:45. The Girls will face off against Neoga and the Boys will follow with Neoga.

 

Bears Lose to the Chiefs 26-3

NFL

Patrick Mahomes threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score, and the AFC West champion Kansas City Chiefs beat the Chicago Bears 26-3 to stay in contention for a first-round playoff bye. 

 

Nyheim Hines scored on two punt returns and set up another touchdown with a 40-yard return four plays into the Colts’ 38-6 rout of the Panthers

 

NFL tonight

Green Bay at Minnesota


 

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

 

Illinois to take on Missouri in Braggin' Rights Game on Saturday

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Momence 56-32

Mackenzie Bruns led with 17 points

 

Watseka def St. Anne 55-13

Kennedy McTaggart scored 19 points

 

GCMS def Blue Ridge 47-35

Emily Clinton led with 16 points

 

Fisher def Tremont 53-52

Sidney Hood finished with 19 points

 

Bismarck Henning Rossville/Alvin def Armstrong Potomac 41-25

 

Prairie Central def Beecher 69-45

Madison Kinkade had 18 points


 

630am new

(Paxton--jc)  The Paxton Buckley Loda Panthers are 6 and Oh to start the basketball season. P-B-L Panther Coach Adam Schonauer says the “team” concept is one reason for the early success. Schonauer says Trey Van Winkle is one of several scorers on the team…

 

 

PBL Panther Boys Basketball Coach Adam Schonauer. 

The Panthers are on the road at Prairie Central tonight. We will carry the game live starting around 7pm with the pre game show.



 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL at Prairie Central

GCMS vs Blue Ridge

Fisher vs Tremont

Armstrong Potomac at Martinsville

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Cissna Park vs Milford

Iroquois West vs Prairie Central

Watseka at Urbana

Rantoul vs Mahomet Seymour

 

NFL on Sunday

Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears

Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts

 

NFL on Monday

Green Bay Packers at Minnesota Vikings


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers are on the road to take on the Prairie Central Hawks. Pregame at 7pm with tip at 7:15pm.

 

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 in Paxton.

 

Then it’s our Live Action Auction from 8-10. Bid Buy & save on Gift Certificates and items from area businesses.

 

Then we’ll have Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois takes on Missouri in the Border War Braggin Rights Game with pregame at 11am and tip at noon.

 

End of the Wiseman Era at Memphis

Will the NCAA always remain king? Or will it take a hit with players coming out of high school starting to go over sea’s or not even go to college to take the year and prepare for the NBA draft? Look at guys like Lemelo Ball for instance who chose to go to the Euro Leagues opposed to the NCAA path, and it’s working. He will have another year of professional basketball under his belt in the second-best pro league in the world. 

 

In comes James Wiseman. The Memphis recruit has had this looming cloud of doom around him ever since he started his career there. Penny Hardaway recruited the Nashville Tennesee native since he was invovled with Wisemans AAU team. Hardaway paid Wiseman’s mother $11,500 in order to move her family from Nashville to Memphis. At the time Hardaway was not the coach of the team but rather a booster to his alma mater. That investment from Hardway earned Wiseman a 12 game suspension(which Wiseman had a lift put on it in a local court which allowed him to play) and finally the 12 gamer, which would have been lifted on Jan. 12 against South Florida. Wiseman is no longer enrolled at the school. He posted on Instagram that he has dropped out, and will hire an agent in order to prepare for the 2020 NBA draft, which he is the projected third overall pick. 

 

With Wiseman’s decision to no longer attend college, how or will it change the landscape of college basketball? There may not be much impact, since that the NCAA is the best platform for young rising stars in the basketball world to get their names out there, but we might see some changes with top tier talent.

Early Singing Period(Illini Football)

Yesterday was the day for Illini football, and that day was the early signing period. Since the new early signing period was put into place in 2018, the regular signing day which is in mid-February has now taken a backseat to the new early day. Yesterday I followed along on Twitter to see all of the guys that Lovie and CO. brought in and signed throughout the day yesterday. In case you missed it, here is a list(by position) that Lovie and his staffed signed to the University yesterday. Lovie needed defensive lineman with a line that was full of seniors this past season, and one and done transfers, and the staff got them, I feel like the D-Line was the best-recruited position this offseason for the Illini. 

Offensive Line: 

  • Phifer Griffin 6’ 6” 290 

    • Union Acadamy High School, North Carolina 

  • Blaise Sparks 6’ 7” 300

    • North Fort Meyers High School, Florida 

  • Kevin Tyler 6’ 3” 295

    • Ritenour High School, MO 

Defensive Line:

  • Anthony Shipton 6’ 5” 290 

    • Cerritos College, Californa 

  • Cooper Davis(Mizzou decommit) 6’ 5” 241

    • Viera High School, Florida 

  • Tre’Von Riggens 6’ 2” 265

    • Lakewood, Florida 

  • Jer’zhan Newton 6’ 3” 255

    • Clearwater Central Catholic, Florida 

  • Quinton McCoy 6’2” 261

    • Bloomingdale High School, Florida 

Linebacker

  • Lavar Gardner 5’ 11” 210 

    • Hutchinson Community College, Kansas 

WR:

  • James Frenchie 5’ 9” 175

    • Trinity Catholic High School, Missouri 

RB:

  • Reggie Love 5’ 10” 195 

    • Trinity Catholic High School, Missouri 

QB: 

  • Duece Spann 6’ 4” 195

    • Lakewood High School, Florida

Bulls Win in Overtime

IHSA Girls Basketball

Iroquois West Holiday Hoopla

3rd Place 

Hoopeston Area def Iroquois West 32-31

5th Place 

Clifton Central def Milford 34-32

 

NBA

Wendall Carter Jr. made a layup with 9.1 seconds left in overtime to complete the Bulls rally 110-109. Lauri Markkanen scored 31 points. 

