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Marian Catholic, Edwardsville Rematch Set

Marian Catholic and Edwardsville will meet tonight for the IHSA Class 4A ISU Super-Sectional title in a rematch of last year's title game which was won by Edwardsville 68-49.

Marian Catholic will look to avenge the defeat and return all five starters from a year ago including All-American point guard Tyler Ulis (Kentucky).

T.J. Parham (Army), John Oliver and Ki-Jana Crawford all also factor heavily for Marian Catholic which enters with a 28-2 record.

Edwardsville checks in with a record of 29-2 and are hungry for a return trip downstate.

6'6 Armon Fletcher (SIU) and point guard Shawn Roundtree were starters on last year's team and lead the this year's squad.  Senior Trevor Lacy will also factor.

The game is set for a 7:00 p.m. tip-off with the winner facing the Benet Academy/Glenbard North winner in the state semifinals.

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Illini Accept Bid To The NIT

The University of Illinois has accepted a bid to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT).

The Illini will open the event on Wednesday night at Boston University (24-10).  The Illini were awarded a #2 seed in the event.

The game will be played at Boston’s 7,200-seat Agganis Arena and will be televised on ESPN2.  Illinois was unable to host due to renovations at the State Farm Center.

The Illini will be looking to capitalize on their strong late season play.  Freshman Kendrick Nunn (Simeon) has emerged as a bona fide star.

The winner will face the Clemson/Georgia State winner in the second round.

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Mooseheart Wins 1A State Title

Mangisto Deng scored 27 points to power Mooseheart past Heyworth 63-47 to win the IHSA Class 1A state championship on Saturday.

Makur Puou backed up Deng with a monster effort of his own with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 7 blocked shots.

Mooseheart opened the game with a 19-3 run and never looked back.

Adam Wickenhauser led Heyworth with 13 points.

Mooseheart finishing the season with a 29-3 record to go along with the state crown.

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Aaron Nelson Named Midwest POY

Former Bloom Township star Aaron Nelson of the University of Southern Indiana has been tabbed as the Daktronics Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Nelson led USI, one of the top Division II programs in the country, with averages of 19.3 points and 12.9 rebounds per game.  He leads the country in rebounding.

Nelson was also tabbed as the GLVC co-Player of the Year.

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Zoran Talley Commits To Old Dominion

Midwest Elite Prep (IN) star Zoran Talley has committed to play his college basketball for Old Dominion.

Talley, a 6'7 wing forward, originally starred as a prep at Merrillville High School (IN).

Talley selected Old Dominion over offers from Arkansas-Little Rock, LaSalle and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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