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Illini snaps losing streak with win over Rebels

Illini snaps losing streak with win over Rebels

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

After a three-game losing streak for the Illinois men’s basketball team, something had to change. The change came in the seven-foot form of freshman Samba Kane. After fellow freshman Giorgi Bezhanishvili started off the game slowly, Kane checked in with 18 minutes to go in the first half and...

Kane earns court time, helps Illini in win over UNLV

Kane earns court time, helps Illini in win over UNLV

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 10, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Just a few weeks ago, Illinois men’s basketball fans thought freshman Samba Kane was being redshirted after a string of DNPs against high-tier nonconference teams. However, his check-in against Mississippi Valley State gave those watching Illinois basketball their first glimpse of the 7-foot pla...

Win secures Final Four spot

Win secures Final Four spot

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

December 8, 2018


Filed under Showcase, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Beth Prince, Jordyn Poulter and Blayke Hranicka sat on the bench laughing as the clock on the Huff Hall scoreboard ticked under the 30-minute pregame mark. Two hours and 14 minutes later, the three would meet again but piled in a group hug and accompanied by their teammates, celebrating the Illinois...

Illinois headed to Elite 8 after sweep of Marquette

Illinois headed to Elite 8 after sweep of Marquette

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 7, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Top Stories, Volleyball, Women's Sports

Despite an unusual 11 a.m. start time, the Illinois women’s volleyball team continued its postseason run with a sweep over Marquette. The Illini got a strong performance in all aspects of the game to clinch a spot in the program's seventh-ever Elite Eight that will take place at Huff Hall on Saturday. For...

Familiar problems keep Illini from United Center victory

Familiar problems keep Illini from United Center victory

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

It was a familiar song for the Illinois men's basketball team, one it has sung a lot in the last few years. After a strong first half, followed by a flurry of fouls capped off with a desperate rally, Illinois came away with another loss against No. 19 Ohio State in front of a nearly empty United Center...

Illinois remains undefeated at home with victory over Indiana State

Illinois remains undefeated at home with victory over Indiana State

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Almost halfway through a six-game homestand, the Illinois women’s basketball team is on a two-game win streak after defeating Indiana State University on Wednesday night 75-57. Coming into the night, Illinois had a perfect (4-0) home record, while Indiana State had a perfect (4-0) road record. The...

New players are mainstays for Illini

New players are mainstays for Illini

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

With the latest trip for Illinois being the annual United Center game against No. 19 Ohio State in Chicago, the Illinois men’s basketball team still has more questions than answers. The start of the upcoming schedule doesn’t get a whole lot easier for Illinois, which has already played high-calibe...

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

Illinois to play Friday in Sweet 16

By Rachel Spencer, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

NCAA tournament play will return to Huff Hall this Friday as the Illinois volleyball team competes for a spot in Saturday’s regional final. Illinois advanced to this weekend’s competition after beating tourney newcomer Eastern Michigan on Friday in three sets and Louisville on Saturday in fo...

Illinois foul trouble proves costly in early season

Illinois foul trouble proves costly in early season

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Through eight games, which has made up the program’s worst win-loss start in over a century, Illinois basketball has allowed opponents a significant edge in both free throw percentage and attempts. At Nebraska over the weekend, the Cornhuskers put up 30 free throws as the Illini were called for 23 f...

Senior season for Illini swimmer Serniute coming together

Senior season for Illini swimmer Serniute coming together

By Gabby Vazquez, Staff writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Swim & Dive, Women's Sports

Illinois swimmer Gabriele Serniute believes inspiration comes from just about anything, but it presents itself in different ways. The senior can attest to this herself. The Lithuania native started swimming at age 9. Her father was watching swimming on the television one day and told Serniute he wanted ...

Volleyball stays on winning track

Volleyball stays on winning track

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

December 6, 2018


Filed under Sports, Volleyball, Women's Sports

The 2018 season marks Illinois volleyball’s second-consecutive trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 under second-year head coach Chris Tamas. But the NCAA tournament isn’t unfamiliar territory for the Illini. The 44-year-old program has made 25 NCAA appearances and clinched four Big Ten conference titles sin...

Illini prepare for second dual meet

Illini prepare for second dual meet

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

The Illini are fresh off a trip to Las Vegas where three wrestlers placed in the top 10. Taking down two ranked opponents, 157-pound redshirt-junior Eric Barone placed seventh in his weight class. Mike Carr, a 141-pound redshirt-sophomore,  and Travis Piotrowski, a 125-pound junior, both placed sixth. Il...

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