 

NHL

Colorado Avalanche def Blackhawks 4-1

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

PBL @ Momence

Watseka vs St. Anne

GCMS vs Blue Ridge

Fisher vs Tremont

Miford at Hoopeston Area

Armstrong Potomac at Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin

 

IHSA Member Schools Vote to Rescind Plan for Football Districts

IHSA Boys Basketball 

PBL def GCMS 62-43

Trey VanWinkle scored 21 points

 

Centennial def Rantoul 73-32

 

St. Thomas More def Fisher 81-58

 

Champaign Central def St. Joe Ogden 43-39

 

Watseka Holiday Tournament

Championship 

Prairie Central def Cissna Park 53-48

Trey Bazzell scored 26 points

Ian Rogers led the Timberwolves with 20 points

 

3rd Place

Bishop Mac def Watseka 44-38

 

5th Place

La Salette def Iroquois West 50-24

 

18th Annual Watseka Holiday Tournament 2019 All Tournament Team

Trey Bazell                          Prairie Central

Keegan Boyle                      Cissna Park

Brian Curling                       Tri Point

Connor Curry                      Watseka

Nolan Czako                       Bishop MacNamara

Emmanual Garcia Camilo  La Salette

Lucas Hofer                        Hoopeston Area

Owen Jackson                    Bishop MacNamara

Jack McMillan                     Iroquois West

Rylie Vaughn                      Prairie Central

Malaki Verkler                    Cissna Park

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Cissna Park def Grant Park 43-39

Mikayla Knake scored 23 points

 

St. Joe Ogden def Urbana 58-40

Payton Jacob led with 19 points

 

Prairie Central def Tri Valley 64-39

Chloe Sisco and Elly Haberkorn each had 15 points

 

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — Members of the Illinois High School Association have dropped plans to use districts during the football season. The new format was supposed to start in 2021. But schools rescinded the plan, 374 to 241. The results were announced Tuesday. Football teams would have been assigned to districts. The (Bloomington) Pantagraph says seven of nine games would have been scheduled by the IHSA.

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Iroquois West at IW Holiday Hoops

Milford at IW Holiday Hoops




 

Saints Quarterback Drew Brees is All-Time Touchdown Pass Leader in 34-7 Win over the Colts

IHSA Girls Basketball

St. Joe Ogden def PBL 58-47

Atleigh Hamilton and Abby Behrens each had 12 points

Mackenzie Bruns led the Panthers with 15 points

 

Iroquois West Holiday Hoopla

Dwight def Iroquois West 48-40

Gardner South Wilmington def Hoopeston Area 41-23

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Watseka Holiday Tournament

11th Place Hoopeston Area def Westville 54-28

9th Place Momence df Milford 58-47

 

NFL

Drew Brees is the league’s all-time leader in touchdown passes after tossing four more in the Saints’ 34-7 thumping of the Colts in New Orleans.

 

NBA

Oklahoma City Thunder def Chicago Bulls 109-106

 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL vs GCMS

Rantoul at Centennial

St. Joe Ogden at Champaign Central

Fisher at St. Thomas More 

Armstrong Potomac at Schlarman

 

Watseka Holiday Tournament

Iroquois West vs La Salette 5th Place Game 5pm

Watseka vs Bishop Mac 3rd Place Game

Cissna Park vs Prairie Central Championship

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Cissna Park vs Grant Park

St. Joe Ogden vs Urbana


 

Tonight on WPXN its NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7.

Then its IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers host the GCMS Falcons.

 

Packers beat the Bears 21-13 in 200th Meeting

NFL

Aaron Jones ran for two scores and Davante Adams caught another as the Green Bay Packers defeated the Chicago Bears 21-13 in the 200th edition of the NFL's oldest rivalry. Green Bay clinched a playoff berth when Dallas beat the Rams.

 

NHL

Patrick Kane scored three goals for his first hat trick of the season, and the Chicago Blackhawks stopped a four-game slide by holding off the Minnesota Wild 5-3

 

IHSA Girls Basketball Tonight

PBL @ St. Joe Ogden

Rantoul vs Eisenhower

GCMS at Fieldcrest

Fisher at Tri-Valley

Mahomet Seymour vs Effingham

 

Iroquois West Holiday Hoopla

Iroquois West 

Milford 

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Watseka Holiday Tournament

Hoopeston Area vs Westville 11th place 5pm

Momence vs Milford 9th Place 6:15pm

Tri Point vs Donovan 7th place 7:30pm

 

NFL Tonight

Indianapolis Colts at New Orleans Saints

 

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

Then it’s the Brad Underwood Show from 7-8. Then it’s bonus coverage of IHSA Girls Basketball as the PBL Panthers are on the road at St. Joe Ogden.

