Illinois State's Dan Muller and Northwestern's Chris Collins were named co-winners of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Coach of the Year award, the IBCA announced Thursday.

Muller led ISU to a 28-7 record and a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title for the first time in 19 years. The Redbirds finished with a 17-1 MVC mark to establish program records for total wins, regular-season victories (25) and league triumphs. 

ISU earned a No. 1 seed in the National Invitation Tournament. The Redbirds won their first-round matchup before bowing out in the second round. The Redbirds ended the season with a program-record defensive field-goal percentage of 37.9 percent, which ranked fifth nationally. ISU also led the MVC and ranked seventh nationally with a scoring defense of 61.3 points allowed per game.

Collins, the son of former ISU All-American Doug Collins, led Northwestern to its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament as the Wildcats finished with a 24-12 record.

All of the IBCA's Coach of the Year selections will be honored at the IBCA Hall of Fame Banquet on May 6 at Redbird Arena.

Wallace heads to West Lafayette: ISU sophomore Trent Wallace was assigned to the West Lafayette (Ind.) Regional as the NCAA Golf regionals were announced Thursday.

Wallace will be playing May 15-17 at the Kampen Course, a par-72 Pete Dye links-style design. Florida is the top seed with Illinois at No. 2 in the 13-team regional where 75 golfers will be competing.

Wallace earned a spot in the field by winning medalist honors in the Missouri Valley Conference Championship for the second straight year. A year ago, Wallace shot 8-over-par 224 in the Kohler (Wis.) Regional, finishing in a tie for 55th place.

The low five teams and the low individual not on those teams advances to the NCAA Championships on May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove.


Heartland wins at White Sox field: Seven pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout as Heartland's baseball team downed Highland, 9-0, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago.

Patrick Smith picked up the win. Drew Thomas led the way offensively for the Hawks with three hits and four RBIs, while Josh Fewell had two hits and two RBIs.


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