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Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

February 12, 2018

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

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

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 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Illini’s and Cubs’ fanbases are not that different from each other

Illini’s and Cubs’ fanbases are not that different from each other

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 13, 2017

Growing up as a Chicago Cubs and Illinois sports fan, I didn’t always see the best products on the field. Aside from the World Series win in 2016, even the successful seasons have been somewhat of a downer. Disappointments have come in the 2003 Cubs with Steve Bartman, the 2005 Illini losing in...

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops Columnist

December 7, 2017

Positives They won "We're happy with the win," said big man Michael Finke in the postgame press conference, and that is really all there is to say about this one. A win is a win no matter what, and after three straight tough losses, it feels good to get back in the win column. After failing ...

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

December 6, 2017

Despite a 19-point deficit at the half, their worst first half of the season, the Illini almost did the impossible and pulled out a miraculous comeback in the second half of Sunday night’s matchup with Maryland. Even after trailing by as many as 22 points, the Illini closed in during the second half,...

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