 

Illini vs ODU halftime Update

Illini vs ODU Halftime Update-- 

 

The Illini came out of the gate firing on all cylinders scoring 7 straight points in the first 18 seconds of the game. ODU went 1-11 from the field to start but ended up making 5 straight shots in order to close the gap 18-13 early. Both teams hit a wall in the scoring column as there were 5 straight minutes without a point. Alan Griffin has hit some big shots to extend the lead for the Illini, as well as Kofi dominating in the post per usual. Kofi is also a free throw shooting machine. The Illini need to come out of the locker room at the half and make sure they play another 20 minutes of good basketball to blow this game open. 

 

Stats for the first half,

 

Points: 

Kofi- 9

Trent/Ayo-7

 

Asst: 

Giorgi- 3

 

Reb: 

Giorgi- 4

 

Illini shooting 13-25 from the field(52.0) 10-12 FT (83.3) 4-12 3PT(33.3) Illini are getting outrebounded 13 to 17 

 

Fire at new Rangers Stadium

Arlington TX-- 

 

The Rangers are in the process of building a new stadium, and a new team which it’s time for a rebuild with that organization. It was reported this morning that during the construction process that a fire broke out this morning. There were not injuries reported, and no cost of damage reported either. A setback for the Rangers as the stadium was on schedule to open before opening day.

Probable Starters and Keys to the Game(Illini vs ODU)

Illini vs Old Dominion Pregame UPDATED---- 

The Illini are just over an hour and a half from tip for their second home game in a row. Just to give some probable starters that are updated for both teams(since I went over the Monarchs stats last night) and key’s to the game. I’ll link last night’s post at the bottom of this blog for easier access to the pregame I wrote last night. I found some notable Alumni from ODU that I did not know about, at least in the sports world. Justin Verlander graduated from ODU in 2004, Verlander is a Cy Young winner and a World Series Champion with the Houston Astros. Kent Bazemore graduated from ODU in 2012 and he is now a PG for the Portland Trail Blazers. 

 

More information on the Monarchs: 

As I highlighted last night, Xavier Green has lead the team in scoring 8 of their 10 games. Malik Curry has lead the team in assists 8/10 games, and Dajour Dickens has led the team in blocks 7 out of 10 games. 

 

Probable starters for the Monarchs: 

Xavier Green 

Aaron Carver 

Malik Curry 

Jason Wade 

Dajour Dickens 

 

Illini Probables: 

Ayo 

Trent 

Da’Monte

Giorgi 

Kofi 

 

Keys to the game: 

-Once again play two halves of basketball, just like you did to knock off Michigan. 

-Feed Ayo/Kofi- Kofi is coming off a monster game against the Wolverines and it gets the Illini rolling when he gets early touches. This should be another takeover game for Ayo, I would like to guess that he can score at least 20 in this one especially with the NBA style moves that he made to get to the rim against Michigan. 

-If Trent sinks a few early keep feeding him. As soon as I got to State Farm Center, he was the first one out on the court getting shots up, and I think he only missed 10 out of 150. 

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Illini Pregame vs Old Dominion

Illini vs Old Dominon Pregame-- 

 

Normally I wait for a couple of hours before tip-off to complete these pregames blogs of the other team, but since finals are over and I have more time to devote sports(for at least the next month) let’s knock it out now since the Illini are riding high coming off that win against #5 Michigan at home. The Monarchs come to town tomorrow night for a 5 pm tip, the game will be carried on WPXN airwaves tomorrow night, as we are your seasons’ ticket to a world of sports. Here are some stats and notable things about the Monarchs. 

 

They are in the CUSA conference, and they are coming fresh off a loss against VCU in their last outing on the 7th. They were beat 69-57 on the road. This season however the Monarchs are 3-7 (0-0) in the conference, and they did make an NCAA Tournament appearance last season. 

 

Their best player is Xavier Green, a Williamsburg Va, and Williamsburg Christian Academy product, his stat line is off the charts. He’s averaging over 14 PPG, 5 REB, and 1.5 ASST. Now, those numbers aren’t astonishing, he’s leaps and bounds ahead of the next leading scorer on the team(Malik Curry 10.6). The Monarchs are only averaging 61.8 PPG while the Illini are averaging 67.9, so by the scoring average, the Illini have a clear advantage. 

 

That doesn’t mean that the Illini can take their foot off the gas since they are playing a lesser opponent than Michigan. It means that they need to keep improving team cohesion every day in practice and in games, which is what happens when you win. Looking at this game, the Illini should be able to improve their record to 8-3 and head to St. Louis for Braggin’ Rights on a two-game win streak. 

 

I will have more tomorrow closer to tip on Old Dominion including probable starters.

