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Illinois rides six-game win streak into Minnesota matchup

Illinois rides six-game win streak into Minnesota matchup

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

January 28, 2020

Riding a six-game win streak and sitting in sole possession of first place in the Big Ten, things are looking up for Illinois with a home date with Minnesota next on the agenda Thursday. Sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu is cementing his preseason hype as one of the best players in the conference with his re...

Illinois climbs to No. 19 in latest Associated Press Top-25 poll

Illinois climbs to No. 19 in latest Associated Press Top-25 poll

January 27, 2020

Illinois (15-5; 7-2) climbed two spots in the latest Associated Press top-25 college basketball poll to No. 19 after winning back-to-back road matches at Purdue and Michigan this week. The Illini, who ascended from the No. 21 spot last week, are among six Big Ten teams to break into this week’s...

Player grades: Illinois vs Michigan

Player grades: Illinois vs Michigan

By Alec Busse, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Illinois traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan, looking to win its sixth-consecutive conference game and gain sole possession of the first place in the Big Ten with a win over Michigan for the second time this season. Sophomore guard Ayo Dosumu carried Illinois in the first half to a 34-30 lead at the half, d...

Freshman wrestler succeeds at college level

Freshman wrestler succeeds at college level

By Andrew Medina, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

Illinois freshman wrestler Justin Cardani has an extensive resume of past accomplishments that has led him to compete and succeed, so far, at the college level. A native to Champaign, he has spent his entire adolescence wrestling for his town on the mat.  A neighborhood friend was the first ...

No. 21 Illinois tops Michigan on the road, 64-62

No. 21 Illinois tops Michigan on the road, 64-62

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

January 27, 2020

With the shot clock ticking down and the game tied at 62, sophomore Ayo Dosunmu made his move to the basket. As he crossed over back and forth off the dribble, he was eventually cut off, trying to lean in and settled for a contested jumper from the foul line. Though it wasn’t an ideal look, Dosunmu...

Former Illini, Robert Archibald, dies at 39

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant Sports Editor

January 26, 2020

Former Illinois basketball player Robert Archibald passed away on Friday at the age of 39. Archibald, who was born in Paisley, U.K., played four years with the Illini from 1998-2002, playing a big role in the two Illinois Big Ten runner-up teams in 1999 and 2000. Archibald became a consistent starter at the...

No. 21 Illinois ties for first in the Big Ten ahead of road trip to Michigan Saturday

No. 21 Illinois ties for first in the Big Ten ahead of road trip to Michigan Saturday

By Sports Desk

January 24, 2020

The No. 21 Illinois men's basketball team (14-5; 6-2) is tied for first in the Big Ten after No. 11-ranked Michigan State (14-5; 6-2) fell to unranked Indiana (15-4; 5-3) in Bloomington, Ind. Thursday night. Illinois will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich. Saturday to face unranked Michigan for the second...

Grades and takeaways: Illinois at Purdue

Grades and takeaways: Illinois at Purdue

By Alec Busse, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

For the first time since 2008, Illinois went to Purdue and came out victorious, 79-62. Illinois overcame the adversity of sophomore Alan Griffin being ejected in the first half for stepping on Purdue’s Sasha Stefanovic and sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili picking up two early fouls. Illinois junior Trent ...

Frazier takes on task to lead Illini offense

Frazier takes on task to lead Illini offense

By Miles Powers-Huang, Staff Writer

January 23, 2020

As the Illini looked to extend the lead to close the first half out in Saturday’s 75-71 victory over Northwestern, the ball found its way to junior Trent Frazier on the right wing. Frazier caught the ball and dragged it from side to side to survey his options, then immediately let it go from deep once he sa...

No. 21 Illinois earns first road win at Purdue since 2008

No. 21 Illinois earns first road win at Purdue since 2008

By Gabby Hajduk, Staff Writer

January 21, 2020

Illinois basketball hasn’t left Mackey Arena with a win since December 2008. The No. 21 Illini (14-5, 6-2) broke the 11-game losing streak at Purdue Tuesday night with a 79-62 win, completing the sweep against the Boilermakers. “It was amazing to just look at that scoreboard and watch the time run out an...

Illini earn No. 21 spot in latest AP college hoops poll

Illini earn No. 21 spot in latest AP college hoops poll

By Brendyn Jones, Assistant Sports Editor

January 21, 2020

The Illini have moved up the ranking ladder. The Illinois men’s basketball team (13-5) has climbed up to No. 21 in the AP Top 25 poll released on Monday after beating Northwestern 75-71 on Saturday. This is the team’s second week being ranked this season, rising from No. 24 the week before. No. 2...

Grades and takeaways: Illinois defeats Northwestern 75-71

Grades and takeaways: Illinois defeats Northwestern 75-71

By Alec Busse, Staff Writer

January 19, 2020

No. 24 Illinois came into Saturday with the second-highest defensive efficiency rating in the Big Ten, but the offense is what carried them to a win 75-71 win over Big Ten basement-dweller Northwestern. Illinois had five players finish in double digits in points and as a team shot 50% from the field....

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