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  • E Illinois beats Jacksonville St 59-50 in OT Jan 3, 2015 7:02 PM
    Chris Olivier's 20 points, 10 rebounds helps E Illinois top Jacksonville St 59-50 in overtime

  • Russell spurs No. 20 Ohio State by Illini 77-61 Jan 3, 2015 6:32 PM
    D'Angelo Russell's 22 points, 15-0 2nd-half run, lift No. 20 Ohio State past Illinois 77-61

  • Northern Illinois beats UC Riverside 72-67 in OT Jan 2, 2015 10:02 PM
    Northern Illinois beats UC Riverside 72-67 in overtime

  • Babcock McGraw: Top women’s sports stories Jan 2, 2015 4:01 PM
    Patricia Babcock McGraw takes a look back at the top women's sports stories of 2014 and offers her annual ranking.

  • Chatman, E Illinois rally to beat Tennessee Tech Jan 1, 2015 6:32 PM
    Olivier's career-high 22, Chatman's late free throws lift E Illinois over Tennessee Tech 61-59

  • Missouri State tops Southern Illinois, 53-50 Dec 31, 2014 8:32 PM
    Missouri State tops cold-shooting Southern Illinois in Missouri Valley opener, 53-50

  • Illinois State trounces Division II Quincy 99-57 Dec 30, 2014 2:32 PM
    Justin McCloud leads the way with 18 points as Illinois State trounces D-II Quincy 99-57

  • N. Illinois defeats Hampton 83-51 to stay perfect at home Dec 30, 2014 2:32 PM
    Darrell Bowie scores 22, Aaron Armstead 12 as N. Illinois wallops Hampton 83-51

  • Imrem: Harbaugh’s hiring humbling for Illini Dec 30, 2014 6:05 PM
    Can a Fighting Illini sports fan be any more humbled than after the latest football and basketball events at Michigan?

  • Harbaugh watches Michigan top Illinois 73-65 in OT Dec 30, 2014 10:53 PM
    Doyle, Dawkins help Michigan trip Illinois 73-65 in OT in front of Harbaugh in Big Ten opener

  • Illini destroy Kennesaw State 93-45 Dec 28, 2014 12:41 AM
    Illinois coach John Groce is confident his team is ready for Big Ten conference play after crushing nonconference foe Kennesaw State 93-45 on Saturday. Rayvonte Rice led Illinois (10-3) with 21 points. Malcolm Hill chipped in 16 points and nine rebounds while Aaron Cosby added 13 points. The Fighting Illini opens conference play on Tuesday at Michigan.

  • La. Tech beats Illinois in Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec 26, 2014 10:54 PM
    Kenneth Dixon scored one of his two touchdowns on an 80-yard reception and Xavier Woods scored on a 69-yard interception return to help Louisiana Tech beat Illinois 35-18 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday. The Illini (6-7) struggled early with penalties and missed field goals, but they got within three points on David Reisner’s 43-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter.

  • Dawn Patrol: Minivan slams into house; Navy recruits get Christmas Dec 26, 2014 6:25 AM
    Police: Bloomingdale residents not in danger after fatal shooting; Great Lakes recruits treated to Christmas in Arlington Heights; No problems at sold out ‘Interview’ screenings; Elgin firefighter -- ahem, Santa -- surprises kids at Advocate Sherman; Small kitchen fire at Wildfire in Lincolnshire; Bulls unwrap Christmas victory over Lakers; Illini to open Big Ten bowl slate Friday

  • Illini to open Big Ten bowl slate Friday Dec 25, 2014 6:26 PM
    Illinois (6-6) and Louisiana Tech (8-5) will meet Friday in the Heart of Dallas Bowl that is played at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. It’s the first of 10 bowl games involving a Big Ten team, and the last of five for Conference USA. “You want to go into your winter workouts with success and you want your seniors to leave with success,” third-year Illinois coach Tim Beckman said.