200th Meeting between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers on Sunday

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Clifton Central 53-25

Baylee Cosgrove led with 13 points

 

Watseka def Momence 45-29

Natalie Schroeder had 14 points

 

GCMS def LeRoy 45-40

Emily Clinton had 15 points

 

Judah Christian def Rantoul 43-30

 

Teutopolis def St. Joe Ogden 48-31

 

Bismarck Henning Rossville Alvin def Milford 35-14

 

Salt Fork def Armstrong Potomac 41-28

 

Mattoon def Mahomet Seymour 57-31

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Watseka Holiday Tournament

Cissna Park def  Milford 56 - 48

Keegan Boyle led with 14 points

 

Watseka def Westville 63-34

Connor Curry led with 17 points

 

Watseka def TriPoint- 67-36 (OT)

Connor Curry scored 27 points

 

LaSalette def Milford 51- 36

 

Prairie Central def Donovan 50 -20

Trey Bazzell had 14 points

 

Prairie Central def  Momence 71- 48

Trey Bazzell scored 25 points

 

Bishop McNamara def Iroquois West 49- 41

 

Bishop McNamara def Hoopeston Area 55- 54

 

NFL

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

PBL at Clifton Central

Rantoul at St. Joe Ogden

Fisher at Blue Ridge

Mahomet Seymour at Taylorville 

 

Watseka Holiday Tournament

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers travel north to take on the Clifton Central Comets. Pregame at 6:45 with tip at 7pm

 

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.

 

Saturday Afternoon it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the PBL Panthers travel south to take on the Unity Rockets. Pregame at 3:45 with tip at 4pm.

 

Thenit’s Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois hosts Old Dominion at State Farm Center.

 

ICYMI-- MLB Rendon Signing

ICYMI-- 

 

Last night when during the Illini game a major signing in the MLB took place. I was unable to get a post about it because I was to pumped about the big Illini win. Let’s discuss: 

 

The LA Angles have added another quality player to their roster. Anthony Rendon the former National third baseman signed a 7 year $245 million deal last night. Rendon was a monster for the Nationals last season, and a huge key to their offensive production in the World Series run. Last season he put up these numbers .319 BA, 6.3 WAR, 1.010 OPS, and 34 long balls. His OPS is off the chart, over 1.000 is way above league average. Also, with how many long balls that where hit last season it’s no surprise that he tacked on 34 to the end of that state line(how many of those came against the Cubs?) 

 

The Angels are starting to turn into a very solid franchise with all of the players that they are starting to acquire. Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, and now Rendon are their core three. Add LaStella to that mix and you have a very good contact lineup. 

 

That is another player that has entered free agency at the right time with all of these massive deals being signed, but how much of that has to do with his agent, Scott Boras? A lot is the answer to that. Boras could possibly be the first player agent inducted into Cooperstown with all the contracts he has negotiated with his players. Here is a list of players and player salaries he has negotiated. 

 

Bryce Harper- $330 million with the Phillies 

Gerrit Cole- $324 million Yankees 

Anthony Rendon- $245 million with the Angels 

Nick Castellanos- Unsigned  

Hyun-jin Ryu- Unsigned  

Dallas Keuchel- Unsigned  

Mike Moustakas- $64 million with the Reds 

Illini vs Michigan Post Game

Illini vs Michigan Postgame-- 

 

What can we say other than the Illini did it, they finally have gotten that marquee win under their belts. What can I say other than it was a fantastic game, in both halves. The Illini started outscoring every single point in the paint. Kofi and Giorgi were making life hectic in the low post for Jon Teske(a seasoned big man in the conference) and he was having trouble combating the Twin Towers down low of the Illini. Ayo was making NBA style moves and cuts to get to the rim, Feliz was a workhorse coming off the bench and improving the bench scoring which is much needed for the Illini especially for these next couple of games and days that the Illini have coming up. Kofi is a monster in the paint(he about knocked an official out) but now that I have had about ten hours to process the game in my head, I sit here and think if he keeps up this pace of play for the entire season, there is no way he isn’t in the NBA next season. 

 

I could do what I normally do and punish the stat line but I’m going to avoid that while we enjoy the win and soak up that amazing performance the Illini put on as a team on the defensive end of the floor. It was a team effort in order to shut down the Wolverine scoring abilities, and they worked to lock down the perimeter on the defensive end, and the interior was locked and completely closed for business by Kofi. Michigan was averaging almost 33 deep balls per game, the Illini limited them to 18. They couldn’t get the ball to go into the basket. When they weren’t trying to get the three-ball rolling, Simpson would try to create looks at the rim but was often shied away from the sheer size of Kofi. Kofi tallied 4 blocks in the second half, but that doesn’t show how big of an influence he was at forcing Michigan guards to force bad shots. 

 

The Illini did everything it takes to win a game, in the Big Ten, on your home floor. Limited turnovers, limited the fouls committed and made free throws. When the three weren’t falling which it was not, the Illini played a tough physical Big Ten style game by getting to the rim almost whenever they wanted. It was a great win, and now we know what the Illini are capable of against top tier opponents. 

