The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

The independent student newspaper at the University of Illinois since 1871

The Daily Illini

Illinois forward Leron Black (12) dunks the ball during the game against Purdue at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. The Illini lost 93-86.

Illini men’s basketball year in review

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist March 5, 2018
Illinois forward Leron Black (12) rises up for a shot during the game against Purdue at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

Illini’s best not enough for No. 9 Boilermakers

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist February 22, 2018
Illinois guard Mark Alstork (24) looks to pass the ball during the game against Nebraska at the State Farm Center on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

Illini keep the Huskers from dancing: Sunday reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist February 18, 2018
Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) dribbles around his defender during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The Illini won 73-71.

Penn State v. Illinois reaction

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist February 14, 2018
Illinois head coach Brad Underwood watches his team from the sideline during the game against Indiana at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The Illini won 73-71.

Illini hoops recruiting update: February 12

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist February 12, 2018
Illinois guard Trent Frazier (1) gets a high five from Illinois guard Aaron Jordan (23) after hitting a three during the game against Wisconsin at the State Farm Center on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

Illini v. Wisco reaction column

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist February 11, 2018
Illinois guard Trent Frazier looks for an open man during the game against Augustana on Nov. 22. The team under Brad Underwood hasn’t performed quite as was anticipated.

Thoughts and predictions on Underwood after winter break

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops Colmnist January 16, 2018

Florent Thamba commits to Baylor

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist January 15, 2018
Illinois forward Michael Finke jumps for a slam dunk during the game against Augustana at the State Farm Center on Nov. 22.

Illinois men’s basketball is going in the right direction

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist December 18, 2017
Illinois forward Michael Finke (43) puts up a layup during the game against Austin Peay at State Farm Center on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017.

Thoughts and Observations from Illinois v. Austin Peay

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops Columnist December 6, 2017
Illinois guard Trent Frazier shoots a three during the game against DePaul at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

Illinois v. Maryland: Thoughts and Observations

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist December 6, 2017
Illinois forward Michael Finke (43) looks to pass the ball during the game against North Carolina Central at State Farm Center on Nov. 24. Illinois forward Michael Finke (43) looks to pass the ball during the game against North Carolina Central at State Farm Center on Nov. 24. Illinois lost its first game against Wake Forest on Tuesday, which Illini hoops columnist Thomas Polcyn says could be a good learning experience for the young team.

Takeaways and reactions from Illinois vs. Wake Forest

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist December 1, 2017
Illinois guard Mark Smith (13) drives to the basket during the game against Tennessee-Martin at State Farm Center on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. The Illini won 77-74.

Illinois gets ready for challenging matchup with DePaul

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist November 16, 2017
Illinois guard Mark Smith drives to the basket during the game against Tennessee-Martin at State Farm Center on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

Thoughts and Observations: Illinois vs. UT-Martin

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist November 12, 2017
Illinois guard Mark Alstork (24) celebrates during the game against Southern at State Farm Center on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Observations and thoughts from game one of the Underwood era

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist November 11, 2017
Illinois forward Kipper Nichols shoots a free throw after a technical foul during the exhibition game against Eastern Illinois at Lantz Arena in Charleston, Illinois, on Nov. 3. Head coach Brad Underwood is having his team take a more aggressive approach this season.

New era begins as Illini take on Jaguars

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist November 9, 2017
Illinois Michael Finke (43) goes up for a hook shot during the game against Wisconsin at State Farm Center on Tuesday, January 31. The Illini lost 57-43.

Illini set for exhibition at Eastern Illinois

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist November 2, 2017
Talen Horton-Tucker commits to Iowa State

Talen Horton-Tucker commits to Iowa State

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist October 26, 2017
Illinois TeJon Lucas (3) brings the ball up the court during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

Illini basketball: Breaking down the guards

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist October 26, 2017
Illinois head basketball coach Brad Underwood answers questions from the media during the media day press conference at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics building on Wednesday, October 11.

Ayo Dosunmu: Illinois’ early, anticipated present

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist October 23, 2017
Illinois head basketball coach Brad Underwood answers questions from the media during the media day press conference at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics building on Wednesday, October 11.

Brad Underwood is just what Illinois needs to succeed

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist October 16, 2017
Brad Underwood stands before his speech at the State Farm Center on March 20. Monday afternoon, forward George Conditt officially announced that he will be attending Iowa State University over the University of Illinois.

Four-star Illini basketball target commits to Michigan

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist October 4, 2017
New Fighting Illini basketball coach Brad Underwood speaks at the Statefarm Center on Monday, Mar 20 2017.

Illini basketball recruiting update

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist September 28, 2017
Illini basketball ready for a big recruiting month in October

Illini basketball ready for a big recruiting month in October

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist September 21, 2017
Point Guard Tyler Underwood dribbles past a defender during
his time at Oklahoma State. Underwood transferred to the
University of Illinois after his dad left Oklahoma State to
become the new Illini head basketball coach.

Underwood duo ushers in new era of Illinois basketball

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist September 10, 2017
2018 priority target set for Illini visit this weekend

2018 priority target set for Illini visit this weekend

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini Hoops columnist August 31, 2017
Illinois TeJon Lucas (3) puts up a floater during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

Breaking down the Illinois Basketball 2017 schedule

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist August 26, 2017
Illinois starting pitcher Quinten Sefcik delivers the pitch during the first inning of the game against Eastern Illinois at Illini Field on Tuesday, April 5. Sefcik pitched four innings and gave up seven hits and two runs. The Illini won 9-7.

Hartleb, Illinois baseball happy to be home

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor March 15, 2017
Illinois Luke Shilling hits a double down the right field line scoring Pat McInerney in the game against Eastern Illinois at Illini Field on Tuesday, April 5. The Illini won 9-7.

Illinois fails to make adjustments, goes 1-2 at FAU

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor March 6, 2017
Nick Blackburn pitches the ball at the Illini Field on April 17, 2016. Illinois played against Saint Louis and won 6-2.

Youth of Illinois baseball team continues to shine

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor March 1, 2017
Illinois’ Jack Yalowitz delivers the pitch on April 5. Yalowitz has not showed his youth, becoming one of the Illini’s most reliable.

Illini of the Week Feb. 22: Jack Yalowitz

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor February 23, 2017
Illinois right fielder Jack Yalowitz gets ready to catch a fly ball during game two of the series against St. Louis University at Illinois Field on Saturday, April 16. The Illini won 3-1.

Age is just a number to Hartleb and the Illini baseball team

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor February 15, 2017
Illinois Isaiah Martinez starting off strong against Penn States Jason Nolf during the wrestling match vs. Penn State at Huff Hall on January 23, 2016.

Illinois wrestling drops match against No. 4 Ohio State

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor January 17, 2017
Students celebrate after the Cubs win Game 7 of the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday, November 2 at Joes Brewery.

These are not the same old Chicago Cubs

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor November 2, 2016
Illinois mens golf continues to thrive without team leaders

Illinois men’s golf continues to thrive without team leaders

By Thomas Polcyn, Assistant sports editor September 13, 2016
ILLordle: Play now