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The case for and against the Big Ten bubble teams

Illinois' Khalid Lewis gets blocked on a layup by Wisconsin's Khalil Iverson during the game against Wisconsin at the State Farm Center on Sunday, January 31. The Illini lost 63-55.

By Dan Escalona

March 1, 2016

Over the next week or two, you will undoubtably hear a lot about bubbles. As it stands now, the Big Ten is guaranteed at least five spots in the tournament. For those five teams —Indiana, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa and Purdue — the regular-season finales and the conference tourna...

Beware of the Badgers: Wisconsin basketball is rising

Wisoconsin's head coach Greg Gard watches his team from the sidelines during the game against Illinois at the State Farm Center on Sunday, January 31. The Illini lost 63-55.

By Dan Escalona

February 16, 2016

Tweet: The Wisconsin Badgers are back in the March Madness mix, and opposing teams don't want them in their bracket, writes columnist @danescalona77Five weeks ago, casual observers of the Big Ten could have been forgiven for turning their full attention away from Wisconsin. The Badgers were 1-4 in the Bi...

Hoosiers’ final exam beginning a month early

Indiana head coach Tom Crean yells instructions to his players during the first half against Minnesota on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Indiana won, 70-63. (David Joles/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

By Dan Escalona

February 9, 2016

Tweet: Indiana, the time for the reality check has arrived, writes Dan EscalonaThe Indiana Hoosiers have piled up breezy victories over mid-majors and Big Ten bottom feeders in the same way many of us students begin the semester piling up points on extra credit and freebie homework assignments.In the...

Iowa on its way to owning Big Ten in 2016

Michigan State's Eron Harris, left, is defended by Iowa's Dom Uhi during the first half at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, Mich., on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Iowa won, 76-59. (Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press/TNS)

By Dan Escalona

January 19, 2016

Tweet: Forget the Spartans, the Big Ten is Iowa’s to lose, writes college hoops columnist @danescalona77Football season may still be seven months away, but Iowa is making its best attempt at revenge for the Big Ten Championship game on the basketball court — not the gridiron.In case you hav...

A conversation with an Illini: Reilly O'Toole

Illinois' Reilly O'Toole (4) jumps to avoid a tackle during the Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl against Louisiana Tech at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas on Friday, Dec. 26, 2014. The Illini lost 35-18.

By Kevin McCarthy

October 27, 2015

He wore the No. 4 on the field, but was always No. 1 in the hearts of those all the way from the ole’ Blarney stone near Cork to the bustling town of Champaign. The former Illini starting quarterback and current graduate assistant coach sat down to talk with me about everything from Spongebob to Juice ...

It's summer of uncertainty for Illini football, basketball fans

It's summer of uncertainty for Illini football, basketball fans

By Alex Roux

July 18, 2015

When you’ve been out of school since mid-May, it feels like summer is winding down by the time late July rolls around.Classes start in about a month. The first football game is a little over six weeks away, which will kick off another year of Illini sports. I’ve been trying to envision how the reve...

Groce hosts trio of recruits as current team returns to campus

Groce hosts trio of recruits as current team returns to campus

June 14, 2015

Summer on the University of Illinois campus is generally quiet, a time mostly devoid of any significant Illini hoops news.However, there were some developments this past weekend with John Groce’s program as he hosted a trio of visitors, while welcoming back some familiar faces as well.Summer school start...

Announcing the winner of the Twittournament

Announcing the winner of the Twittournament

March 20, 2014

What does it take to rule Twitter? Here in the Twittournament Final Four, the most popular March competition since spring football, we have a variety of ways to reach the top. You can be a reporter — Adrian Wojnarowski is. He knows damn near everything about the National Basketball Association, and he ...