 

Old Dominion will be in at the State Farm Center this Saturday, and that will be no short test. They are an NCAA Tournament team, and they know how to win big games. I will have more on that game Saturday with the Pregame post. After that, it’s Braggin’ Rights time which is another important game because its the Braggin’ Rights, and because it is the last non-concfernce high profile team that the Illini will play, and they need to make up lost ground from the Miami loss.

Illinois upsets No. 5 Michigan 71-62

Big Ten

Kofi Cockburn had 19 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help Illinois upset No. 5 Michigan 71-62. The 7-foot freshman from Jamaica dominated the game from the opening tip, making two dunks that brought the crowd to its feet. Ayo Dosunmu added 14 points, Adres Feliz had 13 and Giorgi Bezhanishvili 12 for Illinois.

 

NBA

Zach LaVine scored 35 points in three quarters, as the Chicago Bulls snapped a three-game losing streak with a 136-102 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. 

 

MLB

Ken “Hawk" Harrelson has won the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick award for excellence in broadcasting. The 78-year-old was an outfielder and first baseman from 1963-71 for the Kansas City Athletics, Boston, Cleveland and Washington. He started broadcasting for the Red Sox in 1975 and called Chicago White Sox games for 34 of his 43 years in the booth. He retired after the 2018 season. Harrelson is a five-time Emmy Award winner. He will be recognized at the Hall in Cooperstown, New York, during an awards presentation on July 25.

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL vs Clifton Central

Watseka at Momence

GCMS vs LeRoy

St. Joe Ogden vs Teutopolis

Milford vs Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin

Armstrong Potomac at Salt Fork

Mahomet Seymour vs Mattoon

 

Illini Halftime Update

HALFTIME UPDATE------

 

The Illini have played a very good first half of basketball against a high scoring Michigan squad. The Illini have lacked severely in transition defense. But have held the Wolverines to only 28 points. All 26 of the Illini’s 30 have been inside the paint. Kofi is making his case for yet another Big Ten Freshman of the week award. Ayo has looked like himself being aggressive in making strong NBA, style moves to the rim and creating opportunities while scoring 4. Trent has been hit two 15 footers for the only 4 points not scored inside. Feliz is putting guys in the blender, going coast to coast, and providing that scoring spark the Illini needed off of the bench. The Illini have limited the amount of turnovers so far, and only committed 3 fouls in the first half. IF and that’s a big IF they can keep this up, this is a very winnable game. But, we have seen this song and dance before last Saturday at College Park leading 39 minutes of that game. 

 

Stats for the Illini--

 

Points- 30

Points in Paint- 26

FG%- 44 flat 

3PT- 0-7 

 

Leaders-- 

Points:

Feliz-8

Ayo/Trent/Kofi- 6

 

Asst: 

Giorgi/Feliz- 1 

 

REB:

Kofi-5

Ayo-4

MLB Update

The winter meetings are underway in San Diego for the MLB. The owners and GM’s are together working on trades and much much more. This is going to be about the Chicago Cubs toward the end but let’s start with this.

 

Gerritt Cole- Singed a 9 year 324 Million dollar mega-deal with New York Yankees

 

Stephon Strausburg- Agreed to a 7 year 245 million dollar deal to stay with the Nationals, with Strausburg staying that more than likely means that All-Star third basemen Anthony Rendon is more than likely leaving with Free Agency, my destination for him is the LA Dodgers. 

 

Chicago Cubs-

 

There are multiple rumors going around the clubhouse and the winter meetings involving some high profile and high impact players, in both leadership and player value. First, Cole Hammels has left the team in Free Agency for the Atlanta Braves in an 18 million dollar deal. Next up, Kris Bryant has been rumored to be on the move pending his arbitration case with the league involving the Cubs keeping him down in Triple-A Iowa for 12 games to get the extra year out of him on the back end which he is now fighting.  And released today, it was noted from Cub first baseman Anthony Rizzo and his agent have talked to the organization about a new contract. That offer was rejected by the front office. 

 

Does that mean that the Cubs are really that poor, trying to pay Kris Bryant, or are worse planning on trading Rizzo? My thought process is that Rizzo is on a very team-friendly deal that he signed when he came to the Cubs from San Diego in 2013 and the front office does not want to renegotiate that deal(imagine that). Whatever the case may be, then this is a sign that big changes are coming to the Cub roster whether fans like it or not, but it is a sign of winning culture that Theo and Jed are destined to build. 

 

When more news on the Cubs breaks(other than signing dwindling bullpen arms) I’ll be here to update all of the PXN listeners.

Illini vs Michigan Pregame

Pre-Game Illinois vs Michigan--- 8pm State Farm Center Champaign

 

Michigan is coming to Champaign tonight as the #4 team in the country under new leadership in Juwan Howard(former Fab 5 standout) and the Wolverines have picked up right where they left off with Beline. 

 

Illinois is coming off their one-point loss against Maryland in College Park after leading Basically 39 minutes of that contest. What would have been the first marquee win of the season for the Illini, they have to win tonight on their own floor against Michigan. With no “Power 5” wins under their belt this season, and a near blowout against a weaker Miami team, the Illini are on a 3 game losing streak that if their tournament hopes want to stay alive, they have to start winning big games. 

