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Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Coming off of a couple disappointing losses, the Illini took on the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday night, and let me tell you, this one was never in question. Underwood and co. got off to one of their patented slow starts, but considering the competition, it did not mean nearly as much as it did compared...

Chicago Cubs and Illini Basketball: More similar than you might think

Chicago Cubs and Illini Basketball: More similar than you might think

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Growing up as a Chicago Cubs and Illinois sports fan, I didn't always see the best products on the field. Aside from the World Series win in 2016, even the successful seasons have been somewhat of a downer. The 2003 Cubs with Steve Bartman, the 2005 Illini losing in the National Championship...

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops Columnist

December 6, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Positives They won "We're happy with the win," said big man Michael Finke in the postgame press conference, and that is really all there is to say about this one. A win is a win no matter what, and after three straight tough losses, it feels good to get back in the win column. After failing ...

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 6, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Despite a 19-point deficit at the half, their worst first half of the season, the Illini almost did the impossible and pulled out a miraculous comeback in the second half of Sunday night’s matchup with Maryland. Even after trailing by as many as 22 points, the Illini closed in during the second half,...

Takeaways and reactions from Illinois vs. Wake Forest

Takeaways and reactions from Illinois vs. Wake Forest

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 1, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

On Tuesday night, in a tough-fought game, the Illini fell 80-73 in their first true road test of the season. While the score was close and the Illini never gave up — despite multiple big deficits — this was a tough game to lose, and it revealed some serious issues that Underwood and his staff will...

I would transfer too

I would transfer too

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

November 30, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

As of Wednesday morning, five Illinois football players have announced that they are transferring. Linebacker Tré Watson, offensive lineman Gabe Megginson, safety Patrick Nelson, defensive tackle Tito Odenigbo and punter Bryce Barringer all announced that their careers as Illini are over. At first I was sh...

Illini basketball heads to Wake Forest for biggest test to date

Illini basketball heads to Wake Forest for biggest test to date

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

November 28, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

"So far, so good," has been the consensus reaction to Illinois basketball through six games of the Brad Underwood era. But, tonight, the Illini will face their toughest challenge of the young season, as they travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to take on the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Prior to...

We can’t forget the seniors’ sacrifice

We can’t forget the seniors’ sacrifice

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

November 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

The seniors on the Illinois football team went through a lot in their time at the University. They saw two head coaches get fired, two head coaches get hired, a major coaching staff overhaul, a scandal that all but buried the program and a coaching hire that is supposed to save the program. It is a...

Illinois can be like Ohio State

Illinois can be like Ohio State

By Orri Benatar, Contributing writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Sports

If you've listened to Illini Drive, you probably know that I was born in Columbus, Ohio. More specifically, I was born at The Ohio State University hospital just a mile away from Ohio Stadium. Throughout my first 18 years before enrolling at Illinois, I bled scarlet and gray. Every Saturday, the ci...

Illinois gets ready for challenging matchup with DePaul

Illinois gets ready for challenging matchup with DePaul

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

November 16, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

With two games in the books, the Brad Underwood era is officially underway, and so far, so good. The Illini are 2-0 after picking up wins against Southern and UT Martin. Game one was a breeze, and while there were times that Illinois exhibited dominance in game two, some of the team’s weaknesses ...

Don’t let Smith’s salary anger you just yet

Don’t let Smith’s salary anger you just yet

November 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Football, Men's Sports, Salary Guide, Sports

It’s easy to assume that some professors and students took issue with Lovie Smith signing his six-year, $21 million deal with Illinois in 2016. They probably have more issues with it now that Smith has led the team to five total wins since the 2016 season. I understand that the team is struggling r...

Thoughts and Observations: Illinois vs. UT-Martin

Thoughts and Observations: Illinois vs. UT-Martin

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

November 12, 2017


Filed under Basketball, Columns, Men's Sports, Sports

Game two is in the books and the Illini were able to secure an 77-74 victory over the UT-Martin Skyhawks. This game started off a little bit slower than the first, including a total of 10 turnovers from the Illini in the first half alone. But, despite the early struggles, Underwood was able to get ...

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