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Thoughts and Observations: Illinois vs. UT-Martin

Illinois guard Mark Smith drives to the basket during the game against Tennessee-Martin at State Farm Center on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

November 12, 2017

Game two is in the books and the Illini were able to secure an 77-74 victory over the UT-Martin Skyhawks. This game started off a little bit slower than the first, including a total of 10 turnovers from the Illini in the first half alone. But, despite the early struggles, Underwood was able to get ...

Illini basketball: Breaking down the guards

Illinois' Te'Jon Lucas (3) brings the ball up the court during the game against Northwestern at State Farm Center on Tuesday, February 21.

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

October 26, 2017

It has been no secret that new head coach Brad Underwood likes to use his guards a lot. His fast-paced system revolves around using multiple lead guards pushing the ball up and down the court from the moment they get the outlet pass from their big men. Knowing how important they will be to the tea...

Ayo Dosunmu: Illinois’ early, anticipated present

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.

By Thomas Polcyn, Illini hoops columnist

October 23, 2017

Do you remember when you were younger, when you knew what your birthday present was going to be, but you couldn’t open it until the day of your birthday? You wanted to open it and have it more than anything in the world, but no matter what you would say, your parents said that you have to wait. ...

Coaching staff and teammates excited to have dual-threat quarterback leading team

Illinois backup quarterback Chayce Crouch (7) runs down the field during the game against Purdue at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 8. The Illini lost 34-31.

By Mike Gasick, Staff writer

August 29, 2017

Offensive coordinator Garrick McGee acknowledged how starting quarterback Chayce Crouch will make this year’s offense look different from last year’s. McGee said that he has liked what he has seen out of Crouch in camp and that his dual-threat style will open up the playbook. “The first thing...

Illini Drive: Aug. 30, 2016

Running back Ke'Shawn Vaughn makes a run during the game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 14. Illinois lost 28-3.

August 30, 2016

In the second show for Illini Drive this semester, Orri, Luke, Hunter, Jade and Cole give predictions on the Illini's chances in football and recap their summers.

Illinois hockey hoping for a rebound year

Illinois' Eric Cruickshank carries the puck up the ice during the game against Lindenwold University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, January 30. The Illini lost 4-1.

By Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

August 22, 2016

Illinois hockey is healthier and more experienced in 2016, after fighting through senior captain John Olen’s injuries last February. “Right now, the focus is baby steps,” junior forward Eric Cruickshank said. “We’re not going to make any assumptions that we’re going to win a national championship,...

Illinois volleyball looks to rebound from mediocre 2015 season

Former Illinois Jocelynn Birks gets ready to spikes the ball during the match against Wisconsin at Huff Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.

By James Boyd and Jacob Diaz, Staff writers

August 22, 2016

One thousand, nine hundred and seventy two kills and 5,656 attacks later, Jocelynn Birks’ career at the University is finally over. Birks finished her time in Champaign as Illinois’s all-time kills and attacks leader. Head coach Kevin Hambly and his team find themselves on the cusp of ushering in...

Illinois volleyball fell short of championship expectations

May 8, 2016

The Illinois volleyball team came into the 2015 season with championship expectations but fell short in the Sweet Sixteen. Head coach Kevin Hambly’s squad finished the season with a 21-13 overall record but a 10-10 Big Ten record that resulted in a seventh-place regular season finish in conference p...

Take a peek at Illini softball coach's record before coming to Illinois

Take a peek at Illini softball coach's record before coming to Illinois

By Alex Rich

April 11, 2016

Tyra Perry was hired as the University of Illinois’ second-ever softball head coach in June 2015. She spent the past 15 seasons as a NCAA Division I softball head coach, totaling 409 career victories at Ball State, Western Kentucky and Birmingham Southern.Perry was named the ...

Illini baseball face in-state opponent Tuesday

Illinois starting pitcher Cole Bellair delivers the pitch during game three of the series against Penn State on Saturday, March 26. The freshman pitched 8 innings and only giving up one run on six hits in the Illini's 5-3 loss.

By Cole Henke

April 11, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] freshman Cole Bellair is still adjusting to life as a starter. Last season, the prospect of the Illinois baseball team going up against Illinois State’s pitcher Jacob Hendren would have been concerning for the Illini.The lefty posted a 10-2 record with a 2.80 ERA in 2015, while l...

Slow start for Illini softball is not cause for panic

Illinois’ Ruby Rivera hits a ground ball to second base during game one of the doubleheader against Nebraska at Eichelberger Field on Saturday, March 26. The Illini won game one 8-3 and game two 10-2.

By Lucas Wright

April 11, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] continues to struggle in conference playBig Ten play has not been kind to the Illinois softball team so far.Coming off another series loss against the Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Illini currently sit at 3-6 in conference play.SO For most teams, this would be cause for panic, but ...

Illinois completes undefeated weekend against Indiana and Purdue

By Tim Griffin

April 10, 2016

#Illini register another undefeated weekendThe Illinois women’s tennis team continued its hot streak over the weekend.The Illini registered an undefeated weekend after defeating both Indiana and Purdue. Illinois is now 12-6 on the spring season and 6-1 in the Big Ten, with their only conf...

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