  • Illini QB O’Toole learned from his mistakes Dec 24, 2014 4:52 PM
    You might think the Nebraska game back in late September is a memory Illinois quarterback Reilly O’Toole would like to forget. The Illini lost 45-14. O’Toole, starting for the injured Wes Lunt, finished with 3 interceptions. But as O’Toole, a former star quarterback at Wheaton Warrenville South, gets ready to lead Illinois (6-6) at the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday, he says there was a moment in that lopsided loss that made the team’s 3-2 finish — most of it with O’Toole under center — possible. Tied at 7-7 in the first quarter of a game they believed they would have to score a lot to stay in, the Illini had a third-and-goal at the Nebraska 4. O’Toole tried to force the ball to a receiver in the end zone but found Cornhuskers cornerback Daniel Davie instead. The interception swung momentum Nebraska’s way, for good. “I was trying to do too much,” O’Toole said. “We got to the red zone and you can’t turn the ball over down there — be OK with a field goal.” “I hadn’t played a full game in a really long time,” he added, “so I think that helped a lot.” After playing in 10 games his freshman season, O’Toole’s time at Illinois looked promising. Sure, he had well-respected sophomore Nathan Scheelhaase ahead of him on the depth chart. But the mobile O’Toole figured to sub a good bit for Scheelhaase when injuries happened while he waited for a senior season that would be his. It didn’t work out that way. O’Toole played seven times as a sophomore, six as a junior and, this season found himself behind Wes Lunt. Few thought O’Toole would see much playing time behind the transfer from Oklahoma State, a player whose arm has NFL potential. “I think he was just kind of content,” offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said of O’Toole. “I think there were some confidence issues.” O’Toole came to Illinois with a handful of state player-of-the-year awards from newspapers, fresh off two state championships at WWS. But at a Big Ten program, even a middle-of-the-pack school like Illinois, just about everyone who sees the field was all-this or all-that — accustomed to winning. So O’Toole played and practiced mostly in the shadows. A great teammate and great guy, his coaches and the other Illini say. “He’s just a likable (guy),” Illinois coach Tim Beckman said — just not the guy. But Lunt’s injuries, including a broken leg, opened the door for O’Toole. Like a good relief pitcher, four years of playing regularly off the bench has taught him to always be ready, he said. “You owe it to your teammates,” O’Toole said. “You’re one play away from playing.” And even after Lunt returned late in the season, the team found that O’Toole’s ability to run — something Lunt lacks — kept defenses honest and gave the Illini a spark they’d been missing. O’Toole ran and passed for just enough to get Illinois past Minnesota when the season looked like it was about to implode. Then he led the Illini past Penn State and Northwestern to get to 6 wins and bowl eligibility. The last two were high-pressure games for O’Toole, freshman receiver Mike Dudek said. “(He) knew that if he didn’t win, his career, his season, would be over,” said Dudek, a Neuqua Valley High School grad. Illinois faces Louisiana Tech (8-5) on Friday (11 a.m., ESPN), a team O’Toole has played before. It was in 2012, in the mop-up role he knows too well. He relieved Scheelhaase in a 52-24 loss that started a nine-game losing streak for the Illini. This time he will be the starter, the kind of career finish that a football coach finds hard to resist. “I think he deserves it,” Cubit said. “I think it’s kind of what college football is all about.”

  • Illinois to get $1.6M for Heart of Dallas Bowl Dec 21, 2014 12:55 PM
    The University of Illinois will receive $1.6 million for playing in the Heart of Dallas Bowl on Friday against Louisiana Tech, bowl spokesman Brant Ringler said. Attendance is estimated to be between 25,000 and 30,000 for the game. So far, Illini fans have bought about 3,000 of the school's allotment of 4,000 tickets.

  • Rice’s 3-pointer gives Illini 62-59 win over Missouri Dec 20, 2014 3:59 PM
    Rayvonte Rice hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the last of his 19 points, giving Illinois a 62-59 victory over Missouri in the annual Braggin’ Rights game on Saturday. Rice also had seven rebounds and three assists and Illinois (9-3) had a tougher time than expected against Missouri (5-6), which is rebuilding under new coach Kim Anderson. Ahmad Starks added 13 points and Malcolm Hil had 10.

  • Illinois cruises past Hampton 73-55 Dec 17, 2014 11:21 PM
    Kendrick Nunn is used to coming off the bench. He wasn’t a starter for two seasons at Chicago’s Simeon High School and wasn’t for most of his first season at Illinois. So when the sophomore guard was in the starting lineup Wednesday against Hampton, he was ready. Nunn scored a season-high 16 points as Illinois cruised over Hampton 73-55.

  • Oregon tops Illini 77-70 Dec 13, 2014 8:49 PM
    Dillon Brooks scored 24 points and Oregon beat Illinois 77-70 on Saturday night. Joseph Young scored 15 points and Dwayne Benjamin added 13 for the Ducks, who were playing their first true road game of the season. Ahmaad Rorie scored 11 and Elgin Cook had 10. Rayvonte Rice scored 29 points for the Illini, who led by as many as 13 and fell to 35-13 all-time at the United Center.

  • Ennis leads No. 7 Villanova over Illinois 73-59 Dec 9, 2014 10:05 PM
    Dylan Ennis scored 18 points to lead No. 7 Villanova past Illinois 73-59 on Tuesday night. Darrun Hilliard and Daniel Ochefu both scored 12 points. Malcolm Hill scored a career-high 20 points for Illinois.

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