Wednesday scoreboard, Thursday schedule

Scoreboards are sponsored by COUNTRY Financial Representative Eric Lapan


Women’s College Basketball:
Illinois State 78, Western Illinois 65
Illinois Wesleyan 94, North Central 49

Men’s College Basketball:
Wheaton 76, Illinois Wesleyan 60


Brock Spack Show, 6 p.m.
NFL–Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, 7 p.m.

Girls High School Basketball:
U-HIgh at Springfield, 7 p.m.
Normal West at Urbana, 7:30 p.m.
Normal Community at Champaign Centennial, 7:30 p.m.
Bloomington at Champaign Central, 7:30 p.m.

Sports Director Greg Halbleib can be reached at [email protected]


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