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  • Illini won't name QB, but eyes are on Lunt Apr 11, 2014 5:01 PM
    Illinois coach Tim Beckman is in no hurry to name a starting quarterback, insisting that the competition to succeed Nathan Scheelhaase is wide open. But when the Illini wrap up spring football with the Orange and Blue game Saturday, a lot of eyes will be on No. 12, the quarterback many assume will emerge as the starter. At 6-foot-5, Wes Lunt looks the part. He has the arm and pedigree — one not seen at Illinois in a while — to match.

     
  • Illinois hopes for better shooting next season Apr 8, 2014 4:49 PM
    Illinois, which finished 20-15 and lost to Clemson in the NIT’s second round, struggled to score and lacked a polished, consistent outside shooter. That should change when three transfers who sat out this season under NCAA rules join the roster: guards Ahmad Starks (Oregon State) and Aaron Cosby (Seton Hall) and forward Darius Paul (Western Michigan).

     
  • Illini coach says QB competition is wide open Apr 8, 2014 4:46 PM
    Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says his defense is much improved as the Illini get ready for Saturday’s spring game. But one thing Beckman won’t say yet is who will be his starting quarterback when the team starts playing for real this fall.

     
  • Big names like Kaminsky keep leaving Illinois Apr 2, 2014 10:24 PM
    Frank Kaminsky, a product of Benet Academy in Lisle, has helped Wisconsin into the Final Four. That's as good an explanation as any for the sorry state of college basketball in the state of Illinois.

     
  • Illini eliminated from NIT Mar 23, 2014 4:42 PM
    Rod Hall made a driving layup with 9.3 seconds left to lead Clemson to a 50-49 win over Illinois in the NIT. Tracy Abrams airballed a 3-pointer for Illinois with 1.7 seconds left. The Tigers (22-12) struggled to get the ball inbounds and threw it into the front court. Hall saved the ball from going out on the other endline and the clock ran out. Clemson will host Belmont on Tuesday and the winner will go to New York for the NIT semifinals. K.J. McDaniels led Clemson with 12 points, while Landry Nnoko had 11 points and eight rebounds. Illinois (20-15) led just once on Jon Ekey’s 3-pointer that put the Illini ahead 49-48 with 2:06 left. Ekey had 11 points, while Rayvonte Rice led Illinois with 15 points.

     
  • Rice scores 28, Illinois rallies past BU in NIT Mar 19, 2014 8:53 PM
    Rayvonte Rice scored seven straight points late in the game and finished with 28, rallying Illinois past Boston University 66-62 on Wednesday night in the first round of the NIT.

     
  • Spellman’s Scorecard: Closing the book on ill-fated campaign Mar 14, 2014 5:30 AM
    If only Opening Day in baseball were as cool as it used to be. Want to see how a real opening day is done? Check out NASCAR.

     
  • Abrams leads Illinois past Indiana in Big Ten tourney Mar 13, 2014 2:52 PM
    Tracy Abrams’ second half Thursday was as good as any game he had during the Big Ten season. Illinois’ junior guard scored 17 of his season-high 25 points in the second half, including a game-clinching run in the No. 9-seeded Illini’s 64-54 win over No. 8 seed Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament.

     
  • Applauding Mendenhall’s wise decision Mar 10, 2014 7:43 PM
    Rashard Mendenhall's retirement from the NFL at age 26 over concern for his overall health should indicate to people that the University of Illinois educates common sense into its students. “It’s disturbing that people are questioning my sanity for giving up the money,” Mendenhall wrote.

     
  • Ekey’s 3 lifts Illinois over No. 24 Iowa 66-63 Mar 8, 2014 11:02 PM
    Jon Ekey hit a 3-pointer in the final second to lift Illinois to a 66-63 victory over No. 24 Iowa on Saturday night. Rayvonte Rice scored 15 points to lead the Illini (18-13, 6-12 Big Ten), who notched consecutive road wins against ranked opponents for the first time since 2005.

     
  • Illini open spring football with more wins in mind Mar 3, 2014 2:16 PM
    Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season. Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.

     
  • Nunn repeats as Big Ten freshman of the week Mar 3, 2014 11:33 AM
    Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn made it two in a row with the Big Ten’s decision Monday to name him its freshman of the week. Nunn averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game in upset wins over Nebraska and Michigan State during the past week. He also chipped in 3.5 assists a game.

     
  • Illinois beats No. 18 Michigan State 53-46 Mar 2, 2014 1:30 AM
    llinois is on a roll thanks in large part to its stifling defense. Fighting Illini coach John Groce, though, is not ready to celebrate. Tracy Abrams scored 12 points, leading Illinois to a 53-46 win over No. 18 Michigan State on Saturday. The Fighting Illini (17-12, 6-10 Big Ten) have held four consecutive opponents to fewer than 50 points for the first time since the 1947-48 season, according to STATS LLC.Missouri.

