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The daily pitch from Sports Editor Matt Daniels: May 8, 2024

May 8—➜ . Mahomet-Seymour, Monticello, Rantoul, St. Joseph-Ogden, Unity and Urbana will try to qualify as many events as possible for the IHSA state meet that starts next week, also in Charleston.

➜ The rest of this week features more girls' track and field sectional meets on Thursday before

➜ Then, next Monday is the start of regional games for Class 2A and 1A baseball and softball teams, with 2A girls' soccer regional matches kicking off next Tuesday.

Winning percentage the Illinois women's basketball team has had in Big Ten home games under . The 12-6 record the Illini have put together in such games the last two seasons is a stark contrast from the two seasons prior to Green's arrival, where Illinois went 3-12 for a .200 winning percentage in Big Ten home games. The Illini found out their Big Ten opponents for the 2024-25 season on Tuesday, with beat writer taking a look at what's ahead on the 18-game league slate for the Illini on C-3 in today's paper.

➜ . The final home series of the season at Illinois Field begins at 6 p.m. Friday when the Big Ten-leading Illini (28-16, 13-5) aim to enhance their NCAA tournament stock against the Hawkeyes (28-18, 13-8).

➜ . The three-day event begins Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., with the Illinois men trying to improve upon a ninth-place finish last year and the Illini women trying to win another league title after a Big Ten indoor title in February.

➜ . Tuscola placed third at last year's 1A state meet and the Warriors, led by multi-event standout , begin the postseason on Thursday.

➜ all of the University of Illinois teams.

➜ Lou Henson, Brad Underwood and Bret Bielema.

➜ when athletes don't know their own potential.