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Can Groce turn on the lights this season?

Can Groce turn on the lights this season?

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
January 23, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Top Stories

John Groce has an interesting analogy about execution. In a recent teleconference, the Illinois basketball coach made the claim that working hard can only get a team so far. Without proper execution, hard work won’t produce results. Groce, being a basketball minded man, gave an explanation that mo... Read more »

Average winter break for Illinois, first game of semester against Purdue

Average winter break for Illinois, first game of semester against Purdue

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
January 17, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Winter break is over, and maybe Illinois basketball’s mediocrity is as well. Over the past month, the Illini have gone 4-3, starting the conference season 2-3. It’s nothing too special and it’s only a one-win improvement from last season’s winter break. But, in my opinion, the Illini are exa... Read more »

The keys to an Illinois victory over Indiana

The keys to an Illinois victory over Indiana

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
January 7, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Earlier this season the Illinois basketball team found itself in a tough three-game losing streak. After starting the season off 4-3, the Illini surged and have since gone 7-1. The roles have since been reversed when comparing Illinois and Saturday's opponent Indiana. Indiana started the year off 8-1, but... Read more »

Illinois scrapes by with win over IUPUI

Illinois scrapes by with win over IUPUI

Mike Gasick, Assistant Sports Editor
December 8, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois men’s basketball almost had another letdown at home against IUPUI. That stands for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. And its mascot is the Jaguars, so you know this team probably has not seen many wins in recent years. Besides Leron Black’s first half performance and... Read more »

Breaking down the College Football Playoff Picture

Breaking down the College Football Playoff Picture

Dan Escalona, Columnist
December 7, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Late Saturday night, after Penn State pulled off an improbable victory in the Big Ten championship game, distant echoes of protests that the Nittany Lions deserved a playoff spot could be heard — and that denying the conference champion that had beat the second-best team in the country would be some so... Read more »

Illinois men’s basketball can now be taken seriously

Illinois men’s basketball can now be taken seriously

Mike Gasick, Assistant Sports Editor
December 5, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

After a week that gave Illinois men’s basketball fans little hope for the season, the Illini look like they’re back to contending for a NCAA tournament bid. Illinois appeared like a much different team last week, taking down North Carolina State and VCU — two potential tournament teams. The... Read more »

Penn State, Ohio State and the limits of the College Football Playoff

Penn State, Ohio State and the limits of the College Football Playoff

Dan Escalona, Columnist
November 30, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

With just days to go before the final unveiling of college football’s top four, the usually unnerving and unpredictable sport is promising one last bit of wildness. College football’s final regular season weekend is shaping up to be one of potentially nightmarish proportions for the College Footb... Read more »

Illinois basketball beats NC State thanks to strong second half

Illinois basketball beats NC State thanks to strong second half

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
November 29, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

For the first time since 2012, Illinois basketball contributed to the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. More importantly, the Illini ended a three-game losing streak with a 88-74 win over NC State and looked much improved doing so. Looking at the final box score and one might think Illinois dominated the... Read more »

Illini need to move on from losses and focus on North Carolina State

Illini need to move on from losses and focus on North Carolina State

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
November 29, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The past week has been a struggle for John Groce and the Illini who find themselves in the midst of a three-game losing streak. During the Fall Break, Illinois fell to Winthrop, West Virginia and Florida State. There wasn’t much consistency between the losses. For each game, Illinois had a different way... Read more »

Illinois basketball looking to rebound after disappointing Thanksgiving break

Illinois basketball looking to rebound after disappointing Thanksgiving break

Mike Gasick, Assistant sports editor
November 28, 2016
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

llinois men’s basketball’s next game could decide the fate of head coach John Groce. The Illini are coming off one of the worst November weeks imaginable, dropping games to Winthrop, West Virginia and Florida State, respectively. The team looked like it would be 5-0 heading into a challenging West Virginia team on ... Read more »

Lovie, Illinois football can only look to future now

Lovie, Illinois football can only look to future now

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
November 27, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

It’s over. After another fall of typical Illinois football, Illini fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief and think about next season or at least Illinois basketball — oh wait. Better yet, thinking about next year for both doesn’t sound too bad. As the football coaches have said si... Read more »

Illinois football seniors leave Memorial Stadium the “Illini” way

Illinois football seniors leave Memorial Stadium the “Illini” way

Charlotte Carroll, Sports editor
November 20, 2016
Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

How do you put into words the end of a four-year collegiate career? "A blessing," "an honor" and "looking to the future" were the common go-to phrases from Illinois seniors after Saturday’s 28-0 loss to Iowa. But maybe that’s not enough. Instead, maybe it’s punter Ryan Frain, one of the... Read more »