 

We all know what Michigan will do, they will score the ball is not only one half, but two. Michigan is shooting nearly 40% as from deep meaning that they can spread the floor and really force the Illini to play stellar defense in order to win this game tonight. It can be done, but the Illini are going to have to click on all levels much like they did in the first half against Maryland on Saturday. 

 

Keys to the game:

Limit the deep ball: Limit is a bad word, the proper word or phrase would be take away from the game completely. We have all seen what Ayo can do defensively when he is locked in as well as Trent, two of the better perimeter defenders in the Big Ten. 

 

Get Trent Hot: He was white-hot from deep early in the Miami game but he essentially stopped touching the ball. If he hits two or three treys early and starts feeling it, he needs to go into takeover mode from back there and play a little selfish on the offensive end. 

 

Kofi: That’s the key, Kofi. Get him the ball often and early, make Michigan make defensive plays on him down low and force Kofi to get into foul trouble as he did against Jaylon Smith against Maryland. 

 

Probable Starters: 

Ayo 

Trent

Kofi

Illinois to take on Michigan tonight at the State Farm Center

IHSA Boys Basketball

Cissna Park def Armstrong Potomac 74-21

Malaki Verkler scored 20 points and Ian Rogers added 19 points

 

Milford def Iroquois West 59-52

Trey Totheroh scored 26 points

 

Tri Valley def GCMS 62-31

 

LeRoy def Fisher 67-51

 

Mahomet Seymour def Mt. Zion 67-49

Grant Coleman scored 26 points

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Tri Valley 50-39

Mackenzie Bruns led with 14 points

 

Herscher def Iroquois West 44-27

 

Peotone def Watseka 25-22

 

Prairie Central def Reed Custer 56-26

Elly Haberkorn led with 16 points



 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois hosts the Michigan Wolverines at State Farm Center. Pregame at 7pm with tip at 8pm.

 

Bears lose Roquan Smith for the Season

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Rantoul 69-61

Mackenzie Bruns scored 20 points, Hannah Schwarz had 17, Baylee Cosgrove added 16 and Brooke Walder tallied 12 points

Myejoi Williams led all scorers with 26 for Rantoul

 

Iroquois West def Cissna Park 36-22

McKinley Tilstra led with 15 points

 

Tri Valley def GCMS 59-40

 

LeRoy def Fisher 44-42

 

St. Joe Ogden def Mahomet Seymour 41-30

Ashlyn Lannert had 12 points

 

Milford def Georgetown Ridgefarm 54-19

Kaylee Warren scored 23 points

 

Schlarman def Armstrong Potomac 45-28

 

Prairie Central def Clifton Central 82-17

Elly Haberkorn scored 28 points

 

NBA

The Toronto Raptors held on to beat the Chicago Bulls 93-92.

 

NFL

Roquan Smith suffered a torn pectoral muscle against the Dallas Cowboys and coach Matt Nagy said it is a season-ending injury. The injury, along with one to Danny Trevathan's elbow, means the Bears will start two backup inside linebackers against the Green Bay Packers.

 

IHSA Boys Basketball

Cissna Park vs Armstrong Potomac

Iroquois West at Milford

GCMS vs Tri-Valley

Fisher vs LeRoy 

Mahomet Seymour vs Mt. Zion

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL @ Tri Valley

Iroquois West vs Herscher

Watseka at Peotone


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s NASCAR Live. Get the latest news in NASCAR from 6-7. Then it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as the Cissna Park Timberwolves take on the Armstrong Potomac Trojans.

 

We have the Destination

Illinois Football will be heading to Santa Clara to take on Cal in a Big Ten Pac 12 matchup in the Redbox bowl. It was predicted that would be the destination for the Illini but know it is confirmed.  

 

The Illini are looking for their 7th win of the season, and it is going to have to be against a very good tackling Cal team. I am going to break down some video on Cal and see what kind of offensive sets they run before the bowl game and will have a longer post in the coming weeks.

Fighting Illini Headed to Redbox Bowl to face California on December 30

NFL

Aaron Jones rushed for a season-high 134 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries as the Packers held off the Redskins, 20-15. Green Bay improved to 10-3 to stay one game ahead of the Vikings atop the NFC North. 

 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won over the Indianapolis Colts 38-35.

 

NBA

The Miami Heat beat the Chicago Bulls 110-105

 

 

NCAA Football

Oklahoma's overtime win in the Big 12 championship game on Saturday has put the Sooners in the CFP semifinals as the No. 4 seed. Their semifinal opponent will be the LSU Tigers at the Peach Bowl on Dec. 28, 

The Tigers climbed over Ohio State for the top seed with their impressive 37-10 win over Georgia in the SEC title game. The Buckeyes dropped to second after turning a 21-7 halftime deficit into a 34-21 victory against Wisconsin in the Big 12 championship game. Ohio State's semifinal game will be at the Fiesta Bowl against No. 3 Clemson, which stormed to a 62-17 win over Virginia in the ACC title game.

 

On Jan. 1, Oregon will take on Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl will have Baylor against Georgia, Minnesota will face Auburn in the Outback Bowl.

