The Illinois men's golf team is moving up again in the national rankings. The final coaches poll of the fall season was released today, and the Orange and Blue are ranked No. 6 in the country. That is up from No. 14, where they were in the preseason.
The Fighting Illini led a 12-point second-half lead slip away en route to a 67-64 loss at Georgia Tech in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. After trailing by 3 points at halftime, Illinois fought back to open up a 12-point advantage with 9:00 to go in the game. But the Yellow Jackets (6-3) closed the game on a 19-4 run to hand the Illini their first loss of the year.
Marcus Catchings had a career night to lead Urbana past Normal West 60-48. Catchings led the way with 15 points, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. Conner Gremer scored a team-high 20 points for the Tigers. Click here for all the highlights and scores from Tuesday's action.
One big coaching chance a lot of fans are anticipating is that of defensive coordinator Tim Banks. Illinois ranked 110th (out of 123) in entire FBS in total defense, 104th in scoring defense, and 3rd-to-last in takeaways.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman will return next season, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed to WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten Monday morning. Thomas gave Beckman a vote of confidence, despite his 6-18 record in two seasons.
Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas tells WCIA 3's Matt Wettersten that Tim Beckman will coach the Illini next season. Here is the entire interview as he gives his opinion and analysis on the state of the Illinois football program.
Illinois junior Rayvonte Rice was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday. The Centennial grad averaged 21 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals in a pair Illinois victories over UNLV and IPFW. Aside from the numbers, Rice's impact was huge. He made some key baskets down the stretch against UNLV and clinched the IPFW game with a late steal.
The Illinois volleyball team will host the first and second round games of the NCAA Tournament at Huff Hall. Illinois plays Morehead State Friday. The winner will play the winner of Louisville and Marquette Saturday. The Illini also host the NCAA Regional at State Farm Center.
The Illinois football team finished the second year under Tim Beckman 4-8 (1-7). He insists the Illini are getting better.
SHG defeated Montini 38-28 to win the state championship.
The Illinois football team fell at home to Northwestern 37-34 in the final game of the season. The Illini finish the season 4-8 (1-7). Nathan Scheelhaase did set a new Illinois record for total career yards in the contest.
The last two games for Illinois have come down to the final seconds, but John Groce's squad continues to find ways to win. The same was true Friday night as Illinois held off IPFW 57-55 at State Farm Center. Illinois led for much of the first half, but IPFW went on a 12-0 run to take command and take a 35-27 lead into halftime. As Illinois came out for the second half, Tracy Abrams and Rayvonte Rice put the team on their backs and the defense stepped up. Abrams scored 12 of his 15 points over the final 20 minutes. Rice scored a game-high 17 points, and came up with the biggest defensive stop of the game in the final seconds. Illinois improves to 7-0 on the year.
It took overtime for someone to end St. Joseph-Ogden's magical playoff run, but the Spartans ran out of magic in the state title game as they fall 43-41 in overtime to the Stillman Valley Cardinals. The game went back and forth all night long, and it came down to the final possessions in overtime. Stillman Valley scored a touchdown and completed the two-point conversion to take a 43-35 lead. SJ-O (11-3) responded with a touchdown of their own, but quarterback Dalton Walsh was sacked on his two-point conversion attempt ending the game. The Spartans fall one win short of the state title, earning their fifth runner-up finish - all under head coach Dick Duval. In Class 4A, the Rochester Rockets were held to a season-low 16 points, but they still found a way to win their fourth consecutive state title 16-8 over Geneseo. Rochester becomes the first public school in IHSA history to win four state football championships in a row.
Illinois will not play in a bowl game for the second straight season. The Illini had opportunities but couldn't win six games.
St. Joseph-Ogden senior lineman Dylan and Ryan Koss are putting their brothers experience in state final football games to good use this week.