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Time to not stick to sports

Time to not stick to sports

By Cole Henke, Sports editor

February 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Sports, Uncategorized

A few days ago, Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham spent a good chunk of her show telling LeBron James, the most well-known athlete in the world, to “stick to dribbling.” In other words, she told him to stick to sports. Over the All-Star Break of the NBA season, James and Kevin Durant went on ESPN ...

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 18, 2018


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

Three-point shooting has been a big focus for the Illini this season, and in Sunday’s matchup with Nebraska, it paid off. While scoring droughts have plagued the Illini all season, the shooting against the Huskers was absolutely lights-out. In the first half alone, Illinois shot just over 62 percent from...

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...

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...

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...

Illini gymnastics: the powerhouse that deserves attention

Illini gymnastics: the powerhouse that deserves attention

By Orri Benatar, On-air sports editor

February 4, 2018


Filed under Columns, Gymnastics, Gymnastics, Men's Sports, Sports, Women's Sports

It’s easy to forget about smaller sports. Our attention is so focused on the pursuit of football and men’s basketball success that we can overlook all the great things other student-athletes achieve. Golf has gained more of following, but it's time another Illinois sport gets its due: gymnastics....

Relentless Spartan offense too much for young Illini: Post-game reaction column

Relentless Spartan offense too much for young Illini: Post-game reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

January 22, 2018


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

Realistically, not many (if any) people would have predicted an Illini win on Monday night in Champaign, and unfortunately, those people would be correct, but hey, they almost covered. Despite a strong first half in which the Illini defense forced 15 turnovers, Michigan State was on fire from the...

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a Big Ten basketball team

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

January 18, 2018


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

Looking back at the history of Big Ten hoops, Illinois and Indiana have always been fixtures at the top of the conference. Indiana has won five national championships, while making eight Final Four appearances and is one of the winningest programs in NCAA history. Illinois doesn't have any official nat...

What Illini sports have taught me

What Illini sports have taught me

By Cole Henke, Sports Editor

January 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Sports

This week marks the start of my final semester at the University of Illinois, and with it, my last few months with the Daily Illini. While winter break provided a much-need hiatus from schoolwork, it brought on a lot of questions like, “What is the plan after you graduate?” It was when I neede...

Illinois men’s basketball is going in the right direction

Illinois men’s basketball is going in the right direction

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 18, 2017


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

While the Illinois men’s basketball team is just 12 games into the start of a brand new era of Illini basketball, there is already a noticeable change in vibes about the program. There’s new head coach Brad Underwood, who has built hype since his initial signing. There’s a group of highly tou...

A look back and a look ahead at Illini Sports

A look back and a look ahead at Illini Sports

By Orri Benatar, On Air Sports Editor

December 14, 2017


Filed under Columns, Sports

At first glance, this fall semester of sports didn’t bring notable highlights. Football won two games, soccer won five, and men’s basketball has lost all its games to teams that matter. With Illini athletics this year, it is unlikely we will see any big, noticeable victories barring a few. The smal...

Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

Illini Hoops thoughts and observations: Longwood no match for Illini offense

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017


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

Coming off of a couple disappointing losses, the Illini took on the Longwood Lancers on Wednesday night, and let me tell you, this one was never in question. Underwood and co. got off to one of their patented slow starts, but considering the competition, it did not mean nearly as much as it did compared...

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