The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: March 25, 2024 | Sports

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Sports Editor Matt Daniels with a look at what’s going on around the area:






Illinois fans cheer as Illinois forward Ty Rodgers leaves the floor at CHI Health Center following Saturday’s 89-63 win against Duquesne in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Omaha, Neb.




Three reasons we love sports today

1. No longer do folks have to hearken back to 2005 to feel good about the Illinois men’s basketball team’s NCAA tournament success. Saturday night’s dominating 89-63 win against Duquesne in Omaha, Neb., in the second round put an end to talk of the Illini not able to advance past the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

2. After spending four days in Minneapolis and five days in Omaha, Illini beat writer Scott Richey hits the road again late Tuesday afternoon for Boston. N-G photo Editor Robin Scholz is also making the trip to the East Coast for plenty of coverage.

3. The Illini women’s basketball team is on to the WBIT quarterfinals following Sunday afternoon’s 79-62 win against Stony Brook at State Farm Center.






Josiah Hortin of the Tuscola boys’ track and field team ended his indoor season on a strong note, winning two events at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet this past weekend in Bloomington.




Numbers game: 4

Events area high school track and field athletes won this past weekend at the Illinois Prep Top Times Meet, the unofficial indoor state track and field meet (since the IHSA doesn’t have an indoor state meet) at the Shirk Center in Bloomington. Josiah Hortin of the Tuscola boys’ track and field team shined when the Louisville signee won the 800-meter run in 1 minute, 57.04 seconds and also took first in the 1,600 in 4:22.91 in Class 1A. Fellow Tuscola distance standout Will Foltz placed first in the 3,200 in 9:20.57. In Class 2A, Madalyn Marx of the Mahomet-Seymour girls’ track and field team crossed the finish line first in the 400-meter dash by doing so in 57.55. Congrats to all involved.






Terrence Shannon Jr. signals four more games — as in Illinois needs to win four games to win the program’s first national title — after Shannon scored a game-high 30 points during the Illini’s 89-63 win against Duquesne in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday night at CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.




Crowd control

Three events I’m paying attention to

1. Illinois vs. Iowa State men’s basketball. Terrence Shannon Jr. needs just one point Thursday night against the Cyclones to become the first Illini with 700 points in a single season.

2. Illinois vs. Missouri baseball. After its first Big Ten series of the season wrapped Sunday at Indiana, Braggin’ Rights are on the line for Dan Hartleb’s Illini program Tuesday night at GCS Ballpark in Sauget. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.

3. Minnesota at Illinois softball. The first Big Ten home series of the season awaits Tyra Perry’s club this upcoming weekend at Eichelberger Field in Urbana. The Illini and Gophers are set to begin their three-game series at 5 p.m. Friday.






Provided

Guthrie Hood coaches the Champaign Central girls’ track and field team in the spring and the Maroons’ girls’ cross-country team in the fall.


Coach’s corner

Three questions with Champaign Central girls’ track and field coach Guthrie Hood, a position he’s held since 2009. Hood also has coached the Maroons’ girls’ cross-country team since 2015.

1. My favorite sports team is … the one I’m currently coaching.

2. Three coaches I’d like to have dinner with are … Phil Jackson, Steve Magness and Ted Lasso.

3. My biggest pet peeve is ... a lack of communication.

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