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Illini win eight events amid Wisconsin road trip

Sophomore Olivia Howell competes in a relay race during a meet. Howell broke the Illinois record for fastest women's 1000m during the tri-meet against Wisconsin and Northwestern on Saturday.
January 16, 2021

After months of built-up anticipation, the Illini finally got to showcase a wide range of talent and athleticism in a trip up north to Madison, Wisconsin. In a tri-meet against rivals Wisconsin and Northwestern,...

Illinois knocks off Northern Illinois in first-ever virtual meet

Freshman Logan Myers competes in the rings event during the meet against Northern Illinois on Friday.
January 16, 2021

The Illinois and Northern Illinois men’s gymnastics teams made history on Friday night when they competed in the NCAA’s first-ever virtual gymnastics meet. The teams competed hundreds of miles apart...

Slow start finally catches up to Illini, dooms them against Buckeyes

Da'Monte Williams drives to the lane in Illinois' game against Ohio State Saturday. The Illini fell 87-81.
January 16, 2021

For Illinois, it was a familiar situation. A slow start put them in a second-half deficit. Most games this year, whether it be at Penn State or at Northwestern, Illinois has been able to dig themselves...

Illini compete in a tri-meet against Wisconsin, Ohio State in home-opener

Sophomore Justin Cardani grapples with his opponent during the wrestling meet against Purdue on Feb. 16, 2020.
January 16, 2021

The Illini men’s wrestling team is set to compete against the Wisconsin Badgers and The Ohio State Buckeyes this Sunday in a tri-meet. This is the season opener for the Illini as they look to continue...

Curbelo looks to find his rhythm against former teammate

Andre Curbelo drives to the hoop in Illinois' game against Maryland last Sunday.
January 16, 2021

After one of his more disappointing halves of the season, Andre Curbelo didn’t waste much time getting back to work. Mere minutes after the Illini’s 66-63 loss to Maryland, Curbelo was back on the...

No. 22 Illinois women’s gymnastics opens season with win at Nebraska

Mia Takekawa poses during a meet against Central Michigan on March 1.
January 15, 2021

No. 22 Illinois went to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a matchup against No. 20 Nebraska and came away with a win, as the team won 195.475 to 193.400. Nebraska is a perennial contender for the Big Ten Championship,...

Illini to start 2021 season tonight in unprecedented virtual meet

Junior Leo Valentin practices for the Illinois men's gymnastics team. The Illini have their first meet tonight, competing virtually against NIU.
January 15, 2021

The Illinois men’s gymnastics team will start its 2021 season not only a week earlier than originally scheduled but in a revolutionary new way. Illinois will face Northern Illinois tonight in a first-of-its-kind...

Big Ten hoops update: Conference deals with several postponements, paused programs

Senior Trent Frazier drives forward during the game against Nebraska on Feb. 24, 2020.
January 15, 2021

Following losses over the weekend, both the Illinois men's and women's basketball games scheduled this week were postponed due to COVID-related issues within their respective opponents' programs. Though...

Illini deal with third COVID-related postponement

Sophomore Jada Peebles speaks to her teammates during the women's basketball game against Valparaiso on Dec. 2, 2020. Their upcoming game against Michigan State has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.
January 14, 2021

On Wednesday night the upcoming Illinois women’s basketball game against Michigan State was postponed due to “COVID-19-related concerns within the Spartans program,” according to a team press release....

Illini excited for Lincoln trip after spring season postponement

Sophomore Mia Takekawa performs her balance beam routine during competition.
January 14, 2021

When the women's gymnastics schedule was released, there was a sense of relief in the building about finally having games set in stone, appreciating that hard work would finally pay off — and also excitement...

Mario Kart, wood working, Tik Tok: Illinois men’s basketball bonds as a group

The Illinois men's basketball team huddles before a play during the game against Purdue on Jan. 2.
January 13, 2021

The fall semester was anything but normal for University of Illinois students. Take a walk down Green Street on a Friday night, and gone is the buzz of students hustling up and down the street....

Bielema’s staff continues to take shape with three new hires

Andy Buh coaches at a Rutgers practice. Buh will work as the linebackers coach in the upcoming season for the Illinois football team.
January 12, 2021

Illinois head football coach Bret Bielema made three more hires over the past two days, adding Ben Miller, Terrance Jamison and Andy Buh to his coaching staff. The team announced Sunday morning that Bielema...

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