 

The Fighting Illini Football team is headed to the Redbox Bowl. They will face Pac-12 member California on December 30 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. Game time is set for 3pm Central time and will air on FOX.

 

 

 

 

 

 

MLB

The Baseball Hall of Fame will soon include longtime catcher Ted Simmons and former union head Marvin Miller. Both have been elected by the Modern Baseball Era Committee and will be inducted this summer. Simmons was an eight-time All-Star during a 21-year career spent with the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves. Miller took control of the union in the 1960's and molded it into the most powerful in professional sports.


 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL vs Rantoul

Cissna Park vs Iroquois West

GCMS vs Tri-Valley

Fisher vs LeRoy

St. Joe Ogden at Mahomet Seymour

Milford at Georgetown Ridgefarm

Armstrong Potomac at Schlarman


 

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

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

 

Chicago Bears beat Dallas Cowboys 31-24

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL def Dwight 57-24

Kirra Lantz and Mackenzie Bruns each had 10 points

 

Iroquois West def Momence 46-11

Shelby Johnson had 17 points

 

Watseka def Clifton Central 38-21

Kinzie Parsons had 18 points

 

GCMS def Flanagan Cornell 58-47

Abby Spiller scored 18 points

 

El Paso Gridley def Fisher 48-38

 

St. Joe Ogden def Danville 52-45

Payton Vallee and Payton Jacob each had 10 points

 

Charleston def Mahomet Seymour 41-40

 

NFL

The Chicago Bears won for the fourth time in five games as Mitchell Trubisky threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score in a 31-24 victory over the Cowboys. Trubisky shook off an early interception near the goal line to complete 23 of 31 passes for 244 yards, helping Chicago improve to 7-6.

 

NHL

Jonathan Toews scored 54 seconds into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks recovered after blowing a three-goal, third-period lead to beat Boston 4-3.

 

IHSA Boys Basketball Tonight

PBL vs Dwight

Cissna Park at Toyota of Danville Classic

Iroquois West at Momence

Watseka at Toyota of Danville Classic

St. Joe Ogden at Toyota of Danville Classic

GCMS at Flanagan

Fisher at El Paso Gridley

Milford at Armstrong Potomac

Mahomet Seymour vs Charleston 

 

Saturday 12/7

Cissna Park at Toyota of Danville Classic

Watseka at Toyota of Danville Classic

Rantoul vs Longwood

St. Joe Ogden at Toyota of Danville Classic

 

Big Ten on Saturday

Big Ten Championship

Ohio St. vs Wisconsin 

 

NFL on Sunday

Green Bay Packers vs Washington Redskins

Indianapolis Colts at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball with coverage of the Toyota of Danville Classic at St. Joe Ogden High School starting at 5pm with La Sallette and Schlarman. Then we will have the PBL vs Dwight contest and then back to the Toyota of Danville Classic for Cissna Park and St. Joe Ogden. 

 

On Saturday it’s On the Sidelines form 7-8 brought to you by Compass Insurance Partners in Paxton and Cissna Park. Then it’s our Live Action Auction from 8-10. Bid, Buy and Save on Gift Certificates and items from area businesses. 

Starting at 10am it’s more coverage of the Toyota of Danville Classic with Cissna Park vs Georgetown Ridgefarm followed by St. Joe Ogden and Schlarman. Then we will broadcast the Paxton Christmas Parade at 1:30. 

 

Illinois opens the Big Ten season with Maryland Saturday afternoon. Pregame at 3pm with tip at 4pm. Following Illinois WPXN will close out the Toyota of Danville Classic with Watseka and St. Joe Ogden.

 

Chicago Bears set to host the Dallas Cowboys Tonight

IHSA Boys Basketball

Toyota of Danville Classic

Cissna Park def Watseka 63-58

St. Joe Ogden def La Sallette 48-36

 

NBA

Zach LaVine scored 25 points, Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 13 rebounds, and the Chicago Bulls hung on for a 106-99 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

PBL @ Dwight

Iroquois West vs Momence

Watseka vs Central Clifton-Military Appreciation Night

GCMS at Flanagan

Fisher at El Paso Gridley

St. Joe Ogden at Danville

Milford at Armstrong Potomac 

Mahomet Seymour @ Charleston

 

NFL

Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears

 

Going Bowling

What’s next for Illinois Football? 

 

The Illini are going bowling as we all know. The Illini clinched their first bowl game since 2014 when the Illini went to Dallas(after going 6-6 under Tim Beckman) and getting blown out 35-18 by Louisiana Tech. Illinois has the exact same record entering this bowl season, and hopefully, the result won’t be the same. I have been very lucky that in my first season working for WPXN that they are going to a bowl game and I have been along for the ride the entire way. Here are the predictions for where the Illini are going to go: 

 

The RedBox Bowl in Santa Clara, California. That’s right, the Illini are California Dreamin’. According to all the experts at ESPN that’s where they have the Illini going but we will figure that out this Sunday afternoon when the Bowl committee will make all of their selections. 

 

As much fun as it is to head to Cali for a bowl game during the Midwest winter months, I was secretly hoping that they would end up in Detroit so I could attend. Without the personal reasons, I’m glad that the Illini are heading back to a bowl and making that coach Lovie Smith is getting the winning culture back to the Orange and Blue.