     
  • Nebraska women hold off Illini 72-65 Feb 27, 2014 10:12 PM
    Jordan Hooper, a Nebraska native and lone senior on the roster, scored 29 points on Senior Night as the No. 16 Cornhuskers held off Illinois 72-65 Thursday for their ninth-straight win. Tear’a Laudermill added 15 points, Emily Cady had 10 points with 12 rebounds and Rachel Theriot had 10 assists for the Cornhuskers (22-5, 12-3 Big Ten).

     
  • Illinois ends Nebraska streak with 60-49 win Feb 26, 2014 11:24 PM
    Illinois freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill combined for 23 points and the Illini ended Nebraska’s five-game win streak on Wednesday night, 60-49. Nunn scored 13 on 4-of-6 shooting for the Illini (16-12, 5-10 Big Ten). He was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Hill added 10 points and five rebounds.

     
  • Nunn helps Illinois shoot down Minnesota, 62-49 Feb 19, 2014 10:29 PM
    Freshman guard Kendrick Nunn hit five 3-pointers and led Illinois with 19 points as the last-place Illini beat Minnesota 62-49 on Wednesday night, putting a damper on the Gophers’ hopes for an at-large NCAA Tournament bid.

     
  • No. 22 Ohio State shuts down Illinois, 48-39 Feb 15, 2014 9:46 PM
    Aaron Craft scored 14 points and No. 22 Ohio State held Illinois to 28.3 percent shooting on the way to a scrappy 48-39 win on Saturday. Craft picked up two early fouls and spent two long stretches on the bench. But he was still the Buckeyes’ best option on a tough offensive night for each team. LaQuinton Ross added nine points for Ohio State (20-6, 7-6 Big Ten), which trailed 23-20 at halftime.

     
  • Shields scores 33 in Huskers’ 67-58 win over Illini Feb 12, 2014 11:47 PM
    Shavon Shields scored a career-high 33 points, making all 15 of his free throws for Nebraska’s best performance at the line in 32 years, and the Cornhuskers defeated Illinois 67-58 on Wednesday night. The Huskers (13-10, 5-6 Big Ten) pulled away with the help of a defense that held Illinois to two field goals over the last 6:57.

     
  • Nunn’s 2nd half lifts Illinois past Penn State Feb 9, 2014 7:41 PM
    Illinois coach John Groce started a new lineup and stopped a losing streak. Freshmen Kendrick Nunn and Malcolm Hill earned their first starts of the season and combined for 30 points as Illinois (14-10, 3-8) won for the first time in nine games with a 60-55 Big Ten victory over Penn State on Sunday. Nunn scored 19, shooting 7 for 9 from the field and 4 for 9 from 3-point range. Hill added 11 as the Illini overcame 38.8 percent shooting by holding Penn State to one field goal in the final 9:44. “Hill and Nunn were terrific offensively,” Groce said. “Nunn really made some plays for us. I made a decision to start two freshmen and bring two veterans off the bench, so they had to make some sacrifices.” Penn State (12-12, 3-8), which has lost two straight games after a modest three-game conference win streak, was led by 19 points from D.J. Newbill and 11 from Tim Frazier. Frazier also became Penn State’s career leader in assists, passing Freddie Barnes (600) with 602. Illinois’ last victory was a 75-55 decision over Penn State on Jan. 4. The second-half pace slowed considerably late in the game as both teams combined for just 21 points in the final 13 minutes. Illinois built a 49-45 lead at the 12:52 mark but didn’t score again until 6:30 remained. “Their defense was terrific on Tim and D.J. at the end, and their freshmen stepped up,” Penn State coach Patrick Chambers said. “They made the winning plays and big shots and when they needed to make them. That was a desperate team that we played. That was a battle.” An open Nunn took a feed from Tracy Abrams and drained a 3-pointer from the corner with 22 seconds left, but Newbill’s immediate answer with a baseline drive brought the Lions to within 57-55. Abrams’ two free throws — his only points — put the Illini up by four and a Rayvonte Rice rebound off a missed Frazier 3-pointer sealed it for Illinois. “Give Nunn a lot of credit for hitting that corner three,” Chambers said. “That was a big time play.” Baskets by Brandon Taylor and Newbill pushed the Lions up by three points, but back-to-back drives by Nunn sandwiched around Penn State turnovers enabled the Illini to regain the lead at 53-52. “We should have continued to keep attacking,” Penn State’s Frazier said. “If we can’t score, we have to continue to defend and get rebounds. We just missed shots.” The Illini streak ended because the Illini stopped Penn State cold as the second half wore on. “The statistic that stood out to me was that we were able to hold them to one field goal in the last nine minutes and 44 seconds,” Groce said. “When we needed defense the most, we were able to affect them at a certain level. “Overall, we were able to impose our will defensively a little bit.” Rebounding was virtually even, 34-33 in Penn State’s favor, and each team committed just six turnovers. Abrams contributed five assists and Rice led Illinois with seven rebounds, despite scoring nearly eight points under his 16.9 average.

     
  • Sad to say, but signing day matters to me Feb 5, 2014 10:38 PM
    Mike Imrem says the circus that has become national signing day in college football is disgusting. But yet he still woke up early and immediately tuned into it as if it mattered in the wide scope of world events?

     
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