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Illini baseball boasts No. 3 ranking, 21-game win streak

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Illini baseball boasts No. 3 ranking, 21-game win streak

While the Cubs and White Sox make headlines in Chicago, the Land of Lincoln's most successful baseball team continues to rack up the wins down in Champaign.

Currently on a 21-game winning streak, the Illinois Fighting Illini were ranked as the No. 3 team in the latest Collegiate Baseball top-25 rankings, which were released Monday.

The No. 3 spot in the Collegiate Baseball rankings is Illinois' highest placement among Division-I baseball's bevy of top-25 rankings, but the Illini hold a top-10 spot in all the others posted on the NCAA's website, as well.

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The winning streak is an astounding one at 21 straight victories, the longest active win streak in the country and the longest in program history which includes five consecutive series sweeps. The Illini have the highest winning percentage in the NCAA at .862, and the 40 wins already rank seventh on the school's all-time list.

The longest winning streak in D-I this season is a 24-game stretch of victories earlier this season by Texas A&M. The Illini can catch the Aggies with a sixth straight sweep this weekend against Rutgers.

There are six more games remaining in the regular season: three against Rutgers and three against Nebraska. Then comes postseason play at the Big Ten Tournament starting on May 20 in Minneapolis.

Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

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Dave Leitao suspended 3 games, DePaul put on 3-year probation

The DePaul men's basketball team has been placed on three-year probation and head coach Dave Leitao has been suspended three games for the 2019-20 season, the NCAA announced on Tuesday.

The program was found guilty of "failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance while Leitao did not "prevent violations from occurring in his program."

A Division I Committee on Infractions panel concluded that a "former DePaul associate head coach violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when he knowingly directed the former assistant director of basketball operations to provide impermissible recruiting benefits to a recruit."

The NCAA found that three coaches knew about the situation but failed to report the infractions. DePaul will vacate all wins earned while the ineligible player competed and suffer recruiting restrictions. They were also fined $5,000 plus 1% of the men's basketball program budget.

In 2019, DePaul had their first winning season since 2007 by going 19-17. 

Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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