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Illinois’ Big Ten tournament hopes slim after loss to Iowa

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 18, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

Time is running out for Illinois to make a move if it hopes to qualify for the Big Ten tournament, and its 6-5 loss to Iowa Thursday night did not do them any favors. Illinois (22-27, 8-14 Big Ten) must sweep Iowa (33-18, 14-8) during a Friday doubleheader and hope Purdue (three games) and Michigan State (two games) lose ou...

Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Jeremiah Tilmon commits to Mizzou

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 15, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Former Illini basketball signee Jeremiah Tilmon committed to Mizzou earlier today. Tilmon requested a release from his contract in early April after head coach John Groce was replaced by Brad Underwood. The East St. Louis native had seemed indecisive about the Illini from the beginning as he verbally...

Nine Illini on scholarship entering final days of recruiting

Nine Illini on scholarship entering final days of recruiting

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 15, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Before new Illinois men’s basketball head coach Brad Underwood hits the hardwood for a game in his first season with his team, he needs to finish putting together his roster. The Illini currently have nine players on scholarship for the 2017-18 season. With no seniors on the current roster, four...

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Three Illini football players arrested for armed robbery

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 10, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Three Illinois football players were arrested this morning and are set to be formally charged tomorrow. Darta Lee, 18, Zarrian Holcombe, 19, and Howard Watkins, 18, are in custody with preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery. Champaign police Lt. Dave Shaffer told The News-Gazette...

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

D.J. Williams transferring from Illinois

Matt Gertsmeier, Columnist
May 8, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

D.J. Williams is transferring from Illinois. The Illini granted Williams a full release Monday. Head coach Brad Underwood made a statement Monday evening on Williams’ departure. “After meeting with D.J., we came to the decision that a fresh start is in his best interest,” Underwood said. ...

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes season on high note

Illinois men’s gymnastics finishes season on high note

Will Gerard, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports

All season long, head coach Justin Spring spoke of looking for consistency from his team, and he finally got that performance during postseason play. The Illini started the season strong, winning their first 11 meets of the year before suffering four-consecutive defeats leading up to the Big Ten cham...

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Illinois men’s track taking right steps forward

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 8, 2017
Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Track & Field

Illinois men's track has a young team, but to some, that is the biggest appeal of the team. Head coach Mike Turk said that having young guys means more room for growth and improvement on an already successful team. Coming off of last season's Big Ten championship, the Illini had to live up to...

Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

Men’s cross-country has record-breaking season

Tatiania Perry, Assistant sports editor
May 8, 2017
Filed under Cross Country, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois men's cross-country team had a bit of a rocky start and faced a large slump in the middle, but Illinois finished better than any Illini cross-country team in the past 30 years. The Illini started off their season with smaller meets like the Hawkeye Invite, where they placed third out...

Illinois hockey makes strides in 2016-17 season

Illinois hockey makes strides in 2016-17 season

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

While it did not end with any tournament championships, Illinois hockey’s 2016-17 season was far more successful than the one preceding it. Illinois’ 2015-16 season had a few bright spots. Forward James McGing led the Central States Collegiate Hockey League with 49 points, goalie Joe Olen won the...

Illinois fails to make NCAA tournament for another year

Illinois fails to make NCAA tournament for another year

Lucas Wright, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, the 2016-17 season was one filled with as much action off the court as on it, with many storylines marring what was actually happening on the hardwood for the Illini. During Illinois’ final stretch of the Big Ten schedule, fans and players were focused on a tri...

Smith’s first season now behind him

Smith’s first season now behind him

Cole Henke, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

This Illinois football season will not stand out in the record books. On paper, this season looks like a continuation of the program’s decline. The Illini’s 3-9 record was the worst record since former head coach Tim Beckman’s first season, when the Illini went 2-10. Illinois lost its nine ga...

Gerber, team surge at end of baseball season

Gerber, team surge at end of baseball season

Thomas Polcyn, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

It is very common, and has even become a cliche, to describe something inconsistent as a roller coaster. In many situations, it works. But sometimes that’s not the best way to say it. But, for the Illinois baseball team’s season, it is pretty accurate. Despite a very young roster composed of mostly un...

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