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  • Illinois scrapes by Georgia Southern, 80-71 Nov 15, 2014 12:07 AM
    Illinois opened the season hoping an infusion of offensive talent would help turn a team that struggled to score last season into an offensive machine. But over the final 20 minutes Friday against Georgia Southern, a familiar face made the difference for the Illini. Senior Rayvonte Rice scored 24 points and had three assists to lead the Illini (1-0) past Georgia Southern, 80-71. His 14 second-half points and a pair assists helped finally put away an Eagles team that, for most of the night, refused to go away.

  • Iowa, Illinois renew series after 6-year layoff Nov 14, 2014 5:28 PM
    Coach Kirk Ferentz wants to erase the memory of Iowa’s 51-14 loss to Minnesota last weekend. “We’re done looking backward right now,” Ferentz said. “We’re looking forward and see what we can do about this week.” This week brings Iowa (6-3, 3-2 Big Ten) to Illinois, a team that wouldn’t mind erasing its last game, either. The Illini (4-5, 1-4) are coming off a bye but experienced a similar 55-14 rout against Ohio State in their most recent game.

  • Illini fans should expect another roller-coaster season Nov 9, 2014 9:54 AM
    After losing eight straight Big Ten games last season and settling for an NIT bid, the Illinois men's basketball team will lean on seniors Rayvonte Rice and Nnanna Igwu and try making it back to the NCAA Tournament this year.

  • No. 13 Ohio St rolls in 55-14 win over Illinois Nov 1, 2014 11:15 PM
    Curtis Samuel ran for two touchdowns and J.T. Barrett hit Devin Smith on two scoring passes — all in the first half — and No. 13 Ohio State beat Illinois 55-14 on Saturday night, extending the Buckeyes’ Big Ten win streak to a record-tying 20. The Buckeyes (7-1, 4-0, No. 16 CFP) won their sixth in a row — five by lopsided scores. Now they head into the game of the year in the conference, at defending champion Michigan State next week.

  • O’Toole leads 1 upset for Illini, hopes for a 2nd Oct 31, 2014 4:30 PM
    Until a couple of weeks ago, even hardcore Illinois fans probably thought Reilly O’Toole was the proprietor of a new Irish pub near campus. But then starting quarterback Wes Lunt was lost for six weeks with a broken leg and O’Toole was thrust into action. Now he’ll really dip his toes into the fire when the Illini play at No. 13 Ohio State (6-1, 3-0) on Saturday night.

  • Springfield will host Illini hoops 5 times in 2015 Oct 30, 2014 2:08 PM
    The University of Illinois says the men’s basketball team will play five 2015-16 games in Springfield while work continues on the State Farm Center in Champaign.

  • Lunt may be back soon, but Illini count on O’Toole Oct 27, 2014 7:17 PM
    The formula for backup Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole’s success against Minnesota was deceptively simple. Filling in for the injured Wes Lunt, O’Toole’s job was essentially to not give away the game when he dropped back to pass, and take advantage of his somewhat surprising running ability to make plays with his feet.

  • Big Ten honors Illinois punter Oct 27, 2014 7:15 PM
    The Big Ten has named Illinois punter Justin DuVernois its special teams player of the week after the senior averaged almost 50 yards a punt against Minnesota.

  • Illini defense delivers win over Gophers, 28-24 Oct 25, 2014 4:54 PM
    When Illini linebacker T.J. Neal ripped the ball out Minnesota running back David Cobb’s hands in the fourth quarter Saturday, cornerback V’Angelo Bentley knew his roommate had delivered something pretty rare for the Illini this season. A chance for the much-criticized defense to win a game. Bentley scooped up the ball and carried it into the end zone with 6:33 to play, giving Illinois a 28-24 lead they’d hold. “I pretty much knew right away — it pretty much bounced right to me,” Bentley said.

