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Illinois head coach Brad Underwood speaks to freshman Andre Curbelo during the game against Wisconsin on Feb. 6. Questions surrounding the team’s consistency remain after a loss to unranked Michigan State on Sunday Tuesday night.

Three big questions loom after No. 5 Illini upset by pesky Spartans

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor February 25, 2021

On Saturday, Illinois traveled to “The Barn” and put together its most complete game of the season, dominating in every facet of the game to take down a Minnesota squad that had only lost one home...

Members of the Illinois women’s basketball team kneel during the national anthem before the game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2. The team is celebrating Black History Month in multiple ways.

Illinois women’s basketball team celebrates Black History Month

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer February 25, 2021

Before every Illinois women’s basketball home game, “Lift Every Voice and Sing” echoes around State Farm Center; this is one way the Illini are celebrating Black History Month.  “Lift Every Voice...

Sophomore Jada Peebles attempts to evade a defender during the game against Northwestern on Wednesday. The Illini lost the game 67-61.

Illini give up early lead, lose to Wildcats

By Nithin Reddy, Staff Writer February 24, 2021

The Illinois women’s basketball teams were unable to pull off the upset as they fell to Northwestern 67-61 on Wednesday night. The Illini got off to a big start as they dominated the first quarter....

Sophomore Jeanae Terry shoots the ball during the game against Maryland on Feb. 17. The Illinois women's basketball team will face Northwestern on Wednesday at State Farm Center

Illini look to beat Northwestern in rivalry matchup

By Nithin Reddy, Assistant Video Editor February 24, 2021

The Illini women’s basketball team has struggled as of late, losing their last two games by a combined 74 points. Illinois has a tough matchup ahead of them against in-state rival Northwestern, and recency...

Senior Trent Frazier advances down the court during the game against Michigan State on Sunday. The Illini lost 81-72.

Player grades: Frazier brings life to struggling Illini offense in road loss

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 24, 2021

Heading into East Lansing Tuesday night, No. 5 Illinois was riding a seven-game win streak that most recently saw a dominant performance at Minnesota over the weekend. The Illini looked like an entirely...

Trent Frazier, Kofi Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu stand together on the court during Illinois' game at Michigan State. The Illini lost 81-70.

Missed free throws, layups plague Illini against desperate Spartans

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

With No. 5 Illinois making a second-half push, their star junior guard Ayo Dosunmu was at the free-throw line. Michigan State forward Mady Sissoko just committed a flagrant two foul on Dosunmu, giving...

Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo looks on in the second half of their game against Iowa at the Breslin Center in East Lansing, on  Feb. 13, 2021.

Illinois, Michigan State sit at opposite ends of Big Ten

By Brandon Simberg, Staff Writer February 23, 2021

When Illinois and Michigan State have matched up over the past decade, it hasn’t been uncommon to see at least one of the teams ranked. Under Tom Izzo, Michigan State's head basketball coach, they...

Freshman Logan Meyers performs his pommel horse routine during the meet against Iowa on Feb. 13. Illinois split the tri-meet against Michigan and Nebraska on Sunday.

No. 7 Illini split senior day tri-meet

By Bradley Zimmerman, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Almost one year ago, Illinois’ men’s gymnastics team honored its Class of 2020 with a Senior Day ceremony that retroactively can be considered “traditional.” Huff Hall was full of applauding fans...

Sophomore Mia Takekawa poses after finishing a routine during the meet against Michigan on Sunday. Illinois lost the meet 197.375-196.650.

Illini reach season best score, fall to No. 8 Michigan

By Jonah Perez, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

Another season-best was reached for the Illinois women's gymnastics team, but the No. 20 Illini fell short to No. 8 Michigan 197.375 to 196.650, which brings their overall record to 5-3. "The team did...

Former Illini running back Reggie Corbin rushes the ball during a game against Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium on Oct. 19, 2019. Corbin signed a deal with the BC Lions in Canada to continue his playing career.

Reggie Corbin looks to jump-start football career in Canada

By Carson Gourdie, Assistant Sports Editor February 22, 2021

Former Illini running back Reggie Corbin possessed speed, quickness and a canning ability to catch a defense off-guard early.  But with his college days over a year past him now, the All-Academic Big...

Senior Gabrielle Loeck swims during practice on Tuesday. Illinois will compete in the Big Ten Championships starting Tuesday.

Illini seniors prepare to say goodbye

By Renato Arteaga, Staff Writer February 22, 2021

With the Illini swim & dive team preparing for the 2021 Big Ten Championships, their playoff competition marks the end of a season that can only be described as one of a kind. COVID-19 protocols...

Ayo Dosunmu defends an Iowa player at State Farm Center on Jan. 29. Dosunmu recently recorded his second triple-double during the game against Minnesota on Saturday.

Ayo Dosunmu makes history with second triple-double

By Gabby Hajduk, Sports Editor February 22, 2021

Ayo Dosunmu has one motto he consistently reminds himself and his teammates of: “do whatever it takes to win.” Every night Dosunmu does that and sometimes more for the Illini, whether it’s grabbing...

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