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Bettors risk all as late-game baskets shift odds

Bettors risk all as late-game baskets shift odds

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Thanks to Fox Sports 1’s new show “Lock It In” and ESPN SportsCenter’s “Bad Beats” segment, sports gambling has become more talked about than ever before, and its implications can be seen in almost any game. Last Thursday night, the Illinois men’s basketball game against Michigan had its own gambl...

Dosunmu shines against Michigan as team focuses on growth

Dosunmu shines against Michigan as team focuses on growth

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

January 14, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois may have battled the best, but it couldn’t beat the best. Despite an aggressive offensive performance by freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu, the Illini extended their five-game losing streak after the No. 2-ranked Michigan Wolverines outplayed them 79-69 at home. Illinois moves to 4-12 overall and 0-5 in ...

Top 10 Illinois sports moments of 2018

Top 10 Illinois sports moments of 2018

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

January 8, 2019


Filed under Men's Sports, Showcase, Sports, Sports Top Stories, Women's Sports

10. Dudek out for the season The 2018 Illinois football season started on a roughly played note. Rumors about suspensions looming over some the team’s top players during training camp came to fruition Saturday, Sept. 7, when an Illinois spokesman handed out pink paper sheets to the media during I...

Illinois basketball lands four-star center, Kofi Cockburn

Illinois basketball lands four-star center, Kofi Cockburn

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

January 7, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

On a day when the Illinois men’s basketball team had another close conference loss, head coach Brad Underwood received some positive news for the drive back to Champaign from Evanston, Illinois. Four-star center Kofi Cockburn has announced his commitment to the Illini, according to 247sports.com....

Georgia tight end Luke Ford announces transfer to Illinois

Georgia tight end Luke Ford announces transfer to Illinois

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

January 5, 2019


Filed under Football, Men's Sports, Sports

Players returning home after testing the waters down south has been a common theme this offseason for Illini football. Georgia freshman tight end Luke Ford from Carterville, Illinois, announced via Twitter on Friday he is transferring to Illinois. Ford follows in the footsteps of East St. Louis wide-receiver...

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star LB Shammond Cooper

ICYMI: Illinois lands four-star LB Shammond Cooper

By Miles Powers-Huang, Assistant Sports Editor

January 4, 2019


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Top Stories

With joint-leading tackler Delshawn Phillips set to graduate, the Illinois football program was looking to land a replacement to complement rising junior Jake Hanson in its 2019 linebacking corps. Head coach Lovie Smith found just that with a commitment from 2019 four-star linebacker Shammond Cooper. Cooper...

Illinois hangs around but loses battle to Indiana

Illinois hangs around but loses battle to Indiana

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

January 4, 2019


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

Coming off the worst loss under head coach Brad Underwood against Florida Atlantic, the road for the Illinois men’s basketball team doesn’t get any easier. Illinois lost their third straight game and third straight Big Ten conference contest against No. 21 Indiana 73-65. Unlike against FAU,...

Like it or not, Illinois basketball’s record makes sense

Like it or not, Illinois basketball’s record makes sense

By Eli Schuster, Sports Editor

January 3, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

Let’s get one thing straight: heading into the 2018-2019 basketball season, the Illini were never going to be dancing. Looking toward Big Ten play, an 18-game stretch against a conference with the most ranked teams in the country, Illinois sits at 4-9. Realistically, this team should be soundly a...

Illinois closes nonconference play with worst defeat since 2011

Illinois closes nonconference play with worst defeat since 2011

By Gavin Good, Staff writer

December 30, 2018


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

It took a last-second three from freshman Ayo Dosunmu to get Illinois (4-9, 0-2 Big Ten) to overtime against Florida Atlantic (9-4) on Saturday at the State Farm Center. But after five more minutes of basketball and several opportunities to pull away, the Illini found themselves down 73-71 with the ball as th...

Illinois falls to Missouri in Braggin’ Rights game

Illinois falls to Missouri in Braggin’ Rights game

By Tatiania Perry, Staff Writer

December 23, 2018


Filed under Basketball, Men's Sports, Sports

The moment Mark Smith committed to Missouri, many fans took to social media to talk about what it meant, most emphasizing the 2018 Braggin' Rights game that took place Saturday. Illinois had tucked five consecutive wins under its belt and was looking to secure a sixth, but after being outscored 40-2...

ICYMI: Illinois lands transfer wide receiver, Jeff Thomas

ICYMI: Illinois lands transfer wide receiver, Jeff Thomas

By Meghan Rest, Assistant Sports Editor

December 22, 2018


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

Illinois head football coach, Lovie Smith, added to his 2019 recruiting class with another St. Louis-area all-star. The Illinois football program announced Friday that after spending the last two seasons at the University of Miami, wide receiver, Jeff Thomas, will be making the move back to Illinois. T...

Point guard play is hallmark of Illini basketball

Point guard play is hallmark of Illini basketball

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

December 13, 2018


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

For a long time, Illinois basketball was defined by greatness. It consistently competed in the Big Ten and made the postseason, putting together a team that threatened for a deep run. Recently, the program has run into something of a dry spell, and what a let down it’s been. For the first time in school history...

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