  • Minnesota clicking while Illinois struggles Oct 24, 2014 4:14 PM
    Minnesota has won four straight, is undefeated in the Big Ten and has locked up a spot in some kind of bowl game. Coach Jerry Kill says his Gophers (6-1, 3-0) have done all that without really playing their best. That’s probably not what Illinois (3-4, 0-3) wanted to hear. The Illini face the Gophers on Saturday, looking end a three-game losing streak.

  • Former Illini assistant coach remembered Oct 22, 2014 8:28 PM
    It seems no one knew that former University of Illinois assistant basketball coach Wayne McClain had lung cancer until just before he died last week. Not even his brother Terry. “None,” Terry McClain said at the funeral Wednesday, shaking his head in disbelief. McClain’s death at 60 surprised the basketball community in the state of Illinois, where McClain also attained legendary status as a high-school coach in Peoria, and beyond.

  • Top receivers a bright spot for Illini Oct 17, 2014 6:13 PM
    Receivers Mike Dudek and Geronimo Allison have given Illinois (3-4, 0-3 Big Ten) something to get excited about in season when just about everything around them is trending the other way. After consecutive losses to Nebraska, Wisconsin and Purdue, it isn’t clear where the next win is going to come from for coach Tim Beckman.

  • Illini to honor Wheaton’s Grange with Gray Ghost uniforms Oct 15, 2014 3:11 PM
    In a tribute to Wheaton football legend Harold “Red” Grange, the Fighting Illini will wear “Gray Ghost” uniforms for the Oct. 25 Homecoming game against Minnesota.

  • Illinois football staff member arrested Oct 13, 2014 4:04 PM
    An Illinois football program staff member has been tentatively charged with driving under the influence. According to court records, 32-year-old Ryan Cubit of Urbana was arrested early Sunday morning.

  • Gordon has 4 TDs, Badgers hold off Illini 38-28 Oct 11, 2014 3:08 PM
    Illinois (3-4, 0-3) did rally in the fourth quarter with backup Aaron Bailey at quarterback. He led them to two scores to get within 38-28 with about 3 minutes left before Illinois recovered an onside kick.But AAron Bailey threw an interception with 2 minutes left to seal Wisconsin’s win. His fluttering deep pass was tracked down by safety Peniel Jean at the 2. Wisconsin ran out the clock from there.

  • Offense good, but defense still rules in Big Ten Oct 7, 2014 5:39 PM
    In a day when the spread offense seems to be in command and when it appears every game ends up 45-38, there are glimmers that defenses are holding their own in the Big Ten. Big Ten teams comprise six of the top 20 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision in total defense, five of the top 20 in scoring defense and five of the top 25 in stopping the run and also interceptions.

  • Imrem: Illini’s reverse relevance not good Oct 7, 2014 7:43 PM
    Illinois' football loss to Purdue elevated the Illini from a comfortable irrelevance into sort of a reverse relevance. Suddenly there's pressure to become the worst of the worst nationally.

  • Big Ten still soaring high in volleyball Oct 3, 2014 7:37 PM
    Once again, the Big Ten is one of the best conferences in the country for volleyball. No. 16 Illinois is playing as well as any team right now, with four consecutive 3-0 sweeps on the books. The Illini welcome No. 6 Wisconsin into noisy Huff Hall on Saturday.

  • Illinois hopes to extend Purdue’s struggles Oct 3, 2014 10:26 PM
    Illinois coach Tim Beckman was asked this week if Saturday’s game against Purdue is a must win. “Every game’s a must win,” Beckman said before quickly moving on. This one, though, may be more so than most for the Illini (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten). The Boilermakers (2-3, 0-1) are probably the most clearly beatable opponent still on the schedule for the Illini.

  • Big Ten West teams step up against East teams Oct 1, 2014 6:20 AM
    One of the prevailing notions heading into the season was that the Big Ten East could end up being a lot better than the West. It didn’t look that way last weekend. Though it was clearly a small sample size, Saturday’s performances were encouraging for a newly-created division fighting for respect.

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