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Illini hope to continue winning streak against Bobcats

Illini hope to continue winning streak against Bobcats

By Ken Kazarian, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2019

The No. 9 Illinois hockey team will face off against No. 10 Ohio University Friday and Saturday at the Big Pond in Illinois. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both teams are looking for wins in the weekend series in hopes of leapfrogging the other in the standings.  The weekend games wi...

Bezhanishvili looks to improve teamwork with Cockburn

Bezhanishvili looks to improve teamwork with Cockburn

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Taking advantage of immobile centers that couldn’t contest his jump shots was a luxury Illini sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili abused last season. However, with the arrival of highly touted freshman center Kofi Cockburn this season, Bezhanishvili is now playing power forward, matched up against more mobi...

Football season grades: Honor roll

Football season grades: Honor roll

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Illinois football came into the season with one goal in mind: getting to its first bowl game in the Lovie Smith era. By the end of last season, Illinois finished 4-8, with its two Big Ten wins coming against sub-.500 teams in Rutgers and Minnesota. The Illini looked doomed to continue their struggles of the p...

Demirjian Golf Practice Facility gives Illini year-round practice opportunities

Demirjian Golf Practice Facility gives Illini year-round practice opportunities

By Rich Eberwein, Staff Writer

December 5, 2019

Home of the Illinois men’s and women’s golf teams, the Demirjian Golf Practice Facility is a 14,000 square foot golf center that allows unparalleled possibilities for Illini golfers to improve their game year-round. Located near the southern edge of campus on St. Marys Road and adjacent to Lauri...

Howell, Mizuki make campus home

By Claire O’Brien, Staff writer

December 5, 2019

College can be a fresh start for students. While some people go to the same school as their high school friends, others show up to campus without familiar faces. Lucky for Illinois gymnastics junior Karen Howell and freshman Mallory Mizuki, their connection started in the gym. Howell hails from...

Maday earns United Soccer Coaches All-Region distinction

Maday earns United Soccer Coaches All-Region distinction

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 4, 2019

Illinois senior forward Kelly Maday was named to the United Soccer Coaches Third Team All-North Region, the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics announced Monday following USC's release of All-Region teams. Maday's first-ever All-Region nod marks her second accolade of the 2019 season after she...

Illini face Huskies at home in dual-meet this Friday

Illini face Huskies at home in dual-meet this Friday

By Josh Pietsch, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

Friday, the Illinois wrestling team will square off against Northern Illinois University in a dual meet at Huff Hall. The dual marks the first home match for the Illini this season. Illinois currently has an overall record of 2-1, while Northern Illinois sits at 4-2. The Illini are coming off of an over thr...

Volleyball gets ready for NCAA tournament

Volleyball gets ready for NCAA tournament

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

December 4, 2019

After a 16-13 regular season and finishing with a conference record of 11-9, the Illinois volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament. Illinois will face No. 17-seed Utah in Provo, Utah, on Friday in the first round of the tournament. The team has made the tournament the last three seasons behind...

Lere Oladipo enters transfer portal

Lere Oladipo enters transfer portal

By JJ Kim, Assistant Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Former Illinois defensive lineman Lere Oladipo announced Tuesday night he has entered the transfer portal via Twitter. The 6-foot, 3-inch sophomore was dismissed from the team for violating team rules on Nov. 19 after being suspended by the team following a win over Connecticut on Sept. 7. His suspension came following an allegation for domestic...

No. 24 Illinois earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

No. 24 Illinois earns at-large bid to NCAA Tournament

By Meghan Rest, Sports Editor

December 3, 2019

Head coach Chris Tamas and the No. 24-ranked Illinois volleyball team secured their third-straight NCAA tournament bid in as many years Sunday. The Illini will travel to Provo, Utah, to take on the Utah Utes at Brigham Young University's Smith Fieldhouse in the first round of the tournament on Friday...

Kovacevic leads Team USA to second-straight title at Master’U Tournament

Kovacevic leads Team USA to second-straight title at Master’U Tournament

By Luca Ripani, Staff Writer

December 3, 2019

Illinois senior Aleks Kovacevic helped lead Team U.S.A. to its second-straight and ninth-overall title at the Master'U BNP Paribas Collegiate Tournament this weekend in Grenoble, France. Kovacevic was joined by Stanford's Alexandre Rotsaert and Keegan Smith of the University of California, Los Ange...

Illinois drops nail-biter to Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home

Illinois drops nail-biter to Miami in ACC/Big Ten Challenge at home

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

December 2, 2019

Illinois men’s basketball battled back from a 27-point deficit against Miami on Monday night, only to fall by two points, 81-79. The Illini (6-2) hosted the Hurricanes (5-3) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge hoping to end their give-game homestand on a win; instead, Illinois was dismantled ...

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