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Ugly milestones achieved for Illinois in loss to Penn State

Ugly milestones achieved for Illinois in loss to Penn State

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
February 11
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Uncategorized

I sure hope most of you were enjoying the warm February weather rather than suffering through the latest episode of Illinois basketball this afternoon. Today’s game was as sloppy as the mud soaked grounds of Champaign as Illinois lost 83-70 against Penn State. It was ugly to watch, but I found...

Freshmen making names for themselves this season

Freshmen making names for themselves this season

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
February 6
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

While the Illinois basketball team has experienced a rather gloomy season, there have been some bright spots to get excited about — Te’Jon Lucas and Kipper Nichols. The two freshmen have made their mark this year and have looked the part. Lucas, standing at exactly 6 feet tall, is the shortest ...

Nichols’ first half was a taste of future of Illinois basketball

Nichols’ first half was a taste of future of Illinois basketball

Matt Gertsmeier and Illini hoops columnist
February 4
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

It was social media day at the Illinois-Minnesota game, and Kipper Nichols was trending the for the Illini — at least during the first half. The freshman wing had a career-high 16 points and six rebounds as the Illini lost 68-59 against the Gophers. I strongly believe Nichols will be the face...

Are the Illini the Chicago Cubs of college basketball?

Are the Illini the Chicago Cubs of college basketball?

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
February 2
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports

Illinois is temporarily adding a bit of hardware to its collection Saturday. The Commissioner’s Trophy is taking a tour with the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, and the next stop is State Farm Center. Let me be the first to welcome the Commissioner’s Trophy to Champaign. I don’t th...

Hambly’s style and wins will be missed for Illini fans

Hambly’s style and wins will be missed for Illini fans

Charlotte Carroll, Sports Editor
January 30
Filed under Columns, Sports, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Kevin Hambly was the face of Illinois volleyball and one of the University’s most respected coaches. As far as the media was concerned, especially student journalists, Hambly was also extremely intimidating. But we'll get to that in a minute. On Monday, the former Illinois volleyball head coach bec...

Can Groce turn on the lights this season?

Can Groce turn on the lights this season?

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
January 23
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...

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
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...

The keys to an Illinois victory over Indiana

The keys to an Illinois victory over Indiana

Matt Gertsmeier, Illini hoops columnist
January 7
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...

Illinois scrapes by with win over IUPUI

Illinois scrapes by with win over IUPUI

Mike Gasick, Assistant Sports Editor
December 8
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...

Breaking down the College Football Playoff Picture

Breaking down the College Football Playoff Picture

Dan Escalona, Columnist
December 7
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...

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
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...

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
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...

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