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Martinez begins preparing for his final postseason 

Martinez begins preparing for his final postseason 

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

February 15, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

Throughout the entire season, senior Isaiah Martinez has zeroed in on one objective: getting back to the NCAA Championships and winning the national title. With the regular season officially coming to a close and the postseason under way, the NCAA Championships continue to inch closer. While the imm...

Illinois baseball takes advantage of advanced analytics technology

Illinois baseball takes advantage of advanced analytics technology

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

February 15, 2018


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

The 2018 season is going to be different for the Illinois baseball team. The Illini struggled last year, finishing at 23-28 (9-15 Big Ten Conference), and they have spent the offseason doing more than just lifting, conditioning and practicing what they can in limited indoor space. They have a new approach...

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 14, 2018


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

Despite another solid start, the Illini were unable to hang on and dropped their third straight game. A poor shooting night from Trent Frazier and little contribution from anybody else besides Leron Black was a recipe for disaster. But, there was more to it than just that. Here are a few of my takeaways...

Women’s basketball seaches for first Big Ten win

Women’s basketball seaches for first Big Ten win

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

February 13, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Silencing the thunder of Ohio State, senior guard Kelsey Mitchell might be the trick to picking up Illinois first conference win of the season. The Illinois women’s basketball team will host no. 16 Ohio State Tuesday night for the first time this season. So far, the Illini have come up empty handed in ...

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 12, 2018


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

With NCAA Tournament hopes for head coach Brad Underwood’s inaugural season all but gone, Illinois basketball’s focus has shifted to finishing the year strong and shoring up the roster for seasons to come. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the top recruiting targets for Underwood and h...

Illinois men’s hockey gets overtime split at Ohio

Illinois men’s hockey gets overtime split at Ohio

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Another Saturday road overtime for the Illinois men’s hockey team meant one thing: It was time for Joey Ritondale to do his thing. Ritondale scored the game-winning goal with under a minute to go in overtime to give No. 5-ranked Illinois a split on the road against No. 4-ranked Ohio this we...

Women’s basketball falls once again on the road

Women’s basketball falls once again on the road

By Meghan Rest, Staff writer

February 12, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Sports, Women's Sports

Illinois women’s basketball only has four regular season opportunities left to snap its 13-game losing streak. After falling to Indiana 70-54 Thursday, Illinois found itself with a conference record of 3-25 over the past two seasons. The Illini’s last conference win was against the Cornhuskers ...

Getting in-tune to Illinois basketball’s music taste

Getting in-tune to Illinois basketball’s music taste

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 12, 2018


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

Head coach Brad Underwood listens to “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC nearly every day. Underwood believes it is “one of the best songs ever” behind “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, and he encourages everyone to watch Ann Wilson’s rendition of the song at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors....

Men’s tennis takes down No. 23 California, falls to No. 5 Stanford

Men’s tennis takes down No. 23 California, falls to No. 5 Stanford

By Gavin Good, Assistant sports editor

February 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis

The weekend brought with it marquee matchups for the Illinois men’s tennis team. The Illini swept No. 23 California 4-0 on Friday, but were unable to replicate their success on Saturday, as the team was defeated 4-2 by No. 5 Stanford at Atkins Tennis Center. Against California, Illinois captured...

Illinois basketball overwhelmed by Penn State in second half

Illinois basketball overwhelmed by Penn State in second half

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 11, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois showed up for much of the first half against Penn State at State Farm Center on Sunday, but it was unable to overcome a sluggish start following halftime as the home team scored just 16 points in the half. Penn State (18-9, 8-6 Big Ten) blew out Illinois (12-14, 2-11 Big Ten) 74-52.  The Illini hav...

Illini v. Wisco reaction column

Illini v. Wisco reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 11, 2018


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

Limiting the star power  One thing that has continued to be an issue game in and game out is the Illinois' ability to limit the opposing stars to a minimum. Without even looking at the numbers, I can recall Miles Bridges, Jaren Jackson, Jawun Evans, and now Ethan Happ all having monster games ag...

Q&A with Illini legend Deron Williams

Q&A with Illini legend Deron Williams

By Will Gerard, Staff writer

February 11, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Former Illini guard Deron Williams spoke with the media before Tuesday’s game against Rutgers. Williams was in town because he served as a “celebrity judge” for the athletic department’s “Jock Jams” event, which is essentially a talent show for the school’s student-athletes, and pro...

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