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Illinois edges past Rutgers 54-51 at home

Illinois edges past Rutgers 54-51 at home

By Nathan DeHaan, On Air Editor for Sports

January 11, 2020

It's hard to imagine what “winning ugly” looks like, but a great example was Illinois’ game against Rutgers on Saturday. The Illini struggled to score all game and never led by more than six points, but eventually shut down a good Rutgers team thanks to sophomore Ayo Dosunmu’s eight clutch point...

Betiku declares for the NFL Draft

Betiku declares for the NFL Draft

By Brendyn Jones, Staff Writer

January 11, 2020

The third-team All-Big Ten defensive lineman Oluwole Betiku Jr. has declared for the NFL draft after just one season with the Illini. Betiku Jr. announced his decision on Saturday via Twitter. “I’d like to announce that I will forego my senior season and declare for the NFL draft.” Betiku Jr. s...

Illini snap 15-game losing streak against the Badgers in Madison

Illini snap 15-game losing streak against the Badgers in Madison

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

January 8, 2020

The Illini secured a historic 71-70 win against Wisconsin on Wednesday night, snapping a 15-game losing streak against the Badgers — Illinois’ longest losing streak against a Big Ten opponent. The Illini (11-5, 3-2) also scored over 70 points on the Badgers (9-6, 2-2) for the first time in 28 games....

Hartleb, Acton pick up preseason honors

Hartleb, Acton pick up preseason honors

By Rachel Spencer, Assistant Sports Editor

January 7, 2020

Illinois baseball earned two more preseason accolades with a little over a month before the 2020 season begins. Senior pitcher Garrett Acton was named to the Perfect Game All-American preseason second team and head coach Dan Hartleb was dubbed D1Baseball’s Big Ten Coach of the Decadeon Tuesday. The a...

Illinois derails Purdue 63-37 at home

Illinois derails Purdue 63-37 at home

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

January 5, 2020

Though defense hasn’t been the calling card of the Illinois basketball program under Brad Underwood, the Illini locked in and held Purdue to just 37 points while putting up 63 of their own in a victory Sunday night. Alan Griffin picked up the slack for Illinois off the bench, putting up a double-...

Grades and takeaways: Purdue falls at Illinois 63-37

Grades and takeaways: Purdue falls at Illinois 63-37

By Alec Busse, Contributing Writer

January 5, 2020

In a game many were calling a "must-win" for Illinois on Sunday night at State Farm Center against Purdue, the Illini handled a talented Purdue team 63-37 to improve their Big Ten record to 2-2 before traveling to Wisconsin on Wednesday. Illinois blitzed Matt Painter’s Boilermakers starting the game...

2019 Rewind: A look back at Illinois’ fall season

2019 Rewind: A look back at Illinois’ fall season

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

January 5, 2020

As the whistle blew at the end of the fourth quarter in Illinois 35-20 loss to California on Dec. 31 in Redbox Bowl, the 2019 season drew to a close. Before looking ahead to 2020, it’s worth reminiscing over the Illini’s performance this fall, as the program had its most successful season in half a ...

Notes and grades: Illinois at No. 14 Michigan State

Notes and grades: Illinois at No. 14 Michigan State

By Alec Busse, Staff Writer

January 2, 2020

Illinois traveled to East Lansing, Mich. for a matchup with No. 14 Michigan State to restart Big Ten play on Thursday night. Brad Underwood’s team was able to keep it close throughout the first half despite star freshman Kofi Cockburn picking up two early fouls. Going into the break the Illini trail...

Tati’s Take: Redbox was a rollercoaster

Tati’s Take: Redbox was a rollercoaster

By Tatiania Perry, Football Columnist

December 31, 2019

Levi Stadium sits on the same lot as Santa Clara, California’s Great America. At the peak of the highest coaster, one might be able to catch a glimpse of what's going on in the stadium and the sounds from both places can certainly be heard from the other. The amusement park was closed during the Redbox Bo...

Notes and Grades: Illinois v. California in the Redbox Bowl

Notes and Grades: Illinois v. California in the Redbox Bowl

By Jared Farmer, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

Back during Illinois’ Spring Game in April, there weren’t many people who felt entirely optimistic about Illini football. Anyone watching could’ve pointed out the defensive troubles, passing game struggles or repeated roster turnover over the last few years. The records, and game scores associated w...

Peter’s fourth down dive embodies Illini attitudes into 2020

Peter’s fourth down dive embodies Illini attitudes into 2020

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

December 30, 2019

Fourth and 17, less than two minutes remaining and Illinois is trailing by two possessions. Such circumstances would indicate that it's time to pack it up, play conservative and not risk injuries, especially to players with remaining eligibility. Illini quarterback Brandon Peters had other ideas,...

California handles Illinois 35-20 in Redbox Bowl

California handles Illinois 35-20 in Redbox Bowl

By JJ Kim, Managing Editor for Reporting

December 30, 2019

The Illinois football team lost to the California Golden Bears by a score of 35-20 in the Redbox Bowl on Monday. Monday’s game was the Illini’s first time in five years playing in a bowl game, and the Illini faithful were loud and jubilant from the start, but a lack of a consistent pass rush and...

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