Ohio St. is the top team in the College Football Playoff Selection Committee Rankings

IHSA Boys Basketball

PBL def Hoopeston Area 61-22

Colton Coy led with 13 points

 

Iroquois West def Armstrong Potomac 67-39

Ryan Tilstra scored 32 points

 

Toyota of Danville Classic

Cissna Park def La Sallette 40-37

Penn Stoller led with 12 points

 

St. Joe Ogden def Georgetown Ridgefarm 65-37

Chance Izard scored 20 points

 

Watseka def Schlarman 43-37

Conner Curry had 12 points

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Unity def Cissna Park 51-18

 

St. Thomas More def GCMS 36-26

 

Covington, IN def Armstrong Potomac 39-35

 

Prairie Central def Urbana 70-43

Madison Kinkade led with 17 points

 

 

 

 

 

NCAA

Ohio State goes into championship weekend as the top team in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings, followed by LSU, Clemson and Georgia.

The Buckeyes take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday, while the Tigers battle the Bulldogs for the SEC crown. Clemson is preparing for an ACC title game matchup with Virginia.

Utah is fifth in the CFP rankings, followed by Oklahoma, Baylor, Wisconsin, Florida and Penn State. The Sooners and Bears square off for Big 12 bragging rights.


 

IHSA Boys Basketball tonight

Toyota of Danville Classic

Cissna Park vs Watseka

Schlarman vs Georgetown Ridgefarm

St. Joe Ogden vs La Sallette

 

IHSA Girls Basketball tonight

Watseka at Milford

 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Continued coverage of the Toyota of Danville Classic. Our pregame begins at 4:45 with tip at 5pm.

 

Illinois Loses to Miami 81-79 in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

IHSA Girls Basketball

Bismarck Henning/Rossville Alvin def PBL 59-51

 

Centennial def Iroquois West 55-47

 

Watseka def Hoopeston Area 50-42

Kinzie Parsons had 14 points

 

Eureka def GCMS 40-28

 

St. Joe Ogden def Tuscola 50-46

Katie Cramer led with 14 points

 

Schlarman def Milford 60-21

 

Judah Christian def Armstrong Potomac 44-38

 

Prairie Central def Ottawa Marquette 52-15

Elly Haberkorn had 15 points

 

Mt. Zion def Mahomet Seymour 46-45

 

NCAA

The Illini found had a very sluggish start to their contest against Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. They made a fury of baskets late in the second half to start a comeback but fell short 81-79. 

 

NBA

Zach LaVine scored 28 points and made four free throws in the final 11 seconds, and the Chicago Bulls overcame a sloppy fourth quarter to hold off the Sacramento Kings 113-106. 

 

NHL

St. Louis Blues def Chicago Blackhawks 4-0


 

IHSA Boys Basketball

PBL vs Hoopeston Area

Iroquois West at Armstrong Potomac

Cissna Park vs La Selette at Toyota of Danville Classic

Watseka vs Shlarman at Toyota of Danville Classic

St. Joe Ogden vs Georgetown Ridgefarm at Toyota of Danville Classic

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

Cissna Park vs Unity

Iroquois West vs Peotone

Rantoul at St. Teresa

GCMS at St. Thomas More

Milford at Clifton Central

Armstrong Potomac at Covington, IN


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s IHSA Boys Basketball as we have coverage from the Toyota of Danville Classic Tournament at St. Joe Ogden High School and PBL vs Hoopeston. Our pregame starts at 4:45 with Cissna Park and La Salette then it’s PBL vs Hoopeston then back to the Toyota of Danville Classic for Watseka vs Schlarman.

 

Illinois Takes on Miami in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge tonight

NFL

Aaron Rodgers was 21 of 33 for 243 yards and four touchdowns in the snow as the Packers dealt the Giants their eighth consecutive loss, 31-13.

 

Tennessee beat Indianapolis for just the third time in their last 17 meetings, 31-17. 

 

College Football

Alabama has dropped to No. 9 in The Associated Press college football poll, snapping the Crimson Tide’s record streak of 68 appearances in the top five.

The top four teams in the AP Top 25 are unchanged, with LSU at No. 1, followed by Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia. Utah moved up to No. 5, followed by Oklahoma, Florida, Baylor, the Crimson Tide and Wisconsin.

 

Ohio State expects to see a tougher Wisconsin team in the Big Ten championship game. The Buckeyes beat the Badgers five weeks ago in the regular season. Since then, Wisconsin won its last four games, capping it with a 38-7 rout of Minnesota. 

 

IHSA Girls Basketball

PBL vs Bismarck Henning

Iroquois West vs Champaign Centennial

Watseka vs Hoopeston Area

GCMS vs Eureka

Fisher at Lexington

St. Joe Ogden vs Tuscola

Milford at Schlarman

Armstrong Potomac vs Judah Christian

Mahomet Seymour @ Mt. Zion


 

Tonight on WPXN it’s Fighting Illini Basketball as Illinois hosts Miami as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. Pregame at 5pm with tip at 6pm

 

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