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Illinois splits weekend at Chattanooga Duels

Illinois splits weekend at Chattanooga Duels

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

November 12, 2019

The Illini traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee this weekend to compete in the Chattanooga Duels, where they split the match 1-1 Sunday. Illinois was defeated by Army West Point to start the day but earned its first dual-match win of the season by defeating the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to end the w...

Illini beat Spartans, becomes bowl game eligible under Lovie Smith

Illini beat Spartans, becomes bowl game eligible under Lovie Smith

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

November 10, 2019

On fourth down with 45 seconds to go, Illinois needed a touchdown to complete a school-record comeback. Quarterback Brandon Peters received the snap and immediately fired the pass to wide receiver Caleb Reams. The pass was batted away, and Spartan Stadium rejoiced all around. But then a flag was thrown. Pa...

Illinois looks for fourth-straight conference win against Michigan State Saturday

Illinois looks for fourth-straight conference win against Michigan State Saturday

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 7, 2019

Illinois football continues its quest for a bowl game as the team heads up north to take on Michigan State at Spartan Stadium Saturday afternoon. “As we talk about being in the playoffs, this is it,” said head coach Lovie Smith. “This is a playoff game for us, and we’re looking at it that way. A ...

Illinois racks up wins in Florida classic

Illinois racks up wins in Florida classic

By Jackson Janes, Contributing Writer

November 6, 2019

Senior Vuk Budic and red-shirt freshman Alex Bancila represented the Illini at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic Friday-Sunday in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Both players competed in singles and doubles play, racking up three wins over the course of the weekend. Budic and Bancila kicked...

Illinois competes at Ohio State

Illinois competes at Ohio State

By Sports Desk

November 5, 2019

The No. 19-ranked Illinois women’s cross country team finished sixth in the Big Ten Championships at Ohio State Sunday with a team score of 144. Junior Rebecca Craddock leads the Illini for the second year in a row at the conference championship. After finishing 12th out of 14 teams at last year’s...

Illinois moves one game closer to bowl berth after blowout of Rutgers

Illinois moves one game closer to bowl berth after blowout of Rutgers

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

November 4, 2019

After a first half that saw the momentum swing back-and-forth between the Scarlet Knights and the Illini, Illinois blew Rutgers out of the water off the strength of a dominant third-quarter run. “Three weeks ago, as we went into the second half of the season, we weren’t playing our best ball and ne...

Illinois beats Lewis 83-50 in first exhibition game of the season

Illinois beats Lewis 83-50 in first exhibition game of the season

By Nathan DeHaan, On-Air Sports Editor

November 2, 2019

The Illinois men’s basketball team got off to a slow start Friday night against Division-II opponent Lewis in the team's home exhibition game at the State Farm Center. Eventually, the Illini got things turned around and won 83-50. It was a tale of two halves for the Illini, who started off the game slow...

Ayo Dosunmu leads team into game-changing season

Ayo Dosunmu leads team into game-changing season

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

October 31, 2019

Illinois men’s basketball will showcase its new talents at the State Farm Center on Friday in an exhibition game versus Lewis University. The game, which falls on Dad’s Weekend, will give the Illini a practice run before hosting Nicholls State on Tuesday to start the season. Coming off a 12-21 (...

Illinois returns home to face 2-6 Rutgers

Illinois returns home to face 2-6 Rutgers

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff writer

October 31, 2019

Illinois is currently riding the first Big Ten winning streak of the Lovie Smith era and has an opportunity to extend its streak run hosting Rutgers on Saturday. The coaching staff views the entire season from the perspective of a single football game, and the Illini are riding winning momentum as the...

Huff Hall houses home-court advantage for Illini

Huff Hall houses home-court advantage for Illini

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

October 30, 2019

Illinois volleyball continues the action at Huff Hall this weekend as the team takes on Michigan and Michigan State. The two matchups mark the midpoint of what has been a rocky Big Ten season for the 10-9 Illini, who come into the weekend with an even-split 5-5 conference record. Illinois’ return t...

Maday’s two goals lead Illini in season finale

Maday’s two goals lead Illini in season finale

By Claire O'Brien, Staff Writer

October 29, 2019

The Illinois soccer team (9-8-1) defeated Minnesota (3-12-4), 4-1, in its season finale Sunday in Champaign. The Illini struggled in Big Ten play this season but dominated against the Golden Gophers from the start of the match. At 15:39, senior forward Kelly Maday put one in the back of the net to ...

Illinois derails Purdue, surprises everyone

Illinois derails Purdue, surprises everyone

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

October 28, 2019

After dealing with several injuries to key players and having never won consecutive conference games under head coach Lovie Smith, hopes weren’t high heading into Saturday’s game at Purdue for Illinois. The Illini appeared to hit a turning point in this season, however. Tenacious defense and successf...

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