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Win streak snapped as Illinois falls to Wisconsin

Win streak snapped as Illinois falls to Wisconsin

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois came into Madison, Wisconsin, red hot on the back of four-straight conference wins and got off to a promising 10-2 lead against No. 22 Wisconsin on Monday night. Two three’s from senior Aaron Jordan, to go along with the Badgers missing seven of their first eight shots, gave the Illini ...

Parker gets last win at Huff Hall; Illini drop both weekend meets

Parker gets last win at Huff Hall; Illini drop both weekend meets

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 19, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories, Wrestling

The No. 20-ranked Illinois wrestling team competed in its last two dual meets of the season this weekend when they traveled to No. 11 Northwestern on Friday and hosted No.1 Penn State on Sunday. The Illini dropped both matchups over the weekend, losing 25-12 against Northwestern and 39-9 against Penn State. ...

Seniors strive to leave legacy

Seniors strive to leave legacy

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Wrestling

In the Illini wrestling practice room in Huff Hall, there is a wall overlooking the mats. It is decorated with images of Illini All-Americans like Isaiah Martinez, Jesse Delgado and Matt Lackey. The wall serves as a celebration of Illini wrestling history but also as motivation for the current wrest...

Underwoods ignore the criticism, appreciate the experience

Underwoods ignore the criticism, appreciate the experience

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 18, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The State Farm Center was buzzing. Illinois was down three to Rutgers with 2:03 to go in the first half, one game removed from the program’s shocking win over No. 9 Michigan State. Head coach Brad Underwood pulled out stud freshman Ayo Dosunmu, who had two fouls in 16 minutes to go along with nine p...

Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

Illinois sweeps opening weekend in North Carolina

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 18, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports

by Meghan Rest Assistant sports editor The Illinois baseball team opened its spring campaign with an 11-3 win over Georgetown Friday night. The Illini earned victories over the Hoyas, No. 20 Wake Forest  and Sacred Heart during the three-game series in Winston-Salem, N.C. “It’s everybody’s...

Illinois gets first win at Ohio State in a decade for fourth-straight win

Illinois gets first win at Ohio State in a decade for fourth-straight win

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 16, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois basketball is on a roll. The Illini defeated Ohio State in Columbus on Thursday night, winning against the Buckeyes on the road for the first time since Feb. 22, 2009, when they won 70-68. Another victory for Illinois meant the team has strung together four-straight Big Ten wins for the firs...

Illinois takes three-game win streak to surging Ohio State

Illinois takes three-game win streak to surging Ohio State

By Gavin Good, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois men's basketball is on an unprecedented run in the Brad Underwood era, winning three-straight Big Ten games for the first time under the second-year head coach. The Illini will now depart the friendly confines of the State Farm Center, where they are 8-4 on the year, for a road trip that ...

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

Baseball more than a game for Massey family

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 14, 2019


Filed under Baseball, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

It’s well past normal practice hours on January 10, 2015, and the Bo Jackson Dome in Lockport, Illinois is almost empty. Almost. Within the empty belly of the dome, a lone 17-year-old kid sits propped up between a blue plastic curtain and a thin support beam. His Chicago Blackhawks ball cap is...

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

Illini fall to Wildcats, Tar Heels

By Meghan Rest, Assistant sports editor

February 13, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Tennis, Top Stories

The No. 14 Illinois men’s tennis team clinched its third-straight dual victory of the spring Friday night, but suffered its first loss of the season Saturday at the Atkins Tennis Center. Illinois was on fire against Kentucky (4-3), and crushed the Wildcats 4-1 Friday night. However, the team’...

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

Freshmen receive Big Ten honors

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

February 12, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois swept the Big Ten accolades this week. Illinois freshman big man Giorgi Bezhanishvili was named Big Ten Player of the Week, while fellow freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu collected Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors. Both accolades made Big Ten history, marking the first time two freshmen from the s...

Smith hires son to staff, adds cornerbacks coach

Smith hires son to staff, adds cornerbacks coach

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Top Stories

Lovie Smith’s Illinois football staff is going to look different in 2019.  Gone are the likes of former defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson as well as several coaches who have been in the program for a while, like former offensive line coach Luke Butkus, who joined the Green Bay Packers, and strength a...

Carr wrestles with ambitious goals on and off the mat

Carr wrestles with ambitious goals on and off the mat

By Brendyn Jones, Staff writer

February 11, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Wrestling

Mike Carr, 141-pound redshirt sophomore, hasn’t lost a match since he competed in the Cliff Keen Invite at the beginning of December. Since then, Carr has won six times with three of those wins coming against ranked opponents. Carr has had plenty of success in his three seasons wrestling for the Univers...

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